Hair requirements

 

Girls

There are two main hairstyles that we have at The Academy for girls: a ballet bun for all ballet classes, and a high ponytail for all other dance styles. In a performance, students will usually have the same hairstyle they have in class. However, there may be exceptions to this if a teacher has set a routine that requires different styles (but you will be informed about that well before the event). In the meantime, please see below instructions on how to achieve these hair styles:

 

Ponytail

• Brush
• Comb
• Elastic hairband (use material ones, not the ones with metal clasps - this can get caught on hair)
• Hairspray

 

1. Using thumb or fingers to trace line from jawline to the top of your head, gather hair into your hands.

2. Use a hair tie (double over until tight) to make a tight ponytail high on the head (so it points out at 45 degrees from the top of the head)

3. Use brush and a few sprays of hairspray to brush any loose strands of hair from forehead back toward ponytail

4. Finish ponytail with coloured ribbon or tie (matching colour of uniform for class, or by teacher direction for performance)

Note: for girls with short hair, just tie back (half up, half down) or in bunches - as long as it's off the face and secure. Use hairspray and comb down fly-away hair

 

Ballet bun

• Tail comb
• Elastic hairband (use material ones, not the ones with metal clasps - this can get caught on hair)
• Ripple pins
• Bobby pins
• Bun net
• Hairspray

 

1. Using thumb or fingers to trace line from jawline to the top of your head, gather hair into your hands.

2. Use a hair tie (double over until tight) to make a tight ponytail high on the head (so it points out at 45 degrees from the top of the head)

3. Use brush and a few sprays of hairspray to brush any loose strands of hair from forehead back toward ponytail

4. Twist the ponytail into a rope and then wrap it around the hairband (making at least one full circle) and tuck in the end of the hair into the bun that you've formed

5. Half-pin the bun at the top and bottom with the ripple pins, then place bun net over the top (double over if required - so it's secure)

6. Holding the bun in place with one hand, remove the ripple pins and shape bun so it's uniform in shape and smooth against the head (buns should be flat against the head, not sticking out).

7. Using a weaving in-and-out motion, use the ripple pins to gather some hair at the edge of the bun, hair outside of the bun then tuck under bun firmly. Continue right around bun (approximately 8-10 ripple pins)

8. Use bobby pins to pin any loose hair on the side or back of the head.

 

Boys

Boys hair should be neat and tidy in all classes at The Academy, as well as in performance. Hair should be off the face at all times. For longer styles, hair can be brushed back into a short ponytail.