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About Bluebird22

  • Birthday 22/03/1991

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    Teaching. Ballet, Contemporary.

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    How to find a good school for a boy

    Graham Fletcher based in Leicester is brilliant, I know of his Ballet Associates programme but I think he also runs classes during the week in Northampton possibly? I think they have posted on here previously. I teach a lot of boys and while I try my best, as a tiny lady, I think eventually boys need to have a male teacher, not necessarily as their main teacher but they certainly need a male perspective. My younger boys have had the pleasure of one of my ex students at vocational school coming back to visit this past week and they have just loved having someone their giving them “boy tips”.
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    How to find a good school for a boy

    Does he do associates?
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    Assessments / reports

    I’m a BBO girl through and through, so I was utterly bewildered earlier this year when I entered a student for an RAD exam and there was absolutely no written feedback! It made no sense to me at all! The comments are considerably more valuable than the marks even before examiners had to type reports and the handwriting was illegible!
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    Elmhurst auditions for 2019 entry

    We are expecting a no so no postman stalking here
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    Elmhurst auditions for 2019 entry

    10 days my student was told!
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    Jazz Pants nightmare

    Hi Clarkd3 Have you tried Dance Gear? Their made to order jazz pants are reasonably priced, and I would say more dancer size friendly. I’ve used them for a lot and if you call up they are usually pretty accommodating if you need something tweaking slightly, I imagine if you had a sizing request (as in you needed a slightly longer leg) they would probably be able to help or they would at least ask the manufacturing team. I remember when the width of the flare on your jazz pants was in direct correlation to how cool you were 😂 I even had scary spice inspired leopard print ones! Good luck with the hunt, they really should remain firmly buried in the noughties!
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    EYB Stoke auditions tomorrow (27th November 2018)

    I had 5 audition today 4 got in 1 got a place on the reserves! Think there was quite a lot auditioning tonight
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    Being muslim at ballet

    I think we should all be far more child like in our approach to things we don’t know about or don’t understand. I have witnessed so many parents leap in and apologise for their child’s questions and then scold the child for being rude! As I’ve mentioned before I have virtually no voice and I speak no louder than a whisper, I include it in my introductions to new people more often than not as it eliminates them feeling awkward about asking me what’s wrong, or worse still whispering with me!
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    Being muslim at ballet

    My experience of the teenagers I teach is that they will ask questions as an adult I would be cautious about asking. I teach someone with a prosthetic limb which I know seems completely irrelevant to your question but myself and other teachers initially tried to make as little fuss as possible but my other students sat and asked her lots of questions and ultimately we all left feeling considerably more educated! It may be unusual for you to wear a different uniform at first and the other girls may ask questions but take that as an opportunity to educate others and engage in an open discussion. More often than not issues arise where there is a lack of education. There are dance wear shops that sell catsuits/unitards with long sleeves, legs and a high turtle neck, I would consider that plus maybe a mesh overlays dress like what Bloch sell or a wrap over skirt, a perfectly acceptable uniform. There are lots of beautiful wrap skirts available and I am sure some of the independent skirt makers would also be able to create a matching hijab so that it did truly feel like your uniform for dance class. Good luck!
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    WANTED Nutcracker Costume!

    I’ve tried the cheap ones but the venue layout means there is no distance at all between the cast and audience, plus it then looks too similar to the Toy Soldiers. I looked on Just Ballet and couldn’t find anything maybe I’m looking in the wrong place! Why are boys costumes such a nightmare!
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    WANTED Nutcracker Costume!

    Hi, I have a sneaking suspicion my dressmaker is about to let me down! I am after a boys nutcracker tunic ideally red velvet approximate age 12! Can anyone help?
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    A Level Dance or Dance BTEC

    BBODANCE now offer a level 3 btec in dance through south Thames college with good links to London Studio Centres. They offer lots of workshops throughout the year and have a strong contemporary emphasis. I’m also fairly certain it’s a free course so may be worth looking at. I agree with what a lot of people have said you really need your parents to at least support your ambitions. Maybe get them to come to open days with you so they can see what options there are. You can work in dance without being a dancer, teaching is the obvious go to but there are also degrees in community arts, dance for the elderly etc.
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    Questions about Upper School auditions

    No one school only offers school scholarships and the other is Student Finance
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    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Is there scope with any of the vocational schools to push back the acceptance deadline? The deposits are quite substantial and with only a month to find them, plus the added issue of not having had auditions elsewhere by the acceptance deadline! Had a student come up against this 2 years ago and now another this year! Any experience of this?
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    QE Hospital Birmingham - Sport & Excercise Medicine Clinic

    Ahhh well that would make sense she was 13 when she enquired! Thanks Pictures!