"Mom and Dad, why do I always have to wear a bun to ballet class?"
Surely, this is a question you've heard from your little ballerina! Having a ballet bun in ballet class is more important than just 'because our teacher said'!
Not only do ballet buns meet the standard expectation and appearance of ballerinas, they have a functional purpose too. Having hair up in a ballet bun allows the instructor, and dancer, to see the line that is being created by the shoulders, neck, arms, and back, and make corrections if necessary. The buns also prevents any distractions that can be caused by a 'flying' pony tail during leaps, jumps, and turns. Often times, dancers get hit in the face with their pony tail during turns, creating a distraction to their spotting and technique. So the next time your dancer asks, 'Why do I have to have a ballet bun?' you can share it's importance! Thank you for making sure your ballerina arrives to ballet class in their bun!