Bradley Shelver dancer headshot, Photographer: Jaqi Medlock. Artistic Director of Steps Repertory Ensemble (2013-2016)
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American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
International Dance Council (CID)

ABT© National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher



Professional Dance Experience:



  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular- Nashville Tour 2009

  • Mark Morris Dance Group - Guest Artist: Romeo and Juliet The Hard Nut 2008/2009/2010

  • Cattle Call - (United Kingdom Tour) 2008 - Role: Brad ( Dancer and Singer) -Dir. Javier De Frutos and Composed by Richard Thomas.

  • International Solo Touring: (2005,06,07) Including tours to Rome, Sardegna, Cosenza, Reggio Calabria, Copenhagen, Nyborg, Sienna, Frankfurt. Repertory includes works by Limon, Ailey, Monte, Kylian, Shelver

  • Copenhagen Guest Artist Series- June 2005

  • Role of EROS in the 1924 ballet "Psyche" choreographed by internationally renowned ballerina,Nini Thieland for a gala honoring her 90th Birthday

  • Premier of " Je Croix Entendre Encore" Solo choreographed and performed by Bradley Shelver

  • Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company -Guest Artist - Fall for dance festival - City Center- NYC

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: “Blackbird” Solo-Jiri Kylian,”Minus 16"- Ohad Naharin, “Les Noces”, “Le Parc”- Angelin Preljocaj. (July 2002)

  • Jaguar, Tribute to Style: Complexions Dance Co.- Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles CA (September 2002)

  • Pick of the Crop Dance- Role of Hansel in ”Hansel and Gretel” – (March 2002)

  • Joseph Albers Foundation Gala: Pompidou Center- Paris, (June 2002)

  • “The Making of a Perfect Mate” – Off Broadway show- October/ November 2001, Lead Dancer – Choreographed by Bruce Heath.

  • Nelson Mandela Presidential Awards – South Africa (1995&1996)

  • Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall (1999) – Choreographed by Milton Myers

  • 16th International Dance Festival (Havana, Cuba) Guests of Alicia Alonso (Nov. 1999)


Professional Companies:



  • Artistic Director: Brooklyn Dance Festival Company 2020- Present

  • Artistic Director: STEPS Repertory Ensemble 2013-2016

  • Metropolitan Opera Ballet, NYC- Principal Dancer. 2009-Present

  • Lustig Dance Theater- 2011- Guest Artist

  • Phoenix Dance Theater (Leeds, UK) 2007- 2008. Dir. Javier De Frutos

  • Limon Dance Company- (2005- 2007) Carla Maxwell - Director. Works by Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovich, Adam Hougland, Doris Humphrey, Susanne Linke, Daniel Nagarin, Donald Mckayle.

  • The Francesca Harper Project - Guest artist since 2005 , Works by Francesca Harper and William Forsythe.

  • Ballet Hispanico of New York - (2004), Tina Ramirez, Director. Works by : Peter Pucci, Ann Rienking, Ramon Oller, Graciella Danielle and Alexander Magno.

  • Complexions Dance Company- (2002-) Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. (Guest Artist)

  • Elisa Monte Dance Company (2000-2003), Elisa Monte/ David Brown , Directors

  • Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (1998-2000)Sylvia Waters, Director. Performed works by Lar Lubovich, Alvin Ailey, Shapiro & Smith, Donald Byrd, Homer Avilla & Edissa Weeks, Scott Rink, Robert Battle, Talley Beatty, Ronald K. Brown and Francesca Harper. Included: teaching, extensive touring throughout US, Cuba and the Caribbean.

  • Eglevsky Ballet Theater- Guest Artist 2001/02 Director: Ali Pourfarrokh


Choreographic Commissions:


  • Montclair State University (2021) Spring Choreographer 

  • Dance Lab NYC (2020) Nexus Dance Lab Choreographer

  • Boston Conservatory (2019)

  • Ailey 2, 45th Anniversary Tour- (2018)- "Where There Are Tongues"

  • Richmond Ballet- 2Rooms (2018)

  • Periapsis Live Music Commission New Work (June 2015)

  • Joffrey Ballet School, "CENT" (May 2015) Fanfarnetta (2016), Blue Calayx (2017)

  • Cape Dance Company (South Africa) - "Scenes"  (2012/2013) "She and Him" (2015/2016)

  • Ballet Austin- New American Talent/Dance commission- The Last Just (2012)

  • Lustig Dance Theater- Je Vole (2012)

  • Reverb Dance/APAP Festival- Baruch Performing Arts Center. Mein Shatz (2012) She & Him (2013)

  • Compania Rio Dança- Rio de Janiero, Brazil - Random People With Beautiful Parts (2012)

  • Godley/Sobers Dance- 3114BCE (2012)

  • Brooklyn Dance Festival "She and Him" (2012)

  • Svenske Balletskole - Gothenborg, Sweden - Scenes (2009), Amour Courtois(2010/2013) Kate's Gallery (2011) Mein Shatz (2012) She and Him (2014)

  • Bartholin Ballet Seminar - "6/8" - Premier: Tivoli Theater, Copenhagen (2009)

  • STEPS Repertory Ensemble: "Scenes", "3114 BCE", "She and Him"

  • NJDTE Gala> - Premier of " Healing song" solo. Costume, choreography and danced by Bradley Shelver (May 2006)

  • The Ailey School - " In the dark, i'll stay in the squares," Global harmony Performances. (April 2006) 3114 BCE (2011) "New Work" (2013) Where There Are Tongues (2017) , Babel (2018), Halakha (2020)

  • Cedar Lake 2 - Commissioned work for 2006/2007 season (Columbia, Ms) " Apollo's Illegitimate offspring"

  • Gala de Cosenza, Italy - Premier of "The man who cried" - solo choreographed and performed by Bradley Shelver (June 2005)

  • Oure Dance Company, Denmark- "malleus mallificarum" (2005), " I'm Still learning"(2006), "2ROOMS" (2007), "Witness" (2008), "Midnight Train" (2009).

  • "Amour Courtois" (2012)

  • 2004 and 2005 Elan Awards- Fashion institute of technology NYC (October 2004) - "Vitruvian Man" and "Decision Theory"

  • Artists of the Millenium Gala- Premier of "Nina" Massachusetts - October 2004

  • Peridance Series- "MY..." revival, US Premier (2004) "A solo Four"- US premier

  • Visions Choreographic Series- "Mon Ami", "Vitruvian Man", "3 Different Solo's " - Alvin Ailey Studio's (2004)

  • New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble Dual, (2004) Witness (2010)

  • “First Song”- Commissioned by HRH Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark- for his visit to New York September 2002

  • “Bitter Sweet”- Commissioned by National Arts Council (South Africa) March 2001

  • Global Harmony Performance- Ailey Studios: “ Dual” – Recommissioned by Connecticut Ballet (1998)

  • Dance Umbrella (South Africa) 1996- Piece entitled “My”

  • Dance Umbrella (South Africa) 1997- Piece entitled “Quality of Mercy”

Numerous corporate and industrial contracts including Moet Chandon Champagne, Pepsi South Africa and South African Airways.



Awards Received:

Chosen by Judith Jamison for 1yr Fellowship to Alvin Ailey School (1998)

National Arts Contemporary Dance Award (South Africa) 1997

Finalist for Ballet Austin's, "New American Talent/Dance Competition.


Training and Education:

  • Alvin Ailey School NY (1998-) Horton, Jazz, Ballet, West African, Graham Based Modern.

  • The National School of the Arts (South Africa) (1994-1998) Ballet, Graham Based Modern, Flamenco Dance and Classical Greek Dance - Graduated with Diploma in Anatomy, Music, Ballet and Modern Dance.

  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London) – Advanced Diplomas in Jazz, Ballet and Tap Dancing as well as Latin American and Ballroom Dance (1987-1998)

  • Performing Arts Workshop (1983-1987)- Drama, Piano, Singing, Ballet Jazz, Tap


Professional Teaching Experience:

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater- Company Class Modern Teacher (Present)

  • The Lion King on Broadway - Company Teacher 2021

  • Company Ballet teacher for Elisa Monte Dance- Present

  • Dance Academy Russia, St Petersberg- Horton and Limon faculty 2020

  • Limon Institute- Ballet Faculty 2020- 

  • Pan American Modern Dance School (Brazil) 2020- Present

  • Boston Conservatory, guest teacher (2019)

  • Ballet Academy East- Adult Ballet Faculty (2019- Present)

  • ABT Summer Program- Modern Faculty 2017- Present (ABT © National Training Curriculum Certified)

  • Northern School Of Contemporary Dance (UK)- Online Modern Faculty (2020)

  • Royal Danish Ballet School, Odense- Guest Faculty since 2016

  • La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts- Ballet Faculty (2013-Present)

  • Joffrey Ballet School, NYC- Ballet Faculty for Jazz and Contemporary Program (2015-Present)

  • Alvin Ailey School- N.Y (Horton Based Modern/ Professional Ballet) – Actors studio as well as Professional Division and BFA (2000- present)

  • Artistry Dance Project- PleasantVille NY (Horton based modern) 2013- present.

  • Regional Dance America Conference- Texas 2010 , Horton Technique

  • Cape Performing Arts Center, South Africa- Guest Modern and Ballet faculty 2014- Present

  • Blich Performing Arts School- Tel Aviv Israel. Guest teacher (2011/2012)

  • Brazilian Congress of Modern Dance- Rio de Janiero (2011- Present- Horton and Limon Faculty

  • Bartholin International Ballet Seminar- Royal Theater, Copenhagen (2008 and 2009, 2013)

  • Crossing Boarders- Israel (2008)- Contemporary Workshops and Master classes.

  • Millennium 2000 School (London) Guest Faculty 2006

  • London Contemporary Dance, Guest Faculty (professional division) 2006

  • Matthew Bourne's New Adventures in Motion Pictures Company Teacher 2007- Present

  • IALS Academy (Rome) Guest Faculty

  • STEPS on Broadway  -Horton and Contemporary Jazz and Ballet, 2005- Present

  • Encore Dance Academy- New Jersey (Ballet, Hip Hop, Aerobics and Yoga)

  • Company teacher for Elisa Monte Dance Co.- New York (2020)

  • New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble faculty- Modern, Ballet and Pilates/Yoga (2003- Present)

  • Oure Sports School (Denmark) Permanent faculty- Horton and Jazz Department

  • Ballet Etudes (Connecticut) Modern Faculty-  Nanette Vallas. 2017-2019

  • Sardegna, (Italy) Permanent Guest Teacher

  • Labart Academy (Naploi) Guest faculty