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  1. Hi Lisa and welcome. Yes, dd’s old dance school used to hire costumes for shows. Are you looking for places that hire costumes out, or are you a business that hires costumes out?
  2. Anna C

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    Because he only does non syllabus work....or? Can his teacher tell you roughly what level vocational exam he’s working as? Because you can buy the appropriate RAD exam videos as DVD or digital download.
  3. Anna C

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    A teacher will have a better idea because it needs to show age-appropriate performance skills, musicality and current technical standard. A good starting place in the meantime might be the dance or variation from whichever vocational exam he’s going to take next or has just taken - or the equivalent to whatever level he’s working at.
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    Video audition for lower school, upper school or a company?
  5. If she’s not keen on A Levels then she still needs a back up. If you are happy with the college that offers the teaching qualification, could she get an Advanced Learner Loan from SFE? Has she considered a Foundation Course at somewhere like Millenium, Urdang and so on? London Studio Centre offers one but I think that might be post A Level and pre Degree.
  6. Hello Olivia and welcome. 😊 Well, the good news is that for a general dance career - i.e. not a classical ballet career - 18 is fine to start full time training. If your dd is academic she could even stay on at school and take A Levels, providing she’s getting enough high quality training locally. That means that if by any chance she’s just not cut out for a performing career (there can be lots of reasons why), she has her A Levels as a backup to go onto Uni or a teaching degree like the RAD’s BA in Dance Education. Every single dancer and dance student needs a Plan B. Private colleges can be great but they can be very expensive. They can also be unregulated and not inspected and this in itself can lead to problems. Full time dance training can really take its toll on even the strongest of bodies, especially if the student hasn’t trained full time from 11, but at least if you are at a reputable established school/college with proper facilities like fully sprung floors, onsite Physios, qualified teachers and so on, you’re giving your dd the best chance to make it through training unscathed. Doing A Levels (or a Foundation Course at a reputable funded college with good onward prospects) will also give your dd two more years to improve her technique and stamina and get to at least Advanced 1 standard so that when she auditions for Level 6/Degree courses she’ll have a better chance of getting offers. What is her local training like? Are you happy with it? Do they get students into upper schools/colleges?
  7. Especially given the crazy hours per week the dancers have to work. 😳
  8. Yes, SFE tuition fee loans for undergrad degrees are for the duration of the course plus 1 year (a “gift year”). So if you decided to go back to uni having only done a year previously, you’d get a loan for the duration of your new degree (but not the gift year). I think that’s how it works. Advanced Learner Loans seem to be for FE courses so shouldn’t affect your eligibility for an undergraduate degree or Level 6 Diploma. I’m inclined to agree with Pictures about not spending another 3 years at a private college. I’m sure there are funded colleges who offer the DDE teaching qualification.
  9. I agree, Kate. Every dancer needs a Plan B because at any point, it may become clear that a career as a professional dancer is just not going to happen (or is cut short). This can be for many reasons; there are way more dancers than dance jobs, injury can occur at any time, sometimes bodies are just not designed for the rigours of full-time dance; either aesthetically or physiologically, or both. Not everyone wants to teach dance but if you do, something like the ISTD DDI/DDE courses or the RAD’s BA in Dance Education are worth looking at. Changing path from a long held dream can be so hard. So many dancers and dance students cannot imagine anything else. Fortunately, there are always ways to continue dancing even if your career is completely different. Adult classes, amateur ballet groups who put on performances, adult summer schools, adult rep workshops, classes at RAD HQ (in my daughter’s Advanced 2 classes there she was one of the youngest at 18). Even if you ended up back at Uni studying something completely different, lots of universities have brilliant dance societies and competition teams. There are so many opportunities to continue your dancing should a performing career not be on the cards. I’m not saying this will happen, Anondancer, but the stark reality is that every dancer and every dance student could one day be told that a performing career just isn’t an option. As much as you love dance, for many people it can only ever be a wonderful hobby. So while you’re looking at next steps, it would be well worth thinking about what else you’d like to do - just in case - and how you could make a Plan B happen. Lots and lots of luck.
  10. In order to keep this thread for general questions and answers about Upper Schools, I have moved several posts specific to this year’s audition results here: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/19420-good-luckaudition-results-2019/ Please discuss 2019 auditions and results in the above thread. Many thanks, Anna C on behalf of Balletcoforum Moderators
  11. Those colleges I mentioned were eligible for DaDa funding last year: https://www.gov.uk/dance-drama-awards
  12. I assume repeating a year due to injury wasn’t an option? That’s a shame, if so. I know a couple of dancers who have worked on cruise ships; both had very solid ballet training and both had Level 6 Diplomas from very good schools. Unless you can get a good Agent because you sing as well as dance, open auditions at places like Pineapple are literally like cattle calls and attract crazy numbers of very good dancers. Age in itself isn’t a problem (I saw a recent audition call for cruise ship dancers aged 19 - 35) but fitness, physique and technical standard is possibly an issue. If you’ve only really had just over a full year of training due to shin splints then you’re very probably going to need more training to compete with the other hundred or so dancers after these sorts of jobs. Have you had a look at places like Bird, Urdang, Performers, SLP and so on?
  13. Oh, phew. I was getting that problem for most of the morning. I thought it was just me.
  14. I don’t think the way this discussion is going is particularly helpful, to be honest. I’ve said before that if someone has not experienced a problem themselves, this does not mean that the problem is non existent. Clearly the ISI inspectors feel that actually, the school has not been as safe a place as it should have been for some students so again, let us not minimise other people’s experiences. Tring is a lovely school in many respects and has an excellent track record for graduate employment, especially in the Musical Theatre industry. There are and have been some wonderful dance teachers and the academics have always been extremely good. However, I don’t think anyone could reasonably deny that there have been problems in the Dance Department. The school, and I assume the ISI, have clearly investigated these problems and are taking steps to rectify them to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students. That is good and should be reassuring to parents of current and prospective students. The issues mentioned in the ISI report are serious. Not every school receives such a report. Had these issues happened at my daughter’s old academic school I would be concerned, even if my child had not suffered personally. Such a key member of the Senior leadership team going on sabbatical mid year, followed by retirement, soon after a report of this nature may lead people to come to their own conclusions so to be discussing this is not, in my opinion, a “witch hunt” at present. I would however remind everyone to please bear our forum rules in mind.
  15. No idea Tulip, sorry. This was published on 6th December: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tring-park-school-for-the-performing-arts-warning-notice
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