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  1. I was there last night too and thought the whole performance was brilliant. So light and bright I was smiling all the way home. All the cast were fabulous but a special mention to James Barton, last time I saw him was in American in Paris, showing me how versatile an dancer he is.
  2. I watched last nights screening too. I enjoyed it more than the live one I saw in Manchester. It seemed more menacing than the live version. I thought the quality of the film wasn't great but that didn't detract from the fabulous cast. So glad I went because the live one I saw didn't blow me away.
  3. Strawberyy

    How did it all start?

    My daughter went to a nursery school that had a Friday morning ballet class. She was not quite 3 and the teacher said she "had something" and should go to ballet class. She started a Saturday morning ballet, tap and modern class. Who knew that 25 years later it would still be her career.
  4. No-one has mentioned watching their children dance. I cried at my dd's first festival dance. She was about 6 years old and I felt a little ridiculous so I gave myself a good taking to, so now I am dry-eyed, but my parents, when they were alive, and close friends who have known her since she was small do have a few tears. I find music moves me close to tears though whoever is dancing.
  5. Strawberyy

    Life after a dada award

    Although my information may be out of date, my dd did the level 6 diploma with a dada and she could have got a student loan for the top up to the degree. Her dada was not considered a student loan because she wasn't on a degree course. She was very lucky the ballet company paid for her to do the top up.
  6. I saw the Friday evening performance at the Lowry and like Janet came out smiling. It was an unexpected delight. And I got to meet Janet too.
  7. I saw it this afternoon too. Loved the choreography, sets and costumes. I enjoyed the other pieces too. Pineapple Poll brought a smile to my face.
  8. Strawberyy

    Audience Behaviour

    I was there too and was surprised at the number of very young children at an evening performance. Also the number of people that came in late and were allowed to disrupt whole rows.
  9. Strawberyy

    Prix de Lausanne 2017!

    Many years ago when my DD attended Prix her school contributed towards the costs. Also all finalists got some money even if you weren't a prize winner.
  10. Strawberyy

    People who just don't understand!

    I was at a party when I told this lady my daughter left her grammar school at 16 to go to a dance school and wouldn't be doing A'levels (nobody knows what a vocational school is outside the dance world) and the woman patted me on the arm and said sympathetically "not everyone can be academic". 10 years on DD is still dancing and being paid for it!
  11. Strawberyy

    Where does it all lead?

    Having a career in ballet/dance is a bit like the lottery. You have to be in it to win it. But this is true for an awful lot of careers now.
  12. Strawberyy

    What would you do differently....

    I would have begged and borrowed to buy a flat (maybe a shoebox) in London when my dd started vocational school over 10 years ago. Think of all the rent we could have saved if only we had known she would stay in London for so long. We could retire on the proceeds from selling.
  13. Strawberyy

    Elmhurst associates - Birmingham royal ballet, nutcracker

    My dd was in the Manchester performances of Nutcracker 15 years ago. I think that may be where she realised she could dance as a career. A wonderful experience.
  14. Strawberyy

    Personal Statements

    Central also needed a personal statement but that was a number of years ago.
  15. Strawberyy

    Have you donated yet?

    I have donated as this forum kept me sane when my dd's journey began and I am still here 10 years later. Thanks x