Kelsey Long was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, where her affinity for movement began at a very young age. She started training at the age of 3, studying ballet, jazz, contemporary and gymnastics, and was also involved in high level competitive sports throughout high school. In 2009 and 2011, Kelsey had the pleasure of performing with Seamless Dance Theatre in Kansas City, MO. She then went on to receive her BFA in Dance: Choreography and Performance from California Institute of the Arts (‘17). In the summer of 2015 Kelsey competed with a self choreographed solo at the 12th Seoul International Dance Competition, where she was awarded the 1st place prize in the Senior Women’s Contemporary Dance category. Kelsey is also a professional lighting designer and stage manager, having worked with companies such as LA Dance Project, RedCAT, Highways Performance Space, and Rockwell Table and Stage. Most recently she was the Production Manager at a Spanish restaurant and nightclub located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This is Kelsey’s second season with the Diavolo Touring Company.