Nicole Shelley grew up dancing in Southern California. She began her training at various studios but found amazing growth under the tutelage of Ray Leeper and the instructors at Long Beach Ballet. She was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts at the age of 13 and entered the Commercial Dance Program at the highest level. She has trained and performed with Tina Caspary, Dennis Caspary, Ray Leeper, Cindy Peca Dolan, Jim Kolb, Diane Alexander, Mark Meismer, and Wes Veldink. She has been featured many times as a soloist and worked in the dance industry.