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    Make up at Upper schools

    Dd is 6th form Elmhurst and only wears light make up, powder and mascara, some wear more but it is a personal preference thing not a rule. Dd went bare faced one day and the ballet teacher thought she was ill 🤢
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    I have a cynical hat on too 😊 It makes more sense to me that RBS would choose to conduct international auditions instead of attending YAGP for example as those children have not paid RBS for the privilege of being considered for the school. At, is it £60 a go now for the audition, it’s a real income generator. Im going to keep my hat on today 😂
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    It has been the toughest decision 😓 but Dd has decided to stay at Elmhurst. Harid is a wonderful school and it was an amazing opportunity but it came with risks. We truly wish that we had discovered the school a few years ago when Dd was younger and not fast approaching grad year 😬 We are so grateful that YAGP gave her the opportunity to experience training elsewhere in the world. I would 100% recommend it, the masterclasses, performance opportunities and friendships that have come from this journey are wonderful. And Dd got to dance at the Lincoln Centre ♥️ Thank you all for your advice and experiences, it was very much appreciated.
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    We hope that she will get a contract with a ballet company 🤞 Entering YAGP has given us a glimpse into the global world of ballet and the competition that our UK students are up against. We have Ds graduating first so we will hopefully be better prepared and informed the second time round. X
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    The US school is tuition fee free. There is a cost for boarding but they offer financial aid testing and unlike the UK DaDa they take your outgoings into account. It would actually work out cheaper to send her to the US even with medical insurance and flights 3 times a year. I have a Ds on a DaDa too and the system allows no extra support for two 😢 Both schools have pros and cons, we just want to make the right choice that will give her the best chance of getting a job at the completion of her training x
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    Thank you I will have a look x
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    Dd is 17 and has been in a uk vocational school for 6 years. She has 2 years to go and is on a DaDa, which we would have to pay a terms notice on if she were to leave. Students at the US school graduate at 18 and secure contracts with ballet companies, studio companies and apprenticeships. But they are US citizens and do not require a full visa. Dd is 50/50. She doesn’t want to regret not taking this opportunity but knows that it comes with risks. She would start in 4 weeks time so there isn’t a lot of time to mull it over. Do you have any experience of jobs post US training for British students ? X
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    UK v’s US. Help !

    Dd has been offered a scholarship to a ballet school in the US. She has just returned from an intensive there after winning the opportunity at YAGP finals. It was an amazing experience. The Vaganova style was tricky at first but she has warmed to it. After 6 years at a British ballet school we are in a quandary as to whether she should accept. Has anyone had any experience of training in the US and whether British students go on to secure employment there, visa problems etc. Thank you x
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    Ballet skirts

    Dd has skits by Love Lily and Designed by Alice x
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    Vocational schools GCSE results

    Elmhurst last year was by phone. The pupil rang the school x
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    Travel to and from vocational school

    Elmhurst book taxis on account to Birmingham New Street for children travelling together. There are little possies of them going in all directions. I have two DCs in sixth form who lookout for the younger ones travelling from the southwest. Dd started in year 7 but didn’t start using the train until year 8. We found it was too far to travel home after a Saturday RAD class to return on Sunday so we only got to see her every 3 weeks unless you go up and take them out for the day. It’s painful but you get used to it 😬
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    European schools and intensives advice

    Have you considered YAGP ? Most of the European schools artistic directors are present and there is an opportunity to gain short term scholarships or summer intensives to their schools. It is excellent performance experience too and a fantastic opportunity to be taught by the AD and dance with international students. My dd had an amazing time and has made some lovely friends. Paris and Scilly I think this November !!
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    Student benefits for 16 year olds

    I have had no problems with family allowance payments as both my dc took A levels and are under 19. It stops at grad year as they are only completing the Diploma then. Speak to Rachel at Elm xx
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    British training at Lower and Upper Schools

    Dds British school has not prepared her for the competition. Not one private coaching class. Just her normal training and the solo she danced in her school competition. She hasn’t done bad on that though 😂
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    British training at Lower and Upper Schools

    My dd won a scholarship to attend the YAGP semi final in Paris last November from the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Florence. We had only heard of it from the documentary 𝙵irst Position. She went for the performance experience and is now one of only 3 UK girls attending the finals in New York in 3 weeks time. The final list of competitors came out yesterday. This will be Dds third international competition outing. It has been an amazing experience dancing with others from all over the world in masterclasses. Very expensive though 😓
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