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


Posted on March 5, 2015


This weekend concludes the Boston Ballets run of Lady of the Camelliasa scorned lover’s tale after the famed Alexandre Dumas Fils’ 1848 novel by the same name… It felt lovely to be back on stage again, dancing to the brilliant melodies of Chopin amongst dramatic turns of pointe & plot.

I took a few free moments to capture bits of this beautiful story through my own lens, and was excited to invite you all backstage to catch a glimpse from the wings!

The ever-talented Yuri Yanowsky (pictured below with his wife, Kathleen Breen Combes) will be retiring as “Armand Duval” this coming Sunday – See this lovely tribute in the Boston Globe – I dedicate this post to him and the exciting next chapter of his career! I’m so thankful to have shared the stage with such an eloquent artist…

Act IIIMG_2623 Act II Act II Act II Act II Act II Act II Act III Act III Act III Act III Act III Act IIand Curtain.


 Catch Boston Ballet’s Lady of the Camellias, at the Boston Opera House through March 08, 2015

Choreography by Val Caniparoli, Costumes by Robert Glay de la Rose, Music by Chopin



Posted on February 27, 2015

In light of this short month’s ability to sell an abundance of chocolate and likewise, commercialize on yet another palatable holiday… I thought I’d give a little (belated) tribute to Saint Valentine, and the wonder/quest/conquest of noble love he’s long since been remembered for.

Without getting carried away on a bed of roses… I thought I’d share with you all a collection of thoughts I came across not long ago, a soft suggestion really, that has simplified my perspective on life in a truly generous way. I invite you all to start your day and continue your year with this humbling challenge:

Love. Just Love.

Love your city. Love your home. Love your food. Love your dreams. Love your people. Love.

Love the things that are easy to love, and stretch to love the things that aren’t.

When you love fearlessly, you beam. You’re a light in the storm. You’re a smile in the crowd. You’re a breath of fresh air.

…Make a commitment right now to embody your soul- to be the most irresistible version of you. Center, feel grateful, live your truth and love your heart out, and you will, without a shadow of a doubt, become a magnet to everyone who has the privilege of basking in your light.

(Shelly Bullard from MindBodyGreen)

Is that not most delightful?! I wish I could say I wrote it… Alors, think about how you might invite love into your life today. Maybe you let yourself linger over breakfast, smile at a stranger in passing…relish in a good conversation or reach out to someone you admire. I chose the latter recently when I came across a bright talent on my instagram feed, the ever inspiring Elma Murakami. Elma is a brilliant lingerie designer and seamstress located on the sunny West Coast. To say she’s found her niche in making women feel beautiful is a generous understatement. Elma’s work is (ironically) seamless. Her designs are reflections of her unique eye to compliment personalities and capture beauty in every garment. Her Instagram is my daily eye-candy. We decided to collaborate on a silky set that began what I hope is an endless conversation of sharing each other’s passions…Elma for Shelby Elma for Shelby Elma for Shelby Elma for ShelbyPhotographs by the talented Kenneth Edwards

Elma has a most enviable Etsy Shop that invites you to linger on lingerie or even place custom orders should you so desire…I’m so grateful to her for this collaboration and feel humbled to promote the work of such a talented artist.

With only a few days staving off a month of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans… I leave you with this tidbit of tenderness from Galations 5:13-14:

“…but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Here’s to Noble Love as we Know it :)



Posted on February 22, 2015

Four days away from our premiere of Lady of the Camellias, I invite you into the studio to share in the heart-wrenching tale that will soon take the stage of the Boston Opera House.

Act II: A pianist, An Opera Singer, Two dancers – a scattered company bordering the studio’s perimeters…

His sound came like a sonnet

Rays of sunlit reverie

from the corner where he stood

a piano beckoned gentle plea

betrayed through tears she left him

for what good he did not know

betrothed to written lies

and tired lungs she dared not show

in agony he fell towards

lonely comfort that was left

a father-son reversion

lover’s torn, two hearts bereft

one tragic scene prevailed

upon a normal day of rest

through bleary eyes we watched and

learned of adoration’s test

while sun’s solace distracted

endless winter’s cold outside

for a moment we escaped to find

where true love does reside.

To  Anais Chalendard, Eris Nezha and Boyko Dossev, who take artistry to a new level, and transported us all.

Photograph by Kenneth Edwards


{creative} collaborations.

Posted on February 19, 2015

Among the many wonders and hopes I have for the great wide world of technology, I’m tickled by the idea of encouraging it’s potential for creative collaborations. The ease at which we can use social media to create a “following,” or more importantly, procure one for others amazes me on a daily basis. There is an ever-present opportunity for spontaneous introduction at the very tips of our fingers! If that’s not a 21st century perk – I’m not quite sure what is…Kenneth Edwards Photoshoot of Shelby Elsbree

One such tech-fostered friend by the name of Kenneth Edwards came to me recently through Twitter – With a passionate interest in living his art, Kenneth proposed we collaborate on a photoshoot, aiming to capture personality, passion and authenticity through the lens of his impressionable Hasselblad camera and unique eye for story-sharing. Between his training in classical Opera, vested interest in dance & natural affinity to capture a past-reflected present, I knew this was going to be good. Shelby Elsbree by Kenneth Edwards

Needless to say, it was not long before we found ourselves in the creative confines of an empty ballet studio on a day off, warming up to fabulous tracks and dancing about with no inhibitions. In between tutu changes and inspiring conversation, Kenneth would hop over on the grand Piano, inviting the likes of Gershwin and Chopin to casually join our party… One-Man-Band-Stand?! Je pense Oui :)Shelby Elsbree by Kenneth EdwardsTimeless hours drifted by as we chased sunlight from studio to studio…Shelby Elsbree by Kenneth EdwardsIt’s funny to think of where the possibilities an open-mind and subtle spirit will lead you to… Inspiring conversations or lasting friendships…an ‘epiphany moment’ or even just a good belly laugh you didn’t realize how badly you needed. I look so forward to future collaborations with Kenneth and like-minded creative dreamers. Shelby Elsbree by Kenneth EdwardsIn these bitter cold days of relentless winter, I would hope that we all keep chasing sunlight – wherever that call, comment, message or moment might bring you :)

Kenneth wrote a generous blog post that shares our story here (more pictures). I’ve also featured more selections from our shoot inside Studio 5 and Studio 6 on my website, but you’ll likely see them sprinkled throughout Tutus&Tea in due time…

You can share in Kenneth’s story telling on his VSCO blog, www.kennethedwards.vsco.com or on Instagram @kennethbedwards

Birds for Words (#twittertriumph) ~


In Loving Memory.

Posted on February 13, 2015

Dear Grandpa,

So few will walk this realm of life
With so direct a path
So few will handle obstacles
With honor nary wrath.

So few will wear the roles assigned
Imposed by Higher thought
So few will seek the wayward road
When easy paths are naught

So few will stroll the streets
Giving more than what they take
So few will trade in doubt for
Faith and not their love forsake

So few will earn the trust of family, friends and strangers like
So few will see the light of darker days triumphant strike

So few of God’s creation can return to Him and say
With courage I have lived my life so fully to this day

So few who battle sickness fight for more than just their own
So few make final minutes pass with treasured family shown

So few is valor given, earned, restored and never bought
Of all the things you’ve left behind
To each of us you’ve taught:

A life well lived is one that reaches high while standing low
That dreams and dares discover
Beauty has no greater woe.

So few will walk this realm of life
I know this much is true
Among these few who triumph
I am talking dear to you.

With love forever,


Gordon MacPhail


Gordon MacPhail

March 1930-February 2015

a dancer’s {life}.

Posted on February 5, 2015

a silent conversation starts with steps that so unfold
a brilliant orchestration holds the score of stories told
unique collaboration ties creative minds that bind
a great manifestation that each role seeks to define
each day of dedication molds the minds of all who strive
for the endless destination that enthralls a dancers life.

Ashly Ellis

To my loyal readers who know by now that life is what happens while you’re making plans… (say, to post more frequently/daily chronicle February’s numerous shades of sunlight, for example ;)

…I leave you with this midnight musing that entertained my restless mind in between choreographed #countsoncountsoncounts of winter/spring repertoire and one epic SnOw fAll after another here in the Hub of Happiness.

Thanks for tuning in while I’ve been turning out. ;) See what I did there? #bunheadbust

Hope you’re all staying warm and taking gentle note of each day’s gifts. I’ll be back here for more Tutus&Tea ramblings in no time!

weightless wonder ~ p.e.

(The above picture is among one of my favorite dancers/artists here in Boston Ballet, the eloquent Ashley Ellis – I snapped this during a “five minute break” a little while ago and it remains one of my treasured moments here at our Southend Studios…)


{wonderful} west.

Posted on January 15, 2015

Happy New Year Merry Revelers!

Indeed, we are half way into Jolly January, and it somehow feels as if the curtain just went down on our final Nutcracker Performance way back in 2014… Needless to say, these chilly days (25 here this morning!) are flying by with inspiring energy…ready to claim our best shots at New Years Resolutions…(do see this most lovely post on my Sister’s blog, ‘LittleElbowRoom,’ for more on that :)

In the mean time since we spoke of dreaming, I have in fact become a whole year older (wiser?), experienced the magic that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, spent some much needed & valued days with my dear family in Florida, adventured out to the wild west coast where close friends and dish upon drink upon dreamy view were waiting to steal my heart…and at last returned to the barre  back at 19 Clarendon to prepare for the rest of this Season with Boston Ballet.

I thought I’d share with you some favorite moments of my weekend in the {Golden State}…foggy mornings sprinkled with Foamy Lattés, Ferry Market Mushrooms and Almond Croissants well worth traveling cross-country for…A short trip to Lake Tahoe and soothing shades of Winter blues on blues on blues…followed by a fun little reflection gallery of the past year brought to you by the likes of Flipagram :)

Enjoy! I’m humbled and excited to think & dream of all that this year ahead of us has in store…Here’s to the most incredible family, friends, colleagues, and followers who made 2014 all that I could have hoped for!

(Do see below for some must see/taste/sip links should you visit San Francisco and/or Tahoe anytime soon! Procured by the lovely talent of my dear friend Rachel at FoodistaonPointeFour Barrel Coffee San FranciscoLatté Art brought to you by the memorable Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco.San Francisco Bay Bridge Breakfast Sandwich from Blue Fog CoffeeThe most perfect of Breakfast Sandwiches, found warm and ready at Blue Fog MarketFlowers on Union StreetUnion Street Roses, San FranciscoFerry Building Market PlaceDecadent Mushrooms found at my new favorite Ferry Building Marketplace – A foodie’s field day!
Lake TahoeA wintry Lake Tahoe, as seen from Commons BeachBrown Butter Cake at Four Barrel CoffeeI’ve been dreaming of this Brown Butter Cake ever since finishing off the final crumb… (Four Barrel Coffee)Lake Tahoe Ferry Market Building What is it about Chanterelle’s?! I could photograph these beauties all day long… Lake Tahoe from Commons Beach Almond Croissant from Tartine Bakery  I exaggerate not when I say this Almond Croissant was well worth it’s weight in butter, flaked & baked to golden perfection and snowed upon gently with the most powdered of sugars…You will thank yourself. And then dream of returning. Herein, I humbly beg you to experience the heaven that exists at Tartine Bakery. (The morning bun scores a *close* second)

Last but not least, click here to see some fine bits of my 2014!

Readers, it’s been the truest delight to share my thoughts, musings & merry moments with you this past year… Now let’s raise a GrEeN JuIcE to 2015, and then go out for ice cream :)

It’s all about finding that balance….oui?

bisous! p.e.


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