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  2. Hazel

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    Was that the last group? Not us...what did she say?
  3. ExpatB

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    Is there anyone here from the 3-4 PM Friday group in London? My daughter said something really strange about it.
  4. ninamargaret

    Royal Opera: Ring Cycle

    wish I was like a late friend of mine, who had been to Bayreuth when it was relatively cheap and easy to go to. He said he never needed food when seeing The Ring- - it distracted from the music! Sorry, but I need something to keep my body and soul together! I notice that all the reservations for interval meals for cycle 2, which is mine, are all fully booked so Zizzi etc should do a roaring trade.
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  6. Ha ha copacabana is a bit of a give away and would almost certainly agree with him there!!
  7. Dancetaxidriver

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Thank you! Seems like some very knowledgeable people on here. 🙂
  8. Dancetaxidriver

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Ditto, and good luck to those still waiting.
  9. Terpsichore

    Powerhouse Ballet

    I am delighted to announce our second class. It will take place at the Dancehouse in Manchester on Saturday, 30 Sept 2018 between 13:30 and 15:00 and will be given by Mark Hindle of KNT Danceworks. Everyone who attended or registered for the last class or showed interest in Powerhouse Ballet will be invited back but we also hope to welcome dancers from Greater Manchester, Merseyside and other parts of the North. As before, there will be no charge for the class but registration through Eventbrite is essential is essential as we are limited to 25 dancers. Finally, as our proposal has been accepted, the moderators may wish to consider simplifying the name of the thread to "Powerhouse Ballet".
  10. Jan McNulty

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Hello DanceTaxiDriver and welcome to the Forum! I'm glad you taken the step to join after lurking.
  11. Danceforjoy

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    Yes a little tricky, but the ‘no’ was a first audition - and the ‘yes’ has had a ‘no’ before, so hopefully DD2 will bounce back quickly too and not be too disheartened.
  12. Farawaydancer

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    Oh no, that must be very tricky! 😳
  13. MAK

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Well still looking forward to meeting you @Dancetaxidriver 😄. Similarly, DD1 auditioned in Group 5 and has a place in Group 4. Good luck to all those waiting, hopefully the letters for the younger groups will arrive tomorrow!
  14. Dancetaxidriver

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    To clarify, audition group 4, offer for group 3 class.
  15. Silver

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Congratulations to you all who got a yes!! *watches letterbox* 😂😂
  16. MAK

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    We also have a yes for Group 4. Looking forward to meeting you 😊
  17. Frappé

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Hi Dancetaxidriver, my DD is also in Group 4. Hope it is good news for everyone else waiting for results.
  18. Diddydancer

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    Oh no 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳xxx
  19. Danceforjoy

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    We have one ‘yes’ and one ‘no’ here - mixed emotions in our house!
  20. Well, as I've been away for the early part of the SL run I came relatively late to it and saw 2 live performances and 2 cinema relays last week. Although I'm not at all an enthusiast for Swan Lake I was very taken with the new production and loved most of the sets and costumes. Might have preferred the lake to be a little less stark in Act 2 but thought the Act 3 set was amazing and was pleased it got a round of applause for the cinema broadcast. Even though I liked the previous swan dresses I thought the new swan tutus were fabulous and a big improvement. Just wished there were a few more higher up shots in the broadcast so the cinema audience could better appreciate them and the dance patterns created. When I was in the audience I deliberately sat in the amphi and had a great view of the tutus and patterns. The only costumes I really disliked were the 3 Neopolitan costumes for the princess and the dancers. I thought they were garish and out of place and reminded me of nothing more than a box of liquorice allsorts! I also thought the czardas costumes were rather drab and the men's boxy style in particular rather ugly and unflattering. However I thought all the other costumes splendid which is obviously a majority. I particularly liked the costumes for Siegfried's sisters in both acts; thought them very stylish with a lovely clinging line; very flattering and loved their choreography too which was perfectly executed, especially by Takada and Hayward. I didn't really struggle to see Vadim in his relatively dark costume either in performance or at the cinema and I attended 2 cinemas; the Odeon, Preston and (as neither of the Preston cinemas were showing the encore performances) the Vue, Southport. However, it might help to have something a shade lighter. See what people mean about Benno's Act 3 costume being rather Nutcrackerish but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of his performance. Especially enjoyed both Campell and Sambe in this role. Am a bit surprised there doesn't seem to be a mention of a dvd as I thought it would be a great money spinner but perhaps they are waiting for the revival in case anything significant is altered. if they do film a revival I do hope they have Vadim as Siegfried as I thought his performance terrific though it would be enhanced even more if he had more to do, especially in the first act. I especially loved the bit at the start of the cinema broadcast when the entire cast applauded his tours en l'air (I think that's what they're called). Last Monday I saw Naghdi/Kish. Was really blown away by Yasmine's interpretation. I thought it sheer perfection and I would have loved to see another performance by her. Just wish Mr O'Hare hadn't seem fit to split her up from Matthew as would have loved to see the 2 of them together; even better I would love to see her dance it with Vadim. they both have such beautiful lines and elegant port de bras and intelligent acting skills. It would have been real poetry in motion to see them together and I hope Mr O'Hare bears it in mind for future swan lakes or other classical ballets. Their styles would really complement each other and it would be interesting to see Vadim with another partner, wonderful though he and Marianella are together. Incidentally, I thought Marianella really terrific in the cinema broadcasts. Her artistry shone through and I loved the new Act 4 pas de deux. I thought Osipova/Ball gave a good performance but it didn't move me as much as the others did. I thought Osipova's port de bras really sensational; her arms rippled as if they were boneless giving a beautiful shimmering, gliding effect. Matthew gave an excellent performance and will obviously grow into the role. it's just by comparison with Vadim other Siegfried's seem to slightly pale by comparison; perhaps it is the advantage of all the close ups you get from the cinema. Also I wasn't too sure about the partnership in general. Others seemed to like it but it didn't work really for me. However, as I said I don't really like swan lake anyway so perhaps that has something to do with it. To change the subject rather, as the RB is seeing fit to record 2 Romeo and Juliets; one this summer for tv broadcast and the cinema broadcast next summer I hope they have the Naghdi/Ball partnership for one. I really regret not being able to see it first time around and I loved the pas de deux they did in the BBC Shakespeare programme. It would be great to see them do the full ballet and a fabulous tribute to the wonderful artists they've both become (Perhaps Hayward/Campbell for the other recording!) Just realised I haven't said anything about the ending of SL. I thought it ok and I was in amphi H and K and could see Odette's vision very clearly in both seats. Like many others I still think it would fit in better with the music to have Siegfried and Odette to somehow die and be reunited together and hoped this ending wasn't chosen just to be different to the previous production. However, I didn't dislike the ending; just thought it could be better.
  21. Dancetaxidriver

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Hello, I’m new here, though been lurking for a while... My DD got an offer, came in today’s post. She was in group 4 I think.
  22. Frappé

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    We received our letter today.
  23. Sheila Beelam

    Leotard advice (degas)

    Hi Shygirlsmum Degas Leo’s are cut for a dancer’s body shape Nice high legs, particularly style 9502. We are the UK stockist so do message me if you have any specific questions. You can view a wide range of them on our website and they also do lovely warm ups too. The lead time can be long if you want a specific style/size/colour that we don’t have in stock. Summer is the worst as the factory closes for the whole of August. I’m back in the shop on Thursday if you would like me to check stock on any particular leo Best Wishes sheila x
  24. Pups_mum

    News of non-dancing children.....

    Oh that's very kind of you meadowblythe. So far, things seem to be OK. The bullies have been spoken to by the head of year and my son's friend is currently being left alone. He and some other friends are keeping a careful eye on her though as they are not convinced of the sincerity of the bullies' apologies. But so far, so good. Thank you so much for asking.
  25. PetitJeté

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    Ah, really hope we don’t have to wait later than Wed! This is silly really, as they did say at the audition expect to hear early July, maybe end of June!
  26. Peanut68

    Fallen arches and ballet

    My DD was suffering from heel pain so we were advised to see a podiatrist. Well what a horrid experience that was! She basically told my then 9 year old to forget ever thinking about having a dance career as she had flat feet!!! Wow. She assessed gait & suggested taping arch in specific way which helped. But, talking of gut feelings.....mine was that problems only started when I bowed to pressure & allowed her fashionable Velcro fix shoes......these were Clarks but were so much flatter than her previous T-bar StartRite she'd always had & I had noticed a marked change in how she walked.....& I too get pain when shoes are very flat in style. The words were far more damaging than the shoes however! Pleased to say a return to better shape shoes improved things as did better & more training (in 4th year now of vocational training with ballet still the goal). Rolling in & not pulling up arches had perhaps not been picked up on in what before was just one recreational dancers class a week previously. Thankfully fashion has made Mary Jane style shoes cool....albeit they are clumpy DocMartens....but these have good arch support inside shoe as do good quality trainers that is DD's general casual footwear choice. Son is similarly 'flat footed'. This time I went the GP route.....well, very quickly referred to podiatrist (NOT same one I'm please to say) & orthotic insoles were quickly made. Huge improvement in walking, much faster at running, fewer incidents (in fact after a year, never happens when before it was almost daily) of twisted ankles. I got recommended 'go private' with DD...well, do research what's open to you. If funds allow, then as another poster has done, a special dance focus pilates or physio can only be beneficial I imagine...but they are growing developing children & quite likely vigilance in footwear, orthotic insoles if prescribed & a sense of how best to stand/exercise etc with good dance teachers will quite likely do much to improve health & welfare. Time enough for decisions as to suitability for training/careers! Feet are only one of many physical elements that make up all of us & are not the be all end all.....I do feel that in striving to get 'the perfect arch' some are taking it too far with trying to mould shape.....banana feet may appear amazing when they touch ground when pointed from legs flat, but rarely are they strong or good en pointe......ask anyone naturally blessed with this 'attribute'
  27. Anna C

    RB Promotions for 2018/19?

    Thumbs up to all of these.
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