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  1. yes that is very true - mind in our school we have 2 teachers who teach the same syllabus but in very very different ways. the children quickly become experts in doing it the way of the teacher who is in the room at the time and changing when necessary!
  2. Peanut68, I agree with you. I have seen associate classes advertised at local schools where in reality it is just more ballet lessons. Where we are it would be a long drive to any RBS or ballet boost associates but as I said to a local parent considering it surely as our children are at a school with very high standards the money could go towards private lessons with the teacher there which would be a lot easier as a parent and at least would be the same "style/technique" as the child is used to.
  3. Hmm not sure that would be allowed sadly. Riverdance etc do use them yes but they also use different floor surfaces which don't deaden the tap apparently (I asked Harlequin this afternoon out of interest and they were really helpful, can't fault their quick reply to my rather random email). Oh well perhaps we just have to pick our competitions carefully or accept this dance style doesn't work in comps and festivals sadly. Thanks for your reply.
  4. Sorry - not sure if my title is very clear. My girls do a flamenco duet, they are very good at it as they actually study it as a dance style. However we have noticed that some festivals and competitions have an almost padded stage surface which just absorbs their stamps so you hardly hear them. Is there some sort of technique to this or do we just give up and not bother? It is disheartening for them as they get out on stage and the sound aspect of it falls flat. They have done very well at places with a normal stage top but the padded ones make it seem like they aren't even trying. Any advice please? Thank you
  5. just referring to the comment about skaters not getting dizzy. some CBBC programme recently put ice skaters on a special turning machine to see how long it took for them to feel sick (it was part of a larger scientific research project not just trying to make people feel ill) and they discovered if I remember right that some people just don't get dizzy. Same as some don't get travel sick, it is all linked. It was very interesting. I think it was part of the Ice Stars programme (think that is its name - follows young ice skaters) and they had been invited to do it. So some people can repeatedly turn without any ill effects whilst others can feel dizzy just turning round slowly. I get dizzy every time I stand up and sometimes just walking around so the chances of me getting far if I tried to do a pirouette are very very small...
  6. mine have done festivals for a few years. One loves them, (has a solo and a duet) the other did a solo a few times but wasn't keen and now just does a duet. All children are different and often they surprise you with how they react to things so she might very rapidly become a real performer. I agree with being realistic and keeping things in perspective. Some festivals do have novice sections but nearly all of ours don't. They do have to be able to handle not being "good enough" for medals but "good enough" for medals can vary greatly with different adjudicators as has already been said as they have different ideas of what they are looking for. We have been at some where technique has been the primary factor and others where it has been purely based on performance and face. Others where it has been the combination of the two which is what I would expect to be the norm. Also been at one where two of the three who placed tripped and weren't amazing to start with but they placed because the adjudicator wasn't watching at that point. So you do have to be very accepting of all eventualities but I think this teaches some amazing life skills. My girls like getting comments. their exam board doesn't give comments, just mark sheets, so to have proper feedback is lovely. In our experience the feedback usually reflects exactly what their teachers have been telling them and will include constructive comments as well as praise. The aim of festivals is to encourage and inspire I think. I agree with taking time to watch some other sections, even if she doesn't know anyone in them, just to get a feel for different styles and the atmosphere of it all. We don't tend to hang around and watch too many (normally due to having another grumpy child in tow) but we do like to watch certain ones. I would never voluntarily sit through a lyrical section unless it only had a handful of entries but if there was a tap section I could sit for ages and watch those. I suspect she will enjoy it but if she doesn't then as long as she knows it isn't compulsory then nothing has been lost.
  7. no useful suggestions but hope you soon recover x
  8. that makes sense youngatheart. I think this is very much our teacher's view with it all. our school seems to be grade 3 exam in year 6 generally.
  9. it is interesting - our teacher is an ISTD examiner and she doesn't like seeing them take modern exams too young as she says they rarely have the maturity required. Not that they can't do the work but the maturity isn't there if that makes sense.
  10. Unfortunately they don't do them in the South of England so we can't although my daughter would like to. However we have been to the Southern Dance Class Awards which are similar and found them to be a great experience. I am still hoping the UK Dance Class Championships will also start down here as I am more than happy for my daughter to do both. So obviously I can't comment on specifics but my daughter is very quick with picking up choreography and so found this type of competition rewarded her. There were others there who I gather win loads at festivals but really struggled with picking up the choreography quickly and remembering it. It was really nice for my daughter to have a chance to shine so I would certainly give them a go if you can. and if anyone from UK Dance Class Championships is reading this please come to the south coast.
  11. My 11 year old is 5ft 4 and has to have jazz pants for tap. hers are arabesque ones I think, small adult. her waist is only 25inches and they fit her fine.
  12. It is a lovely classical style. Ours do the Spanish Dance Society syllabus which involves learning castanets, theory, turns, arms, footwork, flamenco and also other regional dances at different grades but there aren't many teachers in the UK so they are very lucky to have the opportunity, and their teacher is amazing. Mine started it at 6 and 7 but the school does say they have to be strong in ballet in order to do it.
  13. Ooh somewhere else where they do flamenco. Not many places do it. It is the favourite dance style of both of my daughters, they love their Spanish Dance Society classes.
  14. my daughters dance 4hrs a week each (90mins on each of two nights plus an hour of drama another night and 1hr at weekends) and they seem to manage it well. I would expect it is due to other things. various possibilities I would think of are the new curriculum is taught i believe in 2 year chunks, yr4 might have been spent consolidating year 3 if they had done most of the learning in year 3, year 5 therefore will be a jump in learning suddenly if the school chooses to do a lot of the teaching in year 5 and then spend year 6 consolidating and going to greater depth. different teacher who assesses her groups differently and actually middle isn't middle but there may be a few middle to top groups instead. different teacher she just doesn't gel with. age hormones friends annoying partner sat next to her a lot of children starting 11+ tutoring over the summer holidays! this can have a major impact on a class if you are in a grammar school area. I remember one of my girls coming home saying "suddenly these children having always been at the bottom of the class they are now doing well". their parents see the grammar as the most important thing and have spent a fortune on tutoring to try and get them in.
  15. my yr5 daughter is on the 1st centile for BMI! she is exceptionally skinny but does seem surprisingly strong, no idea with what muscles though as she looks like she can't possibly have any. We have noticed that in festivals at this age the vast majority of those who place are short and stocky rather than skinny. Toe point, performance, arms etc are all very similar but like you say the leg strength and control is more mature in the short stocky ones (not to mention a much lower centre of gravity which will make everything a lot easier). Interestingly though watching the teenage sections the skinnier dancers seem to have developed the strength and control (even though they don't look like they are strong) and generally seem to be the ones rewarded. I would just let it happy with time. She is still so very young, strength will come.
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