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Why A Bun Isn’t Just A Bun

Requiring ballet dancers to have their hair in a bun is so much more than a hairstyle.

Here are three reasons a bun isn’t just a bun:
1. Teaches Responsibility
Every dancer starts the season with the 4 Hs (hair ties, hair pins, hair nets and hair spray). It is their responsibility to keep up with these items and have them in their hair for every ballet class.

If the dancer loses these items, she needs to take responsibility and ask her parents for replacements. Ms. Andrea sells kits for $1 or less, so there is no excuse!
2. Builds Confidence
It isn’t easy to do a ballet bun. And it takes practice.

Build your daughter’s confidence by having her do her own bun – it also goes back to the whole responsibility thing. Here’s a tutorial.

At age 7, dancers should be able to at least wrap their hair around the pony tail.

At age 8, dancers should be able to wrap their hair around the pony tail, secure with pins and put in a hairnet.

At age 9, dancers should be able to do the entire bun from ponytail to hair net.

Ms. Andrea rewards one dancer in each class for “best bun.” This is done at the end of class, so the dancer has proven the bun is still secure. Again, to win, Ms. Andrea is looking for the 4 H’s.
3. Makes Better Dancers
A proper bun secures the hair for all big movements (like jumps and turns). A loose bun can throw a dancer off-balance or worse.

The bun also contributes to a dancer’s lines – from the nape of the neck to the hairline.

Ms. Andrea’s Ballet Bun Tutorial

The ballet bun is a very important part of ballet – it is much more than “just a bun.” Read why.

That is why it is important the ballet bun is done right. Here’s a tutorial from Charleston Dance Center’s Ballet Mistress to help everyone master the ballet bun.
1. Start with the 4 Hs: Hair ties, hair pins, hair nets and hair spray
Did you know that Ms. Andrea sells these kits for less than $1? She has them with her all the time just in case a dancer forgets something

 

 
2. Put hair in a pony tail at the crown of the head
Make sure the pony tail is tight, that way your hair pins will also be tight. Do a light spray of hair spray before starting the bun.

TIP: For thick hair, wrap two hair ties at once for a better hold.

 
3. Twist hair and begin wrapping around pony tail
Pin the hair as wrap it around the bun – do not wrap all the hair, then start pinning. That creates a doorknob bun, which is BAD.

 

 
4. Push the hairpin out from the center of the bun, grab some hair then push back under the bun toward the center of the bun.
When you push the hairpin straight into the hair, it opens up the hairpin and it pops right back out.

Pin the hair all the way around the bun.

TIP: When you get to a “second layer” of the bun, do not push the new layer under the first, keep it outside (to prevent the doorknob bun).

Tuck the ends into the bun and pin under the bun.
5. Wrap net around hair
Yes, the hair nets look like lunch lady hair nets!

Open up the hairnet and put it around the bun. […]

2018 Bring a Friend to Dance Week

Charleston Dance Center is welcoming friends of our dancers to join us September 24-27. There is no cost for a friend to attend.

See our class schedule here.

Specific dance shoes and dancewear are NOT required but please wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement. Pre-registration and parent attendance is NOT required – just drop in and join us!

We ask that friends not join us for Just Dance! company classes and rehearsals. Friends are welcome in all Preschool and Pre classes as well as Jazz/Tap I-III, Ballet I-III, Hip Hop I-IV, Contemporary I-IV, Conditioning I-IV, Jazz Technique I-IV and Tumbling I-IV.

If you have any questions, contact us!

 

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