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  1. MAK

    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    It's lovely to see so many dance schools supporting their dancers and publicising the event on their social media platforms. I thought the invitation to Principals and their guests to attend drinks in the interval and meet Miss Lewis was really nice too. Very impressed with the whole experience so far and looking forward to the "sneak preview" on Friday.
  2. MAK

    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    I think the summer holidays and Bank Holiday weekend are real obstacles. We have bought 14 tickets so far between family and friends but will try to find other takers that are not on holiday. (My own Facebook pleas are starting to sound a bit desperate now though 😱).
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    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    As an aside, just checking people have seen the photographs from rehearsals posted on Facebook yesterday? How lovely that the Cygnets had the opportunity to perform in costume at the shopping centre too!
  4. We've just been at ENBS summer school, where the participants mostly came from overseas (DD1 absolutely loved it and would really like to go back for more courses). I cannot pretend to know whether one dancer was "better"/"more able" than another - I'm just a mum and I don't have a dance background or any technical knowledge - but it was certainly the case that 12-14 year olds from overseas were clearly experienced at more advanced "moves" than I have seen in more UK based classes e.g. Associates etc. This was particularly the case with their Pointe work - something that has been mentioned above.
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    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    Good to hear. I have a little/Russian Marinsky and a swan and they are really enjoying their first EYB experience so far 😊
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    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    I'm sure they'll manage numbers though based on preferences expressed during the application process. This year, for the week DD1 attended, there were just over 80 students in total, and another 166 still on the waiting list at the time they closed it shortly before the course. It's obviously a new process for next year and they must have their reasons for introducing it but I can certainly see how it won't work for everyone. DD1 would love to go again but she hasn't tried any of the other options yet so we'll have to see.
  7. MAK

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    Very true. The two week option is still available so may well be favoured by many for that reason. We got the impression that most of the dancers who had travelled (the majority in attendance) were doing two weeks this year. Dh did remark along the lines of: "just imagine how much dd would improve if she did a whole four consecutive weeks there" which I could not disagree with (although in practise I can't really see it happening for a number of reasons). The tuition we observed was exceptional.
  8. MAK

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    I believe they can assist in finding accommodation but it's not like some of the "properly" residential courses where you can stay on site.
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    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    So DD1 really enjoyed her week at ENBS summer school last week and its international ethos. We really enjoyed watching three classes on Friday too. For anyone interested in auditioning for next year there have been a few changes as follows: Entry is by audition (either live or video) There is no longer a one week option. Students are recommended to attend for four weeks but there is also an option to attend for two weeks (any two of the four). The Repertoire performance at the end is only for those students who have attended for all four weeks. There are also one week courses running in Autumn and Spring (application by photograph and form).
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    Drop-in classes in London

    Funnily enough I said the same thing! I am hoping that it's a case of staying in the building or possibly the studio.
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    Drop-in classes in London

    Kate Webster runs drop in RAD vocational classes on a Sunday morning at Central School of Ballet - details on the website under Central Nights I think. I understand that though the classes are aimed at adults, teenagers can definitely attend as long as an adult accompanies them. Dd1 (14) is planning to go to some.
  12. MAK

    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    Yes it's Wimbledon. Glad you mentioned it or I'd never have known! 😊
  13. MAK

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    Just a quick update on this. As I mentioned previously DD1 has a place for Course B Week One and DD2 has been on the waiting list and receiving quite regular communications about this. We have just received a final communication saying that the courses remain full and that while some people have withdrawn from the waitlist there are still 66 dancers on it!
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    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    Haha @Pointetoes perhaps I shouldn't mention that to my Swan?! 😉 To be honest, I think my two dds would have been buzzing with whatever parts they got as they seemed to really enjoy the whole experience last night and now can't wait to start in August (it's their first EYB)! DD1 will apparently dance in Acts 2 and 3 - a swan in one and a Spanish dancer in the other - and DD2 is in Acts 1 and 3 as a Mariinsky dancer (though her initial text described it as "Moskesky dancer" which made me chuckle). Sounds like all the parts are lovely
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    Tring Park CBA Auditions 2018

    Sorry to hear that @Silver. There must be a very limited number of places for little ones and the fact that she is being encouraged to try again - and is going to - is really positive. Everything crossed for third time lucky
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