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  1. meadowblythe

    Living at The Hammond

    Bethany, Might be worth a look at Chantry Dance too, they offer a very wide syllabus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. meadowblythe

    News of non-dancing children.....

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

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

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

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    I would classify RCS as classical with contemporary Ballet West?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. meadowblythe

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    That's interesting .. does that mean students can get loans/funding for the Royal Ballet School?
  12. meadowblythe

    RAD exams at vocational school

    From an employment point of view, you don't need exams. I'm not sure regarding teaching at some later stage. Obviously the exams also let you enter some competitions.
  13. meadowblythe

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    As far as I am aware, if a course requires A level or equivalent, they probably wouldn't accept her ballet exams. A "mainstream" university will require academic qualifications. However: A levels are not a pre-requisite for all courses. Dancewise, Central, Rambert and RCS all offer degree courses at 16. You need GCSE's (or did when DS went). You don't need A levels. Some music students attend conservatoire with 1 (or none) A levels. I'm not sure on the Hammond's set up regarding Foundation/Full degrees, but I'm sure Pictures and others will be able to tell you. Were you thinking of a dance or academic degree?
  14. meadowblythe

    One last post ....

    I'm starting to think of ballet* as a bridge - it's an arch that sets off, rises and then falls. But it has it's own unique path leading there, will have it's own unique curve, unique height, unique gradient and it's also leading on somewhere new. *or any other art form
  15. meadowblythe

    After graduation

    Not that my DS ever said no to teaching, but people change, perspectives change, events force change ... Jazzpaws, hope your daughter has a wonderful time - teaching may be the ultimate way of "giving something back" to the teachers that have taken her so far.