Shelby Shenkman

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 a variety of roles, most notably Aurora in Adam Hougland’s World Premiere of Sleeping Beauty, Marie in Val Caniparoli’s The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, the title role in Giselle, Miranda in the Kentucky Shakespeare and Louisville Ballet coproduction of The Tempest, a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, and the Second Principal Variation in George Balanchine’s Emeralds.

Shelby would like to thank her wonderful family and her husband Zach for always supporting her dream. In addition to being a professional ballerina, Shelby is also a wedding and lifestyle photographer. Her newest, and most favorite, role of “Mom” began in January 2023.


November 11-14 2021
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Robert Curran
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 11-23, 2021
Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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January 12-22, 2022
Louisville Ballet Studios

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Spotlight Series: Impressionism to Jazz

March 3-5, 2022
The Brown Theatre
A mixed repertory evening featuring:


Choreography by George Balanchine

Music: "Pelléas et Mélisande" + "Shylock" by Gabriel Fauré

In G Major

Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music: "Piano Concerto in G Major" by Maurice Ravel

World Premiere Work

Music by Louisville-based Jazz Composer and Musician, Dick Sisto

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Sleeping Beauty

March 31 - April 2, 2022
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Adam Hougland
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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