Chelsea Martin 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 Dancing 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 been teaching dance since 2008 and has choreographed for and performed with “Suhaila Dance Company” since 2012 as a company dancer.
Hip Hop is another of Chelsea’s passions. In 2010 she danced with UC Berkeley’s hip hop team “True Element” and performed with groups from “New Style Motherlode” in Oakland. Since 2011 she has danced with Allan Frias' (from So You Think You Can Dance Season 1) group “Mind Over Matter” at various venues including the "San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest", “DAMSF” and “FreshMeat” in San Francisco CA. She has developed her own style of belly dance/hip hop fusion, has danced in hip hop music videos, choreographed for R&B singers, weddings and recently auditioned for “America’s Got Talent”.
Chelsea is so excited to be instructing the dancers of In Motion Dance Center for her 3rd year. This year is sure to be the best year of Hip Hop yet!