Kelsey Bartman, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Summers were spent studying at American Ballet Theatre New York, Jacob’s Pillow Jazz Program for two years and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for several years. Kelsey then continued as a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. During that time, she choreographed works for PBT’s school and company. She then joined Nashville Ballet 2 in 2007 and was hired on as a Nashville Ballet Apprentice. She is a co-creator of Works in Progress Choreography Project, and has choreographed for Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Kelsey had her work Stills From Italy performed at White Wave DUMBO Dance festival, and The Rose was showcased at Dance Canvas in Atlanta. She has had the honor of dancing in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, and Serenade, Sarah Slipper’s Postcards From the Boys, Paul Vasterling’s Adjustable Wrench and Carmina Burana as well as multiple works by Alan Obuzor and Gabriel Gaffney Smith. Ms. Bartman has taught for The School of Nashville Ballet, Evolve Productions, The Alloy School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and is now teaching for Laurel Youth Ballet. She has recently had the privilege of teaching a workshop for the group Yaledancers of Yale University.
Kelsey is currently Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer for Texture Contemporary Ballet.