Excel Dance Studios

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Pre-Ballet Recital Ready


Ready for Recital

Pre-Ballet/Tap Ballet Bun


Any child who is performing in any pre-ballet/tap class in the recital must have their hair in a bun, or as close as they can get!


Buns must be at the back of the dancers head roughly even with their ears.  Buns should not be on the top of the dancer’s head.  The pictured dancer shows where the bun should be on their head.  If the child has hair that is too short, just be sure it is pulled back away from their face, with rubber bands or bobby pins so the bulk of their hair is where a bun should be.

Buns should be held in place with a hair tie so that there is no hair on the dancer’s face.  It should be smooth, with no visible part.  If your dancers has bangs, they need to be held back with bobby pins or rubber bands so that they are not visible.  Buns are then held in place with bobby pins.  If you need to, you can use a bun donut.  The bun is then covered with a hair net so that no hair escapes during the performance.  If you have any questions about your dancer please ask their teacher or in the office.

**Please do NOT cut their hair before recital if it will make it harder to pull back!**

A video tutorial of ballet buns is available here.

Stage makeup simple
Pre-Ballet Makeup

Stage Makeup

Stage makeup helps to see the dancers’ faces on the stage in the bright lights.  Our younger dancers do not have to have makeup, especially if your dancer will rub their eyes and face.

Makeup to Wear:
Foundation- that matches the skin (this will reduce glare)
Eyebrow Fill- to make their brows visible
Blush- brighter than you would wear out and about
Eyeshadow- in a neutral color (do NOT try to match their costume)
Eyeliner- above and below the eye (see picture)
Mascara- no false lashes
Lipstick- pink or mauve that will not come off on costumes (NO red)