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  1. Feb half term

    I don’t know about workshops but dd attended a wonderful class at Pineapple recently. It was Emma Northmores but with a cover teacher and she really enjoyed it (very challenging but great was her words)
  2. Balletdadblog

    Are we talking about whistleblowing? Where reports / tip offs can be made anonymously? i personally that a lot of that is needed to get around the fear of recrimination issues
  3. RAD Grade 7

    Yes, same here. Dd went on pointe age 10 then when we went somewhere else the teacher took her off ... oh the shame! Haha but seriously it was the best thing for her for the sake of a few months.
  4. Balletdadblog

    I know, everyone has gone too far with political correctness and acceptance or dealing with things in a behind-closed-doors manner Sometimes we need to speak out publicly or there is no real consequence to people or institutions. Everyone is so worried about libel claims when in reality, they would never make it to court. Even if they did, if it’s based on truth, there’s nothing to fear and everything to gain from speaking out. when we look at the whole #metoo movement there is some huge inspiration there, my personal view anyway. Someone mentioned Deepcut on either this thread or another thread (Nicola H) as reference to the army getting their act together, yet my understanding of that is very different. It was an appalling case of significant and widespread sexual and physical abuse and murder that was covered up in the most corrupt manner and Deepcut simply closed down. There was never a satisfactory enquiry for families. When institutions want to hide things, they will, unless there is enormous pressure. If “they” (government) wouldn’t do things for Deepcut, they sure as hell won’t for a ballet school (Sorry to get political)
  5. Juggling timetables!

    I’m thinking that I might end up setting up a dance class directory linked to google maps where you can just search and filter by days of week, times, class type, and have a 5 star review system im sure I’m halfway there already its even worse now the ‘find an RAD teacher’ facility only includes teachers who pay to be included! Needles and haystacks
  6. Juggling timetables!

    Ok this is hurting haha and to make it worse, even if I were in your position I can guaranteed our blooming teacher would still clash all her classes... guaranteed!!
  7. Juggling timetables!

    Haha sorry to laugh but I think they just really don’t see things from parents perspectives sometimes. I can only assume some have had their fingers burnt with rotten parents over the years that it’s easy to be cynical about all parents (bit Luke we are now with dance teachers!) haha
  8. Balletdadblog

    I don't think he will ever name and shame the school and I suppose if you are writing to raise awareness and for own therapy, you probably don't want that to be the focus, but rather share experiences and warn others what to look out for, what mistakes not to make etc. It's pretty sad how it all unfolds really and I agree with you there should be so much more that should be done - but where to start? It's ludicrous that on one hand there is all this legislation for children in entertainment with performance license fiasco or where you can't even wear an offensive t-shirt, then on the other hand there is absolutely nothing for summer schools, dance intensives, historical physical abuse, dance comps, etc and even where legislation exists there are so many loopholes and just a lot of stinking bad attitudes.
  9. what does what you wear say about you as a Dancer ?

    ok I have a confession to make... I went into DD's room once and saw her 'dance drawer' half open with tights spilling out, lots of grinks. I was worried her drawer would break under the strain. She had a lovely pink cushion on her bed so I decided to remove the cushion inside and stuff it with all these grink tights instead .. genious
  10. Juggling timetables!

    Haha now you are just showing off!! 🤣
  11. Juggling timetables!

    I’m glad you said that. I thought I was going bonkers thinking this way 🤣
  12. Juggling timetables!

    Absolutely, that’s why I was posing the question because I’ve lost sight a bit of what’s reasonable and unreasonable and thought it would be handy to gauge experience of others but it is the inconsistency. Maybe when you don’t know anyone at a new school you don’t really hear how/why things get changed but unfortunately now we have heard it
  13. Juggling timetables!

    I think that’s superb advice. I need to widen my search to within an hour too as I really don’t mind travelling for the right place / places. We are in on a different location every day of the week which is not ideal but I’m kind of resigned to that now bet none of us ever thought when we sat waiting for our kids in a primary ballet class what would lay in store for us later on! And do I bet there are parents on here of professional dancers thinking pah, just you wait please tell me it gets easier 🤣
  14. Juggling timetables!

    Yes, thats precisely where I'm at now and we've started to trial, overlap, and take classes elsewhere, we've had to. DD is absolutely fine with this and is a positive person and her focus is unwaivering. She's just been in the classes when the teacher has been discussing moving classes and heard the petty reasons and just feels let down because it means she can't do the classes or might have to drop out or defer exams. But I just wanted to throw this question out there whether I had unrealistic expectations really or whether others had experienced and been lucky enough to have a little bit of flexibility or support?
  15. Juggling timetables!

    ... it is! it lives at the unicorn farm But can I apologise to the lovely dance teachers on here who we know are genuinely proud and supportive. Can you just have a word with our dance teachers please