Chelsie Hill is a professional dancer, community leader, content creator, and Founder/CEO of Rollettes, a Los Angeles based wheelchair dance team that’s committed to education, disability representation, and female empowerment. Chelsie's story has been featured across major media platforms, including Good Morning America, Today Show, Ellen, Cosmopolitan, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, People, Women’s Health, and more.
Chelsie’s mom signed her up to take a dance class at the age of three years old. She was that little girl in a tutu that just loved to dance. Chelsie continued to take classes and competed competitively through her senior year of high school. At 17 years old, Chelsie was involved in a drunk driving accident, sustaining a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis from her waist down. The doctor told Chelsie “You are not going to be able to walk…” but Chelsie responded, “Forget walking, I just want to dance.”
Adjusting to her new reality post-injury, she wanted to meet other young women like her and make friends. In 2012, Chelsie got on her social media and invited six women to her hometown of Monterey, CA to put on a performance in front of friends, family, and the local community. With rehearsals, sleepovers, and a lot of girl time, they bounded over the few days and became a team. That’s how the Rollettes were founded!
Wanting to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer and with all odds against her, Chelsie moved to the dance capital of the world, Los Angeles, CA, and started taking able body dance classes at the top dance studios. It wasn’t easy at the beginning to be the only person in a wheelchair with a room full of able-bodied dancers, trying to adapt the choreography to fit her wheelchair and a lot of choreographers didn’t even give her the time of day. Chelsie’s love and passion for dance outweighed anything that anyone could ever say to her and she wanted to prove to all of them that “dance is dance, whether you’re walking or rolling.”
When social media began taking off, Chelsie started following other dancers that were creating fun videos and dance challenges. She thought “Why can’t a person in a wheelchair dance and make cool videos? I don’t see it, so let’s create it.” Chelsie and the Rollettes started making their own videos and having fun with them. Purely started to see what they can do. Chelsie feels “being able to show the world what You Can Do through social media is so amazing because we are so lucky we have that type of voice now.” Chelsie and the team have built the largest network of women with disabilities across the USA and around the world.
Chelsie has been breaking barriers and changing the game in the disability community. As an entrepreneur, Chelsie created the very first women and kids empowerment event called the Rollettes Experience with seminars to empower, educate and connect the hundreds and hundreds of attendees who have traveled from across the country and 14 countries to attend every year on dance, fitness, yoga, makeup, special guest speakers and panels, pj party, pool party, talent showcase, and the Boundless Babe Awards.
The goal as a company and team is to empower women with disabilities to live boundlessly and shift perspectives through dance. Chelsie and the Rollettes are creating a global movement of Boundless Babes by helping them become community leaders and live independent lives — mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Chelsie surprised her biggest fan “Mayli” on the hit show “Little Big Shots’ hosted by Melissa McCarthy and starred on the Sundance Channel's award-winning TV show "Push Girls." She’s worked in partnership with a number of major brands like Aerie, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Athleta, GymShark, Reebok, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram to name a few.
The Rollettes dance team were featured on Adam Levine’s series “Sugar” on YouTube Premium, Vanderpump Dogs on Peacock and performed in numerous special events such as Garden of Dreams Talent Show with the Radio City Rockettes, 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, Redbull’s Wings for Life World Run, Disneyland, Festival Internazionale delle Abilità Differenti in Italy, and Gold meets Golden for the Golden Globes.
As a content creator, community leader, and personal brand, Chelsie is highly sought out by production companies, producers and brands to create, produce and consult on projects for TV, Film, Commercials, YouTube and Social Media.