Costume 

Hair & Makeup

Costume Requirements         

***Please make sure your name is written in ALL shoes and leotards!!!

AABD will provide dancers with Elastic for their ballet slippers. The elastic and instructions for sewing will be given at a studio rehearsal.

Grade K/1-

AABD Costume, Bloch T1921G footed pink tights or Body Wrappers Style C39 (Classic Pink) tights, Pink leather ballet slippers with elastic ribbons, hair in classical performance ballet bun.

 

Grade 2/3-

AABD Costume, Bloch T1921G footed pink tights or Body Wrappers Style C39 (Classic Pink) tights, Pink leather ballet slippers with elastic ribbons, hair in classical performance ballet bun. 

 

Grade 4/5

AABD Costume, Body Wrappers Style C39 (Classic Pink) tights, Pink leather ballet slippers with elastic ribbons (or pointe shoes), hair in classical performance ballet bun.

Grade 6/12

AABD Costume, Body Wrappers Style C39 (Classic Pink) tights, Pink leather ballet slippers with elastic ribbons (or pointe shoes), hair in classical performance ballet bun.

Hair and Makeup Requirements

Hair

All dancers - please arrive with hair and make-up complete, except lipstick.

ALL DANCERS: Regular performance bun unless instructed otherwise by Ms. Susan

 

Leads- Hair as discussed with Ms. Susan 

**See YouTube video “How to Make a Correct Classical Hair Bun for Ballet” by Mr. Kobena or the instructions on the following page.  Most dancers use bun pins/hairpins instead of bobby pins. The video is long, but the girls learn to complete the buns very quickly with practice. Please do not use bun “makers”, a ballet bun should be as FLAT as possible and look like a cinnamon roll😊

Bring EXTRA hair (hairpins or bobby pins, hair nets, hairspray and gel) and make-up supplies!

Steps to Make the Perfect Ballet Bun:

  1. To start, wet your hands and hair with water.  This will give you better control. Gather the hair and pull it back.  Apply hair gel if you need more control.

  2. Use a hair brush to smooth out rough or uneven areas.  Form a ponytail by brushing the hair up from the jaw line to the top part of the back of the head.  This will form a high bun.  The placement of the ponytail determines the placement of the bun. Use an elastic hair band to secure the ponytail.  

  3. Apply more water or gel to keep the hair neat and twist the ponytail in a couple of sections.

  4. Coil the ponytail into a tight FLAT circle.

  5. Use hair pins all around the coil to secure it to the rest of the hair.  Slide each pin through the outer part of the coil, then into the base of the bun. 

  6. Wrap a fine hair net around the bun.  Keep twisting and wrapping so the hair net tightly secures the bun.  Add a few more pins.

  7. With long thick hair, you may end up with a bun that will protrude too much. A flatter bun is preferable.  To flatten, remove all pins; the hair net will hold the bun.  Then flatten the bun and re-pin all around the bun. Use hairspray to complete. 

 

Makeup

  • All dancers - please arrive with hair and make-up complete, except lipstick.

  • All Grades K/5: Eyeshadow, blush, mascara, and lipstick. Apply all make-up at home EXCEPT LIPSTICK. PLEASE apply lipstick at the theater. 

  • Intermediate/Advanced and All Ballet Academy- Full stage makeup. Apply at home, except lipstick.

 

**For full stage makeup only, see YouTube video “Royal Ballet Inspired Makeup Tutorial” by Lisa Eldridge.  Do not use rhinestones as shown in the video.  Make sure to contour under cheek bones, jawline and collarbones.  Eyebrows need attention too, especially if you are very fair!

   

   • Lipstick (all levels): burgundy/plum/berry color

   • Eye Shadow (all levels): brown family