Nel Shelby Productions is New York City’s premier source for dance videography, editing promotional films and live-streaming performance.
“I founded my dance video production company when I realized that all of my college dance footage was fuzzy, far away and completely unusable. There was clearly a need for better quality dance video, and since I had broadcast experience in addition to dance training — it felt like the perfect passion project.”
Now, Nel Shelby Productions has grown from a one-woman show to a thriving operation with an excellent team of creative videographers, editors, marketing minds, client relations and project managers. Nel’s company is deeply dedicated to the preservation of dance through documentation of live performances, while also focusing on digital marketing and promotion with fully edited marketing reels, documentaries and dance films.
Nel’s company has filmed more than 700 dance events and performances in traditional theaters, outdoor plazas and gallery spaces.
She also works as Festival Videographer for the internationally celebrated Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires and as Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. Be sure to check out her half-hour documentary (link below) on Vail’s festival, The Altitude of Dance, debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS in May 2013.
Nel has also created four short films for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature project, and “Folie a Deux,”. Nel’s short dance film made in collaboration with Adam Barruch Dance, was selected and screened at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She recently edited a dance documentary titled Where Women Don’t Dance, featuring Nejla Y. Yatkin and filmed during a month-long tour in Central America.
Her latest project, PS Dance! which is a documentary about dance education in public schools hosted by TV journalist Paula Zahn. (link below)