We Love Ballet 🎀

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Center Stage

 

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Dresses from Favorite Ballets

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Look at that detail!

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The magic!

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So many perfect details!

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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!

Ballet Books!

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

 

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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!

xo,

Christine 

Easy Valentine Mobile Craft

I love Valentine’s Day, especially now that I’m a mom.  Children see the world with such wonder and amazement, it makes holidays even more fun! We love doing crafts together, and our favorites always include something personalized. Almost all of the supplies we used can be bought at the dollar store if you don’t already have most of it at home! Bonus points, right? Fun and almost free!

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Supplies

  • Large Foam Hearts (we got ours at Dollar Tree)
  • Small Foam Heart Stickers (also from Dollar Tree)
  • Bakers Twine, Yarn, whatever you have on hand
  • Paint & Paint Brush
  • Markers, Craft Pen, whatever you have on hand
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • FREE Hearts Printable 

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Ready to get started? Grab a couple paper towels and let’s got!

Print out our hearts here, if you haven’t already. Then cut out the hearts and set them aside. Cut the baker’s twine/ string/ yarn to four pieces of 11 inches in length.

Ask the child to pick a paint color they’d like to do their hand print with. (Tip for those that don’t like messy hands, trace their hand on the Large Heart, then fill it in with paint together!) For the others, gently paint the palm of your child’s hand with their desired color and ask them to spread their fingers while you guide them to making their hand print on one of the large hearts! Set aside to dry.

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Lay out three pieces of baker twine and the heart cutouts with the small foam hearts in the pattern you would like for your mobile. Carefully remove the backing to each heart sticker and place adhesive side up with the string on top and place one printed heart on top making a sandwich with the string in the middle. (Tip, you could use red/ white/ pink hearts cut from construction paper in place of the heart stickers.) Repeat for all three strings attaching all the printed hearts to the heart stickers.

 

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“LOVE IS…” to the Large heart with the hand print, then turn over (make sure the paint is dry! and tape or glue the fourth piece of string to the back as a loop. While turned over, tape or glue to the bottom of the backside of the heart the three rows of hearts now dangling on the strings.

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Great work! Don’t forget to write your child’s name and the year on the back of their new master piece! These Easy Valentine Mobiles could be gifts for grandparents, teachers, godparents, elderly neighbors, anyone that could benefit from such a sweet homemade gift.

If you tried this craft, let us know! We’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

Valentine Craft