Bradley Shelver

Choreographer, Artistic Director and Author; Bradley Shelver originally from South Africa, has created over 20 works for companies in the US, Europe, Africa, South America and Israel. His work for Ailey 2, “Where There Are Tongues” with music by the Occitan a cappella group, Lo Cor De La Plana, toured internationally and was filmed for French CultureBox Television in 2019.

He has created original works for; Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Cape Dance Company, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Compania Rio Dança, Cedar Lake 2, and Nexus Dance.


In 2021 he was appointed Artistic Director and resident choreographer for the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, founded by Robert Joffrey in 1983.
From 2013-2016, he was the Artistic Director and Choreographer in residence for the Steps Repertory Ensemble, the resident company based at Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Bradley acted as co-producer and curator for the REVERBdance Festival from 2010-2016, presenting up and coming choreographers and companies with opportunities to create and present work in a fully produced festival in NYC. He became the Artistic Director and curator of the Brooklyn Dance Festival in 2019.

As an educator, Bradley is on the faculty of The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School, Russian Dance Academy (St. Petersburg), Hinton Battle Academy (Tokyo), Pan American modern Dance School (Brazil), Steps Youth Program , Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy, Limon Institute, ABT/JKO Summer program, as well as being company teacher for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Matthew Bourne’s, “Adventures in Motion Pictures” and Elisa Monte Dance Company.
He is a master Horton technique teacher, and has given workshops and lectures internationally. As an author, 2 editions of his book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” are available in books stores and libraries worldwide.

He is an Adjunct Ballet professor at Montclair State University. Bradley has created works for The Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Ballet School (London) The Ailey School, Boston Conservatory, Long Island University and Purchase College.

Shelver trained at the National School for the Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as the Ailey School, after receiving a full scholarship from Ms Judith Jameson in 1998.
Bradley has danced with the Ailey II, Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He joined the Metropolitain Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center as a principal artist in 2009, and continues to perform with them as a guest artist.

He was a contributing writer for Dance Spirit Magazine from 2006-2008.