Hi! I’m teacher Mrs. Anamar Colt and I’m going to tell you here a little bit about me and four steps to make a classical ballet bun. When I was a child, my mom used to make my hair for my ballet classes and I would watch what she did. One day I surprised her by doing my ballet bun by myself. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a great achievement for my age. Here is a picture from that day.
If there is a person I’m ever grateful for, that is my mom. The sacrifices that parents do for their children are absolutely worth it, never doubt about it. I believe that the art of dance is perfect for kids and teenagers to express themselves and transmit their feelings to somebody else. As a dancer I know that it is very important the appearance to feel good in class. Having a clean uniform and my hair done, gives me confidence and prepares me to start dancing. Remember it is really important that the dancers get their hair up, to ensure a better performance and avoid any accidents in class. I am going to give you some tips that you could follow to make that unique classical ballet bun.
*Note: Be sure you are using the elastic hair ties, bobby pins and hair net matching the same color as dancer’s hair.
Step 1: Using the hairbrush or comb, brush the hair back into a ponytail. Apply hairspray or gel to tame wisps and strands of hair that are not long enough to reach the ponytail. Then secure the ponytail with an elastic hair tie. Depending on the dance you could make the bun down on the neck, middle of the head or higher. So make sure you know which one is required for your character in the show. For weekly class, you can do the height of the bun wherever you are comfortable.
Step 2: Twist the ponytail and put in pins. Start twisting the hair and put it around the center making a tight circle. Then secure the twist with the bobby pins or hairpins by putting them as many as you need. To do this, open the pin and then make sure the pin grabs part of the hair from the twist and goes straight in the head. If the dancer feels a constant pain when the pin is applied remove it and put it again until there is no pain. If you have a lot of hair you can divide the pony tale in two parts and twist them apart. Put one twist around first with pins and then the other twist. Depending on your hair if is thin or thicker you will like to use the bobby pins to grab bumps and thin hairs and the hairpins for thicker parts.
Step 3: Put the hair net on. Wrap the hair net around the bun to catch loose hairs. With a few twists the net should be tight on the bun and you can put some pins to secure it. You can also insert more pins around the bun to re-shape or secure loose parts of the bun.
Step 4: Use hair spray or gel to secure hair around the face or any loose strands. This step it is fundamental for shows, but for class, do so as needed.
When I was 4, my grandma took me and my older sister to go see “Annie” at our local theater. It was my first live show. Grandma definitely assumed it would be a wash taking this little preschooler, however, it was my 10 year old sister that slept through almost the whole show. I sat on the edge of my seat enamored by each song, each line, each character. I came out singing every song and putting on a show any chance I had. That was how my love for performing began.
Sitting in the office at the dance studio and answering the phones, I get to hear the stories from parents and grandparents just like my experience. I hear it in their voice their pride and joy in the daughter’s love for dance. I hear their slight embarrassment when they’re telling me that their 3 year old was just made to perform, but also balancing it with the fact that she’s 3… can they really know? I just smile because, you can know!
I continued my love of performing through elementary school participating in everything I could in church and in school. I sang solos, did skits, put on dances for the talent show. Nothing was ever real great, but I felt alive out there!
Performing became my life line. Middle school kicked in and I suffered from a lot of depression due to abuse and the normal issues that spring up in the life of a middle schooler. I remember some really dark moments and just being in tears, but I knew I had to get myself back up! I had the lead role in the school musical and I loved being out there.
By the end of my 8th grade year, I started feeling more like myself. I decided to surprise my family at our spring concert with my first piano solo (I never took any piano, so Mom was a little worried). The music started out nice and slow and I poured myself into it, swaying and moving with each note. A few notes were out of place here and there, but it was quite good. I looked at my mom and she was completely amazed! The music started picking up getting very fast, and I was all over the piano up and down that keyboard. At this point I could see my mom’s expression change from amazement to being a bit suspicious. My gig was up, so I stood up and took a great big bow while the keyboard continued to play its programmed music. I got a pretty large round of applause and even louder laughter. Most of the people didn’t know the battles I had overcome to get there, and they didn’t need to. I knew that those moments of laughter and joy were why I was still around.
After High School I was pretty set on studying music and becoming a professional musician. My path didn’t take me there. Instead, I got married and started a family. When my oldest saw his first musical, he looked up with his big eyes and said “I want to be that!” He was only 2. He spent weeks performing numbers from “Chitty Bang Bang”. I got him in dance classes as soon as they would take him. He might make it a profession, he may use it as the therapy to get through the rough patches, who knows! But, just like his mom, he was born to perform! I will never question that! No reason for any parent to question that love that is instilled in these guys at any age! It doesn’t have to be their career path to be one of the best decisions you could ever make for your kids.
Over the years I have seen many dance studios claim they are “the best” in hopes that the public will believe them and sign up at their place of business. The most humorous to me are the studios that haven’t opened yet, or are brand new to the market and are already boasting they are the best! This claim always gets me thinking several questions for them: