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  1. Audition disaster!

    Wonderful news. Congratulations to your daughter and best of luck for the future.
  2. Present for new boarding dd

    I made an emergency box when my daughter went away (many years ago). It consisted of a toilet roll, shower gel, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, small amount of cash, sainsburys gift card and some treats. She also took a screw driver for tightening/loosening the taps on her tap shoes. Not very exciting but all came in handy at some point during her time away. I wish everyone going away the very best of luck for the future.
  3. Dance School Upminster Recommendations

    From what you've described, I don't think your daughter's current school bodes well for the future and echo the advice already given to move sooner rather than later. Your daughter is very young and as such will most likely adapt to the change quite quickly. I can't help with recommendations as I don't know the area but doing a search on Netmums or on the various ballet syllabi websites for accredited teachers in your area might give you a few schools/teachers to check out. Good luck in finding somewhere more suitable.
  4. Supermarket shopping (again)

    You do still need to go to a checkout but only to transfer the scanned items onto a till system prior to payment. Tesco has a separate area for these tills although I'm not sure about other supermarkets as it's only Tesco in our area that has them. I found it took a little getting used to as I seemed to take ages getting around the store however the positives for me are not having to load and unload the conveyor and as there's a running total, no nasty surprises when it comes to paying!
  5. Supermarket shopping (again)

    I usually do scan and shop at Tesco so have to scan my clubcard to access a scanner. As Tesco probably know more about me than the government, I find it ironic that when purchasing alcohol I always have to have an assistant confirm I'm over 18. When I queried this a few years back, the reason stated was that anyone under 18 in my household could have 'borrowed' my clubcard to buy alcohol. As my shopping is always £70 minimum, I couldn't imagine my daughters, had they been under 18, spending that amount to get a bottle of low alcohol wine.
  6. Supermarket shopping (again)

    Or when you click on the 'I am using my own bag' which may already have something in it purchased from another store, triggering a message to remove the offending item.
  7. Vocational school at 16

    Also factor in the cost of watching end of term/year shows, ie tickets, travel, accommodation if required and meals. Then there can be physio costs or health insurance policies. I decided not to take out a policy (it wasn't a requirement of the school) but pay for private physio if needed. Thankfully daughter only needed a couple of courses of physio during the 3 years. There may be costs for extra lessons and entry fees for vocational exams. All the hidden extras that you may not think about at the outset can add up considerably. Sorry for sounding like the voice of doom!!
  8. Anyone get No for JA's but make Elmhurst or WL

    Congratulations and well done to your daughter. What a wonderful achievement and such a lovely inspiring story about her journey which I'm sure will give a lot of hope to others who have had the 'not this time' results. Wishing her a happy and healthy career.
  9. RBS Junior Associates 2017

    Hi Dancer123, my advice would be to continue for as long as your daughter wants to and you have the time and money to do so. I think I always felt the disappointment far more than my daughter did but I have to say that the more rejections she got, the tougher I got, to the point of being quite blase by the time she was an adult and was still auditioning!! The odds of being accepted onto the RB associate schemes are so small that your daughter did extremely well to be on the SWL in a previous year. Just because it's a no this time doesn't mean it will be next time. Even for those children who make it all the way through the RBS there are no guarantees of success. My daughter, now in her late twenties, tried every year from JA through to SA and never made it past the waiting lists. She did gain a place to the junior summer school after being on the SWL one year but there have been many, many rejections along the way, far more than the successes. She auditioned for upper schools but didn't make it off the waiting list for funding for Tring and NBS so auditioned the following year and gained a funded place at NBS. Although my daughter didn't achieve her dream of being a classical dancer, she has had a very successful dance career and has danced all around the world doing ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom and latin. After dancing continually for 8 years, she decided to give up travelling and retrained last year at the RAD on the professional dancers teaching diploma course and now has registered teacher status. She now teaches in several schools in London and occasionally dances at corporate and promotional events when it fits in with teaching. Hopefully my long winded response shows that a rejection from the RBS does not mean it's the end of the dream. I wish your daughter the best of luck for the future.
  10. Worried and sad about my elderly cat.

    Sorry to hear this Lisa. Blackie had a good life full of love and care and you were both able to comfort her until the very end. Thinking of you and Sean at this sad time.
  11. Hi All, This is a request on behalf of my daughter who is trying to find somewhere to hire a professional looking Odette tutu. If anyone has one they would be willing to hire out or can suggest somewhere to do so in the London area, it would be much appreciated please. Size wise, it would need to be around a size 8 and it is for a charity fundraiser in Imperial Wharf, Chelsea on the 25th June. Many thanks
  12. Can anyone suggest where to hire a professional looking Odette tutu from please

    Thank you for the info Michelle. I will let my daughter know.
  13. Can anyone suggest where to hire a professional looking Odette tutu from please

    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated
  14. Can anyone suggest where to hire a professional looking Odette tutu from please

    Many thanks for the super speedy response. I will pass this onto my daughter.
  15. DSs contract news from the Vaganova

    Such fabulous news and after watching the video, very well deserved. In an age where 'news' is often depressing, this is wonderfully uplifting to hear. Many congratulations to your son and also to you for the support you have given to allow him to pursue his dream. Looking forward to finding out where he chooses to accept. Having so much choice is a wonderful position to be in. You must be on cloud nine and bursting with pride. Enjoy the next stage.
  16. Thoroughly, utterly, disastrous day.

    Sorry to hear this Lisa. Such bad luck. Hope some good luck comes your way to make it doable for you.
  17. Graduating boys classical ballet exam Vaganova

    Wow CeliB, your son was fabulous. You must be so proud of him. It was enthralling (and exhausting) to watch the athleticism and artistry of the boys. Thank you for posting the video. I wish your son the very best of luck and I'm sure he will have a lot of success in the future.
  18. Exaggerating Festival Results on Facebook!

    Lisa I would suggest Sean waits until he moves in before buying pots, pans, crockery and kitchen equipment as he may be able to get together with others he's living with and share the cost of these. When my eldest went to Uni, she lived with 6 others and they all brought the same things on day 1 so there was a lot of duplication. For towels, I would recommend John Lewis Basic range as they are a good size, very reasonably priced and they wash well. As they aren't thick and fluffy, they dry quickly too. Some stores have student bedsets, containing duvet, pillow and bedding at reasonable prices. Again, not the most luxurious but perfectly adequate to start off with. I wish Sean the very best of luck.
  19. Where are Northern Ballet School's [Manchester] recent Graduates listed?

    Each of the bedrooms/en suite bathrooms within the 4 bed flat had a lockable door. I think it was the exception to the rule that my daughter ended up with a uni student as a housemate though as none of the other NBS students did.
  20. Where are Northern Ballet School's [Manchester] recent Graduates listed?

    My daughter stayed in Medlock House for the 3 years and I also felt it was a very safe environment. It is only a few minutes walk away from NBS and this was reassuring especially as show rehearsals meant a late finish. She was in a 4 bed flat with 2 others from NBS and a uni student. The uni student however moved after the 1st term as I think she found her housemates a bit strange as they were usually too exhausted to party, at least to start with!! Most of my daughter's year were in Medlock House so there was always someone to walk to and from school with and it was within walking distance to the city centre. The free metro link bus stopped nearby, which was handy when coming back from the city centre with food shopping and Oxford Road rail station is a 5 min walk away. Piccadilly rail station is a bit further but still walkable. I think there is a Sainsbury's metro close by too. My daughter worked part time at the Dancehouse theatre which was good experience and helped eke out her holiday earnings and as a bonus she got to see some good shows too.
  21. Where are Northern Ballet School's [Manchester] recent Graduates listed?

    My daughter went to NBS from 2006 - 2009 so things may well have changed since then. She enjoyed her time there and found the teaching to be excellent in both ballet and MT. The principal had an open door policy and was very approachable. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and having a theatre on site was an added bonus as there were lots of performance opportunities. Each year in December, the classical students performed in a full length ballet, the MT focus students did a full show each Easter and all came together for a showcase at the end of the summer term. Not many students secured classical contracts during the 3 years my daughter was there but the school had a good graduate success rate with most students going on to perform on cruise ships. My daughter secured her 1st contract straight after graduating and continued dancing around the world until May 2016. She then took up a place at the RAD on the professional dancers teaching diploma course in June 2016. She is now a registered RAD teacher (freelance) and teaches 6 days a week at various locations in and around London. She's continued peforming and now does ad-hoc promotional work at corporate and charity events. My daughter really flourished at the school and has been very successful as a result of her time at NBS. Hope this helps but please feel free to ask if there's anything specific you want to know and I'll do my best to answer.
  22. I am selling my daughter's practice tutu skirt. It is black with 4 layers of net and has been hardly worn as she had 2. £5.00 plus P&P
  23. Concerns about vocational school

    Hi Piepie, I can't add anything to the excellent advice given so far regarding academics at vocational school as my daughter didn't start full time training until she'd finished her GCSEs. What I would say though is that family finance must be the overriding factor when deciding on your child's future education as even if the other sibling/s are supportive of their dancing brother/sister, resentment can rear it's head further down the line if family life suffers as a result of so much money being directed at one child. It also puts a lot of pressure on the child to succeed especially if injury occurs or they lose the passion for dance. Being at mainstream school and dancing 6 out of 7 days a week was a juggling act and homework had to be fitted in to lunch breaks, to/from and in between dance lessons and the 1 free evening. Having said that, my daughter who is average academically, did achieve a good set of GCSEs, so it can be done. All the best for whatever you decide to do.
  24. Where does it all lead?

    In response to Annaliesey's question of where does it all lead. My daughter has been dancing professionally for 7 years and has recently found out she's been accepted onto the RAD Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma course. She finishes her current contract in May and will start the 3 month course in June at RAD headquarters. She's wanted to do this for quite a while but this is the first time her vacation period has fallen at the right time for the course. Fingers crossed she will be successful as it is very expensive to do.
  25. Drop-in classes at Pineapple

    My daughter often does the Advanced/Professional classes when in between contracts. She said the standard is very high and to get the best out of it, you would need to be at Adv 2 level.