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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!


Newest Dancers En Pointe

Going en pointe is a huge milestone that is very hard to achieve and can only be done through dedication to ballet technique.

2018 Award Winners and Dancers of the Year

Dancer of the Year, Director's Choice, 110% Award and Most Improved. Congratulations dancers!

CDC Named Charleston’s Most Loved Dance Studio

Charleston Dance Center has been named the Most Loved Dance Studio in Charleston by Hulafrog parents.

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Ms Lindsay says, "Any time students age 6-12 ask me what class they should take, I always say jazz or a jazz/tap combo class."

2017-18 Dance Classes: What You Need to Know

We've made a few changes to the studio and our classes to ensure they are the best possible!

Broadway Dancer Teaches Master Classes for All CDC Dancers

Christina Slaton, recently off the 42nd Street Broadway national tour, will be teaching master classes at Charleston Dance Center on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The classes are $20 for one and $30 for two.

Focus on Hip Hop

Charleston Dance Center brought Landon Monroe on staff in 2016 to shake up our hip hop classes and choreography.