About Nel Shelby
I founded my dance video production company when I realized that all my college dance footage was fuzzy, far away and completely unusable. There was clearly a need for better quality dance video, and since I had broadcast experience in addition to dance training, it felt like a mission more than a business.
Nel Shelby Productions has grown from a one-woman show to a thriving operation with an excellent creative team handling videography, editing, photography, marketing, client relations and project management.
I believe every child deserves access to dance education.
When I started working with Executive Producer Jody Gottfried Arhhold to film PS DANCE!, a documentary on dance education in NYC public schools, it all started to click for me.
Movement has always filled my soul. I see the power it gives our daughter Gracie and son Jack. I know it teaches compassion and responsibility and more.
And making documentaries like PS DANCE! is my way to shine light on this.
“PS DANCE! filled my heart with the hope that ALL kids can experience the gift of dance so beautifully shown in this wonderful film.”
— Damian Woetzel, Artistic Director of Vail International Dance Festival
“Working with Nel Shelby on promotional videos for Restless Creature was a joyful and inspiring collaboration unto itself.”
— WENDY WHELAN, associate artistic director, New York City Ballet
We know (and love) pretty much everyone in the dance world.
When you work for over a decade in the NYC, Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Dance scenes, you’ll meet pretty much everyone in the dance world.
Check out the list of our clients, or browse our videos to get a sense of the diversity of styles of choreography we have filmed!
What really drives me behind the camera is my long personal history with movement.
I have a B.F.A. in dance and I’m a certified Pilates instructor. I’m obsessed with Peloton, and I still practice headstands in my living room. It’s important to understand how dance feels when you film it, and that’s something I carry with me to each film shoot.