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  1. Overseas summer schools 2019

    We were in Biarritz last week for a spring ballet course and the dog came too!! We stayed in a campsite and found dog-friendly beaches!!
  2. Overseas summer schools 2019

    http://www.biarritz-academie-danse.com/en/ This summer school has a great reputation, friends of my dd have been going for years!
  3. Pointe Shoe Toe Pads

    I bought these for dd last year after years of silicon toe pads. They saved her feet when she had rehearsals every day last November!!!
  4. Options for an 18 year old

    If she is brave enough to travel ; http://www.bejart-rudra.ch/pen_homepage_01.php
  5. Applying for Princesse Grace

    Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with a hip stress fracture 3 days before and so could not attend Monaco or Royal Danish Ballet SS last summer, bed rest for 2 months She was very disappointed! Her friend went and really enjoyed it, although, she said the same as Flora about the level of interest.
  6. Applying for Princesse Grace

    My dd applied for the ss last year and we just did a general 15 min video with barre work, a short middle, a few pointe exercises and a small contemporary solo of 2 min at the end! I hope this helps!
  7. 6th form schools abroad

    Hi Ballet4ever, My dd has just started her second year in vocational school in France (we live here), if you would like more info on the schools here and the process etc let me know!
  8. Pointe Shoe Prep Question!

    My dd and I sew her pointes together, I darn ( Perimeter of pointe x 2 in blanket stitch) and she sews ribbons and elastics! In front of a good film our production line manages two pairs in 1 1/2 hrs !!
  9. Paris Opera Ballet School Audition Question

    My dd has friends there and knows a little girl that auditioned and from asking around, as far as we know, they do not make exceptions to their audition format. However, it doesn't hurt to ask. Even if they are accepted there is a trial period of 6 months before a final decision is made. At the end of each year children are assessed out, so be prepared! They do audition after 13yrs but the criteria is different, as can be seen on their website. The other thing to check is if they are allowed to board the weekend if you are not in the same country, before they were expected to return home at weekends (or to a host family), this still happens in most French vocational schools (Marseille/CNSMDP). I wish your dd best of luck with her audition and well done!!
  10. Dance Training Alternatives

    Are you prepared to travel? There are options in Europe !
  11. Dance Fitness survey

    Done xx
  12. My dd, aged 15yrs, started vocational school this school year. It does not have an education department, it is a Conservatoire for Music and Dance, so she started the CNED which is a government run home education system, there are modules and it follows the normal French curriculum. Although, I know, the system doesn't exist in the UK, I just wanted to say she is a hundred times more happier and less tired! She does have a support tutorial once a week and the rest is up to her, but to be honest , I have never seen her so motivated and organised! We all learn in different ways and for us it was definitely the right decision!! Good Luck!
  13. Elmhurst auditions Sept 2017 entry

    I totally agree. Here, in France, the auditions for Rosella Hightower (in Cannes) and ENSD ( Marseille) involve a week long 'intensive' as does the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. The POB, CNSMD Paris and Lyon involve 2 parts.
  14. Audition Solos

    Have you tried 'Yann Tiersan' (check spelling) ? He composed the music for the film "Amelie", it is mostly piano music but really lovely to dance to! He has about 3/4 albums. We also found 'Satie' good for dancing, especially the "Gymnopedie and gnossiene"- Good Luck
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