Kelsey White

Scholarship - Indiana University

Growing up in Rochester, New York, Kelsey White studied ballet with the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, the training program for the Rochester City Ballet.

After finishing her studies with The Draper Center she performed as an apprentice with The Rochester City Ballet in New York City during the summer of 2010. She furthered her training at Juilliard Summer Intensive in 2009 and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive in 2011. In 2010 Kelsey received a ballet and academic scholarship to study at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she received her Bachelors of Science with a focus in ballet, and a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics.

"The training I received at the Draper Center has provided me with a strong technique, giving me freedom to focus on artistic development. It gave me the experience of working in the corps de ballet and exposed me to many different forms of dance such as modern, character, jazz and contemporary. I was also able to learn how to pick up choreography quickly and use rehearsal time effectively. After leaving the Draper Center I realized what a unique experience it was to be able to work so closely with the company. Not only did it offer constant inspiration, but also a taste of what the professional ballet world is like. All of these traits have been of value to me at the summer intensives I have attended and while at Indiana University and I am certain they will continue to help me with my future endeavors."

During her time at Indiana University Kelsey performed in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? Western Symphony, and Four Temperaments, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and Cloven Kingdom, Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields, Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Joshua Bergasse’s The Baker Dances. In Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker she has performed the Columbine Doll, Marzipan, Chinese, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen. While at Indiana she also taught ballet for two years and choreographed two pieces, which were performed by fellow ballet students. In 2014 Kelsey returned to her hometown of Rochester where she is now a company member for the Rochester City Ballet.