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  1. Audition disaster!

    Well done!! Congrats to your dd ๐Ÿ˜Š
  2. Audition disaster!

    Well done to your dd for doing her first audition despite being so unwell! ๐Ÿ˜Š She may be being harsh on herself and have done much better than she thinks Xxx
  3. Thank you

    Congratulations to your beautiful dd, canโ€™t wait to see our girls beautiful group dance! Weโ€™ve had many ups and downs too, got straight into JAs in year 5, then waitlisted for mids then thankfully a place 2 weeks later, finals for Elmhurst then no place, but every time dd gets upset, and I say to her it it all really worth it!! she simply could not comprehend life without dance, so there is no question about carrying on ! As itโ€™s simply everything to her ๐Ÿ˜Š Though thankfully, being an associate has lead her to a lovely place to dance at higher level, with supportive teachers and lovely friends, who seem to understand journey her better than I do ๐Ÿ˜‚ This forum has also been such a great support for me, thank you all!!
  4. I don't know what to do!

    Are you able to top up your hours at your ballet school with privates? That may help? Or have a private where you have your Associate class? If you want to move think of yourself first, as you donโ€™t want to look back and have regrets. Also, consider you may have to give a terms notice, we had to do this with my daughters School this may help any transition ie if you have an upcoming exam scheduled. My dd moved dance school as her local dance school only offered a purely recreational syllabus, no festivals, only 1 grade class, 1 vocational grade class a week with 10 minute of Pointe work at the end from year 7 upwards for an hour and a half and 1 very very basic huge non syllabus class for ages of all abilities from complete beginner to my dd who was the most advanced being a Royal Ballet Associate, which dd was incredibly frustrated in!! Though it was a lovely place to dance with a wonderful teacher. We didnโ€™t realise any schools offered more until she met other associates. We were told it at her old school it doesnโ€™t matter how much you do training wise as to be successful in an audition they only look at physique and at potential at 11 and 16, so itโ€™s better just to do very little. While this maybe true, my dd loves also challenging herself and wanted to excel and feel she was furfilling her true potential. Also have fun with her dance journey ie do festivals, try contemporary and therefore so is far far happier at her new school. She also is now with other more seriously minded dance students like herself and the has most amazing teachers, she has come on leaps and bounds and is having the time of her life! Would your mum and Dad be able to drive you somewhere further away? Or could you get a train? Donโ€™t give up hope, where there is a will there is a way I am sure! but, you do need your parents help... Xxx
  5. grades in ballet?

    Re. Progression, For my dd in ballet her proudest progression "skill" wise was probably being allowed her first pair of Pointe shoes, but maybe for a talented adult beginner maybe this would happen quite quickly anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚ Well done for getting to level 8 you must be extremely talented! It's lovely you are thinking of dancing now, it sounds like you have all the right attributes.
  6. grades in ballet?

    Hi Katie 93 ๐Ÿ˜Š my dd used to be a competitive artistic gymnast turned ballet student like yourself, though she's only 12 still. I have not heard of level 8 other than in America? Are you in the US by any chance? In the UK it is done by graded pathway, regional, national or elite, and goes upto level 1, ie the British, but you can switch in between, my dd was on the national pathway. It was very hard and she suffered too terrible backwards tumbling blocks and fears on floor. Although, crazily was very happy to tumble on beam ! it is a very mental sport, she too is happy to be free from those fears now too in dance, but facing fears can be character building too! And very common in gymnasts. In my humble opinion as an observer and mum gymnastics is very focused on technique, precision, athleticism, bravery and skills. Whereas in ballet body type, ability, extentions, performance, acting, artistry and musicality are focussed on. So very different yet both requiring a lot of fluidity, flexibilty and strength and determination. Also, I don't think you compete really in a point scoring way in ballet, even if you do competitions, they are more seen as a chance to perform and receive feedback, you are more in training towards a goal i.e. exams, a career, audtions when older. Whereas in gymnastics you have to compete right from a young age of 8 against all other competitive gymnasts in your region which is organised by one governing body British Gymnastics to climb the ladder, i.e. to get in squads win a good coaches interest etc, so maybe that's why the rules have to be so transparent and a bit more straught forward, as it's quite common to contest scores awarded in gymnastics, and its not seen as bad manners. Good look with your training ! Hope this helps X
  7. 2 years between exams???

    A school that has classes for RAD Adanced 1 and 2 or equivalent is what we looked for, a goal dd wanted to strive towards. Although everyone is different and may have a totally different goal. We were recommended Centre Pointe, where she is now and extremely happy! I know it's to far for you, also Kate Simmons and Northern Ballet Associates for y7 plus by various people whose opinions we really respected.
  8. 2 years between exams???

    You may also have the problem with just grade 3 RAD exam work classes, I believe there are no pirouettes yet in Grade 3 ? I can vaguely can remember dd having to pick them up at her Royal associate classes very quickly before her audition, which she managed thankfully and has been taught them beautifully, but if you can fit in more classes at a different school I would most definately strongly incourage you to do so!! It helps with confidence and is one less thing to worry about at a nerve wracking audition!
  9. 2 years between exams???

    We had a similar situation with my Dd, for different reasons. Does the school add more classes as they get older for Pointe work etc? We ended up staying until age 12 as dd did gymnastics too so it suited her. She has moved on now to a wonderful new dance school. Dd attended 1 grade class a week a grade, they moved up one grade a year, they also offered one non syllabus, and tap and modern but she insisted she wanted to attend gymnastics instead as she absolutely loved it! And then in year 7 or 8 (if a new starter etc) students moved up to interfoundation. It was a lovely school. But, dd wanted to do more classes than they could offer eventually ! Students were never allowed to move up faster than peers at her old ballet school to make it a fair and non competitive environment for everyone to just enjoy dance without pressure. I don't think all school can offer training for girls who want to make a more of a career from dance for practical reasons sadly, not always because they don't want to help...! And when I say a career, I don't mean necessary a job as a dancer when they are older, but as a journey getting more involved in the dance world etc. Maybe have an honest chat with your dds teacher would help? We were reassured at auditions, if your Dd wants to audition for full time training ๐Ÿ˜‚ the schools mostly look for potential, and are very good at spotting natural potential rather than how advanced students are, but I think being better prepped would give a student confidence and you don't want your child feeling demoralised. And it's always nice to feel you've given something your best shot!!
  10. The 'C' word (dance themed gifts) 2017

    These are so pretty, we bought some gorgeous nutcracker themed decorations last year from Tesco, of all places, so will be adding these to our Christmas tree collection ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for sharing Xxx
  11. Is an hour enough ballet a week for a 9yo?

    I would say if your daughter is saying she wants a decent chance to do her best at auditions, and she wants to do more than an hour move her on somewhere she can do more classes. My Dd until year 5 only did an hour ballet a week at her dance school, then up until y7 only a hour a week RAD grade 3/4 class alongside Royal Ballet Associates. She felt behind where she felt she could be, and started to get frustrated! I.e. Wanted to learn to pirouette more etc, learn pointe work more, progress faster, dance move, just get more involved in dance. Be lead by your child if she has ambitions of obtaining a place at a youth ballet, and has a real passion for ballet i.e. Is always dancing everywhere she goes ๐Ÿ˜€ and wants to work hard, I think definitely more than one class at age 9, as long as she doesn't find it too tiring even alongside other dance styles as well rather than giving them up! but, of course it depends also on what you as a family can commit too as well as you need to be there to drive her to the classes. My Dd eventually moved dance schools after the first term of y7 and she is very furfilled and happy now on loads more going on more classes, shows, contemporary, pointe work, it's all a lot more for her to get involved in! one hour a week is not enough really to cover much at all! I am surprised looking back Dd did aswell as she did in exams and auditions, although not doing much was lucky to have had really amazing teachers!
  12. RBS Junior Associates 2017

    When dd was in Junior Associates, her (state) primary headteacher marked ballet absences as Educational Visits, so as not to effect any of her attendance records. It doesn't take many absences to send them over and receive a awful attendance letter from the council, my son received one after only 4 days of at right at the beginning of the school year with a stomach bug and he wanted to make sure that didn't happen down to her when she was off school working hard at her ballet! Apparently the council send them out not the school. Mind you, she did associate on a Friday so it was really relevant. The secondary school she is at now is private, so it's so much easier. Though, I think they mark them as authorised absences, although they do this for their own school trips and residentials too.
  13. RBS Junior Associates 2017

    Yes, schools are incredibly different in their attitudes. At dds primary school they allowed medals or certificates into morning worship to be presented to children with a huge round of applause and well done from the head teacher. The headteacher was very supportive of her doing JAs on Fridays and allowed her all the time off she needed, and even now asks me about her and her dancing. However, her class teacher didn't understand at all and used to get a bit confused and think she was going for loads of ballet exams and get a really grumpy. At her secondary school they have an achievement board in reception which are they are positively encouraged to use. My dd finally plucked up the courage to bring in a picture of herself at her final RBS MA class of the year and the school asked my permission to do a feature on dds ballet in the September school magazine and on their website too. She was over the moon and I think it's has given her a huge boost of confidence. I just wish I had some lovely professional shots of her to give them ! So, yes schools and infact different staff in schools, can have very different attitudes. I would just carry on regardless and well done to your dd!!
  14. Sports Day - Love it or hate it?

    Yes, you can't always judge a book by its cover ! I love the fact she's feisty. I should really rephrase the tacking for trying to get the ball, I am getting mixed up with football, I knew very little about basketball. Also, we live in the centre of Manchester and sometimes the more boisterous boys on sports teams can *ahem* play a bit on the rough side !
  15. Sports Day - Love it or hate it?

    Yes, I was not happy with her! and had to carry her into A & E, thankfully after primary school age children are banned from playing against the opposite sex well at least while they are in primary school league competitions anyway. Some of the boys were huge on the opposite team and played as a hobby and she was terrible at basketball, but far to feisty and trying so hard to win. I had told her too I didn't want her playing in the school team, but she begged and cried, I think it finally taught her a lesson, if she wants to dance, she can't play contact sports and she's never asked again to join a team strangely enough!