Andrea Dawn Shelley

ANDREA DAWN SHELLEY born in Miami, Florida, received her classical ballet training predominately from Magda G. Auñon. She studied dance at the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance Education from Florida International University. Andrea began her professional career with Southern Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet and has since danced as a principal artist with Maximum Dance Company, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and State Street Ballet as a company member. Ms. Shelley currently dances as a principal artist and is the Co- Founding Director of iMEE Dance Company. She has received numerous awards for her dancing; including placing “third” at the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition, being 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. As a choreographer, Shelley has created original works for iMEE, Ballet Florida, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, E.magine Dance Ensemble, O Dance, Ad Deum Dance Company, The Dance Gallery Festival, Houston Met Dance, and Island Moving Co. Her choreographic works have been presented in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Turin, Italy and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She has received numerous awards for her choreography; including the commissioning of a new work for The Dance Gallery Festival’s, Level UP in New York City, winning as a “Finalist” in the 15th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA, being awarded the “Gold Medal” for an ensemble work at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL and recently being selected as a Grantee of an Individual Project Grant from RISCA (Rhode Island State Council on the Arts) for the continued development and presentation of her choreographic work in Newport, RI. Ms. Shelley also had the distinguished honor of serving as an annual preliminary panelist for the National YoungArts Foundation, YoungArts program in Choreography, Ballet and Modern for five, consecutive years. Shelley is currently on staff as an Adjunct Dance Professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.