The Shelley School of Irish Dance operates under the direction of Tina Shelley, T.C.R.G., A.D.C.R.G. Tina is an adjudicator certified by the Irish Dance Commission of Dublin, Ireland. Tina Shelley studied since the age of 6 with the Deely School of Irish Dance in Northern California. By the age of 10, she was competing on a championship level and placed in the top three at the Western Regional Championships for 4 years, which qualified her to compete at the World Championships. Tina moved on to compete at the North American Championships (Nationals) where she placed in the top tier. Since becoming a cerified teacher, Tina has trained some of the top championship Irish dancers in Utah to reach recognition on a regional, national, and world level. In addition to years of Irish step dance, Tina studied extensively under the Royal Academy method of ballet up to the pre-professional level.
Tina has been a featured soloist with the Brigham Young University Folkdance Ensemble which travels worldwide and has choreographed several pieces for their repertoire while serving as a faculty member in the BYU Dance Department. It was at BYU where Tina developed the Irish dance program and taught from 1994 to 2003. Tina graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Dance Theater and has performed with the Young Ambassadors in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Midwest of the United States.
In addition to running the Shelley School of Irish Dance, Tina is the Artistic Director for Shelley Irish Dance Company which encompasses the largest and highest levels of Irish Step Dancers in the State of Utah. Other credits include choreography for the TV Disney movie "The Luck of the Irish" (which aired March 2001), choreography for Utah's professional dance company "Odyssey", and guest teaching at the North American Celtic Arts Festival 2000. Tina is in good standing with the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and the Western Region.
Fun stuff you may not know about Miss Tina: Tina studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance from the age of 7 until she graduated college. She studied extensively under the Royal Academy method of ballet up to the pre-professional level. While living in the Bay Area, CA, Tina performed as a singer/dancer with the Contra Costa Musical Theater: Fiddler on the Roof, No No Nanette, Mame, George M!, and Camelot. She played Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and blind Susie Hendrix in Wait Until Dark. At BYU she performed in Rags and Anything Goes. During summer break while still attending BYU, Tina choreographed West Side Story for the Jewish Community Youth Theater in CA as well as the Oakland California Temple Pageant (co-choreographed with her sister Johanna) in 1998. Tina served a full time LDS mission in Rostov na Donu, Russia from 96-98.
Tina is the proud mother of her 4 children!
Taylor Roberts was born and raised in Riverton, Utah. Taylor trained with the Shelley School of Irish Dance for over 10 years, competing as a championship dancer since age 14. She is an Open Championship dancer and has competed throughout the Western U.S. A seasoned performer, Taylor danced from 2005-2009 with the Shelley Irish Dance Company in Theaters and corporate events across Utah.
Taylor was the 2009 recipient of the BYU Dance Talent Award for her excellence in Irish Dance. She performed with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble for 2 years, performing and touring across the United States. During her collegiate career, Taylor continued teaching for the Shelley School of Irish Dance. She also taught the BYU Irish dance courses for several years and helped manage, teach, and choreograph for the BYU Irish dance club. In 2014, Taylor graduated from BYU with a BS in Exercise & Wellness, accompanied with a minor in World Dance.
Most recently, Taylor successfully passed the TCRG examination, with honours, held in Phoenix, Arizona. It has always been a dream of Taylor's to become a certified Irish dance instructor. She is thrilled to be an integral part of the Shelley School of Irish Dance, under the direction of Tina Shelley.