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  1. What does this mean? (comment by JA teacher)

    I think she probably means a lack of maturity in her dancing. My dd is similar, technically very good but comparing her to the older girls in the same grade there’s just something ‘little girl’ about her that she hasn’t grown out of yet.
  2. How did it all start?

    Ds’s school teacher at 6 suggested dance lessons as she thought he was ‘quite good’. We found somewhere running half an hour of boys ballet per week and a term after that it snowballed into grade 1 classes and an elmhurst associates audition, then 3 years later off to vocational school. His sister followed when she turned 4 although I’m hoping she won’t want to go to school until at least 16. I can’t imagine our lives without ballet now!
  3. Balletdadblog

    My dc had similar problems with their y7/8 teacher and we did discuss it at length with pastoral leaders and school leadership, including the artistic director and changes have happened as a consequence of these discussions. They haven’t been asked to leave (yet!) and they are having a much happier y9 with a different teacher, although we have already made a decision that they won’t be staying for y10 and 11.
  4. Christmas at vocational school

    Yes, the snow has been an added distraction today apparently! It’s good for them to be ‘off timetable’ for a little while, I think. The rest of the term is so relentless that a break from the routine of it all does them the world of good.
  5. Christmas at vocational school

    Elmhurst have lost a little dance time to practise for the carol service next week but have still had most classes, and they have RAD exams yesterday, today and tomorrow.
  6. Daughter in wrong class?

    Her teacher would be able to tell if she’s in the right class, regardless of whether she’s old enough for the next exam yet. My dd has always been in classes with girls older than her and scraped into the age bracket for doing exams because of when her birthday was and when the exams were held.
  7. 2 weeks for associate audition outcome :(

    If you're waiting for elmhurst it might well be delayed because I think Denise Whiteman is at the genee?
  8. Questions about Lower School auditions

    New children have joined and others have left the current y9 group nearly every term since they started. More are joining in September. It really is a case of apply and see. They don't have a set number of places per year group so some are much larger than others.
  9. Panto Season...

    I did lots of chaperoning. It seemed to be a sensible option since I would be there waiting anyway.
  10. Panto Season...

    Dd is doing panto again this year. It was her first last year and she absolutely adored the whole thing so I've 'agreed' she can do it again this year. It does take over the whole of December but she got such a lot out of it that it was worth it in the end. Good luck!
  11. Starting pointe age 10 thoughts?

    Dd is about to turn 10 and has just got demipointes and joins in the pointe class using them. It'll be a little while til she has pointes but there are so many factors affecting readiness that it's impossible to give a definitive age surely? The range and differences in the physical attributes of girls at age 10 is huge and I would be guided by her teacher.
  12. First Audition for Associates Program... now the wait...

    Just had a look at my dd timetable and she has an hour each of ballet, rep and lyrical which seems to be fairly ballet based. Does your timetable look similar? I think it changes month by month.
  13. We saw this at the end of year awards ceremony. Nico is doing some very interesting work with the students across all the years. Fabulous to see the fitness work being integrated into the day to day ballet classes.
  14. Anyone get No for JA's but make Elmhurst or WL

    Interesting - the group of JAs I know were told they had to wear their ja uniform and do their hair in the ja style! Their teacher was also leading the class.
  15. Anyone get No for JA's but make Elmhurst or WL

    Ds now at Elmhurst, didn't get a Royal mids place but he never auditioned for JAs. They really do seem to be looking for different things.