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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Ellie

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

    Best of Luck to your DD Taxi. xxx
  8. 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.
  9. Pay and conditions http://www.balletposition.com/countries/britain
  10. Peter Brinson, Ballet for All. They did a wonderful job. x http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-peter-brinson-1614724.html
  11. Ellie

    Season's Greetings!

    Lots of Love to you too Lisa and all the very best wishes for you. Take Care. X
  12. Ellie

    Season's Greetings!

    Happy Christmas ! x
  13. Ellie

    Room 202 - on the positive side

    Acts of kindness-random or not and no matter how small or seemingly insignificant make the world a better place.I'll never forget a good few years ago I was on my way to pick my son up from the railway station. As I was crossing the road a lady approached me. I thought she was looking for directions, but she just smiled at me and said. You have a lovely face. (Believe me I'm no supermodel) but later, when I'd cooked the dinner, cleaned up, was picking up sopping towels from the bathroom floor and felt generally fed up, I remembered her words and they made me smile Patience, kindness and voicing general concern and appreciation for those around us are very important. You never know when you'll help make someone's day be a bit better...
  14. Ellie


    I read this today and thought I'd share . A lovely article with some lovely comments. Enjoy. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/09/adopted-stray-cat-pet-ginger
  15. Ellie

    Grown up Spring points

    Yes PdQ ! Sorry, I was posting in a rush.