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  2. Parents should (learn to) be highly suspect of questionable ‘selection’ methods and processes, yes?(!), what is a legitimate audition or not. It’s market economics (free enterprise transactions) you’re noticing at play: parents make demands on behalf of their kids; people (of varying ethics) oblige them and satisfy their needs by supplying the desired experience.(Where does fairness have to come into any of it?) Someone so-called seeking a professional career will injure themselves young; not a smart strategy. Maybe (hopefully) this gymnastification takeover you claim is taking place will be a passing fad. If paediatric or sports medicine practitioners identify an uptrend in dance injuries, then eventually studies will be made and recommendations implemented towards education and banning injurious practices, is another course that could ensue if the rising social costs (medical care) justify eliminating preventable injury. Or I suppose an injured dancer could sue their studio.
  3. not associate material here but both my girls were grade 2 ISTD at the start of year 5, I believe this is generally seen as roughly RAD grade 3 but from what I read online the associate classes aren't looking at what grade they are currently on but what potential they have and how they audition. My girls won't be dancers so just do 1hr of each of their dance styles but if she is serious about ballet then I would definitely try to get her up to 2hours a week.
  4. It was fun: we did it before Christmas. A very beginners barre and some not too challenging rep - one of the party dances from Nutcracker being the theme that day. We were in the Floral Hall. It’s light entertainment and the level varied from people who’d never danced to some pretty serious dancers. You’ll get one of the dancers teaching you and piano accompaniment and you can say you danced at the Royal Opera House in London on your CV. 🤪
  5. But I do agree that an information campaign is the way ahead ....
  6. To be honest, BeaverElliot, I'm not sure that the programs the RBS have in place for their students have any relevance to the children outside of their school. Especially so when selection for eg. their Summer and Easter intensives relies on photos. I think that a far fairer way of selection would be to include an element of free enchainement in auditions. Professional dancers need to be able to process, learn and produce sequences of dance positions quickly and under pressure. Hours spent perfecting one position or even one dance for a competition do not equate with the requirements of a professional career.
  7. I think it's been going on for some years now, in one form or another, although obviously not in its present location. Personally, I'd prefer the privacy of a studio, or somewhere more hidden away, rather than having people potentially hanging over the banisters watching you, but perhaps that's just me.
  8. This ABT health program... https://www.abt.org/training/teacher-training/national-training-curr/the-healthy-dancer/ has a book that can be ordered online... https://www.abt.org/explore/shop/#buyhealthydancer In both cases (RBS, ABT) a significant investment was committed to improving health and wellness outcomes for young dancers. The knowledge and expertise exists, but it isn’t distributed broadly (thus an information campaign is necessitated). There have been many books published about wellness for dancers, that are mainly geared to adults; but a few exist for juveniles too.
  9. Wonder if she'll be front page on the Daily Telegraph again tomorrow? They seem to have a bit of a "thing" for her in the same way they used to for Darcey Bussell. Wish I'd known this was on - I'd have liked to have gone. Congrats to the GB team.
  10. ... which is why I suggested that an educational campaign might be worth looking into, glissade. For if not the parents looking out for the interests of their kids, then whom? This program applies to students. https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/train/dancer-training/healthy-dancer-programme/ An information program for DPs could be conceived.
  11. @HowMuch!, If you live anywhere near the Manchester area and your DD is serious about ballet, take her to Centre Pointe in Denton (if you're not going already). If you want to keep her in the existing school, consider "The Pointe", which is like an associate programme, but it has Ballet, Contemporary and Classical Repertoire.
  12. I know it may be a bit 'outing' but people may have knowledge about the courses she is accepted to which may help you...
  13. I know this had a long run in London to great acclaim, and I finally saw it on B'way and ... I wasn't all that taken with it. https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-ferryman-style-over-substance-merce.html
  14. BeaverElliot :"It’s the dance parents’ responsibility to be well informed consumers of education and recreation services for their DD/DS. " You have made many valid points in the course of this thread, BeaverElliot - and thank you for that. However, I'm not convinced that parents have necessarily either the background or expertise to become the ideal "well-informed consumers" that you suggest they should be.
  15. I think it’s one of those things that teachers have OPINIONS on. My policy is do what I’m told by my teacher until I eventually work out what’s going on myself.
  16. I feel your pain , my youngest does gymnastics too and that is so very nearly the route she took but in the end she had to decide and chose dance, but she loves gymnastics and if she could do both that would be ideal ! Have you thought about English youth ballet? They are auditioning in York ( not sure if that’s do able for you?) age 8 +
  17. This is part of my pondering and floundering too! My youngest DD (6) has her gymnastics and ballet on Saturday mornings which makes it all a big head ache. I’ll investigate them all and see which we can still audition for, and then see what we think.
  18. I can’t even think about it! Hasn’t sunk in that eldest and got into the CAT scheme yet, will be a lot of journeys to and fro on a Saturday of youngest is successful 😬
  19. I can’t even think about it! Hasn’t fully sunk in that the oldest is joining the CAT scheme yet, will be a lot of journeys to and fro on a Saturday if youngest is successful 😬
  20. DDs teacher says NOT to 'break in' your first pointe shoes, because until you dance in them, you don't know how they feel/should feel. They should have been correctly fitted and will be fine to dance in as they are. If they need to soften too much, then you should have been fitted with a 'softer' ( not sure If that is the technical term! ) shank. DD liked the firmer shank, but the fitter and DDs teacher said a firmer shank would do all the work for her, and she needed to learn it for herself and then she could have a firmer shank. DD has not done anything other than dance in her shoes/ or practice exercises at the bar. She was also encouraged NOT to wear them around the house etc as that can apparently shorten the life of the Pointe shoe. I know nothing particuarly about pointe shoes, just what we have been advised.
  21. I recently came across the RB’s program offering; would love to hear what people’s first hand impressions and experiences have been like from attending same... for how long has the program been offered; what level of dancers turn out (pun intended!); likes and dislikes, pros and cons, benefits, worthwhile? Would you recommend attending (why / why not)? (I did search to try to locate any earlier related threads but came up empty handed. Pls refer or redirect me to any relevant posts, thank you long time forumers!) http://london.eventful.com/events/dance-royal-ballet-/E0-001-117224417-4@2019050314
  22. Good luck with your logistics if you end up with one dd at Northern and one at York Tinks! Both great schemes though, with wonderful teachers.
  23. If she wants to study dance / MT and not classical ballet there is no rush to go at 16 and I would definitely wait and try again to get an offer from one of her top choices before settling for second best. Some of the top MT colleges don’t even accept under 18s. If she starts the level 3 course she could still audition for a couple of her top choices next year (assuming that they take under 18s), and then quit the BTEC half way through if she gets in.
  24. Hurrah! congrats on the approving looks. They are hard work to earn. I've never thought about the length of her combinations, but I suppose I'm used to more advanced classes. Also, I think her centre is simpler than her barre - I don't know if you found this? THe allegro is pretty basic, and adage also - often her class is quite crowded so that also limits what she sets. Thanks for reporting back - I often recommend Ms Frost as one of the best London teachers for adult students, so it's interesting to hear other people's views. One of these days, try Renato Paroni's class =- you might find you enjoy his teaching style. And I leave his classes sooooo turned out ... I'd be really interested to hear your views on his classes.
  25. Anecdotal ‘evidence’ seems to suggest that acro tricks are on the rise, as is the frequency of hyperextension imagery. So we’re seeing and hearing about this a lot more lately, whatever this fad implies. Children being impressionable, adults (parents and teachers) need to be well informed and guide wisely, as with many aspects of online culture and physical training. Dance training and competing are not really regulated or policed for safety per se, whereas for youth sports training and competing, safety standards do apply, so far as I am aware. There may well be best practices, leading practices and good practices for dance safety (along with practical common sense, which sometimes isn’t so common), but adoption and adherence to same are purely voluntary, with no sanctions for non compliance, aren’t they? Are competitions generally business, profit-making ventures? Some people are receiving pay to organize them? Is it now time to consider instituting specific safety regulations for juvenile training and competition beyond what already occurs (e.g. RAD)? Establishing evidence-based standards; certifying and licensing teachers with mandatory safety education; auditing and whistle blowing? Financing the overhead (by all dance parent consumers) to cover the costs of administering such a scheme? Should dance parents be advocating for such reforms because of all the perceived harm, scattered, expressed concerns and any reported incidences? It’s the dance parents’ responsibility to be well informed consumers of education and recreation services for their DD/DS. Perhaps an educational campaign would be helpful. The more responsible parents would make the effort (or are already doing so) while the less responsible ones would continue to make poor decisions affecting their children. It’s the group of ‘undecideds’ in the ‘middle’ who might be persuaded to choose more wisely than not.
  26. Brilliant, thank you! My DD is very excited to audition, we have found them so helpful and professional so far. Fingers crossed!!
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