Andrea Dawn Shelley was born in Miami, Florida, and received her classical ballet training from 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 BA in Dance Education. She began her professional career as a company member with Southern Ballet Theater, in Orlando, Florida and has since danced with Maximum Dance Company, in Miami, Florida as a principal artist, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, Texas as a principal artist, Miami Contemporary Dance Company in Miami Beach, Florida, as a principal artist, State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California and Hope Stone Dance Company in Houston, Texas. Ms. Shelley is currently an artist and Co-Founding Associate Artistic Director of iMEE (infinite Movement Ever Evolving.) Her repertoire includes original pieces by and new works set on her by Julia Adams, 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 is a choreographer, teacher & Ballet Mistress for The School of International Ballet and the Redlands Festival Ballet in Redlands, California and Guest teacher for various dance schools and professional dance companies in the Houston Metropolitan area.
Ms. Shelley began her professional choreographic endeavors in 2003 and since then has created works for 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" Program, Ad Deum Dance Company's "We've Been Moved" Program and iMEE in Santa Barbara, CA, Irvine, CA, New York, NY and Houston, TX. Since 2008, Ms. Shelley has served as an annual preliminary panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, youngArts scholarship program in both, Choreography and Modern. She had the distinguished honor of being a Co-Founding member of the Houston Dance Festival: HERE & NOW 2011 in Houston, TX along with iMEE A. Director, Spencer G. Hering, Hope Stone Dance and NobleMotion Dance companies. She has received numerous awards for her dancing; including being a scholarship recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters and being named Best Female Dancer in South Florida, by the Miami SunPost. Ms. Shelley was honored when her choreographic work Unbeknownst won the Gold Medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Unbeknownst has now been presented in Santa Barbara, CA, Miami, FL, Orlando, FL and Houston, TX.
"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.