Kelsey Layne

Yuma • Arizona

Story

Dance is what keeps me going. I don't like talking about myself so writing this is a little hard for me.

I've been dancing since I was 4 years old and was never that amazing of a dancer. I barely remember my younger years but I remember when I was 8 and my family moved to Arizona. I started dancing at a new studio in a small town. Throughout the years I would constantly audition for the company and would either get a call that "there is no place for me" or I'd get placed in an age group 4-5 years younger than me. This is crazy because usually there's a spot for everyone on this company. My mom was constantly in tears not understanding why this would happen to me. I didn't let it get to me and I continued to work hard. When I hit 16 I was finally accepted into the older company. At the age of 18 I was put on staff as a dance instructor. I had so many ideas and was beyond excited to start creating! When I first started off I was looked down upon for everything I wanted to achieve and a lot of rude comments were made towards me but I still pursued my teaching career! I started choreographing and my pieces became competition winning dances. My classes were constantly growing! Still till this day I'm shocked of where I am and all because of me "not being that amazing dancer". One day that really stuck with me was a day the class was talking about who they look up too. The girls listed amazing dancers and then one said "You Miss Kelsey, because you worked really hard to get where you are right now and you're nice to everyone".

Currently, being 22 a lot went on with my job and I started losing motivation and my passion for dance. So I resigned from my position and pulled myself away from the environment that wasn't very healthy for me. I am being held back right now from working at any studio but I will be able to start back in February! Which will come soon enough and I couldn't be happier!

I am currently going into my first year teaching dance at a community college and I am super excited to gain that experience! Dance is beautiful!

Don't ever forget what dance is really about.. Love, Passion, hope, beauty.. I can go on and on.