DanceWear Corner is pleased to feature Hannah Wiedle, creator of Bun Blossoms. Bun Blossoms are sold in our Orlando Superstore, and make a beautiful addition to any dancer’s bun.
Training and technique
Hannah Wiedle is a 15-year-old pre-professional from Orlando, Florida. Her training is Vaganova-based, and she enjoys the energy of both turning and jumping, as well as building strength and beauty through Adagio. Attending the ABT intensive in 2016, she experienced different ballet styles. “It was a little bit challenging for me to switch modes, and it opened my eyes,” she says. She enjoyed seeing how elements of one style could affect performance in another.
Hannah also studies contemporary, lyrical and modern, and for two years she attended a performing arts magnet school (Howard Middle School) where classes included hip hop, tap, jazz, ballroom and African dance. “It’s interesting to see how other genres use the body, and you can apply pretty much anything,” she says. For example, “even if it’s not directly related to ballet, you can take a correction and apply it to your training.” Contemporary genres can help develop acting for ballet, she adds, because dancing without a defined story can deepen emotional range.
How long have you been dancing?
Hannah began dancing at four, largely because of her bother’s medical needs. As a little girl, she had to tag along to her brother’s physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions seven times a week. Hannah’s mom wanted something for Hannah to do rather than sit and wait in a medical office and drive in the car all day. “There was a dance studio nearby, so my mom signed me up to dance while my brother did therapy. I fell in love with dance,” Hannah recalls. “She probably didn’t realize I’d take it so seriously!”
The turning point in dance:
Hannah can pinpoint when she became a serious pre-professional. Twenty-two months ago, she started private lessons while preparing a variation from Flames of Paris. After the performance, “I came offstage and thought, ‘This is what I want to do for the rest of my life,’” she recalls.
After finding her focus, Hannah felt that she had some catching up to do. “My mindset plays a big role in how far I’ve come,” she explains. “I’ve gone from ‘this is fun’ to ‘I want to pursue this as a career,’ and I had to learn to work hard and stay on track.” Hannah is aiming high without forgetting to celebrate her accomplishments so far. She also maintains a healthy attitude about perfectionism. “Even the best dancers fall or mess up,” she says.
What led you to create Bun Blossoms?
“I bought a bun wrap from a company for a summer intensive audition, because I wanted something in my hair to help me stand out. I was so excited to wear it to class that evening. Sadly, it fell apart in my hair while I was dancing.I was disappointed in its lack of durability.
People may describe me as someone who loves to create. I love the arts, whether it is dancing, visual arts or creating something practical I can use. When my new purchase crumbled in my bun, I decided I could do better. I could make something more beautiful that could withstand hours of wear.
The Bun Blossoms tagline is, “Be Strong, Be Beautiful, Be You”. Just like the dancers we serve, Bun Blossoms are durable, strong, beautiful and unique. Bun Blossoms will endure the pressures dancers place upon their dancewear. This frees each artist to be themselves and dance beautifully, worry free about what might happen to their hair accessory while dancing. We want our customers to feel beautiful and confident when wearing Bun Blossoms. Our bun wraps allow each dancer’s to uniquely express themselves while auditioning in a sea of black leotards and tight buns. When wearing Bun Blossoms, you can add a touch of your personality with all the different colors and styles we offer. We love providing custom wraps and pins upon request.”
What’s unique about Bun Blossoms?
“Along with providing something beautiful for dancers, Bun Blossoms loves to give back to the community. My brother has special needs and our family understands the need of encouragement. We want to help put a smile on child’s face, and their parent’s. Thirty percent of Dancing For You Bun Blossoms’ profits go directly towards care box distribution to children with special needs. We teamed with @theofficial_dancingforyou on Instagram to do this.
Also, being a part of a special needs family, funds are often routed to medical needs. This leaves very little for dance. When I went on pointe four years ago, my parents told me I had to pay for half of my dancing expenses.
Birthdays and Christmas helped for awhile. Bun Blossoms is helping fund my shoes, competition expenses, and costumes. 100% of your purchase (not including Dancers Around the World & Dancing For You) helps me reach my dream of dancing with a national ballet company. Thank you! You can follow me, Hannah, on Instagram @hannah_wiedle. Thank you for your support!”
Can you describe the process?
“It is always fun to create a new Bun Blossom. I continually have design ideas come to mind. I love seeing colors pop when placed in just the right combinations. My mom and I team together, creating and sewing. Because we want our Bun Blossoms to survive the pit of the dance bag and daily classes, not just a performance, we provide extra measures to reinforce our flowers. Each flower is hand sewn, and again hand sewn into place on a durable ribbon. We take extra precautions to make sure our satin won’t fray by using a special heating process. After each Bun Blossoms is sewn together, we again do one more procedure to ensure it will stand the test of time by securing the back side. This is something we haven’t seen in other bun wraps. It takes extra time, but we want our product to last and our customers to love their Bun Blossom today and next year.”
What’s next for you:
“I just finished my 9th season dancing. It couldn’t have been better, as I performed under the directorship of Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler in Swan Lake and Giselle. I also performed in several Nutcrackers to over 4,500 people. One evening I took the role as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.That was so exciting!
I just returned home from training at the amazing Dallas Conservatory, on a full scholarship, with principal dancers from around the world. I can’t wait to finish part two of their summer intensive in August. In just a few days, I leave for The Harid Conservatory to receive a month of classical ballet training. I’m thankful for Harid’s scholarship as well. I have so much still to learn and develop. Next season, I’m looking forward to training with Katia Garza. The next couple years are critical for me to refine my dancing, as I aspire to perform with a leading national ballet company.”
Find Bun Blossoms next time you’re in DanceWear Corner’s Orlando Superstore.