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  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class

Maples Dance Academy - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Outfitting Yourself For Dance Class

You’ve signed yourself or your child up for dance classes. Now what? It’s time to go shopping! You need dance clothes, shoes, maybe a new bag, and hair supplies. Dance fashion is its own unique industry and getting your dance wardrobe in order is one of the most anticipated “Back to Dance” activities that dancers look forward to each year.

Most dance studios in have a dress code they expect their dancers to follow. If you have a copy of that, dancewear stores can always help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Stores like Mallabar even have studio specific online stores to help you shop! All you need to do is create an account and the Maples Dance store is there for you to shop in! 

Below are some things to keep in mind as you shop for dancewear.

Dance Shoes

Winnipeg Dance Studio Dance Shoe SamplesWhat colour and style of shoes do you need? For example, does your studio prefer black or beige jazz shoes? If you’re taking hip hop and the studio indicates you need indoor runners, make sure you invest in a dedicated pair of indoor runners, so you don’t bring sand and stones onto the studio floors. Do tap shoes need to be a specific brand? All these questions should be answered when you register or view the studio dress code. Typically, if a specification isn’t listed or told to you at registration, then the dance studio has no preference.

When sizing your dance shoes, you want them to fit properly. For younger dancers, it’s common for parents to want to get a pair of shoes that the dancer can grow into throughout the yeara. Unfortunately that is a bad idea as a shoe that is too big will hinder a dancer’s development and increase the risk of trips and falls during class. The last thing anyone wants is for a young dancer to get injured because they have the incorrect shoe size.

Dancewear

It’s smart to invest in a couple good pairs of dance tights (both ballet pink and beige) to last throughout the year. If your dance studio has a colour preference for body suits and other dancewear, be sure to pick up a few items that fit the requirements. Investing in good body suits, dance tops, sports bras, dance pants or shorts, and dance skirts is worth it! While there is an initial investment, high quality dancewear items last longer and are more comfortable for a dancer to wear during class..

Classical Dance Bun for Winnipeg Dance School

Hair Styles

Having your hair pulled back is a requirement for almost every dance studio you go to. Take some time to learn to do a proper bun and ponytail. Invest in good hair elastics, hair nets, bobby pins, and clips to help keep your dancer’s hair secure throughout class. Don’t let “dance hair” frustrate you in the early stages. After a few classes of styling your hair you’ll be a pro who can do a bun in under 3-minutes!

Dancewear Accessories

Winnipeg Dancewear accessoriesDancers often like to top off their dance outfits with other items like leg warmers, dance sweaters, ballet skirts, and warm-up pants. These are a fun way to add your own personal style to your dance outfit. These items also make you feel good and, when it comes to leg warmers and sweaters, they keep your muscles warm as you dance, which also reduces injuries.  

Finding Sales

Yes, dance shoes and clothes can be expensive. Help ease the stress on your wallet by signing up for email lists and following the social media of local dancewear stores like Harlequin and Mallabar. They often have Back to Dance sales and Year End Clearance sales to help you stock up at a fraction of the cost.

Make Your Items Last

Commit to taking good care of your dance shoes and clothes, and they’ll last a long time. Take time to hand wash more fragile items like tights and ballet skirts. Follow the washing instructions on your bodysuits, dance pants, and dance tops. Most importantly, hang-dry any shrinkable items like knitted sweaters and leg warmers. Dancewear is expensive, but durable if it's cared for properly. If you take good care of it you will get your money’s worth.

Don’t Forget…

Remember to put your dancer’s name in their shoes and keep all your dance items in a dance bag. This way your items stay together and are less likely to get lost, and if they do get lost, they are easier to identify in the lost and found!

Where Can I Buy My Dance Clothes?

For students taking dance in Winnipeg, there are a number or excellent local dancewear shops.

Mallabar Apparels         
Harlequin Costumes and Dance



*Note: stores like Walmart also tend to carry dance apparel options for younger dancers and Old Navy has some great active wear for kids and teens!

  1. Jazz at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 12-Aug-2018
  2. Hip Hop at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 07-Aug-2018
  3. Ballet at Maples Academy of Danxe Maples Dance Academy 03-Aug-2018
  4. Lyrical at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2018
  5. Musical Theatre at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 28-Jul-2018
  6. The Value of Paying for Dance Maples Dance Academy 24-Jul-2018
  7. Acro at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 18-Jul-2018
  8. Tap Dance at Maples Academy of Dance Maples Dance Academy 16-Jul-2018
  9. Future Stars: A Program for Young Dancers Maples Dance Academy 14-Jul-2018
  10. M.A.D. Performance Team Maples Dance Academy 11-Jul-2018
  11. Make The Most Of Your Child's Dance Experience Maples Dance Academy 08-Sep-2017
  12. Dance Class Etiquette Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  13. Dance Teachers Go the Extra Mile for Their Students Maples Dance Academy 03-Sep-2017
  14. Dance - A Great Activity for Girls AND Boys Maples Dance Academy 21-Aug-2017
  15. Outfitting Yourself for Dance Class Maples Dance Academy 16-Aug-2017
  16. Being Part of A Dance School Community Maples Dance Academy 04-Aug-2017
  17. We Love Our Dance Family! Maples Dance Academy 01-Aug-2017
  18. I Am A Dancer Maples Dance Academy 10-May-2017
  19. Dance is a Team Sport Maples Dance Academy 17-Apr-2017
  20. Dance Hair Styles Decoded Maples Dance Academy 07-Apr-2017
Dance Hair Styles Decoded

Maples Dance Academy - Friday, April 07, 2017

Dance Hair Styles Decoded

As we head into picture and recital time, questions about the girl’s dance hair styles often come to light. Your dancer’s teacher says she needs to wear her hair in a classical ballet bun for picture day and recital. Your first thought is “What does that look like?”. You go online and Google “ballet bun”, and a variety of different pictures and tutorials come up, leaving you even more confused. With all the different hair styles a dance teacher can request, we figured we’d take a few minutes to try and help simplify things.

Buns

The two most common buns we see in dance are sock buns and classical buns. A sock bun, as one parent described it, is the one that looks like a donut on a dancer's head. It often uses a sponge donut or sock under the bun to give it the big, round, donut look. A classical bun is smaller, flatter, and typically placed in the middle/back part of the head. A traditional ballet bun is the classical, flat, small bun.

Classical Bun                Sock Bun
Classical Ballet Bun   





Ponytails

Ponytails may sound simple, but can get tricky when it comes to determining the height of the ponytail. A low ponytail should sit at the back of the head, where the head meets the neck. A middle height ponytail should sit at the middle/back part of the head. For a high ponytail, the ponytail should sit at the highest part of the back of the head, without moving right on top of the head.

Low Ponytail                     Middle Ponytail                 High Ponytail
Low ponytail for dance       middle ponytail for dance       high ponytail for dance

Slicking Back The Hair

It’s important for the hair, whether it be a bun or ponytail, to be pulled back securely, and free of fly-a-ways. To get this slicked-back look, a little bit of water and hair gel will typically do the trick. Before pulling the hair back in to the ponytail, spray the roots with some water to dampen it, then work in some gel. As you brush through and secure the ponytail, this will help set it in a sleek and smooth look.

If you have some fly-a-way hairs, spray them with hairspray and use a toothbrush to brush them down (this is a great tip one of our dancers shared with us and it works very well). For the stubborn fly-a-way hairs at the back of the neck, use bobby pins and hairspray to secure them in place.

Finally, top off your look with a finishing coat of hairspray. Don’t worry if the hair feels hard or sticky. No one has to touch a dancer’s hair on stage, but it does need to be held securely in place with good elastics, bobby pins and hair products. The tighter, slicker, and more solid the hair-style feels, the better!

The Shake Test

To ensure a hair style is secure for a dance performance, ask your dancer to shake her head around for about 15 seconds – moving up, down, forwards, backwards, and side to side. If it feels loose to them, tighten it with additional elastics and hair pins. No one wants a dancer’s bun to fall apart on stage in the middle of a dance!

Final Thoughts

Use elastics, bobby pins, and hairnets that match your dancer’s hair colour. Fluorescent hair elastics and bobby pins can distract the audience from the dance. In a group dance, dancers should look uniform. This includes their hair.

Remember to use a hairnet to secure your bun. Hairnets really can save a bun by helping to hold the bun in place and flatten it out.

If your dancer has a hair-piece for a dance, don’t forget to put that in her hair too. The general rule for hair-pieces is if one person doesn’t have theirs for a picture or performance, no one in the group wears one!

Practice your hairstyles. Nothing can be more frustrating than hair trouble on picture day or performance day. Practicing buns and ponytails a few days before will help make performance day hair-prep run smoothly and stress-free.

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