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A History Lesson: The Tutu

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A History Lesson: The Tutu

There’s more to every ballerina’s staple skirt than meets the eye. Did you know that the first tutus date back to 16th century France where they were worn in the Renaissance courts and palaces? That’s quite some history!  More curious still is that Louis XIV (also known as Louis the Great or the Sun King), monarch of the House of Bourbon and ruler of France from 1643 to 1715, helped propel the tutus status by founding the Académie Royale de Danse (the first dance institute in the whole of the West). It was here that ballet (and tutus) found their...

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