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A tutu is a skirt worn as a costume in a ballet performance, often with attached bodice. It consists of a Basque (or waistband, it can either be part of the bodice or a separate band) and the skirt itself might be single layer, hanging down, or multiple layers starched and jutting out. The bell-shaped Romantic dress of the mid-1800s gave way to the tutu at the end of the 19th century. Connoisseurs of ballet, the Russians wanted to see the new technical feats and fancy footwork of their ballerinas. The new long, floppy, 16 layer tutus reached to the knee and allowed the female dancers much greater mobility in such technically demanding ballets as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Paquita. The late George Balanchine's athletic choreography later led to the creation of the shorter "powder-puff" tutu that is worn in Symphony in C. These tutus allow the entire leg to be seen.

The word 'tutu' has its origins in the theatre audience. Those who bought cheaper tickets sat in a section located in the lower part of the theatre. This area gave the patrons sitting there a different view than the rest of the audience; they could often see under the ballerinas' skirts and see their bottoms. This led to a lot of talk and eventually, the French slang word for this part of the ballerina, "cucu, " became "tutu."[citation needed]

  • Bodice: The tutu bodice can use from 6 to 15 panels of fabric. Some of these pieces are cut on the bias (the diagonal) which gives fabric some stretch. The bodice is a separate piece of the costume attached at the waistline or high on the hip; sometimes it's put together just with elastic tabs to allow for movement.
  • The Basque: This is the piece that sits from the waist to high on the hip. It can be continuous with the bodice or a separate, tight fitting fabric “band.”
  • Romantic Tutu: A three-quarter length, bell-shaped skirt made of tulle. The hemline falls between the knee and the ankle. The romantic tutu is free flowing to emphasise lightness, to suit the ethereal quality of the romantic ballets such as Giselle or La Sylphide. It is said to have been invented, or at least popularized, by Marie Taglioni, first in 1832 in La Sylphide. There are two types of romantic tutus-one that starts at the waist and one with a dropped waist and basque called a romantic tutu with basque.
  • Classical Tutu (pancake): A very short, stiff skirt made with layers of netting that extends straight outwards (from the hips) in a flat pancake shape, and has a fitted bodice. The pancake style has more layers of net and usually uses a wire hoop and much hand tacking to keep the layers flat and stiff.

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Cute and puffy ballet skirts

My daughter has grown out of her ballet clothes. I am looking to get her a new puffy skirt as a present for Xmas. Something like this
Any ideas where (online) I can buy these for a lot less than priced on that website?

Anybody here familiar with ballet terminology?

This is a poem I wrote for my creative writing class assignment due Monday. Do the french ballet moves make sense in the order that I'm writing them?
Sitting in the car, on the freeway,
Going downtown, to the ballet.
I’m all dressed up, couldn’t wait to go.
I’m so excited, to see this show.
Sitting in traffic, what do I care.
In an hour or so, I will be there.
Ballerinas, cute skirts, slippers with laces.
Spins and twirls, with smiles on their faces.
I sit and wait, as we drive and drive.
Seems like an hour, and I finally arrive

My 3 yr old son wants to wear a skirt!

I don't know what to do.
DH forbids it.
Back story: His 5 yr old sister is in ballet and has some of those tulle skirts. He is captivated by them.
He keeps asking for his own skirt - I don't think he wants to be a girl, he just wants to put one on & spin around.
What would you do?
I don't want to defy my husband, but this is making my son miserable.

Ballet clothing advice needed

Dd starts ballet class in a week, and it's her (and my) first time. I am trying to figure out the clothes for the class, and am finding that i am totally clueless. the class decription said we need to send her in a leotard and ballet slippers.
my questions are:
1. are the ballet slippers supposed to be worn barefoot or with tights or socks? (i bought some tights, and then realized they don't have feet on them.)
2. can she wear the leotard without tights (just bare legs)? (it's going to be warm this summer.)
3. does she have to have one of those little skirts or tootoos

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