Kelsey Freidel Nelson started dancing in high school where she was both cheer and dance captain her junior and senior years. She danced for four years in college at Augustana University and the University of South Dakota. During that time, she choreographed for both teams and attended four national championships. In April 2008, her team took first place at the West Coast Championships in Los Angeles, CA in the college hip hop division, and second place in the Jazz division.
Kelseyâ€™s love of dance transitioned into coaching and teaching. She has aided in coaching and choreography for the USD Dance team, she was the sideline cheer coach at St Thomas More High School, and was the assistant dance coach/choreographer at Vermillion High School. Likewise, she has been a certified SDHSAA Cheer and Dance Official since 2011. She was voted the 2015-2016 NFHS South Dakota Competitive Spirit Squads Official of the Year. In 2015, Kelsey became a dance instructor at Balleranea Dance Studio, and was the the competition team coach from 2014-2017.
Kelsey continues to study dance and has taken classes at Balleraena for four years. She is in her 4th year as a cast member of the LiRa Dance and Theatre Company of Sioux Falls. On top of teaching, judging, and coaching dance â€“ Kelsey is the Director of Alumni Engagement at Dakota State University, and lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Joey Nelson and dog, Libby.