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  1. Harwel

    Oliver’s story

    Heartbreaking - signed and shared. Looked such a beautiful boy, what a very great loss to you and your family.
  2. Harwel

    News of non-dancing children.....

    How fantastic! Many congratulations to her.
  3. Harwel

    Fallen arches and ballet

    One of my dearest friends has completely flat feet. She attended Elmhurst, had a very successful dance career, was a ballet girl in Phantom and was in cats to name but 2 of the many things she did. She has incredibly flexible ankles and got a lovely line on point because of this, she could jump like a fiend - basically, it never held her back. However, now in her late 40’s she gets lots of pain in her feet and ankles and has special orthotics. Was this because of dancing? Would she be suffering now anyway? Would her feet and ankles still hurt even if she didn’t have flat feet? Know one knows. I do know one thing, she would Always have chosen a dance career, NOTHING would have stopped her.
  4. Harwel

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    Yes it’s a minefield isn’t it?! I just posted these results as I am aware of them but you won’t find it on any website. So many students start off wanting classical but through training realise it’s not for them or realise they won’t make the level they hoped to and would rather branch into something else - all adds to the difficulties for us parents!
  5. Harwel

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    This can be useful but the information is often not easy to find and one year can be very different from the next. So far this year Tring students from the dancers course have recieved offers from the following; American classical company European classical company Chrysalis Matthew Bourne Northern Ballet Cruise line Musical theatre in Germany I’m sure there are still lots of things to be finalised and not all offers will be accepted but it gives a rough idea of the broad range of training at Tring as students are receiving such a varied range of jobs offers.
  6. Harwel

    Errol Pickford RIP

    I am so,so sad by this dreadful news. My deepest sympathy to Olivia and their gorgeous daughter. Such a lovely family and so dedicated to helping dancers. Heartbroken!
  7. Harwel

    To guide or not guide vocational choices ... ?

    Well there’s a world of difference between LSCD and Central! Wouldn’t put the same dancer to both of those. Sounds like the advice is general rather than specific to your dd. It may be useful to split the schools into categories such as; Those that take from 16 those that that from 18 those that take from 16-18/19 Then break it down as to what qualifications each provides and therefore funding options and what qualifications needed to attend the course. Off the top of my head the following schools breakdown into the following dance styles: LSCD - contemporary - 18 degree Laban - contemporary - 18 degree Rambert - contemporary/classical - 16-19 (unlikely to get classical job) degree RCS - classical/contemporary - 16-19 degree Central - classical with contemporary - 16-18 degree Tring - classical and contemporary/jazz -16 but with added bonus of A’levels. Diploma Northern - no knowledge Hammond - MT degree at 18, but take at 16 and do A’levels (not sure on any difference on the courses other than funding) You then have your strict MT colleges Laine, urdang, performers, Bird, bodyworks, London Studio centre (they also have classical stream but don’t know if any got classical jobs - degree course from 18). Think I’m right in saying that all the above MT colleges accept at 16 for diploma and 18 for degree, apart from LSC. Visit shows, talk to people who have attended (both happily and not happily) go to open days. Work out best fit for your dd. Listen to advice but don’t listen to prejudice - there will be plenty of the latter. Accept your 14 year old will feel very differently from your 18 year old and things will most likely change along the route. All of us who have children at vocational school will have a story to tell, good and bad. The standards your DD is working at are about average for the serious student. Good luck in your decisions and happy searching.
  8. Harwel

    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Thats nice to hear Anna. So pleased she’s doing so well.
  9. Harwel

    New(ish) ballet teacher

    So true, but very hard for our impressionable and perfectionist young adults to see it that way, when in a time of stress and uncertainty. Very well done to your former student for keeping her head.
  10. Harwel

    Departing Parent Envy

    This is so,so true and it breaks my heart!
  11. Harwel

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Dancewise as in ‘in relation to dance courses’ 😃😃😃
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    Just ba aware, agents take a HUGE % of the performers income. 20+ % for commercials/TV and 15% ish for theatre work. Outrageous really, as if the pay isn’t low enough as it is!
  13. Harwel

    It's Goodbye from me

    The very best of luck to your dd. A very sensible decision and her love of dance is still in tact.
  14. Harwel

    One last post ....

    Thank you! X
  15. Harwel

    One last post ....

    Thank you @Kat09 for sharing such a personal experience. The dance world is tough and cruel and I am so sorry your dd had to experience it at its worst. She is certainly not alone and with the support of a loving family she will again find her passion and regain her self esteem. I picked up a very distraught boy from school last week - heart breaking - I was all prepared to cut ties with dance on the spot but today he is back at school as he insisted. I am on very high alert!!