Mrs. Branch –  Dance

ZenChelsea Branch is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI and graduated with a BA in Dance Education K-12 and a minor in English Education. Chelsea most recently worked at Hamilton Elementary School as the dance and yoga teacher. During her five years at Hamilton, she designed and implemented a PK-8 dance curriculum centered around National Arts Standards that created opportunities for student creativity and voices. Chelsea worked closely with classroom teachers to build arts integrated units in literacy, math, and science. Additionally, she assisted in leading SEL initiatives that greatly improved the climate and culture for students. Mindfulness is a core value in Chelsea‘s work with students and she was trained by Mindful Schools. Chelsea is passionate about sharing yoga and is certified in Yoga Calm, Rainbow Kids Yoga, and became a RYT 200 yoga teacher through Marianne Wells Yoga School.

In her free time, Chelsea loves to read fiction and memoirs, cook (although she’s not very skilled yet), and is also a professional dancer and choreographer.


Feel free to email Ms. Branch at Please allow 24-48 hours for a reply.


All classwork and assessments based on the National Core Arts Standards in Music and Dance


  • 60% – Classwork


      • Actively participates in all activities with maximum effort
      • Respect space, equipment, and others
      • Come prepared (dance appropriate clothing or recorders/folders)


  • 20% – Performances


      • In-studio performances
      • On-stage performances


  • 20% – Assessments


    • Performance-based assessments
    • Written assessments
    • Thematic Projects

Dance Clothing Policy

In order for your child to be successful in dance, students are required to be “dance ready”. This is a portion of your child’s daily classwork grade. “Dance ready” means:

  • Workout attire (sweatpants, joggers, comfy clothing)
  • Hair back
  • No jewelry
  • Appropriate shoe for genre (provided by Decatur)
  • No gum
  • Shorts under skirts

If your family has difficulty purchasing any items for dance, please email Ms. Branch.


Your student will be excused from participating when a doctor’s note is sent in. If your student has an appointment with a doctor but hasn’t seen him or her yet, please send an email explaining the situation before the day of class.

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