When you look the part, you feel the part!
Updated: Feb 27, 2019
Week 4 already! It's that time of the year now that all our students new and existing have settled into their 2019 classes, where teachers will begin to check student's uniform and hair when they arrive to class to ensure each student is in the correct apparel and shoes, as well as wearing their hair correctly for the class they are taking. So what can you do to ensure your dancer is ready to go for their classes?
GROOMING Good grooming is a fundamental part of the discipline of dance, and we're not just talking about Ballet! Whilst all our classical ballet students are expected to wear their hair in a bun for class every week, we strongly encourage all our dancers to consider a bun as part of their uniform for all their classes. Our preferred hairstyle for all other classes (Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Acro), is a neat ponytail. Students with exceptionally long hair should also consider a bun for Acro classes for the safety of both the student and the teacher. These hairstyles should be neat! Hairspray isn't just great for concert time... Messy hair can hugely affect your child’s participation and learning in class. Your dancers are already hard at work in class trying to learn how to use their eyes and heads to spot so that they are turning safely and correctly. Imagine trying to concentrate on a new turn and having to worry about hair flicking you in the face and whispy bits getting stuck in your eyes! Heavy ponytails, pig tails and braids can also weigh your dancer down, and in turn cause them to develop bad habits when they are dancing such as spotting incorrectly, not using their heads properly and constantly touching their hair as they dance. Muscle memory applies to both correct technique and incorrect. If your dancer is reaching up to tuck a piece of hair behind their ear every couple of minutes in class, we can guarantee no matter how slick their hair is on stage - you will see a hand reach up to their ear mid routine!
Good grooming also allows our qualified and experienced teachers to observe the line of the head, neck and shoulders, which our students need so that they may have the correct posture and alignment. Help your dancer prepare for class each week by keeping a small kit full of hair ties, bun nets, bun pins, bobby pins and a brush/comb in their dance bag. If they are old enough, teach your child to do their own bun! If we can see an attempt has been made by the dancer themselves to do their own hair for dance, we are happy to jump in and assist if the style then falls out during class.
Now that we are past the first three weeks of Term, students are expected to adhere to our Uniform Guidelines as laid out in our 2019 Info Book. To compliment your dancers neat hair, their dance uniform should also be tidy! All uniform pieces should be kept in good condition, laundered, and repaired when necessary. Have you ever dressed up for a job interview, or a special occasion and noticed you stood up straighter, pulled your shoulders back, and really felt the part? This applies to your dancers and their uniform as well! When your child is dressed in the correct uniform, and looks and feels like a dancer, they will absolutely dance better and more confidently then they would if they were wearing uncomfortable and inappropriate clothing, dirty leggings and shoes with holes in them. We also consider our Bound Dance uniform, a team uniform! So with that comes a sense of pride for your dancer when they are wearing their Turquoise! #teamturquoise #bounddancefamily Alongside our Bound Dance crops, tanks, t-shirts and jackets, there are many fantastic black and black/turquoise items that can be purchased from Mino Dance Sunbury or Energetiks Essendon to compliment your dancers uniform. Whilst leggings can be purchased from places such as Big W and Target and these are great for our much younger and very fast growing Tiny and Mini dancers, we encourage our older students to wear dance/active wear that is designed to withstand the physicality of a dance class. Remember your dancer is learning to stretch, kick, turn and jump! Items that are not a part of our uniform and that should be left at home are watches, fitbits, necklaces and large hoops/dangling earrings. These items can injure not only your own dancer if they get caught, but other students and our teachers as well - especially in Acro! We may ask your dancer to remove these items of jewellery in class, which may mean they get left behind - particularly if your dancer has not brought along their own dance bag. The best option is to remind your child to remove these things before they walk out the door to come to dance class.
Help your dancer prepare their uniform each week by assisting them in laying out their uniform and packing their dance bag the night before class. It is not a bad thing to instil a sense of responsibility in your dancer to ensure they have remembered everything they need to wear for class! A checklist on their bed room door (Eg Tights, Leotard, Skirt, Jacket, Hair Kit, Ballet Shoes, Water Bottle) can help them learn to bring everything they need themselves each lesson. We can't wait to see our dancers looking and feeling the part in class this week!
If you have misplaced your copy of our Uniform Guidelines, our 2019 Uniform Guide can be found here on the Classes page of our website. Bec & Mikkayla Directors Bound Dance