A Dancer’s Hair

Hair.  It’s not just this stuff on your head that you need to get out of the way so you can dance.  Just like every other part of you it needs to be factored in to who you are as a dancer.

Ballerinas don’t just put their hair in a bun because it is tidy and severe.  Of course it is functional too – have you ever tried to do a pirouette with your hair down?  But there’s even more to it.  Hair that is lifted into a  bun can have a lifting affect on your posture and carriage.  It looks elegant  and refined.  It exposes your neck.  It makes you aware of your head.  It looks professional.  It is part of a dancer’s identity.  So much so that by the time you place a tiara on a dancer whose hair is in a bun she often looks completely different, magically transformed into a being who exists in a plane where gravity’s hold does not dominate.

But what if you aren’t a ballet dancer?  Your hair still has a part to play.

I like to see lyrical and hip hop dancers with hair loose and flowing or tied low.  The emotional quality of these dance styles is enhanced by the movement of hair.  Your face can be hidden and then revealed.  Your hair can fly when you leap.  It becomes part of the emotional landscape.

Tap and jazz dancers look fab with their hair in high ponytails, or tucked under a hat.  Hairstyles that look sassy can spice up any routine and completes the look and feel of your dance.

Even if you don’t perform or do recitals, and your dance life means rushing to recreational classes straight from work or school, consider your hair when you take dance lessons.  Keep the proper style in class for your dance genre and you will be a better dancer for it.  If you teacher bugs you about that proper ballet bun, remember that he or she is not just being picky – they want you to be the best dancer you can be!



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