Still have a few questions?

We’ve included answers to all of our most frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, email your question to us through our contact form or call us on 0408 701 081.

About Tutu Studios
How is Tutu Studios different from other ballet schools for toddlers?

At Tutu Studios, we use stories which we pair carefully with classical music and beautiful themed props.

Our Pre-school Curriculum is written by the Director of Tutu, Elke Crowe, using the best principles from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, Leap N’ Learn principles, and her experience, understanding and flair for teaching young children.

The school is dedicated to providing a professional, welcoming, and nurturing environment. And it is focussed on the children and excellence in teaching.

All teachers are carefully trained in the Tutu Studios way of teaching, and each term receive several sessions to learn the new class plans. We constantly discuss, revise, and improve the way we teach.

Teachers also receive several sessions each year with industry professionals to nurture their development.

What will my little ballerina do in a Tutu Studios Preschool Ballet class?

All class plans are meticulously crafted to provide the inspiration for movement so your little dancer is engaged and learning the whole time.

Each class we meet in a circle and talk about our favourite things, our adventure for the day and do a familiar warm up for our body from the tips of our toes, to the top of our head.

After our warm-up, our magical ballet journey begins and we go to a different enchanted land like the circus, fairy tea party, toy kingdom or outer space.

Each story has a focus on different fundamental ballet skills and movements. For example, in winter wonderland we might work on lifting our knees out of the snow – working on a ‘parallel retire’, getting the right shape and the progressions for marching, trotting and skipping.

Your ballerina will dance to music is that is carefully chosen to complement the story and the movement. And use beautiful themed props to spark her creativity.

Your little ballerina will learn basic ballet positions and their French terms. She will also learn about rhythm, shapes, spatial awareness, role-play, drama, and gain confidence expressing herself and tapping into her creativity.

At the end of each class there is a familiar cool down exercise, then bubbles, and a sticker or stamp.

Additional class aspects

  • Viewing Week
    At the end of Terms 1, 2, and 3 we invite parents to watch the class and share your little dancer achievements.
  • In-Class Concert
    At the end of Term 4 is a low-key in class concert with an affordable costume, medal and certificate. Your little ballerina will perform a ballet story and a special class dance. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to become a part of your child’s dance journey. And the children adore performing for their parents, friends and family. There are no lengthy extra rehearsals, no big, intimidating stage and no ticket fees.
Are ballet classes too strict? I want my child to have fun.

We offer gorgeous imaginative classes with sparkling stories. The children are immersed in the story so they do not realise they are learning. Because engagement is high it’s easy to keep a lovely purposeful structure to the class. Our teachers are trained to appeal to the playful side of children in a gently structured way so classes aim for a calm and nurturing atmosphere. It’s a different way of teaching that is appealing to children and parents alike.

Does my child need to have any experience with dancing before joining your classes?

There are no prerequisites and no prior experience is necessary. Only the desire to dance!

I want my child to experience as many different activities as possible as she grows. Will this be a concern if we don’t continue?

We want the best for your child at all times and we appreciate that you may want your child to experience many different activities when growing up. We would encourage you to concentrate on 1 or 2 activities so that your child can excel, rather than be OK at many activities. By sticking to an activity, your child also learns about commitment and following through. However, if you do decide to try activities other than ballet you will be welcomed back with open arms. Often children try new activities and then come back to us.

Trial Class
Do you offer a trial class?

Yes we do! Click the enrol button and if you would like a trial class, simply choose a trial after you have registered. All trials are $18.

Should I arrive early for my trial class?

It is good to arrive at least 5 minutes before class so that your little dancer is settled and does not feel rushed.

Fees
How much are your fees?

Fees are payable before each term for the term. Terms are usually 9 to 10 weeks and approximately follow the school term. If your child starts mid-term, payment will be for the remainder of the term.

Tutu Toddlers – 30 minute class $18.50

Little Tutus Ballet – 45 minute class $20.50

Pre Primary – 45 minute class $22.00

Primary – 45 minute class $22.00

Grade 1 – 1 hour class $23.00

Tutu Jazz 5-8 yrs– 45 minute class $20.50

Tutu Jazz 8-10 yrs– 45 minute class $22.00

Tutu Tap – 45 minute class $20.50

Can I pay weekly?

Payment is by the term in advance. The reason for this is that we limit class sizes so that it is a quality experience for all the children.

All Classes
My child is shy. I’m worried if they will enjoy it?

Every child is different. Some children like to watch at first while some jump straight in. It is completely normal for children to take a little bit longer to warm up to class. All of our teachers are very lovely and warm and are trained in helping your child to enjoy this new experience. Your child will definitely be made to feel welcome, and one of our greatest joys is helping children who are a little shy at first, blossom into confident young dancers.

Do you offer makeup classes?

Yes, we offer makeup classes to catch up on any lessons that your little dancer may miss. Please contact us to organise any makeup classes.

Will my child get bored in class?

We use stories, beautiful music, lovely themed props, and special dress ups in our classes to create a magical world of pretend play and make believe. Old style ballet lessons might have been boring. Not the classes at Tutu Studio!

Are we able to watch our child while they dance?

In Tutu Toddlers, parents are invited into class to watch and dance with their baby ballerinas.

For 3 year old classes and up, we offer viewing days at the end of term and a concert, but through the term parents wait outside.

Our experience is that young children positively flourish when they are allowed the time to process in class alone. They concentrate entirely on the ballet experience and they are like little sponges soaking up the knowledge. By allowing your child a little bit of carefully supervised time in class without mum or dad they learn so much and they gain the ability to happily separate from their parents. Children develop such a sense of accomplishment by attending a class on their own, and also a sense of pride showing their new skills to their parents at Viewing Week.

If you’re concerned that your child may experience separation anxiety, please let us know and we can ensure a smooth transition for you both. Our teachers are trained to sensitively handle the separation anxiety of children and parents.

My child has separation anxiety. Will she still be able to dance?

Our teachers are trained in strategies to sensitively handle separation anxiety and most children settle down well after a few weeks. We have a series of steps in place to help children separate from parents. If you fear your child may experience separation anxiety, please let us know when you sign up or come in for your first class to ensure a smooth transition for you both.

Tutu Toddlers – 18 months to 3 yrs
Do carers dance in the toddler class?

This class is designed for a grown up to dance along with their child. The children love it when their special grown up joins in and it is a beautiful way to share a discovery of music, movement and fun!

What do carers wear to the toddler class?

You will be dancing alongside your little ballerina, so you will need to be able to get up and down off the floor easily. We recommend wearing pants and a top or a long skirt just as long as you can move freely. Please don’t worry, we don’t expect you to be a prima ballerina, it’s all about having fun!

Can I bring my baby to the toddler class with me?

Yes, we love babies at Tutu Studios. In the 2-3 year old class many of the mums bring along a newborns capsule or sling, or older babies in a pram.

Are there many dads or grandpas participating in the toddler classes?

We get a lot of dads and grandpa’s bringing their children to ballet and our little dancers just love it.

Little Tutus – 3 to 5 yrs
How long is the class?

The Little Tutus Ballet class for 3-4yr old and 4-5yr olds are 45 minutes.

Can I watch my child’s class in the 3-5yr old lessons?

We invite the carer to stay and watch the child’s first class so that your little dancer feels comfortable in a new environment. However, we politely ask that you remain outside for the remainder of the lessons. This helps the ballerinas to focus.

At the end of Term 1, 2 and 3 there will be a Viewing Day where parents, relatives and special friends can come and watch the children in class. There will also be a gorgeous concert for the Little Tutus class at the end of the year.

Tutu School – 5 to 9 yrs
Can I watch my child’s class in the 5-8yr old lessons?

We invite the carer to stay and watch the child’s first class so that your little dancer feels comfortable in a new environment. However, we politely ask that you remain outside for the remainder of the lessons. This helps the ballerinas to focus.

At the end of Term 1, 2 and 3 there will be a Viewing Day where parents, relatives and special friends can come and watch the children in class. There will also be a gorgeous concert for the Pre Primary and Primary classes at the end of the year.