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  1. Well, it's goodbye from me... and goodbye from her

    Thank you so much everyone And Petal... Both. One on each leg
  2. The time has finally come for me to bid you all farewell and bon voyage. As a few of you already know, my dd's adventures in dance came to an abrupt end a few months ago. Due largely (but not wholly) to continuing troubles with a persistent injury, dd decided that a career in professional dance was not for her and so left vocational training to pursue another path. (I shan't go into the whole protracted saga on here as that is her story to tell, as I am sure you will understand). Before I depart, I would like to say a huge thank you to the moderators, without whom the forum would not be the place it is, and very best wishes to all those who are embarking on their own journeys, whether just starting out, in training, or soon-to-be and recent graduates. Massive hugs to all the lovely friends we have made, both on here and in real life - we miss you loads. I might pop back now and again to see what's happening - my life won't be the same without logging on to balletco otherwise! TTFN
  3. Well that's it. I'm done here. Bye.
  4. Yes, the dancers have heard it all before. Thousands of times. But that doesn't make it right. They are constantly being judged; continually made painfully aware of their shortcomings every single minute of every day, whether at dance school, at work in the studio, rehearsing, performing, wherever. They are rarely, if ever, happy with their own performance, and no wonder.
  5. Are you the parent of a dancer, penelope? Because I am. My view is that if you wouldn't feel comfortable criticising someone face-to-face, then don't hide behind an anonymous forum to say it either. Theatrical reviews are one thing, but unkind remarks from internet randoms are something else. Yes, the forum is dedicated to ballet, but ballet would not exist without the dancers, would it?
  6. Posh is as posh does

    Amazing how you are so knowledgeable about every single thing. I can't help wondering why you aren't running the country.
  7. A good friend of mine is the mother of a dancer who is mentioned with increasing regularity in various threads on this forum. Before posting, perhaps it is worth bearing in mind whether one would criticise a dancer's performance to them (or their mum) face-to-face. If it would cause upset or offence, then perhaps any comments might be re-worded in a more tactful way. Criticism can be a positive thing, but it can also be extremely hurtful and taken to heart.
  8. Posh is as posh does

    My brother-in-law and sister-in-law (both teachers - one state, one private) say it's down to the individual LEA as to where the money goes. Academy schools have to balance their own books, and are obliged to concentrate on essentials (core subjects) so they have to prioritise and would struggle to fund anything else.
  9. Good Luck/Audition results 2018

    For upper school I don't think so - mainly because they have so many international applicants anyway, whose schooling will have been different.
  10. Posh is as posh does

    Who did they ask, I wonder? When 7% of the respondents can't even make their mind up about bingo,it doesn't bode well.
  11. Discovering Repertoire Programme

    As far as I'm aware from having read the specification, you choose to be examined in either the male or female syllabus, whichever you prefer. I don't believe you can chop and change between syllabi during the examination itself.
  12. Audition Solo questions (Lower School)

    If the solo is for Tring, then we were told that they prefer to see something original rather than something from a dance exam syllabus.
  13. Questions about Upper School auditions

    Personally, I don't think they are all that interested in UK applicants full stop. Evidenced by only 2 out of their 9 audition days this year being in the UK.
  14. Questions about Upper School auditions

    One could almost think that it has been deliberately calculated to make it as difficult as possible for non-vocational students to apply...
  15. Questions about Upper School auditions

    It's for everybody according to the ENBS website. It says "All UK and international applicants must send a video audition."