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  1. shygirlsmum

    Leotard advice (degas)

    Thanks everyone 👍🏼
  2. shygirlsmum

    Leotard advice (degas)

    I have read lots of posts about buying and selling on of degas leotards and wondered what is it that makes them so special. DD wears lots of different brands, some nicer/more flattering than others, DD particularly likes high legged designs. DD starts senior associates in September and kit list just says black leotard (I haven’t actually read properly, just skimmed it so I might have this wrong) but assuming haven’t misunderstood I was considering trying a degas, so I would be interested to hear thoughts on what sets Degas apart from other brands.
  3. shygirlsmum

    Kings international ballet academy

    One of the directors has taught at midlands and dd loved the classes. Unfortunately, I cannot add any more than that.
  4. shygirlsmum

    Birthday/Christmas pressies

    I emailed, this is the response.
  5. shygirlsmum

    Birthday/Christmas pressies

    Dd was awarded £30 in sansha vouchers at our local festival and I was planning on buying tights for summer school, I’m guessing I missed the boat 😕
  6. I can’t remember what DD auditioned in but for RB MA’s (never tried JS’s) she was asked to wear full sole with one elastic for class, I don’t know if it was simply teacher preference but cross over elastic was a no no.
  7. shygirlsmum

    YBSS application 2018

    Thanks for the information, I don't know much about Ballet West other than I heard its in an Idyllic but remote location. I will take a look at both programs, DD is 14 and has just taken her RAD Intermediate exam so might suit Ballet West. Many thanks
  8. shygirlsmum

    YBSS application 2018

    I agree classes are pretty big but DD has not done other courses so we have nothing to compare with, do you have any recommendations?
  9. shygirlsmum

    How long do your pointe shoes last?

    We have been fitted in freed London 4 times now, twice she has been sold custom shoes, not custom for DD but someone else (both died pretty quickly) twice with Studios professional, she had been fitted the studios pros by a local fitter and London fitter was initially a bit snippy about that shoe for a young dancer before admitting she had nothing more suitable. Locally she has always had Studios pros but as we often travel to London we thought that best option to buy shoes there. We once had a fitting in London Bloch but they couldn’t find a good fit so we didn’t buy any, however, teacher has fitted DD with Bloch and both are happy (dd’s feet have grown and gained strength since Bloch London unsuccessful fitting). I guess we will keep trying 😕
  10. shygirlsmum

    How long do your pointe shoes last?

    Thanks for responding will try Dancia next time.
  11. shygirlsmum

    How long do your pointe shoes last?

    DD has always worn freed (i think because MA teacher recommended them) the last pair were fitted in London and DD has just dropped the bombshell that she can’t get up properly on them and they are twisting this is a week before her RAD intermediate exam. The shoes are in decent condition as DD doesn’t do that much pointe (they are about 5 weeks old) so I’m really disappointed that we were sold the wrong shoes and frustrated that DD didn’t speak up earlier. Fortunately dance teacher sourced some Bloch which are apparently much better. Not ideal to get them dance ready so close to exam but at least she has some shoes. Has anyone else been disappointed with fitting service at the London stores?
  12. shygirlsmum

    Any current York scholars

    We have a boy in our MIDS class (not London)
  13. shygirlsmum

    The 'C' word (dance themed gifts) 2017

    https://ie.loccitane.com/royal-ballet-collections,103,1,74658,1137758.htm love this brand. I’m sure the ballet inspired sets will be beautiful, quite pricey though.
  14. shygirlsmum

    Royal Associates - Different types of waitlist?

    DD was put on the short wait list for year 8 (2016 entry) we were contacted by telephone prior to the term starting offering a place, not sure of the date but emails receiving documentation are dated 5th May so place offered not long after initial short wait list notification. Our Mids class has spaces, we were due to have a new starter for year 9 but she was offered a full time school so turned it down and the place has not been filled. What I’m saying is that it is probable that list has closed (I have no idea when the student notified RB that they were not accepting their place but I know that they were offered a full MDS well before the end of the school year). I am sorry if this is disappointing news but I know if I were in your position I would rather know than keep hoping.
  15. shygirlsmum

    Anybody heard of Ajkun Ballet Theatre

    Really, the only social media I have personally is FB, I keep an eye on dd’s Instagram account to check for weirdo’s 🤣 but had no idea people bought followers