At age 13, and with dreams of becoming a Broadway star, Kelsey Rondeau took his first dance class in California. Over the course of that first year, he fell in love with the art form. Now he’s a junior dance major at UT.
“It wasn’t until I came to UT, though, that I knew that [dance] is what I want to do with my life,” he said. “I came in as an acting focus my first semester, and I found that I wasn’t really growing as an artist and I wasn’t satisfied without dance.”
Like many dancers, Kelsey feels life is not complete unless he is dancing. He says a day without dancing is wasted for him, which explains why this summer Kelsey is excited to be a part of the Young! Tanzsommer, a 10-day performance tour of Austria. Immediately after the tour ends, Kelsey is attending a four-week training session at the Salzburg International Ballet Academy.
“What I’m looking forward to most for Young! Tanzsommer is the chance to be a touring dancer. To see what it’s like to have to get up early, pack up, get on a bus to the next destination, unpack, prepare and do a show, then do it all again the next day,” Kelsey said. “Additionally, the fact that I get to go abroad for the first time in my life is a major plus.”