Laura and Jerome Tisserand opened their Tutu School Seattle studio as a way to provide girls and boys an opportunity to explore dance, music, socialization, and movement in an inviting space, all centered on the magic of ballet.
The Tutu School is in a colorful and inviting space along Nickerson Street in Fremont, and it is the culmination of years of hard work and searching for the perfect location. The glittering chandelier, high ceilings, and framed ballet slippers on the walls are warm and welcoming. Both professional dancers for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Laura and Jerome have over thirty years of combined ballet experience, which they are eager to share with their students.
“Kids will sometimes immediately know how to respond to music,” Laura said. “We are asking the kids, ‘What does the music make you feel, and how does it make you dance?,’ and the kids respond to it really well.”
Laura and Jerome use a diverse musical playlist drawn from classic and contemporary ballets like Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia to get their students moving and dancing. They ensure their students understand that music allows everyone to act a role, and that there is no right or wrong way to interpret the dances. Classes are structured with warm ups, dancing, instructional and interpretive movements (including twirling and dinosaur stomps), and story time at the end, where they read a section out loud and then the kids dance to how the story makes them feel.
Jerome is also enthusiastic about his and Laura’s involvement in the arts. “Seattle is such a great city and we wanted to give back to the community.”
The Tutu School is open to children ages 18 months to 8 years old, with special caregiver participation in the popular Tutu Toddlers classes available for the 18-24 month old age group.
Please call (206) 319-9828 or visit www.tutuschoolseattle.com to sign up for classes today.