Shelby Durham is a leader, doer, and creator. After graduating from Elon University with degrees in Arts Administration, Business Administration, and Dance Performance & Choreography, she began dancing full-time in Chicago, IL, while simultaneously being the Marketing Manager for two arts organizations and teaching for two local dance studios. After briefly working in leadership for AWAY Travel, Shelby joined LVMH and Louis Vuitton as Team Lead for the greater Chicago area. With Vuitton, Shelby has gained experience in management, sales, talent acquisition, client development, and merchandising. In addition to her career in luxury fashion management, she continues to teach and choreograph in Chicago, recently premiering her first university commission at Loyola University Chicago. Shelby is excited to continue her diverse careers and witness the intersections of design, business, movement, and space.
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Jen Guy Metcalf
"I have known Shelby since the fall of 2016 when she began her college career at Elon University. I worked with her in multiple classes and in rehearsals. She is always prepared and eager to learn. She is an individual who graciously welcomes all feedback and then thoughtfully applies it. I have observed her to be a person who always go beyond what is expected in her creative, technical and theoretical work. In rehearsal, she displays an outstanding work ethic and creative energy. I truly appreciate how she contributes to the creative process. One semester, Shelby was not eligible to be in my piece because she was going abroad to Italy. However, I really wanted to work with her, so I invited her to join me in the studio as I generated new material for my rehearsals with the cast. I will remember that time as one of my favorite rehearsals and that was because of Shelby. She is so quick to grasp/embody new material, makes meaningful contributions to the process, collaborates well with anyone and is just a dream to work with."
"Shelby’s performance more than met my expectations. She was professional, punctual, thorough, and creative. She had great suggestions for our project and the end product of my YouTube channel is beyond what I had hoped for. Shelby has a wonderful work ethic and I appreciate her hard work very much."
"I have known Shelby for four years as her teacher in modern technique and choreography, a choreography mentor, her academic advisor, and as her choreographer in an upcoming project we worked on together. Not only does she possess the intellectual curiosity to make significant contributions to the field of dance and choreography, she also embodies the ambition, organization, persistence, and administration and technology skills necessary for a strong company member. She has proven herself to be an exceptionally engaged student who inspires her fellow classmates and faculty with her authenticity, commitment to excellence, and risk-taking. Shelby is proving to be a gifted and curious leader in her class, as she is able to easily access the connections between artistic craft and the systemic emotional complexities her communities regularly face. Shelby is a self-motivated, goal-oriented leader who values research, artistic craft, and time management equally."