Nel Shelby Productions

Nel Shelby Productions Movement Videography + Editing for Dance The best way to promote dance is to make & share video. Our team of dance videographers, editors, directors and storytellers to collaborate and create the most beautiful, exciting and moving dance videos we can.

Nel Shelby Productions (NSP) is New York City’s premier source for dance videography, documentation services and live streaming. With extensive experience filming more than 600 dance events and performances in a variety of traditional theater settings and non-traditional performance venues, NSP works with each client to provide a custom experience tailored to the company’s needs. Fully equipped for single and multiple camera videography services, Nel and her crack team of videographers can offer their expertise from participating in preliminary brainstorming sessions to preparing the film for delivery to target audiences.

Operating as usual

11/04/2020
Dance Heginbotham | You Look Like A Fun Guy

Dance Heginbotham's "You Look Like a Fun Guy" is based broadly on avant-garde composer John Cage’s methods of creation and his commitment to mycology.

Dancers Courtney Lopes and Mykel Marai Nairne share a series of identical, short movement phrases; the phrases are performed in an order randomly selected for each performer.

Watch the full film at the link in my bio: https://bit.ly/34AJeio

🎥: Nel Shelby Productions; in collaboration with Pentacle

In case you missed it, we've been live-streaming Molissa Fenley’s celebrated solo work "State of Darkness" from The Joyc...
11/04/2020

In case you missed it, we've been live-streaming Molissa Fenley’s celebrated solo work "State of Darkness" from The Joyce Theater with a bit of a twist: the work has been restaged onto seven of New York's acclaimed dancers!!⁠

It has been really exciting for me to see the lightbulb go on inside my client's heads as we navigate through the "new" dance world together. 💡⁠

Artists and organizations have been paying more attention in an entirely new way to things like the angle of the camera, the sound, the lighting... the past few projects I've worked on have felt so much different than in the past, and I'm not going to lie – I love it.⁠

Having my clients looking at the monitor with me has been amazing. One of our core values at NSP is having a thoughtful and collaborative approach, and it feels like we are collaborating with our clients on a whole new level!!! It has been such a rich process.⁠

This Saturday (Nov 7) is the LAST DAY you'll have the chance to receive full access to the live-streamed performances on-demand if you buy tickets (starting at $12 per household). → https://bit.ly/3j2E185

The artists have been so supportive of each other. It's been so beautiful. I hope you'll tune in – these performances make you feel like you go into another world while you're watching.

📸: Molissa Fenley; photo by Mohamed Sadek for The New York Times

Five livestreams at Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater this last weekend, plus two shows produced for New York City Ce...
11/03/2020

Five livestreams at Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater this last weekend, plus two shows produced for New York City Center's Fall for Dance that aired in the last week.

I’m exhausted, my team is tired, but we'll do anything to keep the arts alive!!!

Please continue to support the arts. The dance community has been turned upside down.

I work with amazing, resilient organizations that are doing everything possible to make things happen during this challenging time. Give to these places, purchase tickets, buy their merch – support them. ❤️🙏🏻💃🏻

“It’s meant to be a human being, so it could be any gender whatsoever and it could be any race whatsoever,” Ms. Fenley, ...
11/02/2020
Seven Dance Stars Take On a Daring ‘Rite of Spring’

“It’s meant to be a human being, so it could be any gender whatsoever and it could be any race whatsoever,” Ms. Fenley, 65, said in a recent interview. “It’s one person representing all people.”

Watch The Joyce Theater's "State of Darkness" through Nov 7: https://bit.ly/3j2E185

via The New York Times

The choreographer Molissa Fenley revives her 1988 solo — an urgent feat of endurance — for a new generation at the Joyce Theater.

#ICYMI: Benjamin Goodly interviewed me for his podcast, Count 9 Podcast!!In the interview, I talk about my spiritual app...
11/02/2020

#ICYMI: Benjamin Goodly interviewed me for his podcast, Count 9 Podcast!!

In the interview, I talk about my spiritual approach which has cultivated a flourishing career from my love of dance.

We also discuss making dance accessible on screen and for virtual events during COVID-19!!

Listen to the episode here: https://bit.ly/2HNeLFZ

11/01/2020
The Joyce Theater

Tune in!! 💜💜💜

"State of Darkness" goes live for a second weekend of performances by Cassandra Trenary of American Ballet Theatre, Lloyd Knight of Martha Graham Dance, and Sara Mearns of
New York City Ballet on October 31 - November 1.

Performances are broadcast #live from our Theater! Reserve your virtual seat in the house today! bit.ly/3l3HBQC

Individual tickets start at $12, and performances will be available to view on-demand through November 7. Tickets to our Choreographers & Cocktails Virtual benefit offer an all-access pass to all seven performances, as well as behind the scenes conversations with the artists.

Footage by Mohamed Sadek of Annique Roberts, Cassandra Trenary, and Michael Trusnovec
Livestream produced by Nel Shelby Productions
Presented in part by @First Republic Bank

10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

Forever obsessed with this piece by Armitage Gone! Dance.

This show ran through Halloween weekend at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2017.

How lucky am I to be producing not one, but TWO different live-streams featuring this beauty!!New York City Center’s #Fa...
10/31/2020

How lucky am I to be producing not one, but TWO different live-streams featuring this beauty!!

New York City Center’s #FallForDance is still available on-demand (through Nov 1)! → https://bit.ly/2Sctige

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The Joyce Theater’s “State of Darkness” is live this Sunday at 5pm ET, but you’ll get access to all of the other performances we’ve streamed (there’s 6 others!) throughout October until Nov 7!! → https://bit.ly/3j2E185

📸: Sara Mearns dancing Christopher Wheeldon's “The Two of Us” at New York City Center; photo Christopher Duggan Dance Photos

10/29/2020

Brian Brooks Moving Company recently wrapped his stay at Jacob's Pillow's Pillow Lab, a 10 day in-person COVID-19-compliant residency that supports dance artists during crucial development, research, and technical stages of choreography-driven projects.

Today, I am excited to share the first Inside the Pillow Lab dance film we made in collaboration with Jacob's Pillow, Brian Brooks, and his dancers.

When I saw the first draft of this film, I sobbed. It is so amazing to see these dancers touching and for Jacob's Pillow to offer this opportunity to these artists. This was Brian's first time back in studio in 7 MONTHS!!!

I'm feeling so privileged to help tell these stories for Jacob's Pillow. We cannot take anything for granted.

RSVP for tonight’s premiere at 7pm ET: bit.ly/ITPL-BrianBrooks

10/29/2020

Happy #WorldBalletDay!

An oldie, but a goodie: the gorgeous Misa Kuranaga 倉永美沙 of San Francisco Ballet dancing Balanine’s “Serenade” at Vail Dance Festival in 2017!! ✨

🎥: Nel Shelby Productions

10/29/2020
Urban Bush Women | The Artist Journal

Urban Bush Women company members Courtney Cook and Love Muwwakkil explore practices for navigating discomfort, and healing in this beautiful work we filmed back in July at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. ⁠

Watch the full film here: ⁠https://bit.ly/34AJeio

🎥: Nel Shelby Productions; in collaboration with Pentacle

10/28/2020
Sneak-Preview: Inside the Pillow Lab with Brian Brooks

I can’t even explain the amount of tears I cried while producing Inside the Pillow Lab with Brian Brooks, Spencer Weidie and Ashli Bickford.

What we created together is really something special.

RSVP to watch tomorrow (it’s only available for a limited amount of time)!! 💜💜💜 → bit.ly/ITPL-BrianBrooks

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#Repost Jacob's Pillow
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“It’s challenging to find a more prescient institution seemingly so well designed for this moment. With already scarce resources for the arts now demolished, the opportunity to participate in a quarantined residency will allow my company and I to survive this year.”

—Brian Brooks

Step Inside the Pillow Lab with Brian Brooks Moving Company this Thursday at 7pm ET.

RSVP at the link in bio!!

The screening of this short film, which is produced in collaboration with Nel Shelby Productions, captures in-process work by Brian Brooks and will run approximately 15 minutes.

🎥: Spencer Weidie; edited by Ashli Bickford for Nel Shelby Productions

Made some final edits for New York City Center’s second program of Fall For Dance early this morning. Feeling so incredi...
10/26/2020

Made some final edits for New York City Center’s second program of Fall For Dance early this morning. Feeling so incredibly proud of this show.

Tune in if you can – tickets are $15 and you’ll be able to watch however many times you’d like on-demand until Nov 1!!

The broadcast is live tonight at 7:30pm ET. Learn more here: https://nycc.vhx.tv/

📸: Calvin Royal III of ABT dancing Kyle Abraham's world premiere “to be seen,” a New York City Center commissioned piece!

10/23/2020

Molissa Fenley’s celebrated solo work "State of Darkness" is streaming live from The Joyce Theater this fall starting TOMORROW!!!⁠

The intense 35-minute solo performance was originally commissioned by the American Dance Festival in 1988, and has been reworked to broadcast live from The Joyce each weekend starting October 24 until November 1!!!⁠

We've been working with The Joyce's team to make this virtual experience unforgettable.

Grab tickets (starting at $12 per household), and you'll receive full access to the live-streamed performances until November 7, 2020!! ✨⁠ → https://bit.ly/2IEFV2j

10/22/2020
Ascending Bird at Vail Dance Festival (2018)

#ICYMI: Vail Dance Festival released a few more performances from their Digital Festival featuring some of your favorite artists including Michelle Dorrance, Calvin Royal III, Robbie Fairchild, Melissa Toogood and more!!

👀 Check them out!! → https://bit.ly/2T8QSev

🎥: Michelle Dorrance, Lil Buck, Myls Yachts, Naomi Funaki, Dario Natarelli and Phyouture performing "Ascending Bird" at Vail Dance Festival (2018); 🎶: Caroline Shaw and Brooklyn Rider; video by Nel Shelby Productions

It's happening!!!New York City Center's first-ever digital Fall For Dance Festival is here!Tune in tonight at 7:30pm ET ...
10/21/2020

It's happening!!!

New York City Center's first-ever digital Fall For Dance Festival is here!

Tune in tonight at 7:30pm ET to enjoy two world premiere City Center commissions, including a solo piece from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's first Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts and a duet by Christopher Wheeldon for New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns and American Ballet Theatre principal and incoming Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David Hallberg.

The program also includes Ballet Hispánico in a New York premiere celebrating Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer and Martha Graham Dance's Natasha Diamond Walker performing "Lamentation", one of the Company’s quintessential solos.

Get digital access for $15 (per program) and view the performances on-demand through November 1 → https://nycc.vhx.tv/products

📸: Christopher Duggan Dance Photos

“They put on a show, and at least for one afternoon, they got to dance again.”❤️❤️❤️via The New York Times
10/20/2020
Ballet Finds Itself on Higher Ground, Overlooking Lincoln Center

“They put on a show, and at least for one afternoon, they got to dance again.”

❤️❤️❤️

via The New York Times

Six short works, including three premieres, were unveiled on a rooftop to benefit the new organization Dancers of N.Y.C.B.

What do these dancers have in common?⁠⁠They're dancing in individual performances of Molissa Fenley's restaged solo "Sta...
10/20/2020

What do these dancers have in common?⁠

They're dancing in individual performances of Molissa Fenley's restaged solo "State of Darkness"(among four other acclaimed New York dancers) at The Joyce Theater!!⁠

The livestreams we have produced in collaboration with The Joyec are going to blow your mind!!! 🤯 I'm SO excited for the broadcasts!!⁠

The first two livestreams happen this Saturday, October 24 at 5pm and 8pm ET.⁠

Get tickets and see the full lineup right here: https://bit.ly/3j2E185

📸: Annique Roberts, Michael Trusnovec, and Cassandra Trenary; photos by Mohomad Sadek

Fall is not "fall" without Fall For Dance.I am so excited to produce these two beautiful shows in collaboration with New...
10/19/2020

Fall is not "fall" without Fall For Dance.

I am so excited to produce these two beautiful shows in collaboration with New York City Center in association with Jerome Robbins Dance Division and Archive of the Recorded Moving Image / NYPL The New York Public Library. It honestly is a dream come true.

I have cried tears of joy thinking about how special it is to be able to bring art to your screen and give you the feeling all New Yorkers have every year when the leaves change colors. 🍃🍂

Mark your calendar October 21 and 26!!!

Learn more about the programs and get tickets here: https://nycc.vhx.tv/products

10/15/2020
Company SBB | Unnatural Contradictions

Company SBB's "Unnatural Contradictions" offers the point of view of a Brooklyn Botanic Garden visitor who happens upon three installation solos by Jennifer Payán, Yeman Brown, and Stefanie Batten Bland paying homage to Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd.⁠

Watch the full film here: https://bit.ly/34AJeio

🎥: Nel Shelby Productions; in collaboration with Pentacle #pentacleroster

Last weekend we live-streamed The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Calidore String Quartet at Lincoln Center's ...
10/15/2020

Last weekend we live-streamed The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Calidore String Quartet at Lincoln Center's outdoor theater, The Grove.

🎥🎵 Watch (and listen!!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge8T2S3canc

And stay tuned for more live-streams included in Lincoln Center’s New Stages series on Oct 17, Oct 24 and Oct 31. Tune in on YouTube at 2pm ET on those dates to enjoy!!

We're live-streaming A.I.M by Kyle Abraham's Homecoming right now!!! Tune in!!! ❤️  Support these beautiful artists!!!
10/14/2020
A.I.M 2020 Homecoming Night

We're live-streaming A.I.M by Kyle Abraham's Homecoming right now!!! Tune in!!! ❤️ Support these beautiful artists!!!

To support A.I.M, visit http://www.givergy.us/aimhomecoming Gather your friends and family for A.I.M’s Homecoming Night! Sponsored by Emmy-award winning crea...

10/14/2020

Tonight is A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Homecoming!!

Our team has worked with A.I.M many times, and each time feels better than the last. Kyle Abraham and his entire team are all so forward-thinking and inspiring. 💜

The show we helped create for tonight's livestream is just a small part of A.I.M's week-long virtual celebration of the company's resilience, perseverance, and creative tenacity.

Homecoming Week will raise critical funds to support A.I.M’s artists and the sustainability of the company.

Tune in to watch a special livestream that features an intimate interview with Kyle Abraham and 2020 Honoree Misty Copeland with additional appearances by Bebe Neuwirth, Glenn Ligon, Carrie Mae Weems, A.I.M dancers, and more.

Tune in now! → https://bit.ly/3iGMRs6

🎥: Catherine Kirk of A.I.M dancing at Jacob's Pillow's #DanceWeMust Virtual Gala back in June

Producing virtual events quickly became the core of my work this year.It's big undertaking, but it gave me a lot of insi...
10/13/2020

Producing virtual events quickly became the core of my work this year.

It's big undertaking, but it gave me a lot of insight into what it *really* takes to produce performances and events virtually.

Don’t know where to start? Grab my 5 tips here → https://bit.ly/30cQuiP

Toward the end of the summer, Pam Tatge at Jacob's Pillow asked if we would help produce a few films for the Pillow's Fa...
10/09/2020

Toward the end of the summer, Pam Tatge at Jacob's Pillow asked if we would help produce a few films for the Pillow's Fall Season.

The answer was a no-brainer. After producing the Pillow's Virtual Gala #DanceWeMust and their first-ever #VirtualPillow, I had a an adrenaline rush that begged me to keep creating.

Yesterday, the Pillow released a film we made with The Francesca Harper Project and the contemporary students of The School at Jacob's Pillow.

My long-time collaborator Ashli Bickford and I worked on this film with Francesca. I’m really proud of what we created together.

Watch the film here: https://bit.ly/3d65HaX

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About Nel Shelby Productions

Fully equipped for single and multiple camera video services, our team of dance videographers offers everything from brainstorming what your video should include to prepping the final edit for sharing online.

In addition to filming performances, we capture interviews, auditions, fundraising videos and promotional reels. Our dance documentary PS DANCE! was nominated for a New York Emmy!! We can even live-stream dance events online or at exclusive venues.

Excellence means more than showing up with the best equipment. As movers ourselves, we feel a deep devotion to the advancement of dance as an art form and bring this passion to every project we take on. We value collaboration with our clients and internally as a creative team. And we serve with kindness, knowing that the best projects are made of joy, not just deliverables.

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Beautiful video for the Jacob's Pillow 85th anniversary, Nel! Whatcha got cookin' next?