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Where are tutus coming from? Some time around the early 1700’s bulky ballet outfits began to change to more delicate, feminine costumes which allowed dancers to move more fluidly, allowing the audience to see every step and every movement of their bodies. It was at this time that movement replaced costuming as the primary form of expression in ballet.

The first tutu is said to have been merely a skirt cut to just above the ankles to reveal the feet. As ballet dancers became more and more skilled over the years their skirts became increasing shorter. Though the first tutu was merely a skirt cut just above the ankles to reveal a dancer’s feet, these skirts eventually migrated north. The first romantic tutu is often attributed to the famous virtuoso ballerina Marie Taglioni. In 1800s Taglioni became known as the first ballerina to dance “en pointe” (on her tip-toes in ballet slippers). As ballet became more and more popular two types of tutu emerged: the long romantic version (or Juliet style tutu) and the shorter, more provocative style (now often called the Classic tutu). The style of tutu commonly referred to as “classic” is a short, stiff skirt that juts out horizontally from a ballerina’s hipbones exposing her legs entirely. The classic tutu is often worn with a leotard, which hugs the dancer’s body.

Both romantic and classic tutus are designed to give ballerinas a light, airy look, making look as if they are floating when they move across the stage. Although the tutu has evolved significantly, tutus today still serve the same purpose as those designed two hundred years ago.

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