Claudia Folts – Tutu.Com Ballet Costumiers

We are thankful to Claudia Folts and her colleagues at Tutu.Com for their kind support.


Tutu.Com, the world-wide leader in teaching and creating beautiful costumes, welcomes you to our TutuSchools for a magical journey through the art of creating beautiful professional-quality Classical and Romantic tutus, and other ballet costumes.

At TutuSchools, you will learn everything you need to know to create your own professional tutus, dance dresses, men’s costumes, and headpieces, from time-honored costume shop techniques to proper fit and pattern alteration, as well as design and ballet-world dos and don’ts.

Tutu.Com teachers, all top ballet industry designers, pattern-makers and technicians, will lead you step-by-step through this fascinating process. They will generously share their knowledge amassed through years of working in the top ballet costume shops and companies, with professional dancers and directors, and with IBC (International Ballet Competition), Prix de Lausanne, and YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix) competitors.

Our teachers and lecturers are all working professionals with clients ranging from New York City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland’s Studio Company, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, and shows on Broadway and television.

TutuSchools are held yearly in New York City; Southern and Northern California; Charlotte, NC; and in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia.

TutuSchool is also held at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, every four years, with Project Tutu, the only tutu design competition and fashion show in the world. We are in the process of adding TutuSchools locations in New Orleans, San Francisco and Europe.

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Travelling Tutus – Donating Ballet Costumes & Slippers

Travelling Tutus believe unneeded costumes and dance attire are a precious resource that can be recycled to bring joy to children all around the world. 

travelling-tutus-ballet-charityBy collecting, packaging, and shipping those no longer needed items we are allowing children all over the world to experience one of life’s greatest joys, DANCE!

As a dancer, dance parent, instructor, or friend of the arts you know all to well how dance can be used to instill confidence, give joy, and foster self expression. Help share that gift with others. A recital costume that was used once and then tucked into the back corner of your closet can do so more much good if given the chance.

Let your costumes dance again! More importantly though, let your costumes bring joy to others!  Follow the link for more on Traveling Tutus

Ballet Nouveau Academy of Dance – Maryland

Ballet Nouveau Academy of Dance’s BALLET PROJECT is committed to educating today’s youth in a complete training program that generates the accessibility of ballet to multi-cultural communities within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

ballet-nouveauThe Ballet Project partners directly with local community organizations for 4 to 6 week sessions to introduce the basics of ballet to today’s youth.

A short demonstration is completed at the conclusion of the session and the families of our students are encouraged to attend and continue educating their youngsters through the arts.

We strongly believe in the open-ended benefits of exposing children to the performing arts at a young age

Ballet Nouveau’s mission is to provide Maryland with a fully professional ballet-based conservatory, community outreach program and ensemble that exceed both artistic and recreational needs of all students and audiences.

Ballet Nouveau’s mission will be fulfilled through:

MISSION – We use dance to foster community, create positive influence and inspire the individual.

VISION – We are a responsible and stable model of excellence in dance education, health and wellness, and non-profit management.

VALUES – We value mentorship and partnership, and believe that dance should be available and accessible to all.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH- We are committed to educating today’s youth in a complete training program that generates the accessibility of ballet to multi-cultural communities.

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Ray Lindsey of the Pennsylvania Ballet

We are extremely grateful to Ray Lindsey of the Pennsylvania Ballet. for his kind donation of music for our ballet workshops in Gambia, West Africa.

Ray LindsyRay Lindsey has played for dance companies all over the United States, including Kansas City Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and currently Pennsylvania Ballet.

Besides piano, he also plays mBira, violin, xylophone, guitar, harp, and various other instruments. His styles range from classical to blues to jazz to African and other world music.

In addition to playing the works of other composers, he has composed many of his own pieces including numerous works for modern dance choreographers.

Teachers and inspirations include George Salisbury, Kansas City jazz pianist; Trudy Pitts, Philadelphia jazz pianist; Baby Gramps, eccentric Seattle ragtime guitar player; and Aaron Bebe, Ghanian xylophonist

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Ballet Lessons & Training For Young Football Players In Africa

Classical ballet dancers have a saying that ‘if ballet was easy it would be called football’.  The challenges faced by the best young ballerinas and youth football players are very similar

Both require immense dedication and training, many of the same muscle groups are used, both require finesse, speed, strength and balance in bursts, and even similar injuries can be found between the best football players and today’s top ballet dancers.

England captain Rio Ferdinand was so good at ballet he won a five-year scholarship to the Central School of Ballet before becoming a professional football player. Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin used the dance discipline to aid his recovery from a career-threatening injury. Queens Park Rangers had a tie-up with the English National Ballet and even Wimbledon during the years of the so-called ‘€˜crazy gang’€™, featuring the likes of Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise, trained with a ballet company.

Many football players exhibit strength, but may be lacking in other areas. Ballet lessons for youth and grassroots football players can help develop and increase flexibility and agility. This helps players learn how to move quickly on their feet, change directions with greater balance and stability and so play better football and avoid injuries.

Ballet dance routines and training stimulates a connection between your brain and your body that helps you do your best in all activities, including football. Ballet lowers your stress, stimulates you intellectually and helps you recognize and deal with patterns, spacial issues and sequences, which are essential to football strategy.

Ballet also gives young players the mental concentration and confidence to perform well in front of an audience or in big matches.

Academy of Dance and Art, Nairobi, Kenya

The Academy of Dance and Art first opened its doors in September 2009 and is now in its sixth year of operations. We now have 250 pupils who come to the Studio for Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap classes. In addition to this we teach at various school around Nairobi.

The emphasis is on having fully qualified teachers who can put and maintain the high standard that have been set and achieved over the years. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) from London’s syllabus for ballet and The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (ISTD) syllabus in respect of Modern, Jazz and Tap. This enable us to offer the opportunity of taking exams in the chosen genre of dance.

The aim is for the students to have fun whilst learning the discipline dance gives but that we can also lay the foundations for students to take this to a professional level.

We are located in Rhino House on Karen Road, the building houses three studios, one with a harlequin floor to ballet and pointe work especially. A smaller studio that especially is used for tap and a ballroom that is used for exams, our shows and dance classes.

We have ballroom dancing for adults on a Wednesday evening starting at 19.00 and all are welcome. This is fun, good exercise and keeping you fit.

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Kamata School of Dance, Nairobi, Kenya

kamata-dance-school-nairobiDance promotes fitness, imparts poise and creates self-confidence. Join us on the dance floor and learn more about the fascinating world of dance.

We have fantastic teachers, amazing musicians and an atmosphere that inspires learning.

Kamata School of Dance offers classes in Salsa, classical ballet, modern and contemporary dances such as Break Dance and Hip Hop.

Kamata Dance Division has achieved a reputation throughout the dance world in Kenya for the superior quality of its artistic training.

Kamata School of Dance aims to create true contemporary dancers – trained equally in contemporary and classical modern dance.

Kamata School opens the dancer’s eyes and minds to all the choreographic possibilities that lie ahead. Many of our former students have gone on to successful careers as choreographers.

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Kenya Dance Academy, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Dance Academy, Nairobi, KenyaKenya dance academy has developed a wonderful, caring and nurturing group of teachers who genuinely love what they do. They are very experienced and are passionate about teaching at Kenya dance academy .

The teachers at the Kenya Dance Academy are deliberate about changing lives and leaving clients better than they came in. The Kenya Dance Academy prides itself in providing its students with the best teachers.

All our teachers have extensive dance resumes having danced professionally, some at the highest possible level. However, not only do our teachers possess the technical knowledge and experience, more importantly they also have the ability to teach and have the personality to build relationships and earn the respect of their students.

The Kenya Dance Academy is constantly striving to maintain the highest possible standard of teachers as we recognize that any dance studio is only as good as its faculty. Whilst we recognize the importance of developing our students as dancers, we also recognize the necessity of having fun and nurturing our students love for dance. All our teachers are employed because they share our philosophy of having a balance between hard work and fun in the dance class.

At The Kenya Dance Academy, our teachers believe that success doesn’t come from awards or accolades or the size of the school’s enrolment, it is from making a positive influence in our clients and students life.

K.D.A has a superbly run office and front desk. Organization is a key feature at K.D.A. We have systems in place to ensure that the studio is organized and operates in a smooth and efficient manner. Office staffs are always available when the studio is open to provide a fantastic service and cater to the needs of clients and students.

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Strauss School of Music & Dance, Abuja, Nigeria

Strauss School of Music and Dance, is at the top of the list of top 10 Music and Dance Schools in Nigeria.

Strauss School of Music and dance is located in the beautiful capital city of Abuja, catering to all abilities from beginner to advanced. Courses are both residential and non residential.

Students can aspire to earn graded qualifications in music up to a Diploma, through the London College of Music examinations from the University of West London.

The school is located in a serene development in Abuja’s modern suburb of Maitama. Less than 2 miles from the city centre, the conservatory is easily accessible from all the major districts and school locations.
You’re welcome to visit the Music and Performing Arts school from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Monday to Friday and up to 6 p.m on Saturdays.

Courses and Programs

At Strauss School of Music we run two academy’s, Senior and Junior Academy, both running full time and part time courses. Our full time Diploma courses have residential option, making it possible to attend from outside Abuja.

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Dance Centre Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Dance Centre Kenya, Nairobi, KenyaIn January of 2015 four families, the MacSweens, Plumbes, Dolan/Shaws, and Vaderas came together to establish a new school of dance in Nairobi.  With very different backgrounds and professions these families quickly became unified under the prospect of bringing an international level of training to the children of Kenya.  Professional American ballerina Cooper Rust was brought on board as Artistic Director, and so, Dance Centre Kenya was born.

Since then more than one hundred students have enrolled in DCK, where ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theatre and contemporary dance are offered for people of all ages.

From the beginning, there has been a commitment to reaching into the Kenyan community and finding talented students, irrespective of their ability to pay for this training.  Although in its infancy, DCK’s sponsorship program is already affecting the lives of future dancers.

 With a training program based on the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and annual examinations, DCK will provide aspiring dancers with more than technical training; our students will have multiple performance opportunities annually to express their artistic prowess and expose Kenya to what ballet and dance is all about.