Dance and Arts Management
Faculty & Staff
Melanie Shelley
Associate Dean, Professor


Associate Dean and Associate Professor for The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, also serves as costumer for the American Spirit Dance Company.

Her choreographic credits include the Sooner State Games Opening Ceremony, productions of the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, and fashion 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. In past years, she served as a choreographer, company manager and production stage manager for the American Spirit Dance Company.

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.