Have you heard the secret? We LOVE Ballet!
I am so excited to share with you one of our favorite places, Tutu School Raleigh! Founded by Lara O’Brien, Principal Dancer at Carolina Ballet and Owner of Tutu School Raleigh, this has to be one of Raleigh’s most magical places for little girls. From toddlers to pre-teens children are invited into the fairytale, an unique opportunity to learn the grace and poise of a ballerina while playing and twirling to some of the most beautiful uplifting music.
With a lovely storefront, and in the heart of downtown, we adore this space. The instructors are so warm and welcoming to the children. Each of them very patient and loving as if they were their own little sisters, we have loved every staff member we have met so far!
Parents are welcome and encouraged to come for end of week recitals held at the end of camp. And the youngest ballerinas can bring a caregiver to twirl and dance with them! We love all the magical touches the school includes, even for the littlest ballerina, keeping everyone engaged and excited to come back for their next class!
For slightly older children, camps offer a fantastic chance to be emerged into a full week of ballet. A ballet theme week including learning steps of the real ballet, engaging exercises, crafts, a picnic lunch, and lots of twirling make the camp special and oh so memorable. We loved our week of Swan Lake Tutu Camp this summer. It was such an awesome opportunity for our little ballerina. She made some amazing new friends and loved the instructors.
Dresses from Favorite Ballets
Look at that detail!
So many perfect details!
Ready for a recital!
Lots of space to slip on ballet shoes, or read a story!
Do you think your child is ready for ballet school? Head over to Tutu School Raleigh and please let them know we sent you! It’s great to be social, you can see even more photos at Tutu School Raleigh Facebook Page. Then be sure to come back here and let us know if you sign up for a class!
Can we recommend a few great ballet books too? Your local library may have many of these!
Angelina’s Cinderella (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Conno
Child’s Introduction to Ballet by Laura Lee
The Ballet Book by DARCEY BUSSELL
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp
OLIVIA Dances for Joy by Natalie Shaw
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
More Ballet Stories we love:
Pinkalicious: Tutu-rrific by Victoria Kann
Bea at ballet by Rachel Isadora (Author, Illustrator)
We love hearing from you! Are you looking to enroll your little one(s) into ballet class? Have you ever seen a live ballet? We’re so fortunate to have such an amazing dance company in Raleigh with talent and women entrepreneurs right in our backyard!