In other to dress for a ballet performance or ballet class, one must keep in mind the ballet outfit is of major importance. The ballet clothing for women consists of a ballet tutu skirt that is generally attached to the bodice. The ballet clothes worn for practices should be comfortable. One must feel easy to move and stretch in the ballet outfit. The clothing should also be tight enough for the instructor to understand the body alignment of the performer and to correct them. The Ballet tutu that is mostly used in performances may have many layers to it that will enhance the whole look of a performer during the stage performance.
The Ballet Tutu’s can be of various kinds. Few of them are as follows:
Platter Tutu: This kind of tutu comes out from the waistline of the ballerina, which has a flat top and sticks out straight.
Classical Tutu (Pancake): Many layers of netting come out straight from the waistline or the hips fitting to the bodies and have flattish shape. This ballet tutu is generally very short in size. The Pancake tutu has too many layers that are usually tacked with the hand in order to maintain the flatness and to keep it stiff.
Romantic Tutu: This is a bell shaped skirt which is three quarter in length. This sort of Ballet tutu is made out of tulle. The hemline of the tutu is always found to be between the ankle and the knee.
Classical Tutu (bell): This is also a short skirt with stiff netting. But instead of the shape being flat, this is bell shaped. The length is usually longer than the pancake style and is attached to the waistline.
Balanchine/ Karinska Tutu: This short Tutu skirt does not have any hoops unlike the others. It contains very few layers of net. It is called the “powder puff”. To make the skirt softer, the skirt is tacked loosely.