• Ballet Tutu Types

  • 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.

    Classical Tutu (bell): A very short, stiff skirt with a slight bell shape, it is usually longer than a classical (pancake) tutu. It is made
    with layers of netting and has a fitted bodice; it extends outwards from the hips and does not use a wired hoop. These can be
    seen in the famous ballet paintings by Degas.

    Balanchine/Karinska Tutu: also known as the "powder puff", it is a very short skirt with no hoops, and fewer layers of netting
    than the pancake or classical styles. The skirt is loosely tacked to give a softer, fuller appearance. This style was designed originally
    for the ballet version of Georges Bizet's Symphony in C.

    Platter Tutu: A tutu with a flat top that sticks straight out from the ballerina's waistline. It is very similar to the pancake tutu,
    though the top of the tutu is almost completely flat, where the pancake tutu is a bit fuller at the top.

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