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  1. Sam

    En Pointe Orthotics ( EPO)

    Hi Domino, My dd used Perfect Pointe when doing lots of rehearsals/exams last year and never stopped using them. It is quite an easy system to follow!!
  2. Sam

    European schools and intensives advice

    There are not many that enter after 13, but it does happen. I do not know the percentage of those that start between 9-13 and finish Upper School either, unfortunately. I do know two that started at 11yrs that graduated 2 years ago, one boy did two years as supernumerary before getting a contract in Italy and a girl who is on her third year as supernumerary. Wherever you research , graduate destinations are important , but also , for me, it was school atmosphere, pastoral care and as others have said on this forum the right fit for your child. My dd only started ballet at 9/10 and so did not try POB at 13yrs, she did two years of 'sport studies' , school morning and ballet afternoon/evening and then auditioned for vocational school at 15yrs , at the two schools of our choice. Good Luck, its not easy!
  3. Sam

    European schools and intensives advice

    Students can be assessed out at the end of any year. If accepted, it is affordable compared to UK schools but the boarding house shuts at weekend, and so you have to find host families (Afab mentioned this in a previous post). The last two girls that entered the Corps de Ballet from the School (Concours last summer) both started at 15yrs, one came from the Prix de Lausanne and the other from the CNSMDP. Some students, who graduate, stay at POB on supernumerary contracts and try again a year/two/three years later. On looking at their graduate destinations they seem to end up in companies in France and Europe, interestingly at the 'Opera de Bordeaux' there are graduates from POB and RBS.
  4. Sam

    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!!
  5. Sam

    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!
  6. Sam

    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!!!
  7. Sam

    Options for an 18 year old

    If she is brave enough to travel ; http://www.bejart-rudra.ch/pen_homepage_01.php
  8. Sam

    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.
  9. Sam

    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!
  10. Sam

    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!
  11. Sam

    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 !!
  12. Sam

    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!!
  13. Sam

    Dance Training Alternatives

    Are you prepared to travel? There are options in Europe !
  14. Sam

    Dance Fitness survey

    Done xx
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