Shelby Kaufman, originally from Michigan, has trained in a variety of dance styles since the age of 5. She recently danced as a member of the legendary Brenda Bufalino’s ‘New’ American Tap Dance Orchestra in ATDF’s ‘Soundcheck’. Shelby also dances with world-renowned tap teacher Germaine Salsberg in her company ‘Les Femmes’, and assists and frequently guest teaches for her. Other companies include ‘The Young Hoofers’, ‘Sophisticated Sounds’ (dance captain), and her own company of professional Jewish hoofers, ‘Mazel Toes,’ for which she is the choreographer.
Shelby’s choreography was featured in the 2009 and 2010 Tap City ‘Main Event,’ where she also danced a tribute to Tony nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, the 2009 ‘Tappy Holidays,’ the 21st Annual ‘Tap Extravaganza,’ and the first ‘Young Choreographer’s Festival.’ Shelby assists tap legend Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer both in choreography and master classes, has become Chloe Arnold’s dance captain for a number of projects in New York, and was the assistant to Joshua Bergasse for his musical theatre choreography showcase.
Shelby was recently seen as a guest tap dancer on Sesame Street. Other notable performance venues include the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space in Manhattan, The George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, and The Duke Ellington Theatre in Washington DC.