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  1. Ellie

    Tring Park sixth form auditions

    Of course (Horses for courses) I just thought that it was important for the parents of dancing Dc's to know that, if suitable, there exist quite a few excellent options beyond the Uk which may be worth looking into. X
  2. Ellie

    Tring Park sixth form auditions

    I know that this has been mentioned before and although the discussion didn't involve 'A Levels' and as such not entirely relevant to this particular thread, looking at the eye watering fees which are probably out of the reach of many, I'd quietly remind parents of DC's that there are excellent schools in Europe (I'm talking classical and contemp - can't comment about MT) which if you feel are suited to your child are well worth looking at.
  3. Ellie

    Miko Fogarty

  4. If you have a look at the sites of Princess Grace Academy, Hamburg Ballet School, Cranko, Zurich...and so on...You'll probably find that many of the graduates are not native to the country.
  5. Ellie

    My first night at work tonight since 1996.

    All the Best Lisa. x
  6. Ellie

    Are there some people who just can’t do ballet pirouettes?

    I think that pirouette technique is very subjective, there really isn't a one fits all solution. Sometimes the more you analyse the worse it is. (Pull up/press down, arms like this, arms like that etc...) Maybe she needs to just try turning without any 'technical' stress' and see how it goes. Obviously weight over the supporting leg on preparation, secure arms and back, a good passe position and a relaxed neck so that she can spot well will help. Have you looked at any Finis Jhung videos ? X
  7. Ellie

    Overseas summer schools 2019

    How old is he, what level is he at and what sort of holiday would you like ?! (City/beach ?) x
  8. Ellie

    Audition fees

    I think that we're going a bit off topic, but just to add to the comments made by balletbean, moneypenny and hfbrew...I feel that it's very important for the parents of DC to be aware of the money/heartache/persistence involved when it comes to auditioning for contracts. Unless you are one of the very talented and lucky few who are handpicked by AD's to join a particular company straight out of school, the struggle to be accepted for an audition, not get cut after class, be invited to learn rep and pdd is very real ! And don't forget that the graduates who are accepted to audition are most likely to be 'up against' dancers who have already been dancing professionally for a couple of years and wish to change company/country for whatever reason. x
  9. Ellie

    Matching floral leotard and skirt

    Ballet Rosa do floral leos, but not sure about skirts. x http://www.balletrosa.com/models?filterby=category&category=20#main
  10. Not sure if this will help, but thought it may be worth a read. x http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/52VwfQDxRmr0WRBTLygxWmv/seven-tips-for-coping-with-stage-fright
  11. Ellie

    Goodbye and thanks for all the tips

    Exactly this...I'm so sorry to hear that you are all going through such a difficult time. But please don't blame yourself your DD, or ballet. I think that dance students (or any student) who are serious about what they are doing are open to, and put themselves under a significant level of stress and discipline. It's the nature of the beast and the chances are that if she had stayed at your local secondary school or college she would have been equally hard on herself. As a parent I think that you make your decisions for your child based upon the information, instinct and opportunities available at the time. In hindsight they may not have been the best choices,but trust that whichever decisions you made were with her best interests at heart. I wish you all the very, very best. X
  12. Ellie

    Well, it's goodbye from me... and goodbye from her

    Best of Luck to your DD Taxi. xxx
  13. Ellie

    Barefoot or Pumps

    I'd say use socks, at least for the barre until you can get ballet shoes. Even for centre practice - unless the floor is slippery for turns or big jumps.
  14. Pay and conditions http://www.balletposition.com/countries/britain
  15. Peter Brinson, Ballet for All. They did a wonderful job. x http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-peter-brinson-1614724.html