3 Day Intensive Tutu base making course

17th-19th January 2020 10am-6pm

Course fee £500

During this course, students will complete an ivory classical tutu base to a standard size, as

used by all major ballet companies in the UK.

This course would be best for people with prior costume experience wishing to broaden

their knowledge and skills.

All materials and equipment are provided, including patterns and meticulous notes. Please

bring your regular sewing kit and something to transport your tutu home – we suggest a

single duvet cover or large dress bag.

We’ve designed the course to make a tutu in as short amount of time as possible, so please

be prepared for an intense, action packed and fun weekend!

Class size is limited to 8 students and minimum is 4 students.

Elisha Willis

After an 18 year career as a dancer with The Australian Ballet Company and Birmingham

Royal Ballet, 12 of which as a principal artist, Elisha retrained as a costume maker at

Northern College of Costume. She is now a freelance maker working mainly for Parkinson

Gill Theatrical Costumiers and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She was taught to make tutus by

Amanda Hall, who is currently Head of Costume Workshops (Thurrock) at the Royal Opera


Isabelle Homer

Isabelle trained in costume at London College of Fashion and has gone on to make costumes

for stage, film and television. She primarily makes for ballet both in the UK and overseas,

having worked for companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School,

National Youth Theatre and Parkinson Gill Theatrical Costumiers. Highlights of her career so

far include Hamilton, Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet, the BBC’s Gentleman Jack and Anna

Karenina for the Joffrey Ballet.