ANDREA DAWN SHELLEY
Co-Founding Director / Artist Click here for CV
Andrea Dawn Shelley, born in Miami, Florida, received her classical ballet training from Magdalena Maury and Magda G. Aunon. Ms. Shelley has trained at summer intensives and workshops with the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. She studied dance at the University of South Florida and later graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education. Andrea began her professional career with Southern Ballet Theater (Orlando, Florida) as a member of the corps de ballet and has since danced as a principal artist with Maximum Dance Company (Miami, Florida) Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (Houston, Texas) Miami Contemporary Dance Company (Miami Beach, Florida) and State Street Ballet (Santa Barbara, California) as a company member. Ms. Shelley currently dances as a principal artist and is a Co-Founding Director of iMEE. Her repertoire includes original and previously staged works by Julia Adam, Jean Christophe Blavier, Maurice Causey, Paola Georgudis, Spencer Gavin Hering, Lindsey McGill, Michele Merola, Enrico Morelli, Paolo Mohovich, KT Nelson, Jerry Opdenaker, David Palmer, Yanis Pikieris, Daniel Rossel, Ivonice Satie, Ray Sullivan, Dominic Walsh and Jane Weiner. She has received numerous awards for her dancing; including placing "third" at the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition, named "runner-up" for Best Female Dancer in South Florida for two, consecutive years and being named Best Female Dancer in South Florida, by the Miami SunPost. Ms. Shelley was a Co-Founding member of the five week, dance festival, the Houston Dance Festival: HERE & NOW in Houston, Texas alongside iMEE Co-Director, Spencer Gavin Hering, Lighting Artist Jeremy Choate, Hope Stone Dance and NobleMotion Dance companies. Shelley had the distinguished honor of serving as a preliminary panelist for the National YoungArts Foundation, YoungArts program in both, Choreography and Modern for five consecutive years. For the past three years she taught as adjunct Dance Faculty at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and assumed the roles of Resident Choreographer and Company Director for the University’s junior company. Ms. Shelley is currently a guest teacher for various private dance schools/conservatories, Universities/Colleges and professional dance companies in Southern California, Texas and Rhode Island. iMEE Co-Founding Director, Spencer G. Hering and Shelley were recently brought on board to develop & direct the pre-professional dance program at Mandelstam Dance in South Miami, FL. This opportunity provides iMEE Directors the platform to share their love of ballet & movement with dance artists of all ages, as well as, implement their vision for training a well rounded young artist equipped for today's professional dance standards.
Ms. Shelley began her professional choreographic endeavors in 2003 and since then has created works for professional companies and festivals such as: Ballet Florida’s, "Step Ahead," the 2ND annual “Emerging Choreographers Showcase,” Miami Contemporary Dance Company’s, "New Works," Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s, "E_merging," State Street Ballet's, "Evenings," E.magine Dance Ensemble's debut Performances, O Dance's Inaugural Performance and "Intimate Voices" Programs, Ad Deum Dance Company's, "We've Been Moved" Program, Dance Gallery Festival's, "Level UP," Rassenga Palcoscenico Danza 2013, METdance's, "#womenfordance" Program, Island Moving Co.'s, "New Constellations" and "Great Friends Dance Festival" Programs, the black box INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL THEATRE & DANCE 2015 & 2017, Festival Ballet Providence's, "Apollo and Bach Suites" Program, Bellingham Repertory Dance and all iMEE Programming. Her choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States and Europe; including California, Florida, Texas, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Italy, Bulgaria and Mexico City. Ms. Shelley has received numerous awards for her choreography; including being chosen out of 250 applicants to have a work commissioned by Dance Gallery Festival's inaugural, "Level UP" in New York City, awarded as a "Finalist" in the 15th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA and being awarded the "Gold Medal" for her ensemble work Unbeknownst at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL (which has now been re-staged and presented in Santa Barbara, CA, Orlando, FL, Houston, TX and Newport, RI.) Ms. Shelley was recently honored when she was selected as a Grantee of a Project Grant for Individuals from RISCA (Rhode Island State Council on the Arts) for the continued development and presentation of her choreographic work “the secret of life is to fall seven times & get up eight.”
"Andrea Dawn Shelley's idiosyncratic, Unbeknownst achieved density and power through an extreme deconstruction that could intrigue even the master of 20th century ballet, George Balanchine; I heard Tchaikovsky's tired violin solo anew, which is no small feat."
- Theodore Bale, Dance Source Houston