Hilary Marston ballet uniform conforms to the Royal Academy of Dance uniform for classes and exams. The local stockists who know our uniform requirements are:
- All for Dance [Horndean Precinct, Portsmouth Rd, Horndean, Waterlooville PO8 9LA]
- Ballet-Hoo [113 High St, Godalming GU7 1AQ]
- Clova [78 Weyhill, Haslemere GU27 1HN]
- Girls should always have their hair tied back neatly and from Grade 1 upwards it should be up in a bun. If you need a demonstration, please ask your teacher.
- School tracksuits (hoodies and jazz pants) with our logo on are available to buy in our shop and may be worn at the beginning of class when warming up.
- No jewellery, eg bracelets, necklaces, dangling earrings, or watches should be worn to lessons. See Etiquette for Dancers for more about general presentation.
Why is a bun important?
- A bun is a key part of ballet and as such is a part of the uniform. Buns are important for spotting during turning steps and help contribute to achieving poise. Proper ballet buns need to be secured firmly with plenty of bun pins, bun net, and gel or spray, high on the head in a diagonal line with the chin. Please ask your teacher to demonstrate if unsure.
Why is loose/untidy hair not permitted?
- When a dancer is constantly distracted by loose, floppy hair, and/or lots of fly-aways, they are unable to focus on what they are doing. Brushing wisps out of the face or shaking hair out of the way becomes a habit, which then becomes muscle memory, just like biting your nails. You find yourself doing it without realising it. What you do in the studio, you will do onstage!
Make it your own
- It can sometimes seem as though ballet is too strict and boring and there is no room for self-expression. You can personalise your bun with discreet ribbons, flowers, jewels, braids, whilst maintaining the classic bun.
Nursery children: boys and girls may wear comfortable clothes of their own choice. Ballet shoes whilst not compulsory, are recommended and they each need to bring a soft toy!
Pre-primary and Primary:
Grade 1 and 2:
Grade 3, 4 and 5:
Grade 6, 7 and 8:
Vocational Levels Uniform:
Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced (Boys and Girls)
Regulation RAD kit as shown on RAD website.
If you’re unsure, please check with teacher.
Second Hand Shop
A new second hand shop will run on the first and last Saturday of every term starting 19 January at Milland Village Hall. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to buy clean, but pre-loved ballet clothes/shoes at more affordable prices than in store. We’ll also post items on social media, so make sure that you follow us so that you don’t miss out.
The proceeds generated from the second hand shop will be used to bring extra opportunities, such as competitions, workshops, etc. to the ballet students of the Hilary Marston School of Ballet.
If you have any second hand ballet kit you want to get rid of and would like to have the opportunity to buy ballet clothes cheaply, please bring any items to lessons on any Saturday and pass to Hilary. Any queries about the second hand shop, please contact Hilary.