Introduction To Ballet Tutu

Tue Nov 22 13:36:35 CST 2022

Sources of Romantic TuTu and Classical TuTu

In Paris in 1832, the dance skirt worn by Marie Taglioni in the romantic ballet "La Sylphide" rose to the height of the ankle for the first time, showing people the fairy-like art of pointe. The long and flowing tutu became the representative of Romantic Tutu.

With the passage of time, the ballet skirt gradually shortened. In 1876, Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" was born. The black and white swan has evolved into the most typical ballet skirt in people's impression, and the Classical Tutu has gradually become the ballet dancer's One of the hallmark features.

TuTu skirt type introduction

1.Romantic Tutu

Romantic long TuTu is a soft and elegant dance skirt, the length can reach the calf or ankle, made of 3-5 layers of tulle, creating a dreamy and ethereal stage atmosphere;

2.Classical TuTu

The fabric of the classic short TuTu is short and hard, protruding from the waist and hips horizontally, and can be divided into four types according to the shape of the dance skirt:

-Bell Tutu skirt: It is made of multiple layers of gauze. There is no hoop support on the edge of the dance skirt, and only a frame of the skirt is fixed with needlework. It is slightly drooped by gravity, like the shape of a hanging bell.

-Pancake Tutu/Platter Tutu: Both skirts extend outward from the waist, and a hoop is embedded between the layers of tulle and fabric to form a plane, flattened like a pancake or a disc, The difference between the two is that the skirt of the pancake skirt has pleats, while the flat layer of the skirt of the disc skirt is more ornate.

-Powder Puff Skirt (also known as "Balanchine Skirt") Powder Puff/Balanchine Tutu: The signature style of New York City Ballet designer George Balanchine (Barbara Karinska). The stitches are fixed together to create a loose and swollen effect, which also presents a softer and fuller skirt.