To make a ballet bun:

You will need a hair tie (rubber band), 20 “U” shaped hair pins, 20 bobby pins, thin hair net that matches color of child’s hair (like a waitress type hair net), hair spray. All supplies can be found at Long’s. If you have never done this before, please practice the following. 1. Wet hair if possible; brush hair into a ponytail in the middle of the back of the head. Please do not put this ponytail on the top of the head, or on the lower nape of the neck. It must be in the middle of the head. 2. Twist the ponytail into a spiral and make it flat like a cinnamon bun. Do not twist it so tight that it sticks out like a door knob! Each twist should be able to touch the head, keeping the bun flat. For long hair, it may help to start pinning it with “U” shaped hairpins as you spiral the bun around. 3. Secure spiral with at least 20 crossed “U” hairpins. Do not use flat bobby pins because they are guaranteed to slide out!! When you are done, have your daughter shake her head to see if the bun moves or is secure. If it shakes, you will need to make the rubber band tighter and/or add more hairpins. 4. Put a hairnet over the bun. Keep pulling the hairnet tight around the bun and folding it over until there is not extra gaps in hairnet. Secure the hairnet with a few more hairpins to keep the hairnet on. Do not use thick yarn type hairnets. The hairnet looks like it is made out of human hair and is very thin. 5. Place bobby pins on both sides of the head to secure wispy, fly-away hair or too long bangs. No colored hair barrettes or any other hair ornament except for the ones that match for recital costumes. Keep remainder of 20 bobby pins available to secure your headpiece with at least 10 bobby pins. If you only put 2 or 3 pins in, the headpiece will be laying in the middle of the floor during the performance! 6. Spray with hairspray. 7. It may help to watch the You Tube video on Anaheim Ballet Bun 411.

Stage Makeup

Blush for cheeks, eye shadow, lip color, and mascara. If you do not put this color on your child’s face, she will look washed out on stage. Please have her makeup done at home before coming to the theatre. There is a limited amount of space in the dressing roomsand the more that you complete at home, the easier it will be for everyone! Please put makeup on heavier than you would normally put on yourself, so that faces can be seen in the large theater. You may want to bring your makeup to the theatre for touch ups after they have dinner.

Written and Video Stage Make Up Directions

This .pdf file might be helpful. How to Apply Stage Make-up for Ballet You do not have to use their products, but this step-by-step video is also good. The two videos below contain a collection of tips and "Tricks of the Trade."  The videos were produced by a ballet company on the mainland in Anaheim (near Disneyland!). Our pointe class on Tuesdays and Saturdays is demanding. Going on pointe is a very big step.  The video below has some tips on tying your pointe shoes.
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