Boston Ballet dancer discusses life after dance

Shelby Elsbree, a professional dancer with the Boston Ballet, was recently interviewed for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Say Something blog on how a unique partnership between Northeastern University College of Professional Studies and the Boston Ballet is preparing her for life after dance. Elsbree is currently a student in the Bachelor’s in Leadership program at the College.

“I find that academic education will help us pursue other interests outside of dance, as well as give us career transition when moving forward when our days on the stage come to an end,” Elsbree said.

Listen to the full interview here

About the Partnership:

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies and Boston Ballet have a lot in common. They are both ambitious, hardworking and extremely flexible—making the two perfect partners. The two organizations recently partnered to provide dancers the opportunity to earn bachelor’s or advanced degrees while continuing their demanding practice and performance schedule.

The goal? To help them prep are for life after their all-too-short dance careers.

Professional ballet dancers are at the top of their profession in their 20s and early 30s, but when it’s time to retire at the ripe age of 35 or 36, most dancers don’t have a Plan B. Through the Northeastern partnership, dancers enroll in a degree program and take courses online, on campus or at the Ballet’s Clarendon Street location. Tuition discounts and scholarships make the degree programs affordable and accessible, and dancers choose from a wide selection of degree programs.

For more information on this partnership, or the College’s partnership program click here.