When I first had the idea to create dancehealthier, I checked out other dance bloggers (although not a ton) for hints, ideas, and to be quite honest – confidence in the idea of writing. I came across Shelby Elsbree’s blog named, The Offbeat Chronicles of a TuTu with Tea, and loved her ideas, creativity, and passion for life. A september dancehealthier post titled, Balance, and Shelby’s article titled, Breakfast, Lunch & Lessons initialized further conversation on the theme of balance, and it’s vital role it plays to the health of a dancer. Shelby, although I have never met her in person, is a person who is inspiring because she constantly indulges in the things in life that make her a well-rounded balanced person and dancer. Her passion for life is contagious, so be sure to check it out!
Below is a Q&A I conducted with Shelby:
dancehealthier: How long have you been dancing and when did you join the Royal Danish Ballet.
Shelby: This coming March 2012 will mark my third year of dancing with the Royal Danish Ballet. I joined the company as a corps member during their Spring Season of 2009. They were preparing an all Balanchine program, so coming from New York City, it was the perfect transition to feel right at home.
dancehealthier: What is your intention of your blog? To influence, motivate, inspire, find your balance, or just have fun?
Shelby: I like to think of Tutus & Tea as a fun collaboration of my work and many passions… It’s primary purpose is to keep me balanced — A reflective way of sharing my work and opportunities as a dancer with my friends and family while living far away, and a creative outlet to express and develop my other passions as a learning photographer and foodie enthusiast.
dancehealthier: Do you think your love for food and photography has helped you grow into a better dancer, artist, and lover of life?
Shelby: I definitely believe that delving into my other passions (photography and love of food) has helped me to develop as a more well-rounded and inspired person, artist and dancer. It keeps me positive and happy to indulge my interests both at and away from the theater, so the balance it provides me with is a certain benefit.
dancehealthier: Do you think there is a bigger need for integration of dance and health?
Shelby: I definitely agree that there is a bigger need for integration of dance and health. There are so many misconceptions and too-often true clichés about the world of dancers, and as the daughter of a doctor, I can’t stress the importance of a balanced and effective understanding of health — especially as an athlete.
dancehealthier: With dance in mind how would you define health?
Shelby: With dance in mind, I would define health as an individual state of happiness and balance between your body, mind and spirit – I would stress that all three of these figures receive just as much attention as the others. To be healthy is to properly fuel your unique machine (body) and to understand that it needs the right (individual) care and attention to run at it’s very best, and to be proud of it.