Chelsie Hill is a professional dancer, entertainment personality, disability-advocate and founder and CEO of the Rollettes, a Los Angeles based dance team, grassroots community and holistic ecosystem rooted in dance culture and committed to education, diversified disability representation and female empowerment.
Chelsie began training as a dancer at three years old and continued to compete 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. Adjusting to her new reality post injury, Chelsie found difficulty in connecting with new friends, even more so, with shared experiences. In 2012 Chelsie founded the Rollettes, a dance company catering to women in wheelchairs, with the vision of connecting with other women with disabilities through dance.
Bringing together a team of seven dynamic women the Rollettes have competed and performed at events around the world including- International Cheer Union Worlds, Garden of Dreams Talent Show with the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, Redbull’s Wings for Life World Run and Festival Internazionale delle Abilità Differenti in Italy, to name a few. Since conception, Chelsie developed the Rollettes into a standout, female-owned organization and global movement redefining what it means to be disabled and reframing public perception to normalize the presence of differently-abled people across all industries by driving awareness and visibility.
Chelsie and the Rollettes hosted their inaugural Rollettes Experience in the summer of 2012, extending the brand presence beyond the digital landscape with an annual retreat and dance intensive, inviting women and girls from around the world to join them for a weekend of dance, education, and community building. In 2019 the Rollettes Experience hosted over 175 attendees, their largest in-person event to date. In response to restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rollettes adapted the event to an online format in 2020, welcoming an audience of 300+ people from fourteen countries globally to Livestream the Rollettes Experience remotely, surpassing enrollment from the previous year by upwards of 71%.
Following a slew of media headlines referring to her and other wheelchair users as wheelchair-bound, Chelsie who is a champion of finding new and innovative avenues to accomplish any goal, began promoting the concept of boundlessness, empowering people with disabilities to rethink and amend their perceived limitations in all areas of their lives. Applying this sentiment in practice, the Rollettes introduced the Boundless Babes Society in 2020, a year-round mentorship program, connecting women and girls living with a range of disabilities, to help build strong, community leaders and form pathways to live independent lives — mentally, physically, and emotionally. There are currently 175 members enrolled in the program, which offers a curriculum covering new topics each month, providing informational videos, as well as zoom discussions and 1 on 1 mentorship sessions.
With over 200k+ followers across social media, Chelsie uses her platform and her work to empower women and girls with disabilities and inspire disability representation across markets from dance and fashion to beauty and business. As a thought-leader and advocate for change and representation across all industries, Chelsie has worked in partnership with a number of major brands including: Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Redbull, Dunkin Donuts, Madison Square Garden and Barbie. Chelsie has leveraged her social media platform to connect with the larger dance community and collaborate with notable dancers and influencers including Alyson Stoner, Montana Tucker, Josh Killacky, the Rockettes, willdabeast, and David Moore, to name a few. 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 resides in Los Angeles, CA with her family.