Dance Guidelines-Research and Findings

What we are—
ASFA’s dance department is a
pre-professional dance program to
develop artists through an
intensive curriculum of classical
ballet technique, modern dance,
choreography, and exposure to
other dance forms and styles.
What we are not—
There are over 60 dance studios in the
Birmingham metro area alone and hundreds
across the state offering a survey of dance
style opportunities including tap, lyrical, jazz,
gymnastics, creative movement, cheernastics,
hip-hop, baton, musical theater,
acrobatics/tumbling, ballroom & many more.
Most of these have focused missions on
competitions, recreation & recitals.
Who are our peers?
Residential, professionallyrun, public/private dance
training programs in high
Fine arts high/middle schools with
pre-professional dance training
specialty programs in classical ballet
& modern dance:
 North Carolina School of
the Arts
 Interlochen (Michigan)
 Idyllwild (California)
 Virginia School of the
Arts (defunct)
 Walnut Hills
Ballet San Jose School
ChiArts (Chicago)
Baltimore School for the Arts
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
(Washington, D. C.)
 The Ailey School (NY)
 Douglas Anderson (Jacksonville)
 Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
of Preparatory Dance
What is our mission?—
To prepare dancers for success in companies, schools & programs like these into
which ASFA dancers have recently matriculated or been hired…
Professional dance companies (American Ballet Theatre,
San Diego Ballet, California Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Oregon
Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin, Louisville
Dance conservatories/schools (Ailey-Fordham, School of
American Ballet London Dance Centre, NYU, Point Park
College, The Hartt School, Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Texas,
Wright State, Goucher College, Florida St. Univ., Ohio St.
Univ., Fordham Univ., North Carolina School of the Arts)
Summer dance intensive programs (American Ballet
Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Richmond Ballet)
Ballet San Jose
(the exclusive
American Theatre
Certified Institution
on the west coast)
Girls: Girls’ hair must be in a tight, sturdy bun. Small and subtle decorative hair
items such as flowers or barrettes without hanging or dangling embellishments
may be worn.
No bangs or fly-away hairs.
No jewelry or nail polish is allowed, except for small and subtle stud earrings.
Boys: Boys’ hair must be cut short above the chin and
Bangs should be brushed off the face.
No jewelry.
HAIRSTYLE FOR GIRLS: ALL hair must be pulled back, away from face in a secure bun.
The hairstyle must precisely resemble a classical bun. Intricate corn rowed hair
patterns are not allowed. Black hair clips, hair products, and a simple black hair band
can be used to create a sleek line to the head. Use clips and hair product (gel or
hairspray) to secure small flyaway hairs. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO A NEAT
BUN. Having to be reminded of expectations will hurt your grade
HAIRSTYLE FOR BOYS: Neatly close-cropped hair
CHIArts (intensive pre-professional fine arts school
for high school students in Chicago)
North Carolina
of the Arts
Girls: Hair must be neatly put up in a bun.
Students are required to keep their hair in a state that is relative to the art form
they are practicing.
Students wishing to alter their hairstyle prior to a performance must first
receive the permission of the Dean, and/or choreographer and assisting faculty
before any changes are made.
The Dean has the authority to implement specific hairstyles for any
Hair should be pulled back off the face and
neck, stage ready, in a bun or French twist. Hair
adornments should be worn close to the bun
and not excessively large.
Baltimore School for the Arts
Duke Ellington
of the Arts
Hairstyle for Girls: Hair pulled back neatly, away from face in a secure bun with
Hairstyle for Boys: Neatly close-cropped hair.
Hairstyles Unacceptable for Girls & Boys: NO braids, twists, extensions, locs, bantu
knots, corn rows, mohawks, sculpted hair, ponytail, hair color, dyes, hennas head
wraps and/or scarves. Hair weaves must be able to pull into bun near the crown of
the head. Any hair style different from standard grooming policy is not acceptable.
The Ailey School
Girls Hair: If hair is short, it must be too short to be tied
or pinned back; if long, it must be pulled back and
pinned securely away from the student’s face and neck.
Bangs and loose hanging hair are not allowed.
Boys Hair: Hairstyles should be short and neat.
Braids/Cornrows are not allowed.
of the Arts
Dancers at Douglas Anderson are to wear a required hairstyle to dance classes.
Female dancers are to wear a traditional classical ballet bun with hair slicked
back with no bumps, braids or cornrows. If hair is too short for a bun it must be
pinned, clipped or gelled flat to the head without lumps or geometric patterns. For
modern classes female students will secure hair in buns, French twists, single
braids, or ponytails in a secure fashion that will not impede their movement, cover
their eyes or cause danger to one's person, classmates or present a distraction. No
flyaway strands of hair for any type of dance!
Young men’s hairstyles should be short and neat. Braids are not allowed.
For performances students must comply with the hairstyles appropriate for the
dance and required by the choreographer.
These rules are intended to allow dancers to work free of distracting or inhibiting
clothing or hairstyles, and to train students in how to present themselves in dance
in a professional manner.
Hair for girls and women should be worn in a ballet bun or similar style. Hair
must be gathered together at the center of the crown and secured with bobby
pins. Ponytails, bangs, decorative braiding, beading, and hair pieces are not
permitted. Very short hair should be pulled back away from the face with a
headband secured with bobby pins. Hair for boys and men should be neatly
combed back, off the face and secured with hairspray, bobby pins, or a headband.
NO eyeglasses may be worn in performances. The dress code regulations are
strictly enforced. Students who come to class out of dress code will not be
permitted to take class.
Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute of Preparatory
Current ASFA Dance Department Requirements
Females - Hair is to be kept neat and styled according to the class requirements
Males: Hair should be kept neat.
All students: Hair must not be cut, colored or altered (extenders, etc.) prior to
Dance Department Approval.
Proposed 2014-15 ASFA Dance Department Requirements
Female dancers are to wear a traditional classical bun, hair slicked
back with no discernable bumps, braids, cornrows or locked hair.
Male dancers are to maintain a very neat and well kempt hair style.
A note for all dancers: Hair must not be cut, colored or altered
without Dance Department approval.
These proposed changes are
 to remain a viable, reputable pre-professional
dance training institution
 to consistently prepare our students for top
ballet and dance companies,
conservatories and universities and
 to communicate clearly and definitively to all
current and prospective students and

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