The plate, or decorative, top of the tutu goes over a tutu’s tulle skirt. Tutu plates are often heavily embellished and most of the decoration is sewn onto the plate before it is attached to the skirt with final touches being done by hand.
Stephanie Hutchison was born in Kitchener, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She danced with Ottawa Ballet and Ballet BC before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 1997. Ms. Hutchison was promoted to First Soloist in 2003.
Ben Rudisin was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and with Houston Ballet II. Mr. Rudisin joined The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice in 2013 and joined the Corps de Ballet in 2014.