Louise Kelsey

Independent Dance Artist

Performer, choreographer, lecturer, workshop facilitator, yoga teacher, community outreach coordinator


Louise is an Independent Dance Artist: performing, choreographing and teaching internationally. She holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Performance, Masters in Choreography, and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education: Teaching and Supporting Learning. Louise has experience working creatively for a breadth of institutions and companies including The Place, Arts Depot, Hot House Dance, University of Bedfordshire, Dance East, Unfold Motion (Romania), Delve Dance, Kansaze Dance and Middlesex University where she fulfilled roles of Programme Leader for Dance Performance and Senior Lecturer in Dance Technique and Choreography.

As a choreographer her work spans from creating for children, to undergraduate dancers, to professionals. Personal highlights include her choreography for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in collaboration with The Baroque Collective, BBC singers and Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby (conducted by John Hancorn) for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, plus Frames and Shapes, commissioned for Timișoara, European Capital of Culture 2021 Festival. Working under the direction of Lesley Main, Louise has studied and performed in repertory by Doris Humphrey (Water Study, With My Red Fires). Together, they also re-staged Humphrey’s solo Two Ecstatic Themes which was performed in the UK and USA between 2014-2016, including ‘Transmission: A Performance Symposium’, London and ‘Framing Justice Symposium’, Chicago. During 2019-2020 Louise acted as rehearsal assistant during Main’s re-staging of Humphrey’s Water Study.

Louise was a researcher for The Cohan Collective 2016 (a residency for choreographers and composers created by Robert Cohan and led by Yorke Dance Project) and produced a short documentary film with David McCormick. Her research with Dr Lise Uytterhoeven (The Place) about creative tools for choreography is published in the Research in Dance Education Journal and her writing about being an Independent Dance Artist can be found in the One Dance UK Education Bulletin. In 2017, Louise was selected to be part of One Dance UKs ‘Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme’ and she was mentored by Lauren Baldock (Jasmin Vardimon Company) and Jasmine Wilson (Studio Wayne McGregor). In addition, she is a qualified children’s yoga teacher, 200-hour yoga teacher trainee (My Vinyasa Practice) and currently delivers Mindful Movement classes for Moving Waves. Louise is passionate about the transformational power movement has and is committed to facilitating exceptional creative opportunities for all; she loves the breadth of practice being an independent artist offers.