The way a dancer wears her hair in class says a lot about how seriously she takes her craft. While this may seem trite, I don't know any instructor or choreographer who wouldn't agree. Certainly its true that a choreographer may call for a group or individual to wear their long hair down on stage and use it as a type of prop (think advanced senior small groups). However, for the most part, a dancer's hair should always be neatly pulled away from her face. Why? Well, for one, it is extremely difficult to spot a turn with your hair swishing all across your face and into your eyeballs, mouth, etc. Further, how can you do a proper penche when your hair is blocking your focal point? Showing up to any type of dance rehearsal with your hair down is sloppy at best, and is disrespectful and can be a hindrance to your development, at worst. What do you really have to lose in the 30 seconds it takes to pull your hair up? Especially when there are so many cute options and inspirational photos (hello, pinterest!). From messy high buns and sporty pony tails, to french twists and princess braids, or all the way back to the classic ballerina bun, there is something for every style (and time restraint).
To clarify, it isn't about conformity. It is about dance etiquette and respect - for yourself, your instructor, and the history and traditions of the art form. It is about putting your best foot forward and showing your instructor that you take things seriously. When your instructor sees that you are disciplined and that you take his or her class seriously, it is much more likely that he or she is going to give you their trust, time, and attention. And when you have your instructor's attention, they are going to give you increasingly more of the corrections you need to grow. When you have her trust (and when she believes you are serious about improving your craft), she is probably going to give you key placements and challenging choreography in dances. Why? Well, maybe you don't have things perfectly NOW, but she sees that you're disciplined so she knows she can TRUST that you WILL get it perfectly by the time she needs you to. Get it?
So, will wearing your hair in a bun make you a better dancer, or do the 'better' dancers wear their hair in buns?? Well, YOU DECIDE! ;) Meanwhile check out some some of our minis showing us how it's done!