Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson

Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson

January 16-22, 2017
Hip-hop residency

Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson is a dance artist and educator with deep experience and training in the underground house, Hip-Hop and street dance communities. Kelsa is a member of Venus Fly, an internationally known all-styles crew.

She has performed and served as a guest artist at venues including: B.Supreme (London, UK), B-girl Be (Minneapolis, MN) J.U.I.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival (Hollywood, CA), and Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago, IL). Kelsa is a lecturer at The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches technique, pedagogy, dance studies and community cultural development courses.

Kelsa dedicated much of her career to working at the intersection of activism, community building and the arts. Since Spring 2013, she has been co-curator of The B-SERIES, a biannual festival celebrating hip hop culture and bringing the grassroots hip hop and street dance communities into verbal and embodied dialogue with students, faculty and staff.

From 2005-2011, Kelsa developed and managed Culture Builds Community, an initiative that won Cityfolk the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio (2009) in Community Development & Participation. As a consultant for the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago, Kelsa Developed the evaluation project for LISC/Chicago’s 3-year pilot program, Building Community Through the Arts (BCA), for the New Communities Program, Quality of Life neighborhood planning process.

Kelsa holds a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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