Once students are allowed to wear ribbons, they will need to learn how to tie ballet ribbons. Although it may seem tricky at first, children will soon learn to tie ballet ribbons themselves.
You have sewn the four pieces of ribbon to the sides of your ballet shoes and you now need to know how to tie your ballet ribbons. Once tied, ballet shoes with ribbons look so elegant and keep the shoe attached to the foot, whilst freeing up the front of the foot to stretch as much as possible.
Put the shoe on the foot of the dancer. It is important the dancer is standing up as it flexes the foot correctly for ribbon size. Hold one ribbon in each hand.
Taking the ribbon which is attached to the outside of the foot, cross over the front of the ankle, pass around the ankle (inside), around the heel, around the front of the foot again and hold it just above the inside ankle bone.
Taking the ribbon which is attached to the inside of the foot, cross over the front of the ankle, pass around the outside of the ankle, around the heel, all the way around to cross over the front of the foot again, around the back and coming to a stop above the inside ankle bone. (This ribbon goes around the foot more than the other ribbon)
Take the ends of both ribbons and do a double knot. After you have done a double knot you will need to leave approx 4-5cm and then cut the rest off.
Tuck the ends inside the ribbons around the ankle.
You can use a bobby pin to help push the ends inside the other ribbons.
After cutting the ribbon to length, you will need to do something with the ribbon to stop it fraying. You can buy products which will spray on and stop the fray. A cheaper, just as effective method is to singe the ribbon.
If you are doing an exam or competition, it is important for the ends not to fall out. Once you have tucked them in, spray the ribbons around that area with hair spray, it will help to hold them in place!