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  2. Balletmum55

    Beginning to panic now!

    Sending love to both @Picturesinthefirelightand To you @Snowflake xxxx hope your husbands both get some answers soon xxx And fingers crossed for your lovely dd pictures, what a stressful time she must have had xx
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  4. Richard LH

    Miko Fogarty

    Kate I don't think any comments here have been unduly personal, nor that anything been said that these highly talented ladies would find offensive, were they to read it. In giving public interviews about their career choices, and being people that have a public persona, they would not be surprised to find a degree of subsequent discussion.
  5. invisiblecircus

    Miko Fogarty

    I think Miko Fogarty and Claudia Dean's situations are very different and can't really be compared. I hear what people are saying about the possible difficulties with "just" being in the corps when you're used to being in the spotlight and performing solos, but aside from that, you need a very different mindset to rehearse and compete than you do to rehearse and perform (in the corps or otherwise.) Everyone is doing class every day, but when you're on the competition circuit, that one perfect performance is your goal. Before I went to vocational school, I did and then coached gymnastics. the kind of mentality, focus and drive needed to compete in gymnastics is akin to that needed for ballet competitions, but life in a company is very different. When you're performing night after night, it's a different kind of thrill. I often think this about dancers who compete a lot. I'm not suggesting that's what happened to Miko, in fact, with her I would not be surprised if it's just a case of being so immersed in ballet from such a young age that she simply didn't have time to discover what else is out there.
  6. Legseleven

    Claudia Dean's thoughts on when to go full time

    I was interested that Claudia Dean refers to having spoken to friends who went through White Lodge and suggests that that type of vocational school is not what she is discussing as there is a balance of academics and dance. It does seem to be the US/Aus/NZ system of extremely concentrated coaching and online schooling that comes under fire from her if started before 15. (At least that was my impression, which may of course be quite wrong.)
  7. Rob S

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    If you can get the pages to load it appears to be very useful re the ballet reviews
  8. Thanks @Sheila Beelam this sounds really good 💕 I am ordering dd some now ! Thank you so much for your help & advice Xxx
  9. Snowflake

    Beginning to panic now!

    Thank you @Harwel 💕 Keep me posted via DM @Picturesinthefirelight sending virtual hugs - Xxx
  10. We'll make an Ashton fan out of you yet
  11. It is lovely, especially as I've never seen Monotones. Watson, Nunez and??????
  12. 2 x stall seat at the London Coliseum on Saturday 25th August for the 730 pm performance. Cost £200 for the 2 tickets. Will sell For £100... please contact me if interested. Seats are are sitting together near front of stage H15 and H16
  13. Harwel

    Beginning to panic now!

    So sorry to hear about your Dh’s Health troubles @Picturesinthefirelight And @Snowflake. What a very worrying time for you, hope you get answers soon and both are on the mend very quickly as a result.
  14. Richard LH

    Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray Releases

    I have found an interesting US site https://www.hdvdarts.com/ https://www.hdvdarts.com/best-ballet-dance-blu-rays that reviews what is available for home viewing (also opera) and gives quite detailed technical critiques of the recordings and their visual quality, camera angles and sound (and includes many screen shots), as well as the author's views on the actual productions (dancing, sets, costumes, music etc). The latter aspects are of course a matter of taste and opinion but the technical comments in particular look pretty useful in helping buying decisions. With 123 ballet recordings listed I could spend quite a lot of time on this site!
  15. Picturesinthefirelight

    Beginning to panic now!

    It seems our dh's are following a similar path. Dh has just texted. He's got to go for a lumbar puncture apparently.
  16. The annual critics’ survey of the German dance magazine tanz yielded the following results: best productions: "Grand Finale" by Hofesh Shechter and "Formosa" by Lin Hwai-min with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre best choreographer: Crystal Pite best female dancer: Polina Semionova best male dancer: Trajal Harrell (a voguing specialist) no company of the year was chosen, as too many were nominated
  17. Years ago - at least, they always said it was.
  18. They do list a group of dancers early in the year - if memory serves - but it is certainly nothing to count on. The list I've found even can change between the time you see the it when you get into the theatre and when the curtains actually go up They don't list rep in advance in my experience - I think because they probably don't know themselves until very close to the performance date what exactly is coming down the pike. That said it does give London audiences a fleeting glimpse at some Europoean and - very occasionally - North American dancers they might not otherwise have an opportunity to see unless they travel so in that way it is valuable.
  19. I agree with you Lizbie1. I also think Monotones is beautiful and full of soul - something which I find is missing from most of MacGregor's work. Woolf Works is a possible exception.
  20. Yrosered

    National Youth Ballet Final Auditions 2018

    Sorry, only just seen this! She's 14 otherwise that would have been lovely. She decided against in the end which I think is a real shame, but I believe she's been helping other people out with theirs and cracking on with some GCSE homework as well which is less fun but sadly necessary!
  21. Fiz

    Beginning to panic now!

    Wishing your poor husbands better very soon, Pictures and Snowflake. x
  22. Piepie

    Claudia Dean's thoughts on when to go full time

    Wow, this video has made me feel better about myself and the decisions that we made!! I took my dd out of Elmhurst in year 8 for a number of reasons, and posts like this make me even more certain that we did the right thing. The lovely Errol Pickford also supported us, as he thought that experiencing other sports and a normal life was very important too. I have always wondered what happens to those that start in year 7, how many of them go on to become dancers? Would be an interesting piece of research to interview some older people who have gone through the system and see how they think it affected their lives.
  23. Picturesinthefirelight

    Beginning to panic now!

    JS has promised that she will get the relevant person to contact us ASAP. She says they will do their utmost for dd and that she will not be let down.
  24. Pups_mum

    Beginning to panic now!

    Sorry to hear this news. I hope your husband's health improves soon. Would it be worth asking the school if they could squeeze your DD into the boarding house, even if just for a few weeks to buy you a bit of time? You would think that under the circumstances they would be a bit more supportive. Hopefully it's only a short term problem and things return to normal soon.
  25. Picturesinthefirelight

    Help with Funding

    I know someone who was funded through Redroofs by the Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation. There are strict family income criteria but Charlotte was a young girl who was in Billy Elliot and tragically killed in a road accident. Her parents set up the foundation to help young performers.
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