Shelby Cantrell grew up just east of DMC School of Dance in Harrah where she wanted to follow her brother’s footsteps and play sports. Everyone thought Shelby’s favorite was basketball until one day her dad noticed she was dancing center court while the rest of the team was playing offense without her. Not too long after they pulled her from the team, Shelby tried cheerleading. Shelby loved everything about it until it was time to tumble when she didn’t trust herself enough to go upside down.
In 2006 Shelby was invited by a friend, Kennedy, to try her Hip Hop class at DMC. Shelby fell in love with everything about it before warm ups were even over. It was in her blood all along. Shelby’s Granny Jane was unbelievably proud her ten year old granddaughter was following in her footsteps this time. Jane Cantrell began dancing in 1942 in Oklahoma City. As she progressed and started maturing as a teenager, she moved up the ladder in her skills. She danced for the Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City University, and Lyric Theatre. Jane also traveled to New York City and danced with the world renown Metropolitan Ballet. An action shot of her was used and was the first colored photo on the front cover of The Daily Oklahoman. In the mid 1960’s she owned and operated Ballet Theatre in OKC until she retired in 1970 to raise her 3 sons.
In July of 2015 Shelby moved to Tulsa to study Cosmetology at Broken Arrow Beauty College where she became a manager at a cosmetic store known as The Body Shop. Shelby is now broadening her resume and taking Real Estate classes where she has found her calling as well as Interior Design. She says, “I have big dreams and a whole lot of them. I wouldn’t be able to chase them all without DMC, Miss Christy, and all the other staff members. Each person involved has thought me a different life lesson. At DMC I learned I can do anything.”
Shelby continued dancing, taking every class she could including: ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Her favorite workshop she has taken was from So You Think You Can Dance and Ellen’s, Stephen “TWITCH” Boss. In 2011, she joined Harrah’s Varsity Pom Squad. All three years on the team they were awarded Runner-Up at OSDTDA State Competition. Shelby was nominated for, auditioned for, and made the NDA All American team twice. During her senior year she was voted to be the squads captain. Shelby graduated from Harrah High School in 2014.
During 2013 – 2015 Shelby not only danced but was also a DMC Staff member. She had many job titles: Office Assistant, Teacher’s Assistant, Miss Christy’s personal assistant, Substitute Teacher and many others. Shelby says “The most rewarding part of it all was getting to teach my sweet niece Jayden’s classes and seeing her gain confidence and watch her smile week after week.”