Corps de Ballet
Shelby Elsbree, native of Sarasota, Florida, began her dance training at the Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Sarasota Ballet Academy before moving to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet in 2004. After five years under the direction of Kay Mazzo, Jock Soto and Peter Martins among others, Elsbree moved to Copenhagen to join the Royal Danish Ballet in 2009. Throughout her four years dancing under the artistic direction of Nikolaj Hübbe, she received two merit scholarships and represented the company in the Erik Bruhn Prize competition in Toronto, Canada, where she danced August Bournonville's Flower Festival in Genzano.
Elsbree's lead roles with the Royal Danish Ballet include the Blue Girl in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering, the Student in Flemming Flindt's The Lesson, and Olympia in John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias among over 30 other soloist and corps de ballet roles. She originated roles as the Fairy of Song in Christopher Wheeldon's The Sleeping Beauty, the ensemble in Yuri Possokhov's Narcissum, and most recently, the Golden Cockerel in Alexei Ratmansky's The Golden Cockerel.
Throughout her professional career, Elsbree has performed at the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris, France, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, Hungary and the David H. Koch Theater in New York City among others worldwide. Elsbree joined Boston Ballet in 2013.