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  1. Associates in London and the SE

    Trinity Laban CAT is worth looking at too.
  2. How did you choose schools??

    When looking at potential new schools I would say to consider a few different things; How many older students do they have? If a school is managing to keep large numbers of 16-18 year olds dancing then it tells you they are doing something right. Secondly I would say it's really important to see a performance/end of year show - it's important that you make your own judgement on the qualities of the new school rather than relying only on what the teacher has told or promised you.
  3. Exaggerating Festival Results on Facebook!

    Well she turns 34 this year so perhaps things were different in 1992?? Just to continue this completely off-topic theme I would say it is pretty unsurprising for a child from a working class family in the North to assume the RBS is not for the likes of them. The entire plot of Billy Elliot is based on this perception isn't it? So in this day and age I would think it perfectly normal that those from less well off backgrounds have a belief that people like them are not the norm at RBS. Whether or not that perception is grounded in truth is another matter. I've no idea how many WL students would, for example, qualify for free school meals -a measure of deprivation for a school's intake- but I would hazard a guess it is a long way below the national average.
  4. Music for auditions

    Yes definitely do a Google search for YouTube to mp3 converter. There are loads of free sites and it should take seconds. If you try to play the song direct from YouTube in the audition there's always the risk of poor signal/buffering!
  5. Portable ballet barre- any good?

    My partner uses them to teach all the time so I'm guessing they should be fine to use at home to practise with. I'll check where she got them from.
  6. Hours in the studio

    Ah yes I forgot about doing your grade plus the grade above so I guess that adds another hour per week! That usually happens from grade 6 up. I agree ParentTaxi that if you're looking specifically for a ballet career then you probably need to be in vocational school before 16. Our school has just had their first student get into vocational ballet school for y7. She was doing just 2 hours per week at the school plus JAs for the last year. I think that what is 'enough' can vary a lot depending on the child.
  7. Hours in the studio

    Hi ballet bean Going back to your original question, I thought I'd give you an idea of hours spent in the studio at our dance school. Most students are dancing purely as a hobby and those who audition for collefes are usually auditioning for more general dance courses e.g bird, urdang... So a typical 14/15 year old who was taking their dance fairly seriously and considering auditioning at 16/18 would do something like this; 1 hour grade ballet class 1 hour additional ballet class 30 mins-1 hour pointe depending on experience 1.5 hours technique class including flexibility, conditioning, turns etc 1 hour jazz 1 hour tap 1 hour contemporary 1 hour musical theatre 1 hour competition team rehearsal In addition some students might do a weekend associate programme which adds another 3 or 4 hours per week. Certainly not claiming this is the 'right' amount to do but just wanted to give you an idea of what is happening in other schools!
  8. Do potentially excellent dancers sometimes not fulfil their potential? Yes, that unfortunately probably happens all the time for various reasons. However, I don't personally think that, all else being equal, an inability to send a child to expensive summer schools or holiday courses should be a reason. For me, it is far more important that they are getting good training in their 'ordinary' dance classes i.e. the school they go to for lessons week in, week out all year round. They will spend many more hours here than at any holiday courses. The difference between getting excellent training and getting average training will be significant across just one term, let alone when you multiply that across several years. I agree with previous replies about work ethic too. A student who is approaching each class in the right frame of mind and is practising regularly at home will always progress more quickly and no holiday course is going to make up that difference!
  9. Competition Fees?

    It's worth noting the difference, as Annaliesey says, between festivals and the more US style comps. One we are attending later in the year is £25 per solo entry and around £10 per dancer per routine if part of a group. The experiences are quite different but just be prepared for the jump in price from one to the other!
  10. Progress in ballet/Enough training?

    To be fair LCB and JA's are extremely competitive so I wouldn't worry too much that she hasn't been successful with those yet! I agree that the key is that you both feel that she is developing and being pushed by her current teacher and that she keeps pushing herself. But don't lose heart over "no"s from such sought-after schemes! It's all character building and will make her stronger in the long run!
  11. Anyone at ISTD Senior Awards this weekend?

    We found it a really enjoyable day. Both the grade 3s danced beautifully even though they didn't make it to the final. To be fair there was lots for us all to learn and next year students will definitely be warned about fidgeting and letting arms drop etc when they're not dancing as it was probably the main thing we noticed that might have cost them. Both the intermediates we had did really well too and one made the final but unfortunately fell ill backstage after and couldn't actually compete! But overall it was a really encouraging day and all the students had a great time. I hope the gala is fun for you tonight ParentTaxi.
  12. Anyone at ISTD Senior Awards this weekend?

    We're going to be there! It will be the first time any of our students has taken part in an event like this. They've been in competitions as part of a group but never to any awards or festivals before. Can I just ask, what counts as a 'very young' grade 5? We have a couple of 10 year olds in grade 3 which seems fairly young to me but perhaps I'm wrong. I know there's been plenty of discussion before about ages in this event! Don't want to stir that up just interested to know what to expect!
  13. Best age for first pair of pointe shoes

    There is an excellent article about starting pointe written by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (sorry if someone else has already mentioned this). I really think it is well worth having a read, they have some excellent articles on a range of related topics too. I appreciate that teachers and parents will use their experience and best judgement to decide when a child should start but their experience is always going to be limited to just the children they have seen. Those children may not necessarily be a representative sample. Here is the link http://www.iadms.org/?185 I've copied their summarised suggestions here; To summarize the above discussion we offer the following guidelines for when to begin pointe training: Not before age 12. If the student is not anatomically sound (e.g., insufficient ankle and foot plantar flexion range of motion; poor lower extremity alignment), do not allow pointe work. If she is not truly pre-professional, discourage pointe training. If she has weak trunk and pelvic ("core") muscles or weak legs, delay pointe work (and consider implementing a strengthening program). If the student is hypermobile in the feet and ankles, delay pointe work (and consider implementing a strengthening program). If ballet classes are only once a week, discourage pointe training. If ballet classes are twice a week, and none of the above applies, begin in the fourth year of training.
  14. Competitions

    Starpower in London is well run. They record the judges voices while they watch each routine and then upload their commentaries after the competition so students and teachers can hear their comments as they were watching the routine. This year the comments were uploaded alongside a low res video of each routine so you can watch the routines back while listening to their praise/Corrections.
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