Russian Ballet Costume Traditions Meet Bay Area Street Fashion

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“Where will I get the costumes? The quality of the ones I’ve seen is really subpar, and even that’s an understatement,”  thought Tanya as she booked the very first gig — a beautiful wedding — for her classical ballet company, Cinqballet.

She is making her dream a reality by sharing her
love of classical ballet, and showing women that
not only prima ballerinas can pull off beautiful
tulle skirts, but you can, too!
Find your style at:
www.bowsandtulle.com

She never thought that two years after finding her dream seamstress, her crazy idea of designing a tulle skirt that can be worn off-stage would mark the start of a new business venture: BowsAndTulle – clothing inspired by classical ballet.

Today, Tanya is juggling three businesses while making San Francisco her new home away from Moscow. Her days are filled managing her overseas team, networking, and creating and testing new designs (all named after heroines of world-renowned classical ballets) and colors for her ballet-inspired clothing line for women and young girls. Because of an injury, Tanya wasn’t able to pursue ballet professionally, and at the age of 16, decided to leave the world of dance to pursue a career in IT.

It took only four years for this driven young woman to realize that you can take the girl out of ballet, but you cannot take ballet out of the girl, and she started looking for the right teacher to help her return to the world of dance and reignite her passion.

It seemed like the only option would be to find
a professional ballet seamstress whom she could
trust, and design the costumes herself.

Tanya had the opportunity to leave her nine to five office job to pursue her passion project of bringing classical ballet performers to weddings and events with her first company, Cinqballet.

She could have never imagined that an Instagram photo of ballet dancers in street style tulle skirts and sneakers would generate so much interest that in 2017 she would be launching an online store in the US, already having a mature business in Russia.

Having a small but very successful troupe of ballet dancers that performed at weddings and other events, Tanya’s dream of bringing quality Russian classical ballet to the masses was coming to fruition.

Her days are filled managing her overseas team, networking, and creating and testing new designs (all named after heroines of world-renowned classical ballets) and colors for her ballet-inspired clothing line for women and young girls.

Today, Tanya is juggling three businesses
while making San Francisco her new home
away from Moscow.

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Masha Liapunin

Masha Liapunin was born in Yaroslavl, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of ten. She attended University of California, Berkeley where she studied Integrative Biology and Russian Language & Literature. As a child, Masha was drawn to sciences, but after taking just a couple of literary courses in the Slavic Department at UC Berkeley she developed a love for reading and writing. Currently, Masha's full time position involves working in the evolving and fast paced industry of Ad Technology, but she tries to keep her many interests and hobbies alive.

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