Central Illinois Ballet
Shelby Hildebrand is from north of Indianapolis and received her training from Central Indiana Academy of Dance and performed in their resident company, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble. Throughout her summers, she trained at companies such as Grand Rapids Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. Shelby attended Mercyhurst University on scholarship and earned her B.F.A. in Dance Performance, training under notable names like Tauna Hunter, Lesley Boris-Scalise, Jennifer McNamara and Matthew Christensen. She appeared with the Mercyhurst Dancers in Giselle, Michael Gleason’s Symphonie Italienne, and over fifteen contemporary works. She has appeared as a highlighted artist with SoMar Dance Works under the direction of Mark and Solveig Santillano. She spent one season as a Company Artist with Montgomery Ballet, dancing featured roles such as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Taglioni’s variation in Pas de Quatre, and The Fairy of Courage in The Sleeping Beauty. Since joining Central Illinois Ballet, Shelby has performed roles such as Marzipan Principal in The Nutcracker, and she had the opportunity to choreograph for Illuminations. Her choreography has also been showcased at the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Conference and the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center in Erie, PA. Shelby is thrilled to be entering her second season at Central Illinois Ballet.