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  1. MrsMoo2

    Ballet Photography Ideas...

    Morning peoples, DS is off to a ballet/dance photo shoot today and just realised it’s asked for him to have a few poses prepared. Hasn’t been dancing long and isn’t particularly flexible, any ideas welcome! 😆😆 xx
  2. MrsMoo2

    How to find a good school for a boy

    On the back of this, can anyone point us in the direction of boys classes in the NW/NWales. Or at least places with more than 1 boy. DS is getting bullied by his high school friends for wearing “tights” and he’s feeling marginalised being the only boy in the class. Have him booked onto the Hammond day in Jan but need something more grown up for him to find some man moves! (He’s 12). Made me sad to see him open his ballet based Christmas presents and get upset, being torn between being cool, at school or continuing his dance dreams. Considering private’s if I can’t find more boys or even a boys school of my own!! 🙈😆 xx
  3. No for DS, week 1 boys, WL, first time we had applied so expected it tbh. Working on the, “it’s a marathon not a sprint” thing! Lol! 😆😆😆 Merry Christmas to you and all your DC...🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼 xxx
  4. No news yet for DS, age 11, week 1/2, assuming a negative with the huge number of apppicants, wait and see, I guess! 👍👍👍
  5. MrsMoo2

    The Hammond Boys Day of Dance Masterclasses in Chester

    Had the itinerary through today, looks good. Any other DS’s going?? xx
  6. MrsMoo2

    RBS Junior Associates

    My DS auditioned for JA’s last year and didn’t get in. I thought it would put him off dancing and agonised about telling him the “no” letter had arrived. As it happens it’s just made him more determined! He’s more willing to try auditions now as he’s not scared of the “no” anymore. He now actively hunts out auditions and pesters me to take him, he just keeps saying, “One day Mum, one day” 😊😊😊😊
  7. MrsMoo2

    Being muslim at ballet

    Hi hun, Great that you’ve been given this opportunity. I think dance should be available to everyone. As regards uniform I’d ask the class teacher, some schools have very set ideas about leotards and tights but yours might be more flexible. Obviously the teacher has to be able to see the shapes you are making with your limbs so she can give you corrections. I’d just check with the teacher about boys. My DS is the only boy in his class of 11+12 year olds, but still maybe your parents wouldn’t be happy with boys in the class? Hope you can figure something out, you’ll love it! 👍👍👍👍👍
  8. MrsMoo2

    Buying ballet shoes for boys.

    Capezio hanami’s here too. DS likes the stretch canvas and they hug the arch better than his old ones, which I think were so danca. I like that there’s no sewing! Lol! 😆😆
  9. Out of interest, how many of you put residential and how many not? DS would be 11 next summer and would prefer it if I stayed down there with him and took him each morning but I don’t want him to miss out on the social side? Wait and see I guess! 😄 Don’t envy them having to choose the participants! xx
  10. MrsMoo2

    Christmas present ideas 2018

    I’m sure it will be wasted on him and once he sees the tickets the swan will be cast adrift! Lol!! 😂😂 Just wanted a better way to hand them to him than an envelope! 😆 xx
  11. MrsMoo2

    Christmas Intensives or workshops

    Not quite Christmas but BRB are doing a Nutcracker repertoire class at the end of November. Split up into 60/90 minute sessions for different grades. DS has booked himself in! Lol! xx https://www.brb.org.uk/get-involved/ballet-training
  12. MrsMoo2

    Christmas present ideas 2018

    DS has asked for tickets to see Matthew Bournes Swan Lake in the New Year. This weekend I’ve ordered a toy swan to hold the tickets (bought him good seats) and a tiny personalised music box from eBay that plays the music from swan lake. See where I’m going with this theme? Lol!! xx
  13. MrsMoo2

    A Level Dance or Dance BTEC

    Hi Zelda, nice to meet you. I studied A Level Dance many many years ago. If your family favour academia over more vocational type courses, it’s certainly an option. It’s not as dancey as you might think it is, a lot of A Level Dance is dedicated to the study of anatomy and physiology, dance notation, research around a set choreographer, or ballet. (Mine was Giselle). There are written exams in this then you have to choreograph a group and individual dance. You then have to dance in your classmates exam pieces, dance in a set study and interpret a dance notation in about 30 minutes. When my friends used to tell me it was an easy option, it most definitely is not!! I also studied A levels in Psychology, General Studies and Performing Arts which I found much easier! 😆😆
  14. MrsMoo2

    Goodbye - but only as a moderator

    Thanks for that Julie, it’s lovely to read there is life after a childhood ballet career! I myself danced till injury forced me out at 19, I’ve since gone on to have a successful career in mental health nursing after being everyone’s favourite agony sister at vocational school! 😄 My DS dances now, and I’ve always said to him when it stops being fun is when it’s time to stop. For now he leaps out of bed like a gazelle on dancing days! Lots of luck for the future to you and your DC. xxxx
  15. MrsMoo2

    Best Ballet Pumps

    There’s sooo many manufacturers out there and certain ones will fit your foot shape better. my DS favours the Capezio Romeo as it’s a stretch canvas with no fiddly bows! 😆 (His words!) xx