Chelsea Alley graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in dance education. She was included on the winter 2013 Dean's List. Also in 2013, she participated in the Buckaroo: Cowboy Poetry in Motion Project, which was funded by a grant from the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. The project brought together student musicians, poets, and choreographers, as well as professional cowboy poets, to produce an evening-length themed dance concert. For the program, Alley choreographed "First Love" with fellow student Lacie Norton.