Ballet Hispanico | Dance Education Outreach

We’re always excited to work with the magical Ballet Hispanico. Their work is so fluid, beautiful and moving. For this project, we filmed interviews with Eduardo Vilaro and AnaMaria Correa and filmed the company’s dance performance for young students. Then we edited together what we feel captures their dance education outreach and what makes it unique.

Ashli Bickford, one of our fantastic videographer and editors, was assigned to edit our video footage:

“It was so easy to put this dance video together, because the material I was working with was amazing! Not only is Ballet Hispanico such a high-quality dance company, but the students at their performance were so engaged and having a great time.

Eduardo and AnaMaria did an incredible job coming onstage between the dances and telling the students more about them in a fun and engaging way. Filming the performance, we could really feel and see the students learning more about Spanish culture and heritage and enjoying the excitement of dance!”


Kate Weare Company | Dark Lark at BAM

Jessica Ray, one of my trusted videographers, filmed Kate Weare Company’s performance of Dark Lark, a world premiere, at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn last year. All of us at Nel Shelby Productions are huge fans of Kate Weare’s work, and Jessica told me she really liked filming Dark Lark because Kate gave her more range to play around with the framing of the filming. She was definitely mindful of what the camera was catching, but it was also great to be able to move in a bit more intimately with the camera, and the dancers were so phenomenal that it was a really exciting shoot.

Dance Audition Videos | When You Can’t Be There in Person

It seems like Nel Shelby Productions is constantly uncovering more ways to help dancers and choreographers through excellent quality dance video. Recently, we’ve found high demand for filming and editing audition videos for dancers looking to attend summer dance intensives, enroll in college dance departments and conservatories and even send video samples of their dancing to professional performing companies.

Dance Magazine has published its 2014 Audition Guide articles for how to handle yourself when auditioning in person, but we wanted to do a quick blog post with tips of how to audition when you can’t be in room.

1. Don’t get too fancy with your audition video. Most dance schools, programs and companies would prefer to see a one-camera video shoot rather than two-cameras, because two-camera edits involve putting together multiple angles, and the choices made about showing your dancing from certain angles may seem suspicious… Why did they cut to a close-up of her torso there? Was she off-balance on releve? Etc. You don’t want to look like you’re hiding something.

2. Film the audition material in a relatively clean space with great light. We bring our own lighting equipment to every studio we film auditions in, because you never know if you’ll have enough natural light, and it’s very important the dance program can see you!

3. Bring a coach! We always try to remind our clients who are creating audition reels that in order to get the most out of their session with Nel Shelby Productions, it’s great to bring a teacher or coach who knows the material. This is just because we can make sure you look great on camera, but we don’t know the choreography or variations.

4. Practice makes perfect video. Dancers should come fully prepared with all variations, exercises and choreography set and well-rehearsed for their audition video shoot. Warming up and setting hair and make-up before the session is also important.

5. Most of all, talk to your videographer about the application requirements and deadlines before you film your dancing. We’re very sensitive to the fact that many dancers need a quick turnaround in video delivery for auditions and other applications. We can work with you to deliver your dance video as fast as possible, but we can only work to do that if we know ahead of time and plan accordingly. Talk over the dance audition guidelines with your video team, too. How should the variations be ordered on the DVD? Is a menu necessary to navigate through to specific chapters of your audition?

Watch an excerpt of Brittany Shinay’s dance audition video for a glance at how we handle the audition taping process. Enjoy!


Jacob’s Pillow Dance | Festival Overview 2014

It’s that time of year! Time to see what amazing dance is happening at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this summer! Every year, I look back at the Pillow’s archived dance video and receive dance footage from companies around the world. I record narration by the amazing Artistic Director Ella Baff and edit the festival overview. This promotional video shares the exciting dance shows coming to the main theaters at the Pillow in the summer season.


Like always, this year has many amazing dance artists and performances in store, and Christopher and I can’t wait to make photos and video! Purchase tickets online starting April 1 and be sure to say hello to me and my dance video team this season.

Dancing at the Pillow this year:

The Hong Kong Ballet
Carmen de Lavallade
Trey McIntyre Project
Unreal Hip-Hop
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group in 
Dorrance Dance
Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble
Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider in Chalk and Soot
Pacific Northwest Ballet
David Roussève/REALITY in Stardust
Companhia Urbana de Dança
doug elkins choreography, etc.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
LeeSaar The Company



Kinetic Cinema: Promoting Dance Through Film

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting Kinetic Cinema next Thursday, March 13 at Spectacle about what I love most – filming dance! I’ll be sharing some of my recent dance films with what can only be a great audience (you’re going to come, right?) in a cozy informal setting.

Adam Barruch’s Folie a Deux, film to be shown at Kinetic Cinema

I have always found it a struggle to claim myself as an artist. Over the last 12 years I have filmed dance for two purposes: to document and to promote dance. People would always ask me when I was going to make dance films. I always said one day and in the back of my mind I thought once I do that I will be an “artist.”

Now as I look back over the past twelve years of filming hundreds of concerts and then making a dance film here and there I have claimed myself as an artist. Some projects move me more deeply and inspire me more than others, but what all my work has in common is collaboration, and that is what I love.

Every single film I chose to share at Kinetic Cinema was a result of collaboration and a vision. Whether the vision was there before the project began or didn’t come clear until the editing room, each project teaches me something. The films I chose made me think differently about what I do and helped me make new choices, saying YES to projects in the future.

Wendy Whelan & Kyle Abraham; photo by Christopher Duggan

Here are the details for the event, hope to see you there!

Pentacle’s Movement Media and Spectacle present: Kinetic Cinema: Promoting Dance Through Film
Film screening and discussion of the work and process of Nel Shelby
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 8pm
Admission only $5

124 S. 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Near Bedford Ave.)



March 10, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Anna Brady Marcus - We are so excited for this event! Here is a sneak peak:

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