Alvin Ailey’s “Cry”

by | May 14, 2021 | Performance Video

A pinch me moment happened recently when we filmed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a full week.

One of the works we filmed was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cry. This piece, made by Alvin Ailey in 1971 on Judith Jamison, was made for his mother for her Birthday. How special!!

He dedicated the piece to “all Black women everywhere– especially our mothers.” 😍

We filmed the new version of Cry featuring the gorgeous Jacqueline Green. We worked with Matthew Rushing, Ronni Favors and Ms. Jamison (who was remote).

It was a glorious experience in the studio filming. I have such a deep respect for AAADT. Our entire team felt so at home with everyone. 

Ailey released the newly filmed version this past weekend for Mother’s Day, and the performance is available to stream on Ailey All Access through May 23 at 7pm ET.

Keep an eye out for more beautiful Ailey dancing!!!

With gratitude,


Video Production by Nel Shelby Productions
Producer/Director/Editor: Nel Shelby
Videographers: Ashli Bickford, Steve DiCasa, & Nate Reinga
Colorist: Jason Bahling
BTS Videographer/Photographer: Christopher Duggan
Project Manager: Cherylynn Tsushima

Jacqueline Green; photo by Christopher Duggan

Nel Shelby is Owner & Filmmaker for Nel Shelby Productions, her New York City-based company dedicated to dance videography and editing. Nel shares her mission to preserve and promote the art of dance with her husband, Christopher Duggan, a dance and wedding photographer. They collaborate on projects with dance companies of worldwide renown, up-and-coming choreographers, dance educators, dance schools and more. Nel is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Dance Festival and is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.