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 dance and became instantly mesmerized, studying with world renowned instructors soon becoming an assistant at 18. Chelsea has been teaching since 2008 and has choreographed for and performed with Belly Dance companies, as well as solo performances around the globe.
Along with belly dance, hip-hop is another of Chelsea’s passions. She started in 2005 at New Style Motherlode and then in 2010 began dancing with UC Berkeley’s hip hop team True Element. From 2011 to 2015 she danced with Allan Frias’ (from “So You Think You Can Dance Season 1) group Mind Over Matter and periodically substituted for his classes. She has performed at various venues including Suhaila Salimpours “Sheherezade”, Rakassah West, Tribal Fest, San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest, and Kami Liddle’s “Stardust Follies”.
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 auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. Recently she choreographed for and danced in a music video for Grammy winning producer Narada Michael Walden who has produced artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.