Tutu Studios Pivots Their Ballet Classes In A New Online Direction
- Mums & Bubs
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Thinking about enrolling your child into ballet classes but are unsure what to expect? We go behind the scenes at the joyful Tutu Studios to find out what two of the tiny dancers think of their weekly classes. As well as how they have adapted into their beautifully structured online class setting.
Meet the dancers: Mia began in the Tutu Toddlers class in Term 1, 2018 at 2.5 years. Mia progressed to the Little Tutus ballet Double Bay classes in 2019 when she was 3 and now attends the Little Tutus Double Bay classes for 3-5 year olds. Younger sister Lulu began in the Tutu Toddlers class at 18 months of age Term 2, 2019 at Double Bay. Lulu is now 2 and is still attending the Tutu Toddlers online classes.
How long have Lulu and Mia been attending Tutu Studios and which classes do they attend?
Mia started at Tutu Studios when she was 2.5yrs old. She instantly fell in love and she would tell me that she couldn’t wait for her class each week.
Luella (Lulu) started much younger at just 18 months. She simply couldn’t wait to join in the fun. She was familiar with the music and colourful props, having sat in the pram watching since she was a baby to watch her big sister Mia.
What does Lulu love most about her dance lessons?
I think for Lulu it’s the feeling of moving her body to music and dancing in a group with other children that she enjoys the most.
What does Mia love most about her dance lessons?
Mia often expresses how much she loves the beautiful props that Miss Elke cleverly creates to match a theme each term – favourites are the rainbow curtain, mermaid tails and jellyfish umbrella in the “under the sea”.
She also enjoys being part of the end of year concert, with unbelievable costumes.
Mia, now 3, with friends in her Little Tutus ballet class
What surprised you most about Mia and Lulu’s experience at Tutu Studios?
Probably the level of personal commitment and desire to attend from each of the girls – at such a young age! They hate missing a class.
Is there anything unique or special about the classes?
The most beautiful and unique aspect of Tutu Studios’ ballet classes are the themes, music and props, which are all designed with storytelling in mind…ideal for fostering a child’s imagination.
Had you tried other classes previously?
Yes. We had previously attended (only two classes) at a studio in the eastern suburbs, but I personally didn’t feel a warm connection or see the same inclusiveness that Tutu Studios offered my daughter.
As a parent what do you like about Tutu Studios?
I love how special Ms Elke and her teachers make the girls feel. Each week, there is so much passion shared in the studio. No lesson is ever dull and everyone is always smiling!
Has your child's confidence grown and how have you seen this?
Yes, I wasn’t a ballet dancer myself, and I didn’t want to push my daughters into anything they didn’t enjoy, but the confidence they have in themselves and with other girls in the group is definitely evident. Mia often practices at home and tries to teach her little sister the dance positions or helps her to improve.
Why did you choose Tutu Studios?
A good friend had recommended Tutu Studios to me, so I started with her and her daughter at the same class in Randwick. We them moved across to Double Bay and Bellevue Hill out of convenience.
Why did you choose dancing/ballet for Mia and Lulu?
Dance is such a beautiful activity for little girls, teaching them about rhythm, movement and music. I also believe the social aspect of a parent and toddler class is a great way to meet new friends in a fun setting each week.
Lulu (baby) and Mia when Mia first started in Tutu Toddlers
How easy was it to join a class?
Very easy to join or do a trial class. We always book online or communicate on email.
Can you recall Mia and Lulu’s first classes – how did the children feel? How did you feel?
We have always felt so welcome in class. The teachers are so kind and caring, and they make the children feel comfortable and safe.
Have you noticed any difference/progress in Mia and Lulu? For example – emotionally, socially, cognitively? In their dance progress?
For Mia, her focus and poise are incredible. She is so conscientious, showing such determination to learn new ballet positions and she enjoys being a leader.
For Lulu, her ability to jump has been the most noticeable factor, and seeing the pure joy in her face when she hears the lovely music truly warms my heart.
Would you recommend the classes to other families?
Definitely! Already have.
Tutu Studios Online Classes
Tutu Studios Goes Online
In March our worlds were turned upside down and ballet classes, as we knew them, had to pivot (or pirouette) in a new direction. We asked Mia and Lulu how they are finding the online classes at Tutu Studios.
Which online classes are your girls doing?
Tutu Toddlers and Little Tutus ballet classes.
How are you finding the online ballet classes with Tutu Studios?
The online live classes via Zoom have been fantastic! Both girls are excited to see Ms Elke lead the session each week and they look out for their friends on the screen, who are also participating at their homes. There's a lovely feeling of togetherness and community, which is really important right now for the little ones.
Are the children engaged and having fun?
Yes. We made our own fairy wands and we're using suggested props that we already had at home, such as tea towels for scarves and musical instruments. I think this helps to make it feel like their regular class. Ms Elke does an excellent job of involving the students too.
Would you recommend the online ballet classes?
Yes. They're a fun and easy way to get the kids moving at home, with beautiful music and dancing!
Find out more about Tutu Studios here.
Lulu when she first started Tutu Toddlers