Let Misty Copeland Teach You How to Do the Perfect Ballet Bun

Are you super-duper tired of beauty publications telling you how to make "beautiful ballet buns" that are not even remotely close to what an actual ballet dancer would do to her hair? Yup. Us too.

So we're grateful to you, Self magazine, for asking a real ballerina to break down the ballet bun. And not just any ballerina—THE ballerina, Misty Copeland.




True, the little video Copeland made for Self doesn't include tips that'll be revolutionary for those of us familiar with the basic bun-for-dance concept. But she does give some handy advice about where to place your bun so that it enhances the lines of your head and neck. And she can also whip out a picture-perfect bun in less than a minute, which, snaps! Want more bun tips? Oh, have we ever got 'em. Find out how to make a bun that'll stay put through even the craziest manège, or check out intricate variations on the classic ballet bun, or get Kathryn Morgan's tips on easy bun alternatives. Have fun bunning!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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