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  1. Truly blown away by the centenary gala production. I had high expectations but the exceptionally high standard of all the students totally surpassed them. Wow - amazing energy, choreography, costumes, music, staging & sheer talent !! Our DS loved every minute - a wonderful way to end his first year. Congratulations to everyone in the cast, crew & teaching staff . πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
  2. Sooooooo excited now - Saturday can't come quick enough, DS has been saying for weeks how good the show is.....(possibly a bit biased lol) Well done everyone πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
  3. Happy 100th Birthday to all past & present students and teachers of the Hammond - a truly wonderful school. Miss Irene Hammond would be so proud, I'm sure !!!
  4. Sarah - we will no doubt reach that stage when our non DD is quite happy for DS to pirouette-off to boarding school !! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ x
  5. Yes, you're so right Boogalou - we underestimated the affect not only on ourselves but more so on our 9yr old daughter. Bless her - she has steadily learnt how to cope but still finds it hard. This is balanced by how proud she is when she watches him dance. Yes, Pictures, I agree, the people who occasionally look down on the Hammond - more than likely will be unaware of the high standard of training given in all genres including classical ballet & the talent of the students being nurtured in a friendly, encouraging environment. The students I feel benefit from this approach. Our DS feels the training is constantly challenging & pushing him to improve ......but in a nice way !!😊
  6. ... well, I'd just like to say - wow !! How fast has this year gone ??only a few more weeks and our DS has finished his first year at the Hammond !! A few bumps in the road (who doesn't have these when starting a new school ?? - even more so with being a boarder at age 11 ) - but he's really found his feet & is loving the training ! He's changed - more confident & independent, more aware of the needs of others & more appreciative of us and his sister . The way his dancing, singing & acting skills have improved is so apparent even to us as parents with little knowledge & experience. Speaking for us as a couple (and every parent will have different views & experiences) - nothing really could have prepared us for our child leaving for boarding school at 11. Despite being incredibly lucky to attend such a school & knowing now that he's happy & flourishing - the other side of the coin is that when the original dust & euphoria settles - the feeling of simply missing our child was all-consuming for all of us !! Watching him dance and him feeling so happy & settled now at the school - for us is the tonic we needed as parents . Id like to thank all the parents/carers on the forum, but especially on this thread for the never-ending friendly support, information & guidance, all of which has really helped us through this last year.... πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ and to all new Hammond parents/carers who may be reading this with worries & questions etc ahead of September - I'm sure all the lovely people on this thread will be more than happy to help. It's a lovely school, with fantastic teachers !! πŸ˜„
  7. That's great, thanks Pictures 😊
  8. Don't suppose you know about the boys uniform pictures ? 😊 ......or anyone else in the know ! Thanks
  9. Very well said Jane !! ......... and I'm hoping everything was resolved for your DC in the end & he/she is now flourishing x
  10. ............yep, mine too please !! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  11. Balletmummy18 - sounds like a good plan to me and is probably the conclusion I would have come to !! Prestige isn't everything and if your DS remains unhappy ....... he will struggle to reach his full potential through no fault of his own, but through lack of support & nuturing from the school & this teacher in particular......and wouldn't that be a shame !! x
  12. Wigglybunny - we also found that when our DS started at vocational school, the subject of dance belts becomes a common subject of conversation amongst the boys, with older boys giving advice to the younger ones . Our DS found wearing his dance belts suddenly for much longer periods of time did cause him some problems - soreness etc. The houseparents have come across this problem many a time, were very sympathetic to DS and asked a couple of the older boys to have a chat with him . He then realised it's often something that improves with the right belt and simply becoming used to wearing them for longer. Sudocrem is very soothing !!!
  13. Watched Giselle last night with our DS ......... WOW !! Congratulations to all the Hammond students who performed brilliantly alongside the professionals & also to the staff at Hammond for staging such an amazing production. The standard of ballet training at the school is fabulous. Well done to everyone πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜„
  14. You can also Google "Dr Dancebelts Guide" . This is a website covering advice on every aspect of dance belts and you could get your DS to read through it. Basically dance belts are primarily for protection and appearance. Everything is packaged in a forward position, fairly tightly (but comfortably) to limit movement. Without a dance belt , during certain dance movements the testicles could become trapped/crushed between the thighs......very painful I would imagine. When putting a dance belt on, all the tackle should be positioned forward with the penis in an upright position (pointing towards the belly button) - swoop & scoop as they say. Fortunately our DS didn't seem embarrassed about any of this & fell about laughing the first time he donned one.....walking around more like a duck than a ballet dancer for a few minutes The first time he wore one in class - he announced to his teacher - if I dance "a bit funny" today Miss, it's because I'm wearing my new dance belt !!! - to which she replied - "don't worry I will let you off & well done for trying" . This of course caused much amusement, hilarity & intrigue amongst the girls, which DS just laughed off.....think he secretly liked the fact he now 'needed' to wear one Apologies if this contains a bit more detail than some would like, but I remember knowing very little at the time about such things, and often there aren't any older boys parents to ask at your own dance school. I'm glad our DS got used to wearing one before going to vocational school as its one less concern for them when everything else is new & challenging. Our DS is fine with them now, although glad to de-robe at the end of the day !! πŸ˜†
  15. Oh no Balletmummy, that sounds really awful & actually very shocking to me - I can truly understand the dilemma your faced with. I reckon personal happiness & the health of your DS is the most important thing here as .......how can his dancing be nurtured & improve if he is anxious and so unhappy ? Hopefully - a new ballet teacher next year may have a totally different approach & your DS will feel a lot more positive. If he were my DS, I'd keep a very close eye on how he's feeling, keep talking to him & if worst comes to worst, consider leaving the school & possibly apply to another vocational school if he wants to carry on with his training . I've always told our DS that whilst he is lucky to be attending such a school & must try hard to take full advantage of such an opportunity - his happiness comes first and above everything else. There are several examples here on the forum of children being unhappy at certain schools and once changed schools - loving it & their dancing going from strength to strength . X