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  1. Karen Hardy, Camilla Dallerup and Oti (don't know surname) are the 3 ladies I keep hearing being mentioned as being in the running for it. All 3 infinitely better than Cheryl.
  2. Juts to clarify, when you speak of all rounder you are talking about dance/singing/acting ie musical theatre as opposed to all rounder in dance genres with a strong focus on ballet as opposed to a qualification in classical? I ask because there are 2 level 6 Trinity diplomas out there - one for musical theatre and one for professional dance. It may help you to look at the actual qualifications and how they are assessed as the balance/emphasis put on dance genres and the singing/acting components does vary according to the course. Using Hammond as an example, as they offer both qualifications, - the first year is common to both courses but 2nd and 3rd years the MT students will do far less ballet as their hours of vocal and acting classes are increased whereas the hours of ballet and contemporary in particular are increased from 1st year for the students on the dance course. They will still do an acting and vocal class each week but it is dominantly dance genres.https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=270
  3. sorry to hear of your troubles Fiz, I hope you are soon recovered - both cough and cold and your knee. I quite agree that some receptionists seem to think they know it all and some are just unhelpful. DD2 had surgery recently and took a letter from the hospital home with her to get an appointment at her doctors practice for stitches to be removed 2 weeks later. Not only did she have to battle to get an appointment in the first place - earliest they gave her was 2 days past the 2 weeks - but then they texted her 2 hours before said appointment and cancelled it - no explanation or alternative appointment. So another phone call - another 3 weeks they said - luckily DD persisted and they managed to get her an appointment at a partner practice for the next day - I say luckily because the skin had already healed over the knots! oh and lets not forget that this partner practice was not in DD's university town but in an outlying village and as a student with no car it was not easy to get to (multiple buses in an area she did not know) I could also add my own experience at our local practice - rang up for blood test results as requested and receptionist told me all normal, no need to see the doctor. I already had a follow up appointment with him as tests were part of an ongoing investigation - blood test results were far from normal and he was really cross the receptionist had told me not to go back. I doubt it was just down to that incident but she didn't work there much longer
  4. I'm so sorry to hear of your accident and wish you all the best for your recovery. My first thought was an aloe vera gel but given your sensitivity to smell as well I wonder if you would be wize to use something like Vaseline. My DD has just had minor surgery and Vaseline is what the hospital recommended for her to use on the affected skin as a gentle moisturizer and to help healing with the exact same instruction of 'gentle massage'
  5. Thank you for this. My DD was until last week in one of those teams so it was interesting to see what it was all about and how the costumes turned out. She was gutted to have to drop out for medical reasons.
  6. My DD is a professional dancer (as opposed to professional ballet dancer) and currently works on cruise ships where she does contemporary, ballet and tap as well as more commercial routines and musical theatre roles. A lot of colleges offer the level 6 diploma in professional dance as opposed to a qualification in classical ballet - not being suitable for/wishing to go down the classical ballet route does not necessarily mean the alternative has to be musical theatre. Apart from the west end and cruise ships there does tend to be quite a wide range for dancers . You've touched upon west end and theatre shows , cruise ships, Disney and ballet/contemporary companies but there are also a lot of positions for dancers with hotels, holiday parks, theme parks - both UK and abroad, regional and touring dance or theatre shows. Some agencies specialise in dancers and being signed up can also mean opportunities for TV work, live shows, commercials etc. DD has friends quite literally all over the world - dancing in resorts in the Caribbean, in Europe, theme park shows in Japan, holiday parks in the UK, various cruise ships, appearing on TV and in films. The future for a dancer is always going to be uncertain as it always depends on the next audition, lots of contracts are temporary ranging from a few months to a couple of years. But first you need to get that training in. MoveIt is a good idea, although not all colleges participate (very expensive). Another one to keep an eye out for is the CDMT careers conference. There are workshops for your DD and you get to meet representatives from various colleges for talks and questions and both get to watch some performances from current students of schools taking part.https://cdmt.org.uk/advocacy/cdmt-careers-conference
  7. Parent and chaperone for local dance school, rather than teacher. The dance teacher would send a letter home with each child well in advance, advising that the intention was to put on show X and give the dates and saying that they would love each child to be able to perform in x no of shows. They split the children according to which class session they were in - ie Saturday or Wednesday class for example so that younger children were still dancing with their friends - but also taking into account siblings. It sort of depends how many performances you are having for if you divide up all grades. We typically have 5 or 6 whole school performances so the lowest grades (with the biggest numbers) had 3 groups (2 or 3 performances each), middle and senior grades had 2 groups although seniors dance in all performances and alternate casts for lead roles. A letter would again go home with each child to advise parents which group - A,B,C etc their child would perform in and a letter on the noticeboard giving details of show dates, times, performances with the reminder to check that the letter re performance groups had been recieved
  8. have you considered the Hammond in Chester? I believe they have just added an extra audition day. Its a level 6 diploma in either Professional Dance or Musical Theatre but with a common first year but you also have the options of 2 A levels alongside the diploma. You could also look at KS Dance or Preston College in terms of dance and teaching.
  9. Cruise ship auditions are indeed crazy - - my DD was once number 497 in a closed cruise ship audition, open auditions usually attract a lot more. I would echo the advice to get yourself some headshots and a showreel done. The showreel you should be able to do yourself and while you are still at college is a good idea if you are able to enlist someone's help to show some partner work. Have a look on you tube for some examples of dance showreels - both good and bad. Your best option is probably still to get further training if you are able to. I don't think your age is an issue - DD had a 22 and a 23 year old at college in her year when she started.I suspect you may be a little lost out there competing for jobs with the hundreds if not thousands of dancers graduating this year from level 6 and degree courses as well as graduates from previous years looking for the next opportunity. Though the good news is that it all does come down to how you perform on audition day and I do personally know of one girl who dances professionally having sought work after a level 3 course and another who sought and found work after completing a foundation year only at one of the big colleges. Neither of them went directly into dance though. Both went to work for holiday companies - one as a entertainment host (cant remember who with) and the other as a kids entertainment host with Thomas Cook. The latter involved duties with the kids club and helping them put on shows but also gave the opportunity of performing herself a few times a week. Similar are probably places like Siblu, Haven, Pontins, John Fowler - all places where the role is multi functional and performing may be only a small part. Disney too, I know of a couple of people who started out as parade characters but once there there have been more opportunities to audition internally for dance roles in various on site shows. The two I mentioned initially - one is know a dancer in a showteam for a hotel complex in the Caribbean - after a couple of years working as a host, the other is still with Thomas Cook - does April-Oct abroad and then panto. I think you need to have a really good look at what your options are and see if you can find your plan A, B, C etc. And just remember, even if you go straight into doing a teaching course, there are still plenty of performance opportunities out there for 'amateur' adult dancers. Even going back to university to do something totally unrelated does not mean giving up dance. My DD dances 4 evenings a week (opted out of another 2) and is doing the university competition team, showcases and end of year show as well. Good luck
  10. There are a few junior companies out there, liked Dutch National . There is one in Geneva too and there was one in northern France, though I think that one may have folded. Link below gives a couple of details for a couple auditioning soon and is a good site to keep a watch on. https://www.networkdance.com/ballet-auditions
  11. Adding incompetency of companies to room 101. Received a strongly worded letter threatening to take us to court for failing to settle a bill from November - from a company linked to the police promising 'sensitive and caring assistance to victims of crime'. They were the company police called in to emergency board up our patio doors when we were burgled on holiday. This letter was received despite us paying on time and already responding to 2 letters accusing us of non-payment - each time being told 'oh yes, sorry we can see you have paid already, no further action required' Talk about adding extra stress to an already distressing situation.
  12. I think the presumption that it was HRH's fault is probably down to the reports of him saying that the sun had blinded him when he pulled out and the fact that the other car had right of way. In terms of the woman making all these complaints - I believe this was the passenger of the other car involved in the accident, the one who broke her wrist and not the driver so the insurance situation is probably nothing to do with her (unless it was her car and another driver on her policy was behind the wheel)
  13. When required heights are included in ballet company auditions, the range is usually higher for European companies - especially German who seem to ask for min 5'5" - so it does not surprise me that European schools also look at heights - especially if it was a German school you were applying to. Not sure the same would be true of UK schools. I can tell you I do know of a dancer who I think was just under 5' who got accepted for vocational training at16. I know the acceptance letter she posted on facebook included a note about her height - along the lines of they did not know if she would be able to dance professionally after graduation if she did not grow further. Not sure how many offers she got - she went to KS Dance in the end I think. In terms of dance rather than specifically ballet, since she graduated nearly 4 years ago my DD has worked with many female dancers around the 5'2" . Many of the post 16 diploma courses in the UK are actually the level 6 in professional dance (or in musical theatre) - the backbone of which is classical ballet - and most if not all the smaller dancers DD has worked with have gone down this route. note- my DD is not with a ballet company - she is self employed and has covered many dance styles in various contracts
  14. Another few places for you to keep an eye for supplementing your son's dance training RAD - couple of boys only days coming up in January and April. If the Associates scheme starts again, that has a monthly boys class in Birmingham plus a mixed class on the same day. Birmingham Royal Ballet - offer repertoire days and sometimes Insight days - these days are themed around current repertoire but our experience was that after a general class for all, boys were often then taught separately by one of the male company dancers. Chantry Dance in Grantham - offer associate classes The Hammond has a boys day of dance coming up as well - usually very well attended and a good chance for your son to see where he is compared to his peers
  15. I used to have the same issue with my DD for jazz pants - same sort of size. The capezio Adult XS are about 22-24" inch waist but inside leg of 30". I know I had to go adult sizing to get the small waist for my DDs as they grew - Adult XS is more size 6
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