Kelsey Paschich

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Kelsey Paschich
Assistant Professor of Innovation in Dance
(269) 387-5833
3119 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5417
  • M.F.A., Dance, University of New Mexico
  • B.F.A., Dance, Point Park University
  • Countertechnique® Teacher, Melbourne Australia

Kelsey Paschich is a dancer, choreographer, educator, interdisciplinary artist. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University. Paschich holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico, and she holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University. She is 1 of 36 Countertechnique® Certified Teachers globally and teaches ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, choreography, and theory. Her international performance career spans 20 years and multiple genres. Paschich has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet, DCDC2, Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival, Keshet Dance Company, ARCOS Dance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria. She has performed work of choreographers: Robert Battle, José Limón, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubovitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Johan Renvall, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chaves, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic, Lawine Torrèn, Tomaz Simatovic, and others. Paschich’s choreographic and performative experience, informs her pedagogical methodology in providing a progressive and holistic education that cultivates the next generation of artists. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of project whitewall which experiments and creates live + digital work that explores humanness, the moving body, and its relationship to technology. She views dance as a language that can be shared across many mediums. Her work often utilizes multi-media elements inspired by surrealism as the theoretical and conceptual framework. Paschich is the recipient of the Creative Living for Dancers Award 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), the Dancing Lab Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (NCCAkron) 2021, as well as the National Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship in 2016.