Figures such as Sylphs are a common feature of Romantic Ballet. Their ethereal power is often interwoven with destinies of male characters, whose earthbound natures are disrupted & thrown into conflict by exposure to otherworldly forces. Sonia Rodriguez. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
nationalballet:Tutu Tuesday: Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez in the Act III wedding tutu in The Sleeping Beauty. Did you know that there are two types of classical tutus? The pancake tutu has a very short, stiff skirt that extends straight outwards from the hips in a flat pancake shape whereas the bell tutu has a longer, stiff skirt with a slight bell shape. Tutus with a bell-shaped skirt were popularized in paintings by Degas and are often referred to as Degas tutus.