Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your endeavour “The Offbeat Chronicles of a Tutu with Tea” ?
Ms. Shelby Elsbree: Tutus & Tea is a blog I began about five years ago when I first moved to Copenhagen. Inspired by my sister’s suggestion, I decided to combine my interests of photography, food, travel and dance, to chronicle my experiences of living and dancing abroad.
I kind of thought of it as a journal that would allow me to exercise my other hobbies outside of the theater, and to develop and inspire a following of people (mostly family) the way I was/am constantly inspired by the adventures and passions of others. It has been such a rewarding way of networking in both the dance and food worlds, and I’m so grateful for that…. check out her blog at: http://tutusandtea.wordpress.com/
Shelby Elsbree on WomenFitness: I believe that Womenfitness.net is a beautiful platform of inspiration and honesty for women world-wide. It’s a source of motivation to us all, a reminder that we have what we need to reach our unique potentials in life. I’m so grateful for this feature, and hope that it touches others in a way that I’ve been so touched by this website.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You moved from US to Copenhagen and then to US. For a dancer adjusting to new countries with their own cultures it must be difficult and then to adjust your own dance style, what advice you can give to fellow ballet dancers in a similar situation?
Ms. Shelby Elsbree: I think this is a great question and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on it! In New York, I was trained strictly in the Balanchine style of ballet. It has been thought of as a more neoclassical approach to dance, known for its fast footwork and articulate details to the placement of your fingers, and lines and porter bras (how you carry the arms). Royal Danish Ballet is the founding company of the Bournonville style, an approach nearly completely opposite to Balanchine that requires mild porter bras, more emphasis on jumps and a more classical/romantic repertoire.
Boston Ballet provides a vast repertoire that ranges from contemporary choreography of Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe among others, to Balanchine, to Russian classics… I believe that learning how to adjust to these different styles is not only important, but healthy as well. It stretches your mind, your body and your confidence level in your own technique to a degree that keeps you eager to keep learning and growing as an athlete and an artist. Keep an open mind should you be so challenged. It’s good for you to step (dance) out of your comfort zone, plus it will offer you a whole new appreciation for the style you prefer 🙂
Ms. Namita Nayyar: With exceptional hard work you are credited with all your achievements. Do you believe that does the hand of Providence (Supreme Being) played a role in your success?
Ms. Shelby Elsbree: I was raised a Christian, and have since grown up to develop a strong platform of faith in my life. I am non-denominational however, and believe that the way we live our lives is a far stronger reflection of our piety than being a consistent church go-er or scripture-quoter. I absolutely believe that the levels of success and opportunity that I’ve reached in my career were in God’s timing and divine plan. I’m grateful for every chance to exude His light in all that I do, from the street to the stage.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Shelby Elsbree: I believe that Womenfitness.net is a beautiful platform of inspiration and honesty for women world-wide. It’s a source of motivation to us all, a reminder that we have what we need to reach our unique potentials in life. I’m so grateful for this feature, and hope that it touches others in a way that I’ve been so touched by this website.
Thank you once again for your interest, support and exposure of my work and career. I feel so blessed to work hard for what I love to do each day, and it’s so humbling to be recognized for these efforts and opportunities.
To know more about Shelby Elsbree, check her out at: http://www.shelbyelsbree.com
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