Prep For Your Dance Video Shoot | A Video Tip on Facebook Live

by May 14, 2018Video Tip0 comments

The biggest part of what I do is document dance.

It takes a lot of time to put together a show, I know! All of your energy is focused in making it the best experience possible. You’re concentrating on how your audience is going to see your work. You have to think about the possible presenters and VIPs who might attend.

Of course, you want to film your show for various reasons: you want to use the video for marketing purposes, to document your work if you ever want to reconstruct it at a later time, to show to presenters for tours and upcoming events…

With all of the tasks of putting together a show running through your mind, you might tell your videographer to simply come and film it! No details, just please show up!

It can be difficult to decide on exactly what you want for your dance video, and it can be equally as challenging to put what you want into words. While it might be easier to say you don’t have a preference for the look of your video, that’s probably not entirely true.


I recently went Live on Facebook to discuss my Dance Video Checklist. And it’s not as difficult as you might think to discuss exactly how you want your show to be documented with your videographer.

Watch and enjoy! And if you have any more questions, email us at!

Nel Shelby is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and 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 also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.

Nel Shelby Dance Videographer in Action


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