Shelly Chapple Clements was raised in rural Pennsylvania, in Amish Country. She was drawn to the city of Pittsburgh through dance at the age of 9 and never looked back. Her young dance education took her from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, to the National Academy of Arts in Champagne-Urbana, IL, then back east to graduate from the renowned Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts after which she enjoyed a professional dance career in San Francisco, CA from 1990-2002. Shelly has been a Colorado resident since 2002 and holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish Interpretation and Translation, Hispanic Literature, and Theatre/Dance from Colorado Mesa University as well as a master’s in education from the School of Education and Human Development at University of Colorado Denver. Miss Shelly has taught and choreographed in Pennsylvania, California, Mexico, is a well-known master instructor of youth and adult students across the Denver Metro area (and Grand Junction) and remains the ballet mistress for DAMAGEDANCE, a Denver based professional contemporary modern company.