We are two weeks into the most chaotic time of the year for most students and parents. Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a mad dash between communions, graduations, state exams, spring concerts, baseball games, birthday parties and of course… dance recitals. Seasoned dancers and dance moms may take for granted solid performance know how. So we need a quick run-down for our newbie dance moms participating in their first recital.
The only very important thing you MUST accomplish is hair in a bun – same as weekly dress code hair. It’s not as daunting as it sounds and there is lots of room for mistakes. Unlike ballet teachers, ballet buns are very forgiving. Grab a big can of hairspray, at least three hair elastics, a lunch lady hair net and at least 10-15 LARGE hair pins that match your child’s hair (every local drug store has these items). Pull her hair into a tight pony tail and secure with two elastics. If she has uncooperative hair, a quick coat of hairspray before you begin will help. The pony tail will typically be as high in the back as her eyebrows. Twist the hair loosely and wrap it
around the ponytail holder (you might use your third hair tie to hold it while you pin). Pin it in place by grabbing as much hair into the bobby pin as you can. Put in more bobby pins than you need. The bun should be relatively flat to her head – we don’t want the ‘hot buns’ look for ballet. The hair net goes over the bun (you can fold it a few times until it’s in place) to secure any fly-aways. Hairspray and voila, you’re done.
Don’t send them to dress rehearsal or recital with any make-up. They WILL try to ‘touch-up’ and there will be tears one way or another when lipstick ends up on someone’s once white costume.
Dancers wear make-up so that their faces ‘show up’ on the stage. The bright lights will pale them out without a ton of blush, eye shadow and lipstick. Older students will sometimes accentuate their eyes with eyeliner, mascara and false eye lashes.
Make up for young children: a little loose powder or foundation with a sponge to hold the make up. A LOT of blush in a pink color that shows. More than you think. A little red-toned (not brown-toned) lipstick. A sweep of cool colored eye shadow and a brush of mascara. When they’re old enough for real stage make up with wings and eyeliner they’ll be instructed on how to apply during class time.
The best part though is that when it’s all said and done… it’s SUMMER!!!
Miss Erin serves as the Executive Director at Integral Ballet.