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  2. Links – Monday April 22, 2019 Review - Australian Ballet, Verve, Sydney: Claudia Lawson, Fjord Review Review - Cunningham Centennial, Night of 100 Solos, London: Alexandra Gray, SeeingDance Preview - Deborah Colker, Dog Without Feathers, London: Lucinda Elliott, The Times
  3. No, but WNO's recent I Puritani used them as its setting. I thought it a little confused but I did like it. It originated with NI Opera and the director (Annilese Miskimmon) is from Belfast so presumably certain aspects of the staging were authentic.
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    The Ferryman?

    Perhaps as it’s not an opera? Interesting thought, though. Anyone know of any opera or music theatre set during the Troubles?
  6. Thank you everybody! This has been such a big help! Xxx
  7. She’ll be going into Grade 3 over the next few months. I think in the audition she felt that she could do with being more confident in a few more steps - she felt a bit out of her depth. It could be that she needs some more non-syllabus classes to enhance her RAD work.
  8. Thank you. I’ll have a look. We’re near Leeds but i’m considering all opportunities.
  9. I’ll have a look. We’re near Leeds so York is definitely an option.
  10. This will be Atlanta Ballet's 2nd time with Vespertine--I thought it looked fabulous on the company in 2017. They are premiering a new Scarlett to Glass's Violin concerto next week.
  11. Sounds good! I believe Bloch often work best for wider feet. But your DD will gradually figure out what works for her, with the help of her teachers. My DD went through 5 styles in 4 years without ever finding the perfect pair. We were told just to wear them round the house with socks at first so that the feet warm them up and they mould to the feet a bit better. But don't try any dancing at home in them to start with! Good luck with it!
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  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. 🤪
  16. But I do agree that an information campaign is the way ahead ....
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. ... 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.
  22. @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.
  23. I know it may be a bit 'outing' but people may have knowledge about the courses she is accepted to which may help you...
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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 +
  28. 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.
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