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Practice

Should you child need some extra practice at home for an upcoming exam we recommend getting the App to assist with the memorisation of the syllabus exercises and dances.

 

Presentation

 Uniform should be clean and well-fitting

 Elastic or ribbons should be firmly sewn on shoes in the correct position and securely fastened

 

      Before entering the studio

Hair should be neatly and appropriately styled off the face and neck in order that the line of the

head and neck is not obscured

Glasses may be worn

Jewellery must not be worn, unless required for religious or cultural reasons

Where used, make-up and nail varnish should be light and kept to a minimum

Visible tattoos should be covered with make-up where possible

Students may wear arm or leg supports if necessary. These should be white or flesh coloured

Where worn, underwear should not be visible. The RAD places the safeguarding of children and young people at the heart of its policy making. It is important that candidates (and their parents) feel comfortable, and should not be made uneasy with any of the uniform requests made by teachers.

Candidates using pointe shoes may bring an additional spare pair of pointe shoes into the exam studio if they wish.

 

Hair

Step-by-step instructions for producing the perfect ballet

Make sure you have to hand a variety of brushes and combs to accommodate different hair types.Have on-hand different types of hair bands.

Brush the hair starting at the bottom and work your way up, rather than starting at the top and risk matting tangles by dragging them down-over. Also, when tackling big knots, hold the hair tightly near the scalp but slightly away from the head; that way, the pressure of pulling and tugging on the hair is against your own hand, and is not felt by the student. 

Invite the student to put their hair in a tight high ponytail themselves if they are able.If they are not old enough to manage it on their own, Secure the hair in a ponytail using a hair band. 

When placing pins into a forming bun, it is tricky to avoid occasional head-stabbing. While there doesn’t seem to be any tactic which is entirely fool-proof, I recommend aiming the pin downwards on an angle to push it in, then press it up/into the centre of the bun in a sort of swooping ‘down up’ curve so as to catch the hair and anchor the bun, but avoid aiming the pin towards the scalp at any point.  Other than this I recommend practice, and patience!

 

Hair Gel

Be cautious when applying hair gel so that as little gets on the skin as is possible; its stickiness can be very unpleasant.

 

Hairspray

When using hairspray, always make sure you first tell the student to close their eyes and put your hand over their face to avoid it getting in their eyes.  This also helps reduce the amount of spray accidentally landing on faces.  

 

Ultimately, the best solution to bun problems is to entirely remove the middle man, and teach the students to do their own hair as early as possible.

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