Nana Lily

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  1. We will be visiting New York this August, I have looked at the ABT and NYC Ballet websites and I am unable to find performances during August. Are there any visiting companies in New York City during August? Desperately hoping there are this will be our once in a lifetime visit and we would love to see a great ballet.
  2. I would like to draw attention to the announcement on the web site that the two Central students were selected following a weekend of auditions.... so a competitive scenario for their associate appointments! https://www.facebook.com/MBNewAdventures/?fref=ts
  3. RBS have associations with Royal Ballet Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet, Elmhurst have associations with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Tring have students have opportunities with ENB, ENBS have associations with ENB, RCS have associations with Scottish Ballet. Rambert School students get opportunities with Rambert Company. How wonderful that Central now have an association for the grad year with Matthew Bourne. Any additional collaboration for our Upper Schools is positive. Mathew Bourne has regular open auditions for the Company and will take the best dancers for professional contracts irrespective of where they have trained.
  4. Interesting question as Elmhurst is a high level Upper School ????. However 'yes' they do. Last year and this year places were offered at RBS, ENBS, Central and Rambert and Tring. You will have seen from other information that it has been the same for Tring. Ultimately the dance training is excellent in both schools. The environment differs for reasons mentioned, broader curriculum other genres, larger/smaller numbers, differing boarding environment, distance from home etc. I had two DD's at Elmhurst, one thrived, the other didn't, but a change of vocational school resulted in a much happier child. Both have/are entering top Upper Schools. Get back to the schools, have discussions, work out where you feel which environment will be best for your child and also listen to what they feel. Most importantly if it isn't working don't be afraid to address... It's your precious DC, clearly very talented to be offered two MDS places. Good luck and let us know what you decide. NL Apologies should have mentioned edited as from my phone
  5. It was very lovely to see the Associates during the Friday evening performances, so young and yet so composed and beautifully delivered, ages just 8 to 11. Really lovely to see them included this year X
  6. How could I forget the 'Flamenco'!!!! Three sections, two very traditional, but different styles, one by year 13 the other year 11, then the third an Asian/Spanish fusion, all with live guitar, percussion, vocals. Very lucky students to have access to these musicians and choreography. Additionally in Elite Syncopations the on stage musicians were students from the Birmingham Conservatoire and should be congratulated by their phenomenally professional performance. My friend is a musician and especially commended the trombone. edited for spelling
  7. I will state up front that my daughter is in year 11 at Elmhurst and is now moving to another school for the final years of her training and my elder daughter also attended Elmhurst from Associates to end of year 9 before moving to another vocational school. The Summer Syncopations show of 2016 was in three Acts. Act 1 was Elite Syncopations by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and delightfully delivered by two different casts over three performances. Hardly 'poor choreography', additionally the grads performed Paquita by Marius Peptipa, which was delightful on all three performances. Other ballets were choreographed by Elmhurst staff, all high regarded ex professional classical ballet dancers and very experienced teachers and choreographers and I really enjoyed all the classical pieces. In the past I have felt that the 'jazz' numbers haven't always been 'up there' however this year they were exciting and well executed with choreography from Sarah Moore for the grads and the year 7's, all very age appropriate. As always Miss Lewin choreographed a delightful folk/character dance for the year 8's enstiling strong national dancing in the young dancers vocabulary with a wonderful Mazurka to Paquita.This year saw the contemporary programme strengthen with pieces from teacher Jenny MacNamara, and guest choreographers Becca Thomas, Hannah Lockyer, and James Rooney, you can google them to see their excellent credentials. How could I forget the 'Flamenco'!!!! Three sections, two very traditional, but different styles, one by year 13 the other year 11, then the third an Asian/Spanish fusion, all with live guitar, percussion, vocals. Very lucky students to have access to these musicians and choreography. Additionally in Elite Syncopations the on stage musicians were students from the Birmingham Conservatoire and should be congratulated by their phenomenally professional performance. My friend is a musician and especially commended the trombone. The performances were ended with the wonderful Grande Defile. Nana lily
  8. There is a fabulous programme which can help all children with self esteem, instilling kindness and coping mechanisms if experiencing bulling type behaviours. It's called Bucket Filling or a Bucket Full of Happiness. If they are experiencing negative behaviours from others there are coping mechanisms for 'keeping a lid on your bucket' to keep the happiness in.... Some corporations use this too and it is used by schools on the US. http://bucketfillers101.com/free-resources.php Hope this helps NL
  9. I agree with Frogsmum this is an excellent book. It is recommended reading at my eldest DD vocational upper school. I have found it extremely useful for myself also having (and continuing to) go through a major change in my own fitness, strength and lifestyle changes.
  10. Kate N 'One of the professional performers in my family has made a very good career outside of the UK, in spite of training here.' Are you questioning the quality of your relatives UK training? Or are you saying that although he/she trained in the UK was able to gain employment internationally?
  11. The same could be said for the British Ballet Schools too.. Post 16 training when reading the names on the school programmes there are a great many names who aren't British. All these schools have tax payers funding which in the case of DADA funding is for any European national where the parental income is £90k or below. While also these schools rely on 'self funding' pupils (British and International) to survive there is clearly a mix places awarded to pure talent (can pay or not), talent who can pay (international or British) and those with talent who don't qualify for DADA, (but can't afford to pay) and those who qualify for DADA ( but can't afford the accommodation) and those with talent who qualify for DADA and are on low incomes so get extra help for accommodation but still often can't afford accommodation.) do I need to say more? It's now a numbers game if you end up affording to go to vocational school with funding. It's no longer based on talent alone. Schools in Europe in general are free (not neccessrily accommodation) but this isn't the case with Brutish Upper Schools so this undoubtedifly filters through to companies
  12. Hello Plie22 and welcome to the forum! Can't help you with classes in your area however have you taken a look at this website? http://www.davetriesballet.com/ We have followed Dave's journey and I am sure there will be information and encouragement on his website/blog Good luck and let us know how you get on.l Nana
  13. They took a more than 7 non Elmhurst students into the current 6.1 year group. I just took a look at the program for the recent prelims for the solos competition and there are 9 girls and 1 boy who weren't at lower school in year 11. This list wasn't the full year group either as some students didn't dance due to injury. Last year there were over 60 students at the final. I don't recall from our meetings how many students they said they will take to finals. if you have all the requirements they are looking for you will be offered a finals audition, they don't limit the numbers, those decisions aren't made until finals when they have to make choices due to bed numbers and funding. good luck everyone
  14. We have a piano which is no longer played. It is a steel frame. In need of tuning. Free to good home. Collect from Prestbury, Cheshire.
  15. As the teacher of your student you will have access to your students associate teachers and with RBS JA's you are invited to watch the class and enter into discussion, so why not take up this opportunity and ask the question first hand? As a dance teacher you have clearly been successful, what route did you take? Good luck to your student he/she clearly has potential to be accepted onto both associate programs.