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  1. Tulip

    New Blog Article on my Site

    A very important topic and one that shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet. So many of our dancers have eating disorders and/or body dysmophia.
  2. I’m sorry but being a parent is a gift. To send your child to another country at a young age, regardless of what you are sacrificing financially, is no excuse not to visit your child, still parent your child, be their guidance, advocate, advisor, support, security and unconditional love. It is little wonder any child would struggle, especially a child with such a huge talent which is bigger than he could imagine. I don’t know what support was given and nor do I suggest that non was offered. From the film I can see clearly why this young adult did what he did. He definitely does not owe anybody anything, he should be allowed to change his mind as an adult.
  3. I’m sorry but I saw an incredibly talented and gifted young man. He has been pushed his whole life, that soon his whole life is Ballet and nothing else. This young man was mentally in trouble, he was so young and promoted to the top, at the most prestigious ballet company, he had even more to give, but mentally he was going through a lot. So much was expected from this 22 year old, in my opinion he needed guidance and support. Someone should have been concerned when his parents were never at the ballet school etc. I actually believe this young man is one of the most talented dancers ever and I wish him well, I hope he finds happiness and fulfilment in life.
  4. Tulip

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    Yes it’s good to look at graduation lists, but those lists only tell a small part, some students gain s graduate place within a company for a very short period from the start, then can end up unemployed for a short while. Other students who won’t be on the grad list may get a job within a company, six months or even a year later for a much longer contract. Narrow the schools down and then audition. To get into any of these schools means a student has the potential, don’t forget though, there are hundreds of other students who have potential also competing for those places. Audition for practice, if you can afford it
  5. Tulip

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    My daughter attended Central School of ballet, so I can offer you some information on this school. Central take students from aged 16. It is a full on training programme in ballet and contemporary, heavily ballet. A student has to audition again for the third and final year, this is for their touring company, where top choreographers have showcased their work. The full time course is a degree course, so a lot of course work to complete. The teachers are supportive and honest, a high standard is expected from the students, no time for dramas etc, they are treated as adults. My daughter was a summer birth and had just turned 16 when she started Central, after being at Tring. She loved the school right from the beginning, she always loved ballet and that is what she wanted, but she also knew that contemporary was very important too, so she had a choice of auditioning at a few schools. All British students can have DaDa funding I think. You and your daughter are already narrowing down what you want, get auditioning to see what is out there and to gage if your daughter has got what the schools are looking for. Best wishes and good luck.
  6. Dance xchange at the hippodrome is brilliant. Lots of vocational students used to attend, along with adults who danced recreationally and some students that were professional dancers in between contracts.
  7. Tulip

    Auditioning without teachers permission

    A long time ago, a certain director of dance would have blocked my daughter from auditioning for anything. We got a private teacher and everything went through her. Because of opportunities we decided to take, my daughter went from strength to strength with her training.
  8. Tulip

    Former RBS Student is missing. Police are concerned.

    This is so very sad, my heart goes out to her and her family, her poor parents must be worried sick. I hope she is found safe and well.
  9. Tulip

    Central Audition for 2018 Entry

    Don't worry everyone. When my daughter was at Central, they had a wide range of heights 5ft to 5ft 7ish, my daughter is 5ft 5. and was a middle height. It is an amazing school, which offers outstanding training.
  10. Tulip

    DSs contract news from the Vaganova

    This is fabulous news CleB. I've only just come back onto the forum after not been active for ages and ages. Your son deserves his success, he has worked so hard, sacrificed so much and has made some very rave decisions. You as his mum can now breath and enjoy his success too.
  11. Tulip

    Central School of Ballet - new home

    A fantastic school that offers high standard training to ALL students. Glad they are finally getting their new premises.
  12. Tulip

    Royal Ballet School SS

    Of course it's not just photo based, the students standard of training must be of a high enough standard to cope with the ballet classes offered. This is an international ss where the standard is going to be extremely high. It's no good having a beautiful physique without the experience and ability. My daughter attended the senior summer school a couple of years ago, very few British, standard was high, classes full on.
  13. Tulip

    A Marathon Effort!

    Well done, my dad also has Parkinson's and it's very tough on my mum as she is his carer
  14. Tulip


    Is it a dance physio, it would be best if it was as they will understand more.
  15. Tulip


    My daughter has natural turn out, but even at vocational school my daughter went to a private teacher ex professional dancer who taught her on a one to one, what muscles to engage when using her turn out. Even when she was at lower vocational school she was not taught properly how to engage these muscles. Her private teacher would touch her, instruct verbally to squeeze and hold. By the time she got to Central she had achieved the skill to fully hold and use her flat turn out. It took years of correct training for her to fully use and engage her natural turn out correctly, shouting out turn out, turn out isn't going to work.