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December 2015

Movers & Shapers Podcast: Julie Mayo

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Release Date: December 15, 2015
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About Julie Mayo

Julie Mayo is a choreographer and director based in Brooklyn. Mayo has recently been commissioned to create an evening length work for Gibney Dance in NYC for their Fall 2016 season and was a 2014-2015 New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Artist-in-Residence. Other recent commissions include the University of Wisconsin/Madison, Wilson College, Broward College, the University of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Mayo’s choreographic work has been a “Best Of” pick in Time Out Chicago and a High Marks recipient in the Movement Research Performance Journal. She has been a recipient of creative residencies at the UCross Foundation, Djerassi, and Wilson College and has been a guest artist at schools throughout the U.S. including Dickinson College, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, Ohio University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland, Middlebury College, as well as a teacher at community venues ClassClassClass, Brooklyn Studios for Dance and Gibney Dance. In New York, her work has been presented at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, JACK, and Dixon Place, and nationally at experimental venues Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), NOHspace (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago) and <fidget>space (Philadelphia). She studied Dance as an undergrad at Ohio University and received her MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside.

More on Julie:


 Wilson College SUPA

“Whoa Man”

Ohio University Dance

Gladys Bailin Stern

Stephanie Skura

Skinner Technique


Samuel Beckett Trilogy


UC Riverside

Neil Greenberg

Jeanine Durning

Tere O’Connor

David Lynch

Todd Solondz

Susan Rethorst


Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers Podcast: Nel Shelby

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Release Date: December 1, 2015
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Nel Shelby demonstrates her dedication to the preservation and promotion of dance through excellent documentation of live performances, the creation of smart and engaging marketing videos, and the making of original documentaries and films covering a variety of topics in the field.

Nel produced and directed PS DANCE!, an hour-long documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools, created with Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Joan Finkelstein and narrated by veteran television journalist Paula Zahn. PS DANCE! had its premiere broadcast on THIRTEEN/WNET in May 2015 and has since aired on public television networks across the country. Nel’s half-hour dance documentary featuring Nejla Y. Yatkin was filmed in Central America in 2010 and was recently screened during a PillowTalk at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Nel has also created four short films for Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, and she collaborated with Adam Barruch Dance on a short film titled “Folie a Deux,” which was selected and screened at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City and San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Her New York City-based video production company, Nel Shelby Productions, has grown to encompass a diverse list of dance clients. Since 2004, Nel has served as Festival Videographer for the internationally celebrated Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires. Each season at the Pillow, Nel’s responsibilities include documenting aspects of festival culture in addition to its 20 mainstage dance performances, filming and overseeing documentation of more than 100 free performances and events, managing two dance videography interns and an apprentice, and educating students about the technical and philosophical aspects of filming dance.

She also serves as Resident Videographer at the Vail International Dance Festival where she creates short dance documentary films and marketing videos about the festival in addition to documenting its events and performances. Her longer-form, half-hour documentary on Vail’s festival, The Altitude of Dance, debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS in May 2013.

Nel has a long personal history with movement – she has a B.F.A. in dance and is a certified Pilates instructor. In addition to her dance degree, Nel holds a B.S. in broadcast video. She lives in New York City with her husband, dance photographer Christopher Duggan, and their kids Gracie and Jack.



“Water Ballet”

Up With People

Stephens College

Séan Curran

Loretta Livingston

Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Doug Varone

Jose Limón Company

Inbal Pinto

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Savion Glover

Urban Bush Woman

Roxanne Butterfly

Wendy Whelan “Restless Creature”

Adam Barruch

Arvo Part

Max Richter

PS Dance! Documentary

Johannes & Jenny Holub

Christopher Duggan

Fabienne Fredrickson

Capacity Interactive

Vail International Dance Festival

NYCB Moves

American Dance Machine

Chita Rivera

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron