Associate Dean, Professor
Melanie Shelley, Associate Dean and Professor of Arts Management, has served the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management in many capacities over almost three decades. She enjoys working with dance and arts management students as the Student Success Coordinator and preparing dancers for professional careers through her Dance Workshop course.
Dean Shelley recently moved from Costumer to Costume Consultant for the American Spirit Dance Company. She also was a choreographer, company manager, and production stage manager for this elite performing group. She was the first director of the OCU Pep Dancers and served a number of years as the Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dance Director.
Her choreographic credits include the Sooner State Games Opening Ceremony, productions of the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, and fashions shows including the Seventeen Magazine Model Search. Her choreography has been performed both in the United States and internationally, in Beijing and Taipei, Republic of China and her costume designs have been included in the New York City Toy Show.
She was active with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma for many years serving as costume shop foreman, ticket office manager, and assistant choreographer for On Your Toes.
Her dance credits include concerts with Dinah Shore, Marie Osmond, George Burns, Bob Hope, and Marilyn McCoo.
Dean Shelley has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for multiple years, was named Oklahoma City University’s Exemplary Teacher of the Year for 2000, and served as Faculty Fellow and Interim Chair of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Oklahoma City University’s Academic Affairs Office in 2006-2007. In 2013, she received the CETL Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her work and dedication to Oklahoma City University. Dean Shelley was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management in 2014.