“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”- Chaim Potok


Posted on November 27, 2015

Bold leaves cling to branches

looming winter’s fateful fall

holding on for hope that wayward

winds don’t make the call

resisting dried up remnants

so surrendered to the ground

they shimmer in the sunlight

autumn’s glory all around

for soon will come a day when

breezes blow, their final chance

they break from loyal roots

to ride a changing season’s dance.

-3:30am Bold Leaves
Of all the offerings we are required to give of ourselves in a day… attention, focus, resources, knowledge, energy…is thankfulness not the most sustainable?

That Attitude of Gratitude you’ve heard of so often…it rings all the bells on this, my most favorite holiday of Thanksgiving.

A day that invites indulgent meals, wrapped in sentimental flavors, sprinkled with friends and family, nostalgic recipes and daily woes respite. I love how the holidays entertain inevitable conversations/thought strains of reflection…I’ve seen many an annual Turkey dinner away from my family while living abroad, sharing American traditions with European family I came to know and love…many a tear strewn bike ride home being thankful for Skype, but yearning for the comforts of home.

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

There is so much to be said for these rare gatherings of loved ones new & old, sharing in the levity of appreciation. Sending thankfulness into a world so often overlooked, passed by with the rush of future’s plans and promises. Simply stopping to acknowledge all of the good—the very gift of the present.

As we gear up to begin our Nutcracker Marathon over at the Boston Opera House tomorrow night, I’ve sustained many a sleepless night…restless body, crowded mind…Usually when this happens I indulge myself in Midnight Poetry, the remnants of which you may have shared here during Swan Lake, or here during last year’s Yuletide classic. Bold Leaves

This week’s musings surrendered to the strength of lingering leaves, which I happily stumbled upon during my morning walk with Oliver today. So I’ll leave you with this:

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

An extra dose of gratitude for your readership of my chronicles, for the light that you each bring to this great world, for the endless inspiration you continue to seek in giving thanks.

let’s dance with the season’s shall we?


Stars #theyrejustlikeus

Posted on November 13, 2015

“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” – Shanna Lafleur

These words could not ring more true…and pertain beautifully to this month’s personal reoccurring theme: the ‘sport’ of ballet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger (google.com)

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of giving Boston local news a little sneak peak into a day in the life of one Boston Ballerina :)

(See a clip on the WCVB’s website here! )

Audrey Hepburn, keeping it classy in Polka Dots (google.com)

Audrey Hepburn, keeping it classy in Polka Dots (google.com)

Having a little window of spotlight got me thinking a bit about all of the trending “barre classes,” and the many times I’ve been asked about my workout regimen as a performing athlete.

Jacqueline Roque teaching Pablo Picasso (google.com)

Jacqueline Roque teaching Pablo Picasso (google.com)

Beyond the physical demands of our rehearsal/performing schedule, I find that a dancer’s strength compliments the goals of agility, flexibility and efficiency in movement pursued by sports/arts of all kinds. Take the many celebrity examples I came across skimming Pinterest boards for inspiration…

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artist/Athlete extraordinaire...

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artist/Athlete extraordinaire…(google.com)

The grace of classical technique sets athletes apart on the ice/field, just as it highlights the presence of artists on the camera, the set, the stage…Balancing lean, controlled strength with artistic expression is not lost on the stars… and it’s certainly not lost on us.

James Dean at the Barre. NYC, 1955. (google.com)

James Dean at the Barre. NYC, 1955. (google.com)

A few weeks ago, the Northeastern Hockey team visited the studios for a ballet class taught by yours truly…Naturally, I indulged in the opportunity to share the truly athletic aspects of dance with a group of hard-working, parallel skating bros ;)  (#GoHuskies)NEU Hockey meets Ballet

I’m always humbled by the chance to shed light on the crossover of athleticism and artistry merged gracefully by the world of dance…I’d love to thank the generous individuals that helped me see this exposure through!

spotlit for sports ~ p.e.


Posted on October 28, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen of the choir, the class, the world at large, lean in… This post is introducing you to perhaps the most precious four-legged bundle of joy you will see all week (month/year/ever). His name is Oliver. And he is my new canine confidant, lover of all things nap/knaw-worthy. He particularly enjoys long days at the theater where he’s perfectly comfortable with the over stimulation of dancer-swooning and gets to sleep to the melodious magic that is Mahler (…and the occasional T.Swift/Bieber remix ;)Oliver by Rosalie Oliver by RosalieI’d argue his arrival could not have come at a better time, as we finally kick off our season! After months of rehearsing, Boston Ballet opened the Boston Opera House last weekend with a musical masterpiece, John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler. This tour de force of composed, choreographic genius is sure to weigh on the harmonious hearts of many that come to share in our journey. The past week has seen endless days back/onstage, saturated in the angelic sounds of 78 musicians alongside the New World Chorale, accompanied by six movements of dance — each one set apart so uniquely from the other despite their seamless transitions…

The last time I worked with Neumeier was during my career with Royal Danish Ballet, dancing as Olympia in his Lady of the Camellias. Needless to say, I’ve never heard Chopin the same way since…His attention to the finest details and reverence for simplicity and stillness are reflected so powerfully in each of his works, its hard to come away from them without growing as both a person and an artist. His interpretation of music is beyond this world…tender steps that breath solicitous medleys as they rise from the pit, silences that sing to the energy of the orchestra…like nothing I’ve heard or seen before.

Oliver will be our Corps de Ballet Mascot Extraordinaire/Emotional Support animal throughout the coming Nutcracker season and beyond, and is sure to be featured more than once here on Tutus&Tea…He would like to thank the ever talented Rosalie O’Connor for agreeing to this spontaneous pre-performance photoshoot, and Corina Gill for lending her pointe shoe which tasted most delicious, accordingly. He’s sorry he mistook it for a piddle pad towards the end there…Oliver by Rosalie Oliver by Rosaliesymphonies & surprises

~ p.e. & Oli


summer fruit.

Posted on September 14, 2015

let’s talk tomatoes.

and how in Spain they taste like candy and in summer they taste like happiness.

and how they come in all shapes and sizes and have different names even though they’re all the same fruit…kind of like people.

and how they hold their own in capreses just as well as they decorate pizzas and dance with spaghetti.

and how they’re stewed. sautéed. baked. battered. vine-ripened & roasted.

and how they call themselves cherry. plum. beefsteak.

they’re nothing short of heirloom royalty and they’re what summer CSA dreams are made of…

enough with these words.

 See, taste, savor for yourself…Tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes tomatoestold you so…

sun-ripened soliloquies ~ p.e.

only when I {dance}.

Posted on September 9, 2015

Yesterday I had the humble pleasure of seeing a documentary made on a sweet friend and colleague of mine at the Boston Ballet, the freshly promoted soloist, Irlan Santos. Only When I Dance follows Irlan from rooftops in Rio to the bright lights of New York City as his dancing talent, contagious spirit and relentless drive take him from studios to stages the great world over…at the ripe young age of 18.

This raw peak into the realities of pursuing your passion despite all odds gave me such a renewed perspective and appreciation for my own path towards dancing professionally…the support of friends and family not diminished in the least, as self determination and confidence can only carry you so far…Pointes & ConverseSacrifice is a common ground for most dancers, but the extent of which financial burdens, injuries, exposure, and timing present themselves can make or break a career that’s already seen as a rare opportunity for success.se-58Inspired by the journey of Irlan, among so many other devoted artists/athletes I know, I thought I would just take this moment to thank those lovely people—family, friends, mentors, teachers, and fellow dancers—that have been integral in helping me pursue my own unique path across studios and stages…Central Park To the generous documenters of my journey, collaborators, photographers and artists in their own right, who have helped to capture precious moments once fleeting, now preserved…Central Park…and of course to you beautiful readers who share these memories with me here on Tutus&Tea. I encourage you all to watch this moving documentary (now on Netflix!) of one dancer’s journey, filled with unnerving portrayals of sacrifice, family support, timing & talent.Central ParkOn a side note for those of you interested, I participated in a Dancer’s Webinar on eating for energy and injury prevention on The Whole Dancer last week ~ a lovely interview with former dancer and health coach Jess Spinner that you can listen to here :)

…and a generous thank you to Albert Ayzenberg, who danced around a misty morning in Central Park with me to gather these photos for his #BehindtheGlass series!

To every dedicated artist and athlete out there, let us continue to inspire one another with our unique stories, individual paths towards fulfillment, and endless journeys towards sharing and spreading Live Art. This is a gift. 

let’s dance.



the {whole} dancer.

Posted on August 20, 2015

Today marks the one week countdown to an exciting Webinar I’ll be partaking in over at The Whole Dancer!

“Geared toward high level dancers working towards, or already immersed in, their professional careers,” health coach Jess Spinner and I will be discussing different ways of Eating for Energy and Injury Prevention… sharing thoughts on staying balanced in both dance and in life.

Balance. An ever present friend/foe, pursued not only by those of us en pointe, but perhaps everyone seeking stability in their lives. 00332V5A0787Nourishing relationships, meals, perspectives…Balance is about finding your own equilibrium, a state that is unique to your needs, your body, your mind.00362V5A0861It doesn’t always have to be black or white, right or left, happy or sad … discovering ways to find your best self is as cathartic a realization as ever. Rather than an end all destination, balance is about your mental/emotional/physical journey to the unknown, that keeps you grounded as a person, a dancer, an artist. 00342V5A0818Every day offers the challenge of pursuing a healthy lifestyle, doing what you love, nourishing your body and mind, and indulging in special moments big/small…00372V5A0866

Every day, the luxury of establishing your own center in light of beneficial balance.

Come join us next Thursday, August 27th at 8pm! You can register for free, here – Free Webinar*First four photos above by Karolina Kuras, Poster photo by Kenneth Edwards

Look forward to tuning in with you!


Here’s to you, Julia.

Posted on August 15, 2015

Here we are… a beautifully sunny day in the smack middle of August—an entire month of summer left to savor sweet berries & swaying breezes. I thought there was no better time than now to make an appearance on Tutus&Tea, my sweet little nook of creative chronicles that has been sorely neglected as summer travels & temptations took me far and wide…You see today, we celebrate not only the sweetness of summer, but the birthday of Culinary Royalty herself, dearest Julia Child.

The contagiously entertaining American chef and TV personality who mastered The Art of French Cooking would be 103 today, and no less jubilant in the kitchen she called home, I can only imagine…

My parents bought me this incredible picture of Julia, kneading away some dough, basking in stolen summer sun…I think it’s the perfect embodiment of all the joy and passionate simplicity she pursued in life, and I love getting to share it here:

Photograph by Paul Child circa 1952, Harvard University

Photograph by Paul Child circa 1952, Harvard University

As these long days ensue, I look forward to getting back into the rhyme & rhythm of sharing bits of travel memories, keeping you posted on what’s happening in the studio over at Boston Ballet now that our Season has just started back, and pausing to capture, share & savor the little moments of beauty that continue to present themselves on these lovely, sun-laden summer days…

Thanks for holding out for me!

Let’s raise a Rosé to the one and only, shall we? Here’s to you, Julia. May your courage to share, eagerness to learn, endless ability to laugh, and humble talent to nourish so many passions keep us all inspired to live our days abundantly… to keep our glasses full, our plates decorated, and our palates insatiable!

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Child

happy bellies & birthdays~ p.e.


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