North Carolina Dance Theatre students at the RDA Festival in Pittsburgh. Tutus and photo by Claudia Folts.
Tutus are every girl’s dream at sometime in her life. I like the idea that Tutu.Com has a hand in making those dreams come true. -Claudia Folts
The story of goes back many years to when Claudia Folts was a ballerina. She performed with several companies including Harkness Dance Theatre, the Baltimore Ballet, Ruth Page’s Chicago Ballet, Alphonso Cata’s Ballet on Broadway and The New York City Opera. While performing with one company, she became frustrated with having to wear ancient, recycled Ballet Russes costumes on stage. They didn’t fit, they’d never been washed and they needed repairs.
The success of is in understanding that customers have varying needs and budgets. At the top of the line is her custom made couture tutu. Dancers in many of the world’s best dance companies wear her tutus while performing the great classical dance roles. Her tutus are also frequently seen on dancers in international competitions. They are among the highest quality tutus made today.
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn's full article on Claudia Folts, Tutu.com founder and director for Huff News at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-blackmore-Dobbyn/claudia-folts-tutu_b_1875114.html.
Claudia R. Folts has made numerous tutus for ballet companies, freelance dancers and arts schools – her creations can be seen on-stage worldwide. She is co-owner of Tutu.Com, a Professional Ballet Costume Shop and retail business specializing in all things related to ballet costuming. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Claudia is available for workshops in tutu construction, as well as construction of other costumes for dance. She has published several books and patterns on costume design for dance, including “The Classical Tutu Book”, “The Romantic Tutu Book”, “Classical Ballet Costumes for Men”, “Classical Tutus for Children”, “The Ultimate Ballet Skirt”, and “Finishing Touches: The Art of Embellishment”. Claudia lives in Charlotte, NC, and works for Tutu.Com, TutuSchools, and as an author.