Seminars – Tutus that Dance

About our SEMINARS. It is not just sewing skills that are required to make or “build” a tutu, but the experience and knowledge put into its design, fabric choices, construction, and fitting that make a quality tutu. With some practice, most intermediate sewers can follow a pattern and “make” a tutu for a recital or student dancer, but the demands of a professional require more than that. It starts with knowing a dancer’s needs. Our Seminars teach just that!  From construction methods, working (fitting) on dancers, to the "Art" of the tutu (design and embellishing). Classes cover more than just the sewing techniques you need to know, but also "How's" and "Why's". 

•   How total freedom of movement is essential, through the cut of the bodice and skirt.
•   How the cut of the costume is also designed to show off the dancers’ body and lines to their full potential.
•   Before building a tutu you must also consider the choreography... Will they be partnered? What lifts will be done? Will your tutu work in this situation? 
•   Is this for a soloist or principal dancer (custom fitted) a company (easily altered to fit others), or for a competition? A student or a professional?
•   The construction, including fabric choices, should be sturdy enough to last many years, 
     and through many alterations. Learn new skills or hone skills you already have. Join others in learning more about this art form. Much of the information provided is only learned as apprentices or “hands-on” in a costume shop or over many years of experience. 

 Learn what we teach best.

How to build a tutu efficiently.
The “hows”, “why’s” and “how to’s” that are seldom offered
The importance of fitting and advantage our patterns provide.

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Tutus that Dance 

Tutus That Dance Seminars USA 

TTD Seminars UK 

and for our seminar alumni, 

TTD Alumni 


seminar contact: 
USA SEMINARS: Tami DeMattia  


                       Upcoming Seminars   

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UK  Nottingham    7th, 8th and 9th February, 2020

New INNOVATION Stretch tutu/Embellishing class! Learn more about this new construction method. Tami DeMattia, co-creator behind the new design will be coming over to the UK to teach it. She will be answering questions about why and how we dealt with the challenges of stretch tutus, as well as the testing we did on dancers and the results. No, these are not just for professional dancers, but for anyone competing and wanting an enhanced fit and “set” to the skirt. The secrets are on the inside and add almost no time to the standard construction. Liz Gurney, who's specialties include embellishing and tiaras, will be assisting Tami and will be teaching the Tiara class. 

  •  INNOVATION Stretch tutu/Embellishing class, 3 days, all materials included. £ 495

    • Tiara class, Friday evening, all materials included. £45

    click here to REGISTER 



    USA    2020


    Oakland, CA - end of May 2020, Apparel Arts students only. 

    Philadelphia, PA- "The Rock School for Dance Education March 23-27, 2020 
    • 101 class: Traditional Tutu bodice/skirt all fabrics included $995 

    • RN Dress Applique class: 4 days all fabrics included $960

    • Innovation Stretch tutu: 1 day, all fabrics included $375 

    • Design Class by Laura Berry 2 evenings $100
    • Tiara Class: all supplies included $100 
    • NY shopping trip March 28. 

    Guest teacher: Laura Berry 




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    Las Vegas, NV-  July 13-17, 2020    more info coming soon.
      2 Day pattern alteration and fitting class. 
      Spanish class. We'll cover various Spanish costumes, including new stretch designs. 
       New, more intimate venue location (kitchen included)
       Limited "on-site" rooms are available. 
       More one-on-one, individual attention.


    Introducing our newest program, Tutu Education, an online video course library. Learn how to build tutus, tunics, tiaras, and more all in one place. Study the basics, add new skills, or just improve what you already know by going at your own pace in the comfort of your home. Courses are available 24/7 and we offer monthly or yearly subscriptions.

    We still believe that attending seminars is the most effective way to learn this art form. Through one-on-one attention, you may study under the watchful eye of teachers. You will receive individualized attention and suggestions during the process. But for those unable to attend, or simply want access to more, join us at Tutu Education today!