After over ten years with Portland Ballet, Nell Shipman assumes the role of School Director. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with High Honors from Butler University, and has performed and shown choreography in Portland, New York, Chicago, Boulder, Indianapolis and Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia. Nell has taught for studios throughout the country, including Regional Dance America's Mid-States Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, and Kansas Regional Ballet's Summer Intensive. In addition to appearing in numerous Portland Ballet performances, Nell has also appeared as a guest artist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Good Theater, 2008 Best of Broadway, PORTOpera as both dancer and choreographer, and with Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Her choreography includes The Victorian Nutcracker, Jack the Ripper, Halloween Spooktacular, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, Spoke of the Wheel, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, among others.