Chelsie Pauletti is working towards an undergraduate degree in anthropology at FAU, but that is only one part of her story. She is also head captain of the FAU Dance Team, an active performer through FAU dance classes, and a youth dance instructor.
Chelsie started taking dance classes when she was four, but there was a time when her passion almost had to take a back seat. She was raised by a single mother who worked three jobs and struggled to support Chelsie. When she was 11, dance classes became too much for the family budget. Luckily, a guardian angel, by way of a family friend, stepped in and took over payments that year and all the way through high school. Chelsie never forgot this act of kindness, and it has influenced her life’s mission of giving back through dance.
At FAU, Chelsie was happy to find a robust dance program, and has had the privilege of performing her own choreography in the Dances We Dance showcase each semester, and performing with the Dance Team. In addition, Chelsie works as a dance teacher through the Boca Raton Police Athletic League, which offers free after school activities for underprivileged and at-risk children. Through this organization, Chelsie was given an empty warehouse to teach in, and turned it into a dance and cheer studio, where dozens of students who might not otherwise get the chance, are able to express themselves through movement. Chelsie has touched so many lives through her dancing and through her teaching. She is truly making waves at FAU.