Pro Videographers Discuss The Importance Of Documenting Dance | Video Tip

by | Mar 22, 2018 | Video Tip

I recently went live on Facebook with my good friend and fellow female videographer, Loren R. Robertson!

Loren and I have known each other for a very long time. She has been my younger sister Lucy’s friend since grade school! Then, she was my very first intern at Jacob’s Pillow in 2004. Now, she owns her own company filming dance in San Francisco and films and edits with me at Vail Dance Festival every summer. We’ve worked on some dance documentaries together, too – she helped me film the very first shoot of No Dominion Project and I also like to brag that she’s a New York Emmy-Nominated editor of PS DANCE! 😊


Join me & Loren as we discuss the importance of documenting dance!

Things get deep and philosophical AND we talk about the differences and advantages of filming with multiple cameras, having a thorough pre-shoot checklist, and more!!

“If we don’t have the arts or performance in the way it builds community and tells stories, I think we’re lost as humans!” 

– Loren R. Robertson

When we’re documenting dance, we’re really trying to capture the essence of what’s happening on stage.

As videographers, we know that a filmed performance is going to be a different experience than when you’re seeing the performance live, but filming performances is the only way to archive your work! We love serving the dance community and helping them archive performance for generations to come!!

Stay tuned for more Video Tips via Facebook Live!

I’m committed to going live on social media at least once per month! Last month I went live with my husband, Christopher Duggan, to discuss how to make the most out of your next on-camera interview – check it out!

Photo Credit: Nel Shelby and Loren Robertson filming Margaret Mullin’s No Dominion Project by Christopher Duggan Photography

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.