Ballet Dictionary: Classical Tutu
Term: Classical Tutu
A Classical Tutu is a costume worn by female ballet dancers typically in, although not restricted to, Classical Ballets. A Classical Tutu is made up of a tight bodice that hugs the dancer which is connected to a “skirt” which is made up of layers of tulle, hand-tacked to keep them stiff and straight, like a pancake. It also often has a hoop to help maintain the shape. The topmost layer of the tutu is the layer that is decorated with a variety of sequins, faux jewels, beads and other types of fabric which also matches the bodice. A tutu is always paired with arm sleeves, or arm puffs and a headpiece for a completed look. A headpiece can range from tiaras to flowers or jewels – depending on the character and style of the ballet.
Ballet: Kitri, Don Quixote, Act 3
Dancer: Kotomi Narai, Company Artist, Ballet Manila
Location: Studio 3, Ballet Manila