Shelby Moran

Shelby Moran is a native of the Chicago suburbs. This will be her second season with Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC). In her debut season with TDC, Shelby had the opportunity to dance starring roles in Thodos' original story ballets including "Anne Sullivan" in A Light in the Dark and "Sono, the Matriarch" in Sono's Journey. In addition, she performed world premieres by Kevin Iega Jeff and Robyn Mineko Williams. She also had the opportunity to perform repertory choreographed by Garfield Lemonius, Brian McGinnis, Taylor Mitchell, and Melissa Thodos. Before joining the company in 2015, Shelby graduated with a BFA from the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Shelby performed repertory such as Jose Limon’s Missa Brevis, William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, and Merce Cunningham’s Biped. She has also performed original works by Monica Bill Barnes, Emery LeCrone, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Larry Keigwin. Shelby began her early training in her hometown of Mt. Prospect, IL at Bataille Academie of the Danse and continued at Dance Center Evanston under the direction of Béa Rashid. She has performed in numerous productions with the Evanston Dance Ensemble. In addition, Shelby apprenticed with and then performed principle roles with Elements Contemporary Ballet, directed by Mike Gosney. Shelby has participated in several summer programs including the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program in 2014, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2009 and 2012, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2010. Shelby currently works at Snap Kitchen in Lakeview and teaches dance in the Chicagoland area. She is thrilled to be a part of TDC's 25th Anniversary Season!