Miss Shelly- Shelly Ledbetter fell in love with dancing when she was 3 years old. Her ballet training eventually came under the watchful eyes of Mosceleyne Larkin and the late Roman Jasinski. Her relationship with these masters led to an association with the Tulsa Civic Ballet (TCB), forerunner to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre. There, Miss Shelly performed as a member of the corps de ballet and as a soloist. She toured with TCB dancing classical works such as “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Mozartine,” “Stars and Stripes,” “The Nutcracker Suite” and “Paquita.” Miss Shelly also was a weekly performer in a program designed to introduce ballet to the Tulsa Public School System. Additionally, she danced in the Tulsa Opera performances including “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Turandot.”
To further her career, Miss Shelly took classes under Rosella Hightown, Marie Tallchief and Marjorie Tallchief – renowned Indian classical ballerinas; Robert Joffrey – master classes; Jerry Cochran Bywater – modern dance; Marguerite Reid – Dance Showcase founder and Kansas University Dance Department Head; and Yvonne Choteau and her husband who are co-heads of the University of Oklahoma Dance Department.
Miss Shelly is a member of Dance Masters of America, a select society of dance teachers. She has helped nationally ranked gymnasts with their floor routines, has assisted the Tulsa Skating Club in final phases of figure skaters’ work and has worked with Theatre Tulsa. Miss Shelly has also choreographed dances for private benefits including the annual Tulsa Junior League/Saks Fifth Avenue Style Show, Opera Ball and Heart Ball.
Readers Digest and Tulsa area publications have featured Miss Shelly and her continued work in teaching dance to special needs children. Miss Shelly is a member of Tulsa Ballet Theater Dance Teacher Association.