Chelsea M. started dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area at age 14. She began studying ballet, but soon branched out to different forms of dance including jazz, Brazilian, and salsa. Soon after, she was introduced to belly dance and became instantly mesmerized, studying with Suhaila Salimpour. At 16, Chelsea studied in New York with dance legend Luigi (Eugene Louis Faccuito). At 18, she resumed study with Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, and eventually began assistant teaching in their classes.
Chelsea has choreographed for and performed with Suhaila Dance Company since 2012, and has been a company dancer for many years. Along with belly dance, hip hop is another of Chelsea's passions. Since 2011, she has danced with Allan Frias’s group, Mind Over Matter, at various venues including San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest, DAMSF, and Fresh Meat in San Francisco. She has danced in hip hop music videos, choreographed for R&B singers, and recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent.
Chelsea discovered Zumba during the summer of 2010, and was instantly hooked. Soon after, she became a certified Zumba instructor, and has been teaching since March 2011. Zumba is a Latin dance/fitness class that feels like a party instead of a regular aerobics workout. You’ll find Chelsea’s classes at Truve incorporate a range of dance forms including belly dance and hip hop!