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Moment of uncertainty leads to huge success

“Donor support has given me greater confidence in my abilities and has encouraged me to pursue a professional dance career after graduation.”

Chelsea DesLauriers’ background in physical movement runs deep. Her mother was a professional figure skater and her father heavily involved in football. She was only three years old – with not enough hair for a proper bun – when she started her dance career.

Her close-knit family encouraged her passion for dance. So she immersed herself in the study of ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern and more at the same Surrey-based studio until high school graduation at age 18.

Of her decision to attend SFU’s dance program in the School of Contemporary Arts Chelsea says, “I applied on a whim, but am so grateful that I did.” That moment of uncertainty towards the end of her high school career has translated into huge success.

Now in her final year, she is glad to have had the chance to discover new forms, to become more independent and to take a more academic approach to her dancing and choreography. 

A role model for other dancers in the program, Chelsea was unanimously selected by her department to receive two awards, including the Grant Strate Award. She is honoured to have received the support and says “it has given me greater confidence in my abilities and has encouraged me to pursue a professional dance career after graduation.”

Chelsea also has her sights set on a later return to academia having completed all of her prerequisites to enter a Master’s program in physiotherapy.