Archive for the ‘Tutu’ Category

Quick Tip: Dress up Barbie!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

At Class Act Tutu we LOVE our Color Layered Romantic Tutu styles.  We have so many colors of our exquisite tulle, that your options are nearly unlimited.  Layering colors adds depth and shading that changes with movement and provides an absolutely stunning performance.  We think this look works very well for your Nutcracker Ballet’s Waltz of the Flowers or Snow Scene.

One way to easily visualize how your color choices come together is to order our ruffled swatch sets and to dress up your Barbie (or soda bottle or whatever!).

Tutu Swatches

The price of our Tutu Bodice & Skirt Color cards and/or our Ruffled Swatch sets is deducted from your tutu order.  Order today and plan your Nutcracker Ballet tutus!

Ruffled Swatches

As always, if you need any assistance, contact us at 800.820.1667 or drop us an email.

Fashion “Tulle’s” for the Fashion Forward

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By Mariangela Abeo

Gone are the days of going shopping with your mom to the local department store for a prom dress, then hoping and praying that no other girls show up wearing the same thing.  Today’s teens are steeped in the rich fashion molasses that is served to them on everything, everywhere they turn.  From social media, to reality TV, they are on the new fads before even the hipsters have time to make them cool and before a teen celebrity can been seen in it on Instagram or on TMZ.

The 80s look that so many in my generation loved and cherish, are back – everything from floral and lace, to vibrant colors, punk rock accents and yes, you guessed it – TULLE.  The fabric that every girl, and yes also boys – at some point in their life, secretly want an entire outfit made out of.

Whether you shop at hip boutiques and consignment shops or mega trendy places like H&M or Forever 21 – pairing tulle tutus and skirts for every day looks, school dances and even Prom – is easy and simple.

For Prom or Punk

For example, a Prom show stopper will have flowing tulle, paired with tasteful corsets, lacy tops, tussled hair, and a pretty smokey eye.

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Model: Madison Abeo / Photo: Bamberg Fine Art Photography / Tutu: Class Act Tutu's Color Layered Tutu in Black/Teal/Periwinkle

The punk element is one of the reasons shops like Red Light or Trendy Wendy – which we are lucky enough to have in Seattle – are popular – you can find fabulous tops and funky tights to pair with one of Class Act’s 5-layer “Juicy” Bird of Paradise short tutus.  If you aren’t in the Seattle area, find a local vintage or consignment store and a trendy boutique to get necessary outfit pairings.  Big “diva” hair is a must, take your skirt colors to your local MAC counter to get your make-up done – and finish with some FIERCE heels or even grunge it out with some army boots from the Army surplus store!

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Model: Madison Abeo / Photo: Bamberg Fine Art Photography / Tutu: Class Act Tutu's Color-Layered Tutu Skirt "Bird of Paradise" in the "Juicy" style

Who wore it better? (It won’t happen!)

The wonderful thing about tutus beside the fact that they are handmade, and that tulle personally makes me morph into a 5 year old that squeals with joy even at the sight of it – are that they are unique.  You will not feel like you are in People magazine’s “Who wore it better” because another girl is wearing the same dress.  If you pair it with your street wear, you will be SURE to turn heads, get compliments and be considered a trend setter with peers that may be waiting for someone to stand out before they add a little tulle into their daily wardrobe.

It’s good for the soul

I asked a few “fashion forward” teens I know, to tell me 3 words that came to mind when they saw tulle in a store or in a magazine – and the theme was consistent: Playful, Fun, Delicate,  Feminine, Beauty, Classy, Diva.  All things all of us, at some point, want to portray with our outfits, right?  Even more reason for me to firmly believe that keeping a good amount of tulle in your closet, is good for the soul…

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Model: Madison Abeo / Photo: Bamberg Fine Art Photography / Tutu: Class Act Tutu's Romantic Tutu Skirt in Soft White / Leotard: Vala Dancewear's "Enchant

Special thanks to Kim and Adam Bamberg of LaVie Photography and Bamberg Fine Art Photography and Oliver Wevers for sharing his lovely home!

Madison Abeo – An Interview with a Rising Star

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Young dancers spend countless hours in the studio developing their skills and artistry. While you will often find their peers hanging out at the mall or movie theater, these hard working young men and women will deny themselves the typical pleasures of teenage life for the promise of a shining dance career.

Madison Abeo, a level VIII student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, is one such dancer who recently caught our eye. We were not only impressed with Madison’s classic beauty and winning smile, but by her charisma, work ethic and dedication to both her family and her art. This young lady is the living, breathing definition of a “class act” – and we’re thrilled to introduce her to all of you!

Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Madison Abeo…

Grace:  Madison Abeo

Grace: Madison Abeo

Hello, Madison. Please share about yourself and how you got your start in ballet.

I was 3 years old and my family and I were living in Zambia, Africa. We had traveled there while I was young to do work in the villages. My parents put me in a local ballet class because I was clumsy and always tripping over my feet. We lived there for 2 years and when we moved back to the states I took classes at a small ballet studio in Monroe, where the teacher was a Cornish graduate. She encouraged me to audition for Cornish and then I danced there for 4 years before moving to PNBS.

When did you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a career in dance was right for you?

When I did my first Nutcracker performance at Cornish, and played the role of Clara – I knew I wanted to dance professionally. Its hard to explain how it made me feel, its something only a dancer understands. I dance because of the feeling I get when I dance, there really is no word to describe it.

Many locals are familiar with your father’s “artistic” side. Can you share a little bit about your family with our readers?

My dad is local rapper RA Scion, who was in a group called Common Market. My mom manages his music and the business side of things. He has had music videos on MTV and done 5 or 6 CD’s. I am in a few of the videos. We have had an exciting life. I have been to huge concerts and danced on stage with him at Bumbershoot, Sasquatch Festival, and toured to several cities him on the road when I was younger. I have seen the fun side of music festivals, the VIP and green rooms, the backstage life is something that is the same in music as it is in dance.

How has their influence affected you? Are they supportive of your career or did they caution you against it?

I don’t feel like they have influenced me in the way of dance. Neither of them are dancers, but they did influence me with how I perform and work. Both are very hard workers. My dad taught me the value of not only hard work but how important the quality of a good performance and show is. How to be a humble and a grateful performer and how to work to do your best for the sake of the audience.

You’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with many local artists – both in music and dance. Can you share a little about that? What were some of your most favorite projects?

I have worked with a few bands and danced in their music videos. My favorite music video was for a local group called Alabaster. It was a fun atmosphere and they gave me a lot of artistic freedom. I was also asked to work with STG/Paramount for their annual DOORS fundraising event, where I was honored to have Olivier Wevers choreograph a piece for me to perform, and PNB was nice enough to loan me a costume. I was the only classically trained ballet dancer highlighted that night, and I got to meet some amazing people that donate to the arts.

What programs are you looking at for summer?

I auditioned for 4 schools, ABT New York, San Fran Ballet, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet and I was grateful to get into all 4! I have recently made the decision to attend San Fran Ballet summer intensive, after discussing it with my parents, my teachers I decided it was best for my future.

Even with partial scholarships, summer intensives can be quite expensive! Unlike many students, I’ve heard you’re actually working to help off-set some of the costs associated with your intensive. Tell us a little more about that.

Yes they are very expensive! I am always shocked at how parents can afford to send their kids every year to these programs that are $4-7,000 and then you have airfare, spending money, etc. My family has never been able to afford such things. I am grateful to my grandparents that have helped with the costs in the past. Now that I am old enough to help work to earn the money, I have been babysitting and saving every penny! I also have created a Facebook fan page, at the suggestion of my Aunt, and people who had no children for me to babysit, that wanted to donate and invest in my future. It means so much to me that so many people not only believe in me, but that they are helping me reach my dream.

Working, going to school and taking dance class…that’s quite a load! Please share what a typical “day in the life” is like for you.

A typical day for me is – waking up around 6:45am to get ready for school. Packing a lunch and all of my school and dance gear. School until 1:30pm, and I attend the Center School, which is at the Seattle Center, so I just walk to PNB from there. I take about an hour to change, tape my feet and stretch. Then class, which is always on pointe at this level (Level VIII) is from Mon-Sat from 3:00 until 5:30. I stretch briefly after class, get home around 6pm, eat a quick dinner. Then if it’s a Friday, I babysit from 7 until Midnight or spend the rest of my night doing homework. Saturdays are usually the longest dance day, my level dances from 11:30am until 4pm and I arrive early at 9am to take the Pilates class that is provided to help with my core strength.

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Strength: Madison Abeo

Many young dancers have strong mentors in their lives who encourage and inspire them. Who are your mentors and how important has their influence been to your success?

Some of the people I consider to be mentors are Olivier Wevers (Former PNB Principle dancer and director of Whim W’him dance Co.), Andrew Bartee, Sarah Pasch (PNB dancers), Rena Robinson-Steiner (Former PNB Teacher and dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem), and Colleen Dishy (former RAD and Cornish college teacher). In one way or another, all of these people have spent one on one time with me, giving me advice, encouragement and have been amazing examples for how to be the best dancer I can be.

You’ve also done some modeling for Vala Dancewear. Can you share how that partnership came about?

My mom likes to take photos for fun and some of the pictures caught the eye of an amazing dance mom (You! Lol) who gifted me a leotard and my mother took photos of me in it. Rebecca, the owner loved the photos and was so nice – gave me even more leos for my mom to take photos of me in! I love the leos because they are a great twist of classic styles, they are comfortable and SO much more reasonable than some of the other brands. The most recent photoshoot we did was with professionals, La Vie Photography / Bamberg Fine Arts Photography – in which I wore Vala leos AND Class Act tutus. It was kind of a fashion ballet photo shoot, with some partnering photos that included my class dance partner Levi Teachout. We spent all day taking photos in different tutus and outfits, and we have already seen a couple of the shots and they are so beautiful! I am so excited to see how the rest turned out!

Beauty:  Madison Abeo

Beauty: Madison Abeo


Okay…loaded question time! Who are your favorite dancers?

My favorite dancers are: Carla Korbes (PNB Principle dancer) – She is the perfect dancer. Not only does she have amazing feet, lines and expression – she is one of the nicest and most down to earth ballerina’s at the ballet. She is kind, humble and smiles at you when you say hi. When I watch her dance, she takes my breath away. Lucien Postelwaite (Ballet Monte Carlo) was the main reason I wanted to dance with PNB. He is a star. The perfect blend of grace and strength. As a younger dancer and before he left PNB, I often said I wanted to someday dance a piece with him! Andrew Bartee (PNB dancer) can do things with his body that I have never seen other people do. He is a true artist and isn’t afraid to be himself.

Is there anything from your past (dance or otherwise) that if you could – you’d change?

My parents have taught me that all of the challenges we face help make you who are now, so I don’t think I would change anything!

Developing as a dancer and artist takes dedicated, consistent effort and tons of “sweat”. How do you stay so motivated?

Family, friends and my passion for dance is what keeps me going.

Do you have friends outside of dance? If so, do they support you in your efforts?

Yes I have friends outside of dance. My true friends understand my passion for dance, they often ask me about my progress and shows and they know how much it means to me to have them at performances, so they come to as many as they can.

What is your “dream” role?

My dream role is of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. I have always been mesmerized by the beautiful upper body movement of that role. The back and arms are amazing in that part. Also it is a huge test as a dancer to be able to play the pure and dark side of a character, really pushes you to the limits! I hope I get the chance to someday dance that role.

A dancer’s career is often very short. What can you see yourself doing after the final curtain goes down?

I want to stay in the dance world, I would love to teach classes. I love kids and I think I would do well as a teacher.

What final piece of advice would you give to other young dancers out there?

Don’t make yourself try to fit into the “box” that some people and teachers think you need to be in order to be a good dancer. Its unrealistic. Instead, be the best dancer you can be by working on your strength and being healthy. Most of all, respect your teachers, they may not dance anymore, but they all were amazing when they did. They have learned tools that will only make things easier if you just listen. Lastly, dance is hard – on your body and on your spirit. Make sure you love it and that the love shows when you dance, or else its not worth all the pain and effort.

To see the rest of the photos from the shoot Madison did with La Vie Photography – and to visit Madison’s dance support page, please visit https://www.facebook.com/MadisonRaynAbeo .  You can see Madison dance next in an excerpt from Balanchine’s Serenade – performed by the Level 8 dancers as part of the PNB School’s, End of Year performance on June 15th , 7pm at McCaw Hall.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.pnb.org.

The Romantic Tutu Skirt

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

While ballet tutus can take on many forms, when most people hear the word “tutu” they envision the ethereal Romantic style tutu skirt.  In honor of its timeless beauty, we would like to take a moment and share a little bit about this classic tutu style.

The Romantic Era of Ballet

The Romantic Tutu made its debut during the early to mid-19th century, a time in which “romanticism” in art and literature held great influence over the creation of new ballets. By many historical accounts, the Romantic period is considered to have begun with the 1827 Paris debut of La Sylphide where the Romantic Tutu skirt was first worn by Marie Taglioni.

Marie Taglioni, La Sylphide wearing the first Romantic Tutu

Marie Taglioni, La Sylphide wearing the first Romantic Tutu

Many of these Romantic Ballet stories told tales of conflict between man and nature, society and the supernatural.  This era put the ballerina center stage “floating” on the tip of a toe in the forms of sylphs (La Sylphide), wilis (Giselle), and other ghostly spirits—who enslaved the hearts and senses of mortal men.

Carlotta Grisi, 1841 as Giselle

Carlotta Grisi, 1841 as Giselle

The Romantic Tutu Skirt

Due to this marked supernatural influence, the second act of these Romantic ballets (representing the spirit realm) began to be called the “white act” or “ballet-blanc”.  The corresponding costume was an elegant white skirt made of layers upon layers of tulle (fine netting). This other-worldy white skirt was what we’ve come to know as the Romantic Tutu Skirt.  This ghostly vision was enhanced with new developments in theater effects such as gas lighting (that could be dimmed), posing en pointe, and the use of wires to make dancers “fly”.

What is a Romantic Tutu Skirt?

Romantic Tutus are long, floating and ethereal.  They are usually 3-5 layers of soft tulle.  These soft layers can begin at the waist (Romantic Tutu) or fall from the high hip for a dropped waist look (Romantic Tutu with Basque).

At Class Act Tutu, we LOVE romantic tutu skirts.  From the famous classic white to today’s vivid, colorful layers, we have the skill and ingenuity to create the tutu of your dreams!  We encourage you to put one on and get busy enslaving hearts!

From Vail International Dance Festival, International Festival of Dance II, Giselle, August 4, 2012.

From Vail International Dance Festival, International Festival of Dance II, Giselle, August 4, 2012.

Tutus for a Princess

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

At Class Act Tutu, we have had a run of requests for tutus inspired by Disney characters.  From “Belle” (Beauty and the Beast) to The “Queen of Hearts” (Alice in Wonderland), we have come up with some simple and cost saving solutions for the perfect tutu for your Princess!  Here are just some of our ideas…

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Tutus for Snow White, Alice & The Queen of Hearts

Use Colors

Start with a basic bodice and add color blocking.  For our Queen of Hearts, we used a Black Sweetheart style Tutu Bodice with Red Center Front Panels and Red Cording.

Queen of Hearts Tutu
Queen of Hearts Tutu

Add Some Options

Add Arm Puffs and “Petals” (like our “Queen of Hearts” tutu above) or Sleeves (Yellow for our “Snow White” tutu below).

We added a Lace-up Front and a Bow to our Scoop Neck Tutu Bodice , some lace trimming and an Apron to finish off that “Snow White” look.

Snow White Tutu

Snow White Tutu

Play with Color Layers in your Tutu Skirt

All of these designs feature our Romantic Style Tutu Skirt.  You can get a “petticoat” look by using several layers of color (yellow for Snow White, blue for “Alice”) on top of 2 layers of white.

It’s amazing what you can do a lot with a few options and some color, don’t you agree?

If you would like some design assistance for this or any of our other tutus, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

Sightings!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Photo: Rosalie O’Connor. Ballet Academy East 2009 “our special waltz”, choreographed by Stacy Caddell.

Photo: Rosalie O’Connor Ballet Academy East 2009 “our special waltz”, choreographed by Stacy Caddell.

Check out this stunning photo featuring ABT professional division student, Hannah Marshall wearing our Romantic tutu skirt and sweetheart bodice in Ballet Pink!

The photo is featured in the article, “Like Mother, Like Daughter – When Ballet Careers Run in the Family” in the April/May 2012 issue of Pointe Magazine. Doesn’t she look amazing..?!

Behind the Scenes with Lindsi Dec (Pointe Magazine Photo Shoot)

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

pointe_lindsi_decHere’s a fun “behind the scenes” look at Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist, Lindsi Dec’s photo shoot video with Pointe Magazine!

In the shoot, Lindsi is wearing two ensembles; the first is Class Act Tutu’s V Neck Tutu Bodice (in wine) and Classical Tutu skirt in Wine/Black

The other one (as featured on p 10 of Pointe) is Vala Dancewear’s “Siren” in one of the new fabrics/colors we are testing (consider this a sneak peek!!!), along with Class Act Tutu’s Layered Romantic Tutu in our 5-Layer “Bird of Paradise” palette.

If you want to own one of these georgeous tutus worn by Lindsi in the Pointe Photo shoot, they are in our Sample Sale!

Not your size?  No problem!  Just contact us.

PNB’s Lindsi Dec – Seizing Her Moment

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Photo by Nathan Sayers

Photo by Nathan Sayers

“Lindsi Dec steps out from the “Rubies” corps, lowering her arms slowly, a flash in her eyes. And then she bursts into action, her 5′ 9″ worth of angular beauty unfurling into head-high extensions. Darting and slinking through Balanchine’s hip-jutting steps, the Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist is having the time of her life. And so is the audience.” – Pointe Magazine

A huge “congratulations!” to Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist (and Vala Dancewear model), Lindsi Dec, the featured artist in the October/November issue of Pointe Magazine! Read all about Lindsi’s rise to fame here.

{PS: On page 10, Lindsi is modeling one of Class Act Tutu’s Layered Romantic Tutus. Don’t miss it!}