How Does A Ballerina Learn To Deal With Her Tutu Skirt?

Are you curious to know how ballet dancers deal gracefully with the extra bulk of stiff tutu fabric that sits at their hip line?  There are many, many questions about tutus online. This is a great question to answer for people who are intrigued by the way dancers make it all look so easy. The professional ballerina  appears to become one with her costume.  For the ballet observer and audience member, the tutu skirt is considered another form of the visual presentation in the choreography of the storyline.  For those who aspire to become ballet dancers themselves, they are sure to wonder how the dancer learns to deal with the stiff netting that sticks out so far from her body line.

Practice Tutus For Beginners

During the course of any ballet training, students will take classes that eventually lead to a public performance. The performance may be a recital for friends and family. It may be a competition on a real stage in front of audience members, judges, journalists and dance recruiters.  Students of classical ballet technique don’t just put on a tutu for the first time and hope for the best. They will have to be trained in a specialised garment called the practice or rehearsal tutu.

The professional practice tutu is not a cheap, no-sew product. I say this because several readers have recently  landed on this site using the search terms Make No Sew Tutu Stand Up.  There is no way to “cheat the system” and take short cuts like this!  Professional tutu skirts require sewing by somebody who knows what they are doing. Standards are too high in the world of ballet and you will end up on sites like this wondering how to fix your sad-looking, droopy tutu skirt.  Save yourself the hassle and consult with an expert: you will be glad you did.

Moving Properly In Your First-Ever Professional Tutu

Port de bras ballet movements
Port de bras

Moving around in a classical tutu gracefully is not something that is learned overnight. Just like the student has to practice the same exercises over and over again, proper training for a classical ballet dancer will include tutu training. Learning port de bras and the graceful carriage of the arms will enable a dancer to get used to holding the arms out and away from her body whilst creating beautiful, graceful aesthetics.

Ballet is really an amazing art form, isn’t it? Everything a dancer studies in class relates and connects to some other aspect of the dance that is equally important. All of the parts come together in perfect harmony.

Port De Bras Perfection Take Practice

Tutu Skirts Can Be More Of A Challenge For The Male Partner

Once a dancer becomes familiar with the placement of this stiff netting material around her hips, she will learn to adjust her movements to accommodate the extra width. However, if she is dancing a pas de duex or a partnering role, the male dancer will have to have his “tutu training” as well. Many male dancers complain of being scratched by extra-wide, super-stiff tutu skirts during lifts and the physical challenges of holding the ballerina further out to avoid this. They make it look so easy, don’t they?

The En Lair  And Port De Bras Combination

En Lair in Classical Dance Couture by Costume Creations U.K.
The shimmer of the creamy-coloured bodice and the open layering effects of the netting are simply divine here. The details of this tutu design are picture perfect. The mid-air image shows the construction expertise of Costume Creations UK when it comes to layering such a difficult material.

Tutu-Practice Never Ends In The Ballet World

For the professional ballerina and her male partner, the practice  of tutu wearing never ends. By that I  mean that a dancer can be used to wearing netting around her hips in general , but still needs to rehearse a particular ballet role with the correct size and stiffness of practice tutu. Some roles call for very wide skirts or extra-stiff netting for the costumes.  Every new role means putting on that particular costume and perfecting the choreography of that story. As long as ballet remains an art form that strives for perfection, this will always be the norm. Practice, practice and you guessed it, more practice.


One comment

  1. This underlines what an extensively precise and complicated art form Ballet is. So much attention to detail needs to be given from learning how to gracefully hold a little skirt as a pre-schooler to gracefully managing to master technique, tell a story, consider others on stage all in a sturdy large hooped tutu. It is interesting how the writer has brought our attention to other importants aspects of ballet as a total art form as well as a technical challenge.

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