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  • Birthday 21/11/1996

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  1. anaballerina

    Ballet West -New Lower School to open

    I also saw a comment above about studio floors being damaged? I dance in all of the studios at BW every day and can assure you that no floors are damaged!
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    Ballet West -New Lower School to open

    The new lower school will be run by the mentors from ‘Art of Motion’. I have been taught by these teachers for the past two weeks and they are nothing short of amazing! I took part in the SYBGP last weekend and after only a week of classes with them I felt much stronger and more confident on stage and in class. You only need to take one look at their young students that they have trained in class and on stage to see just how incredible their system of training is. Their students are dedicated, motivated but best of all so humble. They trained Leroy Mokgatle whom many of you know is a gold medalist and audience choice winner at genee as well as the audience choice award winner at the Prix de Lausanne. I’ve attached the link (I hope, not the best with technology haha) to the Facebook post on Ballet West’s page so that you can read through the comments where some issues surrounding boarding etc were raised and you can see the response to those query’s. From what I understand boarding students will be living with a house mother who will look after them and cater for them, so they won’t be living alone like the upper school students. There is also an email address on the post should any of you wish to enquiry about the lower school or had any questions🙂 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1416292298514883&id=739611456182974
  3. anaballerina

    Errol Pickford RIP

    Devastated when I heard this news yesterday. He was not only an exceptional teacher but the most wonderful man with the biggest heart. He will be sorely missed by many in the dance world whom he inspired, encouraged and mentored. My heart goes out to Liv and Polly I can’t imagine how they are feeling😥❤️
  4. anaballerina

    Shin splints / compartment syndrome

    I suffer a lot with my shins and have found that not stretching out my calves has really really helped. I roll out my calves in the nights but the last couple of weeks have stopped stretching them out and touch wood the pain is more manageable. Also icing my shins just before bed rather than throughout the day is better.
  5. anaballerina

    Visit to Ballet West

    Also a big thank you to everyone who has congratulated me. It means so much💗
  6. anaballerina

    Visit to Ballet West

    I don’t think I can say much more than what has been replied to your post already. All I might add is that I centrainly went into my training with my eyes wide open. I knew that the chances of getting a job at the end of this were slim but I never wanted to get to ten years in the future and have regrets. Any career is a risk, no training for any career whether it be vocational or academic guarantees a job at the end of the course so why in your mind is dance deemed a waste of money? If a person is money orientated then dance isn’t really the career for them. I dance because I love it and that’s why I want to make a career out of it, not because I want money. Trust me this job didn’t fall into my lap. I’ve worked tirelessly for three years to get to this point, Early mornings, late nights and hours and hours of practice at the weekends. I didn’t just find work because I’m ‘ludicrously thin’ as your post seems to suggest.
  7. anaballerina

    Ballet West School

    Going back to the OP’s question I just wanted to share a little of my experiences. I am coming to the end of my third year at Ballet West and I couldn’t be happier with the training and care I have received. My journey was far from straight forward believe me. A major injury half way through my first year left me pretty much off dance for six months and I would say I wasn’t fully recovered for the best part of a year. It was during this time that I experienced the care and compassion of all members of staff who took the time to make me feel included and part of the school community. On the night I got injured I had to be transferred to Glasgow for an emergency operation and a member of staff drove me there and stayed with me for 5 hours leaving at 5am even though he was teaching at 9 that morning. In my experience I can’t fault the pastoral care. I know that if I have a problem there is always somebody who I can pop and speak to. I have been given invaluable experiences through the annual tour and yearly showcase and have had the chance to perform in three full length productions as well as a solo in last years showcase and soloist roles in two Ballet excerts in this years showcase. These experiences coupled with the great all round training I have received over the three years I have been here gave me the confidence going into company auditions this year and just this week I received an offer of a contract from a UK company for next season. I have achieved more than I ever thought I could and have been pushed and encouraged to fulfil my potential even when I believed that I didn’t have any. Obviously these are my own experiences and other people’s may be different but just wanted to share my thoughts. I don’t want to make this any longer because I seem to have a habit of doing that😬 but feel free to PM me if anybody has a specific questions they want answered and I would be more than happy to have a chat🙂
  8. anaballerina

    Ballet West School

    Hi, I’m currently in my third year at Ballet West feel free to send me a PM and i’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have🙂
  9. anaballerina

    Visit to Ballet West

    In my three years here I have seen all students be pushed to fulfill their potential and some students, as a result often exceed their own and the staff’s expectations. I know that personally I have certainly achieved more since being here than I ever thought was possible. As I said in my above post even when I was unable to dance I never felt isolated and on the sidelines as I was constantly included in the class. Even when in a cast and on crutches something as simple as the teacher asking me to play the music helped me to feel integrated into the class. With regards to your comments about few students finding jobs. I know of many, many graduates who are now dancing and teaching all over the world. Feel free to PM me and I will happily put you in touch with some of them who can give you their first hand experiences. One graduate for example is on the front cover of this months dancing times! As students we also get lots of opportunities to build our CV with the annual tour. Throughout my time at BW I have performed in three full length ballet’s, performed a solo in last years showcase and this year am performing soloist roles in two classical ballet excerts. All of this experience has helped me immensely when looking for jobs this year. We have the opportunity to take masterclasses/company class with leading companies. Just this year for example our teacher took us to take company class at Ballet Cymru and as Terpsichore mentioned we had workshops for second and third year students with Scottish Ballet just last weekend. We also had a masterclass with Russian State Ballet organised by the school back in November and as a result myself and 2 other students were offered a contract with the company. Sorry for the long posts but I just feel like I should get my experiences out there
  10. anaballerina

    Visit to Ballet West

    As many of you know I’m currently in my third year at Ballet West and am pleased to say that just this week I received an offer of a contract with a UK company for next season. In all honesty the training I have received at Ballet West has been second to none. Even after getting injured in my first year and having to have 6 months off dancing completely the staff never gave up on me and have supported me throughout my entire journey. Classes are varied and challenging but also very rewarding. I can only speak from my own personal experience but the pastoral care I have received has been outstanding and even when I was injured and recovering every effort was made to still keep me integrated within the class. I firmly believe that you get out of an experience what you put into it and if your child is willing to grasp every opportunity presented to them with both hands and have the drive to constantly improve then Ballet West would be the perfect place for them to study. As previous posters have said every school has its faults, no school is exempt from that. But from my own experience I can’t fault the school based off of my own experiences. So much so that in September my younger sister joined first year so we are now both training at BW full time. My sister was 16 when she joined in September and my mum had no worries about sending her after my experiences. If any one wants to know anything about Ballet West then feel free to message me anytime🙂
  11. anaballerina

    Good makeup and foundations for class

    Thank you, I’ll take a look
  12. anaballerina

    Good makeup and foundations for class

    Thank you will take a look at the products you recommended. yes most days I just wear concealer with the foundation kept for assessments and things like that
  13. anaballerina

    Good makeup and foundations for class

    I don’t really wear foundation every single day just for assessments and things now usually but if my skin is really bad I don’t feel confident enough to go without it. It’s a vicious circle really. Do you have any recommendations for a good powder?
  14. anaballerina

    Good makeup and foundations for class

    For upper school🙂
  15. anaballerina

    Good makeup and foundations for class

    Hope this is the right place to post a question like this if not feel free to move. I’m in full time vocational school and just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for makeup, especially foundation that stays put through multiple classes. I have quite oily acne prone skin and struggling to find things that don’t just melt off half way through class and leave me patchy. thanks in advance🙂
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