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JCSU student dances with Disney

Charlotte, N.C. (March 14, 2014) – Chelsea Bradford, a junior at Johnson C. Smith University majoring in Visual and Performing Arts, qualified for the Walt Disney college dance program and is now an official member of the Walt Disney World Company.

Bradford began training for dance at the age of 13. She developed her passion for the art after being introduced to different dance styles and genres. “As I grew older I began to nurture the art and it began to grow on me as well,” she said.

It was “by the Grace of God,” Bradford said, that the Disney Dance Program came about. She conducted a random search for dance auditions and saw that the Walt Disney Company was having an audition in Charlotte. She thanks her mentor, Janel Joyner, who is also her coach on JCSU’s Golden Attraction Dance Team for helping her follow through. “She made sure I had all the tools and documents I needed to make this audition a success,” Bradford said of Joyner. “Next thing I knew I was boarding a plane to Orlando.”

Bradford left Charlotte in January to begin the college program which is a paid internship. She was the only person to join the program from the Charlotte area. She will return to Johnson C. Smith University on May 30, 2014 to continue her collegiate studies. Bradford describes the experience as a “melting pot of talented students from different cultures.”

 “Every time I see the shows at night it’s a different experience for me. It gives me chills. It’s confirmation that dreams do come true,” said Bradford. “There may be curve balls that stop you from achieving your goals, but you have to know in the end it’s yours,” she said of pursuing her dream. “You just have to pray hard and claim it!”

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,300 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.


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