Community Leader, Trailblazer, Entrepreneur and Founder of the Rollettes Dance Team, Chelsie Hill has dedicated her life to dance and encouraging others to pursue their passions despite the physical obstacles they face and the tribulations of life. At the age of seventeen, Chelsie, a senior in high school, was involved in a drunk driving accident which caused irreversible damage to her spinal cord and left her unable to walk. Even though adapting to paralysis has altered every aspect of her life, most devastatingly was the impact it had on her ability to dance. While recovering, Chelsie decided she would not submit to her disability and chooses to live her life daily with a no-limits attitude.
Following her injury, Chelsie wanted to meet other women her age and build community through dance in her hometown of Monterey, CA. With the launch of the Rollettes wheelchair dance team, Chelsie brought together a group of differently abled women like herself, each with unmatched determination to find community and acceptance. Unlike Chelsie, many of her recruits have had no previous training in dance and rely solely on her classes for direction as they explore dance for the first time as a form of expression, or to learn to love dance again in a new capacity.
Chelsie’s dream of becoming a professional dancer propelled her to move to Los Angeles to pursue dance professionally. Chelsie started training in ost notable dance studios in LA as the only wheelchair dancer in her classes.
For many of the Rollettes, the team means much more to them. It’s about community and sisterhood. Team member, Conner Lundius explains: “These women have created a community that redefines what it means to be strong, female, and resilient. With dance they dazzle and push the boundaries that others place in the way." Expanding the Rollettes globally, Chelsie launched the Rollettes Experience, an annual weekend long dance camp bringing together women wheelchair users of all ages, from all corners of the world, to connect and form bonds with their peers through dance.
Since its launch, the Rollettes have gained visibility in the media with appearances on Ellen, Today Show, Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family," Access Daily and KTLA to name a few.
Chelsie has found a larger purpose as a voice for the disability community, shining a light on inclusion in entertainment, fashion and beauty. She is also a speaker and advocate for drunk and distracted driving, pushing through adversity and spinal cord injury awareness. Chelsie has her own jean line through Ability Jeans (Ability Jeans for Her) that are designed specifically for women with disabilities and unique body types. In addition, In 2017 Chelsie partnered with Tommy Hilfiger for the release of their adaptive collection and most recently Amazon to help spread awareness about their adaptive clothing line.
Through social media Chelsie and the Rollettes™ have started an international movement called “Be Boundless” based on encouraging others to live their life independently mentally, physically and emotionally. The “Be Boundless” podcast was created to further the message and share the stories of those in the community to encourage others to live a more fulfilling life. The second annual Be Boundless Summit was held on August 17, 2019 in Los Angeles where incredible game changers in the community were honored.
Chelsie just recently performed for Target at NY fashion week and will traveling around the country performing and speaking and different events for the remainder of 2019 including the Wellness Your Way event in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 11th.