Fairytales and Tutus, offering one-of-a kind enchanted ballet, music and yoga instruction as well as theme parties, is celebrating a fantastic first year this November.
This distinctive children’s fine arts studio is the brainchild of Alene Hochstetter, a classically trained professional dancer, and mother of two. Drawing on her 15 years of work with children and the arts, Alene’s vision enabled her to combine her love of dance with children’s love of fairytales. That led to the creation of this distinguished and enchanting instructional wonderland featuring dramatic storydances and storytimes.
Insight, teaching experience, and motivational magic
Alene uses her special experience teaching preschool, music, dance and drama to give children an experience available nowhere else. Alene shares that “The idea for Fairytales and Tutus was born out of my love for working with and being creative with children.” She also credits her mother, who was her first ballet teacher, with inspiring her to transform classes into the magical fairytales of childhood.
Fairytales and Tutus is all about creative wonder and imagination. While the traditional classical techniques are there in the ballet, music and art classes, new innovative methods are used to motivate children with enchantment and encourage youth to engage their imagination.
All of the teachers at Fairytales and Tutus specialize in working with very young children so they understand how to communicate with them, and relate to their emotional and developmental needs.
Expanding imagination and learning can be joyful
As the popularity of these unique parties exploded with parents clamoring for more of these signature fairytale ballet classes, Alene realized she had the tools to motivate children to learn dance with the inspiration of literature. Her experience in teaching preschool and instructing ballet and drama make her uniquely qualified. She wondered, “why not a classical ballet class based on famous ballets like The Nutcracker and Swan Lake?” And, her inspiration led to a whirlwind year of making children’s dreams come true.
The very first fairytale ballet classes were held at the church where Alene’s family worship. Later, she opened a more intimate studio to make the children more comfortable that could still accommodate the growing numbers of costumes, props and class materials needed.
Bring your child’s imaginary world to life for their birthday
Fairytales and Tutus creates customized birthday parties where children may choose from a vast array of timeless fairytales and storybooks. Imagine the joy your child will find in Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, or other favorites when timeless stories are made real just for them.
With the magic of Cinderella, for example, the party begins with transformational princess makeup and delicate handmade costumes. Then, the children get the chance to play in a short ballet that shows them genuine, classical instruction. Complete with the traditional cake and gifts, these parties are once-in-a-lifetime magic memories come to life.
Children’s Yoga, Kindermusik, Fairy and Princess Ballerina Camps, and Tea Parties
With fantasy ballet classes and birthday parties thriving, Alene decided to expand the Fairytales and Tutu’s curriculum. Next, she offered Children’s Yoga and Kindermusik classes along with Fairy and Princess Ballerina Camps and Tea Parties.
All the new activity needed a new, bigger location that Alene and the Fairytales and Tutus staff transformed into a magical wonderland. In the lobby, they’ve painted a giant castle with unicorns and fairies playing in the landscape. The doors that lead into classrooms have smaller “magic” doors so little ballerinas have their very own special entry way. Twinkle lights, fairies, and flower garlands grace the studio doors and even a small tree.
Adults can share the creative wonder with their children
With two studios, the new location allows different classes to be scheduled simultaneously, and even more has been added to the curriculum. Storytime Children’s Yoga, Mommy/Daddy and Me Art classes, Zumba Fitness classes for adults, Storybook Drama, and the second annual holiday Nutcracker Ballerina Camp are all now scheduled. Whether you are young or old, boy or girl, tomboy or princess, there is a class for you at Fairytales and Tutus!
Fairytales and Tutus encourages young and old to build their own once-in-a lifetime memories for a real-life fairytale of accomplishment. Not sure what’s right for your child? All classes offer a free preview class to help parents decide which programs work best for their children. To learn more, go to www.fairytalesandtutus.com to see curriculum, class schedules, and pricing and work a little magic of your own.