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  1. Feet Rolling In

    The NHS can and does supply custom orthotics if you over (or under) pronate to such an extent that pain or damage (e.g. achilles tendonitis) is the result. If off the shelf orthotics fit, that's great, but they can be difficult to mould to the precise shape needed.
  2. Feet Rolling In

    Lots of excellent advice here. It's good that your dd is still young. My daughter had this problem but it was first revealed by a bout of achilles tendonitis. After physio she was referred to a Podiatrist who prescribed custom made orthotics. Eight years on she still needs orthotics in street shoes and wears stability running shoes, but with prescribed ankle exercises, theraband exercises and a balance board, she trained herself not to roll in during ballet. Do get specialist advice but this is easily sorted given time, work and patience.
  3. Audition disaster!

  4. BBC "Eat Well for Less"

    I haven't seen this episode yet, but out of physical necessity I shop online so know precisely how much I spend each week. When the groceries arrive, I enter the amount in a spreadsheet. How do the people in the programme not know precisely how much they spend each shop? In the episodes I've seen, they traipse round a supermarket, someone pays at the till, and the family in question is always horrified at the amount. Do they usually pay with earplugs and a blindfold, handing over their card willy-nilly?
  5. Simply Adult Ballet

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  6. Simply Adult Ballet

    Here's some info on Cauda Equina, and which symptoms are "Red Flags": https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/cauda-equina-syndrome
  7. Simply Adult Ballet

    GPs in our trust can do a direct referral for a lumbar spinal MRI. Although I strongly suspect neuropathic involvement, and possible disc involvement, Michelle does not at present seem to be displaying signs of Cauda Equina, which would of course warrant immediate attendance at A&E. Michelle, I would advise reading about this as obviously we cannot see you or know precisely which symptoms you're suffering. If you are displaying symptoms of CA then you should of course go to A&E. Disc involvement does not usually involve surgery these days; if a scan shows a disc bulge then rest from dance, Pilates, hydrotherapy and gentle physio would be the first things to try. If there is no improvement at all after 6 weeks of a supervised regime, then it MIGHT be beneficial to have an injection of local anaesthetic and steroid into the surrounding area, to relieve the inflammation and stop the injured disc impinging on any nearby nerves. The inability to straighten your leg sounds interesting - which position were you in at the time? I think your first port of call must be your GP. I would simply tell him that your Physio suspects lumbar disc involvement and has suggested an MRI as you are showing signs of neuropathy so are worried that a disc is impinging on a nerve. I have no idea why the Physio would think a scan isn't necessary because until you have a clear diagnosis via MRI, then none of you know precisely what you're dealing with and how best to treat it. The Physio does sound rather too willing to manipulate the area which IMHO should not be done so vigorously until you have a diagnosis. Best of luck.
  8. I don't know what to do!

    That's great that you and your Mum are on the same page. I'm positive that she just wants the best for you. Some ballet schools do offer a discount if you are taking several classes each week at the same school. It's always worth asking - the worst they can say is "no". That's a good question regarding late puberty. Most Upper Schools have an examination by a Physio if you get to Finals. I would think that any issues would be flagged up there.
  9. Simply Adult Ballet

    I'm very interested to hear about that feeling of fluid running down your leg, Michelle, as that suggests neuropathic involvement - which may be why the GP suggested Amitriptyline which can be very effective for neuropathic pain at night. I would suggest going back to the GP and telling him about this sensation because it sounds as if a scan would be sensible - even to rule out a back problem which could feasibly be giving you referred pain. Must be very frustrating for you; I do hope you get resolution and some relief soon.
  10. I don't know what to do!

    This is a tricky one, Arucaria, not least because assuming you're relying on your parents to drive you around and fund your classes, upping your hours from 3 to 12 or 15 is going to have a huge impact on you all. Are your parents happy with your plans? As well as finances and logistics, you have to take into account the toll that could take on your academic work and your body. If you are injury prone, there's a huge difference between dancing a few hours a week, to dancing most days each week, and then another massive leap to dancing for 6-8 hours every day. How are you physically after doing a few days at a strenuous summer school? Like it or not, academic backup is hugely important these days. There are fewer and fewer ballet jobs, especially in Britain for young women. The chances of making it through training without serious injury or being assessed out before getting your diploma or degree, then getting a full time contract in a British ballet company are staggeringly small. So unless you are able to get other work, get your teaching qualifications, or do a Masters in dance or choreo - all of which are great options - you need to think about what you could do if the ballet dream doesn't come to fruition for any reason. Assuming you've thought all this through, had a good talk with your parents, and can find a school with better quality teaching, then definitely go for a trial class. Have a chat with the teacher afterwards. When you've found the right dance school, have a chat with your current teacher and explain why you need to move. She may agree to continue teaching you privately as long as both teachers are happy. My daughter has one private coach, another class teacher, and her associate teacher, all of whom know of each other. So it can be done but it should always be with the knowledge and consent of all involved.
  11. That's what I hoped, Ruth. Oh well, I suppose it'll be a surprise!
  12. So far then, we know that Takada, Edmonds and Precious Adams are dancing in Elite Syncopations. Anyone know any more than that?
  13. I'm glad I'm not being dense and overlooking this info! I'm going tomorrow night and can't find casting anywhere.
  14. I have no idea what "musty ethnicism" might be, but of all people, alison is not IMO xenophobic. Also, while I think that racially aggravated hate crime, public order offences, and inciting violence through hate speech are quite rightly illegal in the UK, as far as I know, making a comment regarding the nationalities of a fairly high proportion of dancers in a mid-sized company is not. Accusing someone of "propagating xenophobia" is a bit of a leap, too. Edited to add: Cross posted with bbb.
  15. Dance as an extracurricular activity at Uni

    With regards to Associates, Tring Park's CBA goes up to 18. As already mentioned, Bristol certainly has a good range of dance opportunities. Cambridge has a wonderful ballet society. There seem to be opportunities at Oxford and Leeds, Birmingham, and a good range of dance styles at Exeter (not yet sure about ballet opportunities there, but dd has a friend studying there so I will ask). Apparently there are also classes at Durham that go up to and including Adv 1 and maybe Adv 2.