The ballet bun is as synonymous with ballet as tutus and pointe shoes. But to the new dancer and their parents it can feel like quite a challenge. Buns serve a practical role in that they keep the hair out of the dancers’ face, minimize distraction for the dancer and teacher and even help with balance. They are as important a part of the ballet uniform as the tights and ballet shoes. I remember before one recital Mia’s grandmother offered to help cajole her head of huge curls into a bun fit for the stage. She had Mia hang off the couch upside down while she braided her hair from the bottom up to the middle, then braided her hair from the top down, met in the middle and somehow twisted it all together into a bun. To say making a bun was a daunting task would be an understatement. Until one day when Mia was about 10 and Amherst Ballet offered a bun making workshop. They paired off the upper school kids by hair type with the younger dancers and had them practice on each other. From that day on she was able to do her bun herself! AB is again offering these workshops and to see the excitement on the faces of the young dancers as they begin to learn this new skill is priceless. Check back often to find out when the next workshop is taking place!
Lisa Gallant, parent