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  • Where do I start?


    It is the time of year where we get a lot requests for help for first-time tutu buyers. Don't worry! We understand that tutus are pretty crazy garments and we are happy to assist. Here are some tips we have for getting you started.

    Class Act Tutu Class Act Tutu Style: Scoop-Neck Tutu Bodice with Nude Inset and Classical Skirt Color: Ivory

    How to Order Your Tutus

    At Class Act Tutu our tutu pieces & options are sold separately.  This way you can get just the tutu that you want—no more—no less—and you can mix & match for greater costume options.

    Step 1: Choose your bodice style.

    Step 2: Choose skirt style(s).

    Step 3: Choose your bodice and/or skirt color(s).

    Step 4: Choose the options & accessories that you want.

    Step 5: Choose your size.

    • Refer to our handy How to Measure section for advice on obtaining correct measurements and to print our measurement form where you can record these measurements.
    • Then check our Standard Size Chart to pick your correct size.
    • If you would like our assistance in choosing your size, you may submit your measurement form with your order.
    • If you are not basing your order on specific measurements, use the reference to “Typical Clothing Size” that is found on our Standard Size Chart to help guide your choice.

    Step 6: Place your order online at by adding each item to your shopping cart.  You may:

    • Complete the checkout process and you are done!   or
    • “Save” your items to the cart for later checkout.
    • You can also enter your purchase into your shopping cart, indicate Check/Money Order for payment method, and submit.


    • Just submit your "wish list" via email and we will write up an estimate to get you started. Don't worry about all of the details. We are happy to assist you!

    Choices for Ordering Tutus

  • Tacking Your Tutu: Part 1, Preparation

    When it comes to creating the perfect silhouette for your classical or bell style tutu, there are a number of factors to consider: how you cut your layers, the fabrics that you use, and so on.  However, “tacking” your tutu is one step which makes a grand difference (and entrance)!

    Class Act Tutu's "Pancake" Style Classical Tutu Skirt
    Photo:  Laura Gilbreath, soloist, Pacific Northwest Ballet © Angela Sterling

    Whether you have made your own tutu, purchased your tutu or have a tutu in need of repair, “tacking” is a skill that you need to have if you are working with Classical or Bell Style tutus.  “Tacking” is when you secure the layers of your tutu together.  This keeps your ruffles from flying when you dance and helps to shape your tutu.  There are many different methods to use.  We thought it would be fun to share some of the tricks we have learned through the years.

    We will be adding to our “Tips & How-To” blog category some of our favorite ideas for tacking your tutu.  First up is preparing your tutu for tacking.

    Preparation:  Steam & Flatten

    Although some may consider these steps optional, we think that preparing your tutu by gently steaming and pressing--or flattening your tutu is worth the time.  A tutu that is shaped and flattened before tacking is begun is much easier to work with and results in a better finished product.

    • To steam your tutu,  first test your fabric. Nylon melts and, if your steamer or iron is too hot, you can damage your tutu.  If you are using an iron, use the lowest setting that can provide steam.
    • Straighten, shape and steam the layers of your tutu one by one.  The idea is to straighten the layers so that they lie straight out from the tutu panty.  Visualize the spokes of a wheel.

    Tutu Tacking Diagram

    HINT: If you are making your own tutu, it is much easier to attach your tutu layers if you gently steam each layer where it is gathered before it is sewn on.

    • To press, lie your tutu topside down, arrange the layers neatly, and place heavy books all around the tutu.  Leave overnight.
    Flattening Your Tutu with Books


    As always, if you have any tips you would like to share—or would like us to share, just let us know!

    Next Up:  Using a “Tagging Gun” to tack your tutu

    Tagging Gun

  • Sightings: Dancing with a Tesla!

    We just never know where our tutus might end up. Here is Sara Michell Murawski, Corps de Ballet,  Dresden Semperoper Ballet "partnering" with the Tesla Roadster Sport!

    This was a Class Act Bell Style Tutu in Tangerine purchased from our Sale section.  Thank you, Sara.  We just love a creative use of a tutu!

  • Review: Pacific Northwest Ballet's Coppelia

    Pacific Northwest Ballet's Coppélia  All photos © Angela Sterling


    Pacific Northwest Ballet pulled out all the stops with their latest production of George Balanchine's, Coppelia.  This fantastic production features all new lavishly designed (read: gorgeous!) sets, to die for costumes, and of course the high-caliber artistry that PNB is world-famous for.


    Saturday's matinee featured Lesley Rausch as Swanilda/Coppelia, Jerome Tisserand as Franz, and Olivier Wevers as Dr. Coppelius.  Right off the bat, I have to give serious applause to Rausch for her outstanding interpretation. She not only delighted everyone in the audience with her arrogance and saucy attitude, but she transported us into the heart of her character. Sure, Swanilda isn't the nicest of young ladies, but her love for Franz is evident, even when faced with the sting of rejection.


    Jerome Tisserand's Franz was perfectly executed. Like Rausch, he had a way drawing me in, making me feel almost as fed up with Swanilda's antics as he was. His attitude was a perfect blend of inflated ego meets young playboy looking for love.  After discovering that his love interest is only a doll, one would expect Franz to act a bit more sheepish over his foolish behavior. (I mean, seriously!) However, Tisserand remains true to character and Franz casually glosses over that "minor faux pas" with a sudden profession of love for Swanilda, which of course, she accepts.

    Dr. Coppelius

    Olivier Wevers deserved the standing ovation he received for his performance as the highly eccentric, slightly creepy, Dr. Coppelius. How it is Wevers can pull such multi-faceted characters out of his back pocket is beyond me! His Dr. Coppelius was a thrilling "yin and yang"; an absent-minded and lonely old man, whose walking stick doubles as a handy weapon against "the wild hooligans" of the town. But underneath that "grumpy old man" veneer lurks a borderline-fiendish soul.

    Honorable Mentions

    Act three's splendid cast also deserves special mention. I was most impressed by Carrie Imler's "Dawn" and Sarah Ricard Orza's "Prayer". These dancers gave equally passionate and exquisite performances. Imler was a vision of dazzling sunlight--bright, confident and striking.  Ricard Orza danced "Like a fairy tale princess!" (to quote the little one sitting next to me) with her flowing port de bras and delicate phrasing. The action-packed "Discord and War" featured Batkhurel Bold and Lindsi Dec entering the stage like wild flashes of lightning dressed in silvery armor. As always, the power behind these two striking  dancers takes your breath away. Their amazing turns and leaps were all done whilst holding long spears--none of which whacked anyone else nor made kabobs out of their thighs. (An acrobatic feat of epic proportions, especially when you consider how clumsy the rest of is--read: yours truly!--would be in the same situation.)PNB's Coppelia is filled with good natured humor, an outstanding cast, and delicious imagery. If you haven't yet made your way to McCaw Hall to catch the "Happiest Ballet on Earth!", I would highly suggest that you do so.!

    Coppelia runs from June 3rd-13th. Tickets are available by visiting


    For those of you unable to attend, please enjoy our gallery of  Pacific Northwest Ballet's premiere production of Coppélia: Choreography by Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust (after Marius Petipa).

    All Photos © Angela Sterling

    For more stunning dance photos, visit  Angela Sterling Photography.

    By Denise Opper

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