SOURCE: Tutu School

January 07, 2008 05:00 ET

Tiny Dancers Will Take Center Stage at San Francisco's Tutu School

Founded by Professional Ballet Dancer and Education Enthusiast, Genevieve Custer Weeks, Tutu School Will Offer Aspiring Ballerinas a Novel Approach to Dance, Music, and Experiential Learning Techniques

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - In a pop culture dominated by rock-n-roll, hip-hop dance, and "High School Musical," many still believe that teetering tots and precious pre-schoolers can benefit from early exposure to classic art, including tales of Sugar Plum Fairies and Dying Swans. With this novel idea as the fundamental principle, Tutu School will open its doors on January 21, 2008 in San Francisco, California's to the young artistes of tomorrow.

Tutu School, founded by professional ballet dancer Genevieve Custer Weeks, is an artistic alternative for many parents who understand that early childhood development is positively impacted by some form of education. Through a combination of classical music, fundamentals of ballet, storytelling, and imaginative play, students will have an outlet for creativity while increasing motor skills and cognition.

"Throughout my career as a professional dancer, I envisioned a quaint boutique ballet school that would offer a creative dance education experience for children, and a place where students would be encouraged to exercise their imaginations as well as their bodies," remarks Weeks. "The opening of Tutu School is a dream come true for me, and I'm thrilled for this unique opportunity to impact kids in a positive way."

The school will offer ballet classes for tiny dancers as young as 18 months with the "Tutu Toddlers" program, while the "Exploring Ballet" classes will be offered for students ranging from 3 years to 8 years old. Adults will also have a chance to channel their inner-ballerina with "Tutu Fit," a 45-minute ballet and fitness program that combines the strengthening aspects of ballet with a high-energy workout.

During the summer, from June 16th - August 1st, 2008, young dancers will have the opportunity to attend "Tutu Camp" for a one-week, fully-integrated artistic experience. Tutu School will also offer parents the chance to host "ballet themed" birthday parties at their 700 sq. ft. studio space throughout the year. These special occasions will include a short ballet class, a birthday story featuring the guest of honor, a delicious cupcake picnic, and irresistible party favors.

About the Tutu School

Founded by professional ballet dancer Genevieve Custer Weeks, Tutu School is a 700 sq. ft. boutique dance center located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The school affords young, aspiring artists an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of ballet in an experiential, imaginative environment. Students range from ages 18 months to 8 years, and parents are encouraged to accompany children under age 3 to class. Specialty programs include an adult fitness class, themed ballet birthday parties, and summer day camps. For more information please visit www.tutuschool.com.

About the Founder

Genevieve Custer Weeks was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She moved to Chicago at fifteen to train with notables Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair, where she subsequently became a founding member of the Ballet Chicago Studio Company. Additionally, Genevieve trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and in the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell program at the Kennedy Center. In 2002, she accepted a contract with the Oakland Ballet, where she performed principal and soloist roles such as the bride in Nijinska's "Les Noces," and had a number of works created on her, including a pas de trois in Donald McKayle's "Ella." Currently, Genevieve works as a freelance artist and regularly appears alongside dancers such as Patricia Barker, Maria Korowski, Marcelo Gomes, Amanda McKerrow, and Christina Fagundes. For the past decade, addition to her performing career, she has taught ballet and creative movement to students of all ages.

Contact Information

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    Rebekah Iliff
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    Phone: 310-770-8338