Bradley Shelver (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and at The Ailey School in New York. He 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 is in his 11th season as a principal dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Mr Shelver is an international touring solo artist and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and Italy, including; Richmond Ballet, Ailey II, Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company, Cedar Lake 2, Sobers & Godley Dance, as well as creating works for The Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Ballet School (London), The Ailey School, Boston Conservatory, and Long Island University and Purchase College.
Bradley is the founder of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater. He was co-producer and curator for the annual REVERBdance Festival from 2010-2016. From 2013-2016, he was the Artistic Director of the STEPS Repertory Ensemble and the Production Director for STEPS on Broadway. He is currently the Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Dance Festival Company.
Shelver is on the faculty of schools and universities worldwide including ABT/JKO, Limòn Institute, Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools. He is company teacher for Mathew Bourne’s “Adventures in Motion Pictures”, The Ailey School, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, Bikuratim (Israel), Pan American Modern Dance School (Brazil), Hinton Battle Academy (Tokyo) and DAR Jazz Academy (Russia) among others. He is a certified ballet teacher with the ABT National Training Curriculum. He was a contributing writer for Dance Spirit Magazine and his book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton”, is available worldwide.