Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Shelby Shenkman began her dance training at Dance Dimensions and the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater under the direction of Angela Mauti. In 2014 she graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance with honors and a minor in Strategic Communication. After dancing with Louisville Ballet for two seasons as a trainee, Shelby was promoted to company artist in 2016. Since joining Louisville Ballet, she has enjoyed performing as Marie in Val Caniparoli’s The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, the title role and peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Miranda in the Louisville Ballet/Kentucky Shakespeare production of The Tempest, a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, and in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Square Dance, Western Symphony, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Rubies, and Serenade. Shelby would like to thank her family and husband for always supporting her dream.