My first experiences with tutus were a source of endless frustration. When I started working at the Royal Ballet in their Covent Garden home, the Royal Opera House, I was often tasked with fixing common problems that were happening with existing old tutus… collapsing net, bent hoops… I’ve seen all sorts!
I had to make these tutus not only look as good as new, but also stand up to the punishing workouts the dancers gave them each night.
Over time I learnt the techniques and variables that make a tutu ‘work’. By the time I had finished with each tutu, it was ready for showtime!
I can’t think of a tougher apprenticeship than having to satisfy the demands of some of the world’s best dancers and costume designers. It gave me the skills and confidence to create my own business making bespoke tutus for professional dancers and ballet students.
I have now been working with professional dancers for almost 20 years. My tutus have been seen in major worldwide competitions such as YAGP, Prix de Lausanne, Varna International Ballet Competition and Genée International Ballet Competition, and also on international stages worn by principal dancers such as Marianela Nunez, Zenaida Yanowsky and others. I also teach the art of tutu making at Morley College in London.
My clients and students call me The Tutu Fairy Godmother, because I make their tutu dreams come true!
Of course, there is a limit to the number of dancers I can help 1-2-1, and also to the number of students I can help in a classroom setting. So this year I decided to sprinkle my magic a little further and help your tutu dreams come true, by creating an online course.