To avoid confusion for families that are new to ballet and as a reminder for everyone else, general ballet etiquette is outlined below. This will allow for safe, enjoyable dancing for all.
- All students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time.
- Please do not speak to the teacher about your child between classes. Nobody appreciates classes that start and finish late, or are cut short.
- Please do not disturb a class once it has started. If you are late please wait for a convenient break in the music before entering.
- Students must be picked up straight after the lesson has finished unless otherwise arranged, supervision of children is not possible. Please call the Ballet Centre if you are delayed for any reason.
- Absolutely no gum is allowed in the class.
- For the safety of the students please remove all jewellery and watches.
- The correct uniform must be worn at all times.
- To encourage correct technique ballet students from Grade 1 need to wear their hair in a bun. All other students including modern, tap and jazz must have their hair pulled back from face, preferably in a ponytail.
- Leave all valuables and money at home. We cannot be responsible for lost items.
- Accidents do happen. Please do not allow children to run around in the centre before classes commence. Younger students are not to enter a studio unless a teacher is present.
- On no account must any form of dance shoe be worn outside. They should be put on and removed on the Ballet Centre premises.
We expect all parents and students to fully co-operate with the above rules. Thank you in advance.
How to create a bun
Follow these steps to get the best looking bun. Please follow the instructions if you are new to Ballet Dancing.
- Lightly dampen hair by spritzing with a spray bottle of water or by smoothing down hair with wet hands or a comb.
- Using a hair brush, smoothe hair back neatly.
- Secure hair tightly into a high ponytail using an elastic ponytail holder. Position the ponytail where you want the bun to be.
- Using a brush or a comb, smoothe all loose hairs of the ponytail in order to make a neater bun.
- Twist the ponytail into a tight rope.
- Wrap hair rope tightly around the ponytail base, twisting more as needed.
- Tuck the ends of the hair rope into the ponytail base.
- Use several hair pins to secure the bun. Thick or long hair will require several pins for a secure bun.
- Lightly spray bun and surrounding hair with hairspray to secure the hairstyle.
- Ready to dance – a perfect ballerina bun.
- You can follow the video below for a better understanding.
How to tie ballet shoes ribbons
Ballet shoes do not have a right and left shoe, so to get the most wear out of them they should be worn on alternate feet with each ballet class. Ballet ribbons are suitable for Vocational students. It is recommended that younger students wear elastics. These are sewn on as per ribbons, however the elastic should fit snugly over the arch.
Ribbons should be cut into four even lengths. Put the shoe on and draw an imaginary line vertically down from the ankle-bone and mark the inside of the shoe at this line. Fold the end of the ribbon over twice and stitch on this mark, on the inside lining of the shoes, so the stitching does not show through to the outside. Do so with the other three ribbons.
To tie the shoes, first bring them forward to the front of the ankle, crossing them over into an X, then continue to wrap them around the back. Repeat the cross at the front but overlap the ribbons one on top of the other. Tie ribbons in a knot, on the inside of the ankle. Excess ribbon can be cut off, but remember to leave enough ribbon to reach the other side if shoes are alternated.