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  1. meadowblythe

    News of non-dancing children.....

    On the plus side, have just raided musical DD's cupboard for some shoes ... oddly something I never did when she was away at school. She's finding it quite challenging, a lot of the students know each other already from NYO, something she never did. But I'm sure she will find her feet. Surprise visit from brother lead to photos of them in the bar clutching pints, something she wasn't renowned for before.
  2. There's actually a free pick up and drop off area, similar to Stansted - when you arrive at the car park you can park up in the drop off area (if that makes sense) and passengers can use the free shuttle. Presumably can also wait for passengers to arrive. https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/parking/pick-up-and-drop-off-info/ Used it in the summer, all very straight forward.
  3. meadowblythe

    News of non-dancing children.....

    Like Celib B, may seem small fry but I think the wild celebrations from staff and family for my musical DD's E in maths at A level far exceeded the scholarship offers for music college - done on sheer grit and determination not to be beaten. Not easy juggling a full academic time table with 14 hours per week scheduled musical activities, and that's before you think about practice. I am very proud she met her personal goals and is a thoroughly decent human being.
  4. meadowblythe

    Silver Swans

    Lisa Sounds like a good employer, who took you seriously after one shift and obviously wants to keep you. That's really not to be sniffed at. Hang in there, sounds like night porter might be your niche. Fiz I know there are silver swans in Horncastle, during the day. Gutted, I really wanted to start to dance.
  5. meadowblythe

    My first night at work tonight since 1996.

    Hi Lisa How did it go last night?
  6. meadowblythe

    Living at The Hammond

    Bethany, Might be worth a look at Chantry Dance too, they offer a very wide syllabus.
  7. meadowblythe

    When to go for associates?

    Both JA and to a lesser extent CAT only take into account how you perform on the day - being in one class will not help you get into another. My best advice to the parent of any 8 year old - encourage them to see the wider picture, enjoy their dancing, but not focus on it being the be all and end all. You simply don't know what will happen, broken limbs, development, ability to cope with pressure .. the list is endless. Even if it all works out well, the more rounded your child the better they are able to seize the opportunities offered.
  8. meadowblythe

    Academic Standards

    KindleK, The harsh reality is that she is probably *just* good enough to get jobbing work as an orchestral 3rd or bumper. Similarly her brother is good enough to get consistent work as a ballet dancer - he is about to commence his 3rd year of full time employment, this time heading of to China, but he is not exceptional, will never dance for the Royal Ballet or equivalent. In some ways, because they are good but not the very best, I feel they needed their vocational training more than the truly brilliant to be able to access the advanced training they needed to get work. I hope they have fulfilled and interesting lives. Certainly to have completed a degree, lived abroad for 2 years and be about to head off across the world before you reach 21 is not to be underestimated, and would, I hope, stand in DS' favour to offset a less than perfect set of academic results in future times. I hope this helps. My personal experience is you have to pick a path, assess if it is working at key points, but don't constantly compare with the alternative routes. There is no right answer, no perfect situation (lucky you if you find one!), just a bunch of parents trying to do their best.
  9. meadowblythe

    Academic Standards

    My DD faced a similar decision when moving to a specialist vocational music school. At the end of the day she went for the start of year 10 based on a few suppositions: Her excellent academic background would stand her in good stead through GCSEs Making the wrong decision at A level was likely to be far more costly than at GCSEs Her overriding desire to make a career in music had to take priority Weekend and holiday commitments to high level/nation ensembles meant her time was compromised anyway. In reality the lack of continuity caused a few wobbles at GCSE, smarter choices made for A level than if she had started at the same school at Y12 better musical opportunities by 1000 miles - although one dodgy audition set up which was purely the teachers fault extra commitments took as much time as at grammar school - in some ways worse as she missed so many academic lessons during Y12/13. end result: 4 out of 5 offers at conservatoire including the most prestigious, and 3 scholarship offers on one of the most competitive instruments for places. Academically definitely not as good results as if she had stayed at grammar. But I really doubt she would have the training to have survived the audition run. I had not realised quite how hard and draining the whole process would be. I understand now how the mums of DD feel! For us the decision was whether it was worth going for bust - there was never really going to be a safety net - and only you can decide that. good luck Meadowblythe
  10. meadowblythe

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    No - only place my DS didn't get a Y7 place was WL - he was told as a JA he was too flexible for WL (suspected hypermobility). Now a strapping 6 footer who has shot past his dad's height and build (anyone remember my constant worry he would be too small as well as too bendy) he dreams of the days of dropping into splits. But his musicality has never been questioned (except possibly by the Grade 4 piano examiner, but that's a long story). I don't think anyone has every really worked out who is put on which lists, or why they chose certain children, and this goes for most schools and most artistic disciplines. It is simply a matter of taking what you can from the experience and moving on.
  11. meadowblythe

    News of non-dancing children.....

    Pups_mum just wondering how youngest pup got on? Must admit he was in my thoughts this weekend.
  12. meadowblythe

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    Chantry Dance - 3 year contemporary ballet diploma and Level 4 diploma in teaching.
  13. meadowblythe

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    I would classify RCS as classical with contemporary Ballet West?
  14. meadowblythe

    Departing Parent Envy

    There are plenty of parents on here of DC whose children have been assessed out of various schools, and gone on to dance professionally. And my DS was taught by ex-professional dancers from very prestigious companies who had, themselves, been assessed out.
  15. meadowblythe

    Departing Parent Envy

    I was very much in the "don't say anything, things are bad enough .." camp with DS. With musical DD I've been more vocal. Not sure it made a huge amount of difference regarding the staff BUT it has made my daughter more confident in asserting and negotiating situations regarding opportunities for herself. If I had my time again I would risk upsetting the apple cart.