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The standard bodice and skirt worn by female ballet dancers. It is usually made from layers of tarlatan, muslin, silk, tulle, gauze, or nylon. It first came into prominence in the 1830s when Taglioni wore a Romantic tutu for her performance in La Sylphide. This early form of the tutu extended down the leg towards the ankle. In the late 19th century, Classical ballet shortened the tutu to above the knee, to allow greater virtuosity of movement in the lower body and to show off the ballerina's legs. Modern tutus are frequently hip length and stand out stiffly from the hips.

Subjects: Dance.


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