Dancer - soloist

Originating from United States of America

Shelby Williams was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (United States) in 1990. She began her ballet training with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater and continued her professional training in 2005 on scholarship at the Washington School of Ballet and continued in 2007 at the Houston Ballet Academy. Since the beginning of her professional career, Shelby has danced with the Houston Ballet II, the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, the Ballet d’Europe and the Barcelona Ballet. She danced as a soloist with Ballet Mainz under the direction of Pascal Touzeau, where she performed featured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Etudes and the title role in Cinderella. She also worked with choreographers like Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Georg Reichel and Douglas Lee. 
Since 2014, Shelby has danced for the Hessisches Staatsballett as a soloist. There she performed leading roles in works by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Richard Siegel, Marco Goecke and Cayetano Soto. In her free time, Shelby has organized the ‘Upcoming Choreographers’ evening for her fellow colleagues in Ballet Mainz as well as the creative performance platform ‘Läd Naid Sürpries’ for the dancers of the Hessisches Staatsballett. She has also enjoyed continued growth through workshops and intensive teaching by Tamas Moricz, Maurice Causey and Karine Guizzo. In 2016, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a member of the corps de ballet. In Dance Europe (octobre 2017) she was nominated in the category Outstanding Perfomance of a female Dancer for her performances Approximate Sonata 2016 and Café Müller: "Steely strength in the Forsythe, and all vulnerability in the Bausch".