All students are expected to attend each class with their hair firmly pulled back in a ballet bun. The ballet bun helps children avoid overheating or being whipped in the eye by loose or untamed hair. Loose hair can also prohibit a dancer from performing certain movements such as pirouettes (turns/spins).
Hair brush with nylon or natural bristles.
Large hair elastic.
Nylon hair net (matching hair colour) - available at Priceline, Kmart and most chemists.
Thick hair pins (NOT bobby pins). Hair pins (U shape) are thicker and will grip more hair. bobby pins will slide out of your bun. Bobby pins can be used to secure any loose pieces of hair that do not fit into the ponytail.
Ballet Bun Instructions
1. Brush hair smooth and free of tangles.
2. Pull hair back neatly into a ponytail at the back
and bumps". A tidy pony tail with hair drawn snugly back is the key to making a good ballet bun. Placement of your ponytail determines the placement of your bun. Ballet buns should be positioned at the middle of the head or higher.
3. Secure the ponytail tightly with the hair elastic.
4. Twist the ponytail as you gradually wrap it around the hair elastic, creating a tight, coiled circle, inserting hair pins as you wrap. Be sure that your hair pins contain hair from both the head and the ponytail. This will hold your bun close to your head. Be sure to use plenty of hair pins (12-16 on average).
5. The idea is to have your bun tightly coiled around your elastic and secured to your head.
6. Once you have created your bun, wrap your hair net around it as many times as it will allow for a snug fit and secure it with a couple of extra hair pins.
If your child's hair is too short to be secured in a ballet bun, then please ensure that it is firmly pulled back with a headband and endeavour to avoid loose strands of hair falling in their face. Headbands may need to be secured with bobby pins to ensure that they do not slide off.