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Advice on Jewellery in Dance Class

Richard Alston with Molly Homes Ellen Welch and Jane Pearson. Photo by Brian Slater.

Richard Alston with Molly Homes Ellen Welch and Jane Pearson. Photo by Brian Slater.

Should jewellery, particularly piercings, be allowed in the dance class?

Any kind of jewellery can present a hazard in a dance class. External piercing/jewellery can get caught in clothing, hair, skin. Therefore it is a liability not only to yourself but your fellow performers too. If two people’s jewellery gets caught it could have very serious medical consequences i.e. dislocated fingers with rings, torn eyebrows/ear lobes.

Biomechanically, it can also change people’s balance; imagine doing multiple turns/pirouettes with massive hoop earrings, not the easiest to spot with! Or floor work could easily cause friction to a chest/stomach piercing, and these are also a particular concern when doing any partner work.

If a piece of jewellery falls on the floor it could also be a major hazard for the performer/classmate too. The spike from a piercing could become embedded in the foot if trodden on and a sprained ankle from slipping or trying to avoid this could mean weeks off dancing.

If the piercing is tucked away and won’t hurt others then it’s a matter of individual responsibility. Who would know apart from the student?
Professional dancers wouldn’t wear earrings and they securely tape up wedding rings so they don’t show and ‘spoil’ the character. To a certain extent it will depend on the look the artistic director wants. Things like nipple rings should be taped and then make up can be applied to disguise the tape.

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