Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn: Claudia Folts: Tutu Nation's Pied Piper
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Claudia Folts of Tutu.com
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 Tutu.com 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. She began, out of necessity and curiosity, to teach herself how to make repairs and adjustments. In the process, she learned to reverse engineer tutus and was eventually able to build her own. When Sylvester Campbell, Dean of Baltimore School of the Arts, called and begged her to fabricate twelve tutus, her next career began to fall into place.
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