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  1. What a lovely quandry to have! Congratualtions !! On a nearly relevant point - if anyone is giving up privately rented accommodation when Central move could they PM me? My musical DD and a couple of friends are looking for accommodation in roughly that area for the next academic year.
  2. That's really good news - I am aware I am getting horribly out of touch .
  3. Is this a change of policy? Certainly in my DS's time there UK students who were eligible who were offered places but without an MDS at Elmnhurst.
  4. Eldest son works at the RSC and they accept when they are employed (he's a tecchie lad) that there will be members of the public in while they are working. In their case the main issues are health and safety - if they have the floor up, working at height etc. We were invited to watch ballet DS take class because there were no performances when we were visiting. At his company this was an honour and they are used to having politicians etc visit and watch class. Again, there it was accepted that it would happen, if you want to be funded you need the public on side (this was abroad in a country where the ballet companies were well funded from local and state taxes!)
  5. Going back to OP, you say your daughter is not particularly enamoured with academic studies - given that A levels require a huge degree of commitment I would look seriously at the Btecs on offer, particularly the Extended Diploma. There was a recent report that showed 95% of universities accept btecs, and a level 4 btec often allows access straight onto the second (or higher) year of a degree. I can't source the quote, but I believe a quarter of university entrants had btec qualifications.
  6. I only have experience of one upper school - happy to discuss via PM. The only point I was making was it is not universally bleak even for those who have never entered a competition or won any prizes.
  7. Some places give excellent support to their final year students, pointing out suitable opportunities and giving hard but fair advice. I appreciate not all - but equally not all are disinterested. t's not all grim - if you are prepared to work in a less glamorous or prestigious company, in Eastern Europe there are opportunities, and many companies have a predominantly classical repertoire. Dancers are respected and theatres are subsidised. Yes the salaries are low, but so are the living costs. Even new graduates make enough to live on without a hand out, if they are realistic about accommodation. It's when you can come home, or need to buy flights, there are problems.
  8. Although my son was assessed out, if you think about it logically, the chances are that it won't. If 10% of a year leave, 90% won't. Whatever happens you have WL on your CV. My son's view is that if he hadn't attended his first school, even though he wasn't that happy there, he wouldn't have the technique to be where he is now. Possibly the name on the CV helped too - there were a lot of ex-students from that school in his first company. But if he hadn't been assessed out he would have lost his love of dancing, and doubts if he would have continued, the school just wasn't right for him.
  9. The daughter of a friend of mind did exactly that - 1st class physics degree then post-grad at Trinity. She doesn't perform professionally but she does make enough from teaching contemporary plus physics tutoring and exam marking to make ends meet in London.
  10. Many, many years ago my son met Sam Archer and Richard Windsor when they were starring in Edward Scissorhands. He commented on the fact that one (can't remember which) had tap shoes next to his ballet shoes. "Of course" came the reply .. "how else do you think?"
  11. From Hammond's point of view, is it a good investment in their scholarship places if they offer it to someone who makes no commitment to them, effectively tells them they are third choice? There are plenty of ex-Hammond students who make careers as successful ballet dancers. And our experience was that there was some flexibility to accommodate a very classically orientated dancer. Although my son was never going to be a tapper, one of the great strengths of the Hammond is to learn other people's disciplines, and to appreciate how good they are in their field. As to whether it's only two more years - that's your decision - can you access high quality male training from your home base? Certainly the support my son got from Hammond and the specialist knowledge of male teachers at a range of post 16 schools enabled him to make an informed choice.
  12. Good news Dancing 2003? My DS graduated coming up to 3 years ago .. had a brilliant time. PM me if you would like more information.
  13. Let her enjoy it and stay calm! If you can both stay calm so much the better. One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to not interfere or fret. Once she has disappeared my personal strategy was to get away from the place, it seemed everyone else auditioning had more experience than my child (I was once sat next to 2 parents out billying each other - both had sons in the cast and were trying to outdo each other on length of contract, number of performances, expenses ...) and it just added to my stress to listen. Double check music for solos as well as shoes. Leave enough time to allow for traffic - as a Midlander I am always gobsmacked by how many traffic jams I had to sit in. If they like what they see, they will always put students through to the scholarship round.
  14. You may also want to have a look at The Hammond - also many boys going on to prestigious schools and getting ballet contracts, but also all rounders off to a variety of destinations. Very good academics too. For both schools it would depend if you needed an MDS as to whether you had "missed the boat"
  15. Just the sort of advice I needed! Many thanks
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