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  1. drdance

    RAD Intermediate Exam

    Correct - although only one free enchainement, in the allegro section. ISTD (imperial) has more free enchainements dotted throughout although less than in the grades of my memory serves me correctly!
  2. drdance

    RAD Intermediate Exam

    Slightly fewer exercises in RAD but the exercises themselves are longer. Difficulty is similar I think although it’s been a long time since I did taught the ISTD. Regular flats might be worn in class but for the RAD exam it’s soft blocks.
  3. drdance

    Repeating the year at vocational school

    It could boost her confidence if she repeats, as she could be someone the other (new) students look up to or go to for advice.
  4. drdance

    Knee injury

    Hi Hoglett, These days meniscus injuries, especially in young and fit people, do heal themselves although quadriceps and glute strengthening exercises will most likely be in order to help to offload the joint. Surgery used to be the go-to treatment for these, and still is in urgent cases, but it's considered better to take time to strengthen the affected area and let the body do it's own thing. Surgery may be discussed if the knee is locking.
  5. drdance

    MIDAS audition applications now live

    Hi, it’s usually the first Sunday. Hope that helps!
  6. drdance

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    Thanks! He seemed to enjoy it from what I’ve heard!
  7. drdance

    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    I have a young lad from my Warwick school attending tomorrow’s JA audition and I’m nervous / excited for him! He’s got a great physique but is perhaps a little tall. He’s very nervous so I hope his personality shines as he’s great when he’s comfortable!
  8. drdance

    Alignment - can anyone explain it to a non-dancer?

    To me alignment is also about having the body facing the right direction. So if a dancer is facing the front doing a tendu to the front/side/back, their shoulders and hips should be facing the front not twisting at all. If a dancer is doing any kind of arabesque, both their shoulders and hips should face the same direction. Children struggle with alignment especially facing off-centre, or 'the corner' as they can't rely on the walls of the room as points of reference.
  9. Hi everyone, I hope the mods don't mind me posting this but having had quite a few requests for private coaching/'physio' assessments etc I am doing two days of sessions in May half term, in Warwick. Sessions can be used to work on specific movements (eg pirouettes or leaps), to work on ballet technique, for strength & conditioning or for injury rehabilitation. I can also offer pre-audition assessments with some take-home help on how to work on weaknesses. Sessions can be shared by up to 3 students but can only be booked by 1 person. Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis but if the session you want is booked you can add your name to a waiting list. To book go to https://goteamup.com/p/1110966-warwick-school-of-dance/ Select “private coaching sessions” or go to the calendar/schedule and select your preferred date.
  10. drdance

    Shin splints / compartment syndrome

    Something to remember regarding floors and injury - lots of research has been done in this area and the general concensus is that it is not the type of the floor that causes injury, nor is it necessarily technique (heels on/off) although knee alignment on landing is something to consider. It is the change of floor that is the most frequent cause of injury. Consider Indian dancers who repeatedly do flat footed steps/stamps, in bare feet, on very solid floors but suffer fewer injuries. Also a floor that is too sprung can be challenging in terms of energy recoil (or lack of it).
  11. drdance

    Knee injury

    I'm glad the surgery went well. Wishing your DD all the best for her recovery and rehab.
  12. drdance

    Serious injury and excessive training in young dancers

    What I meant with this (about other dancers seeing this) was more to do with the other children at that dance school - if their teacher heaps praise and rewards onto those who attend the most classes, or they win prizes etc then the other children at the school will think that they too must do the maximum number of classes
  13. drdance

    Serious injury and excessive training in young dancers

    This topic makes my blood boil a little! However, yes, do exercise caution especially with social media! If you know the child in question that is different. I am not surprised by this though. Some teachers are incredibly competitive and will 'hot house' children. A lot of these children seem to love every minute of it, especially if their parents and teachers reward this commitment with praise, and then they get external validation with competition wins, "ambassador" roles (the latest fashion, it seems) and more. Other students see this and think that they too must do all this to win, or to be successful. In a large school, only the best, most committed dancers will get chosen for competition groups, performance opportunities etc so kids and parents do feel backed into a corner. I do also fear these types of schools may well be the type of school where kids must work through injury, pain or illness for fear of being sidelined. It goes against all safe dance practice guidance and is a sure-fire route to injury or burnout. It's tantamount to abuse - either physical or emotional - but who is to police it?
  14. Where abouts in Essex? Graham School of Dance is on the Herts/Essex border and is excellent
  15. drdance

    Swayback legs

    For what it's worth (if anything!) I teach students to put their heels together in 1st. Dealing with swaybacks is a lot more complicated than just having bent or straight knees. Weight placement is affected, and having a gap between the heels encourages dancers to have their weight back, not only in their heels but potentially behind their heels. Personally I teach dancers to have their weight towards the ball of the foot - dancers who do this find it physically impossible to 'lock back' or 'sit' in their swaybacks so it doesn't really even need mentioning. The teaching cues I use, especially with younger students, are more about weight placement.