Artist Statement

For me, dancing is a practice of re-wilding

I dance to feel close to nature; brave, strong, sensitive, and connected

Embodying what makes us empathetic, connected humans

Moving as a means of becoming nature

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Chelsea Boyd Brown is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, nature-enthusiast, and activist living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and originally from Maryland. Chelsea has trained in a variety of genres including contemporary, improvisation, Hip Hop, acrobatics, and contact improvisation. She is especially interested in responsive, site-specific choreography and improvisation. Her teaching and choreographic process aims to decolonize her dance practice by challenging the racist, capitalist, ableist world that we move through and co-create.

Chelsea teaches contemporary, modern, and improvisation to youth and adults throughout the Bay Area. Chelsea has also taught in public and private schools, offers private lessons in a variety of dance genres. 

Chelsea is studying to become a certified Responsive Body practitioner. Responsive Body is a biodynamic movement practice for all bodies consisting of guided movement experiences and tactile body-to-bodywork. 

In May 2016, Chelsea received a dual degree in Dance and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has attended many Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) conferences and workshops. In 2015, Chelsea conducted DMT research with Spanish-speaking children in Washington, D.C. and Los Andes, Guatemala. Her findings stressed the importance of a secure attachment style when measuring how we relate to others and learn new information.

Chelsea's choreography was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as part of the American Dance Association's National Gala in 2014. In 2016, Chelsea was commissioned by Dance Place to create a new work for the annual Choreographer's Showcase. She has worked with Nommensen Dance, Suzanne Bhears, Molly Rose-Williams, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Heart Stück Bernie, Briana Stuart, Stephanie Miracle, Adriane Fang, Christopher K. Morgan, and Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser.