Kjersti Søberg, a vibrant Norwegian American performer, is no stranger to the stage or screen in any part of the world. Before the age of 13 she performed in the Nutcracker on Broadway, was a soloist for a September 11th benefit performance, and danced at the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
While attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Kjersti worked with the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader for 3 seasons. As an ambassador for the organization, she was chosen to travel to Iraq and Kuwait during the war to perform for the troops. She graduated with honors with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was the sole recipient in her graduating class to receive the prestigious award of “Excellence in all Styles.”
Immediately after graduating, Kjersti danced with Holland America Cruise Line where she completed several world tours. She also broke into the South African entertainment industry dancing under renowned choreographer, Debbie Rakusin. While living in South Africa for 4 years she could be seen dancing in commercials, corporate performances, and on live TV (including on South African Idols). Kjersti toured internationally in Dirty Dancing the Musical as an on-stage swing where she understudied/played the lead role of “Penny Johnson.”
Today you can find Kjersti on stage as an equity performer and Dance Captain at Walt Disney World. She currently performs in Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, and the role of “Maji” in The Festival of the Lion King. She was also in Celebrate the Season as well as a featured performer in ABC/Disney’s televised Christmas parade with Neil Patrick Harris under critically acclaimed and Tony Award winning choreographers Christopher Gattelli (Newsies/Spongebob Square Pants) and Emmy award winning NappyTabs (So You Think You Can Dance/America’s Best Dance Crew).
Kjersti not only has a passion for the stage, but for the sky. She has been flying helicopters for several years and received her private pilot’s license in 2016. While continuing to pursue her career in the dance industry, Kjersti is also working towards acquiring her commercial rotorcraft license with the intention of flying professionally in the future.