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  1. I know of a dancer who applied for Bradford and has had an invitation to audition. Dd applied for Sadler’s - no news for us yet.
  2. BlueLou

    Rambert - Ballet experiences please

    Also, most of the big school’s have active Facebook pages that are good for keeping up to date with holiday courses, application deadlines etc….
  3. BlueLou

    Rambert - Ballet experiences please

    Rambert prides itself on being 50/50 ballet/contemporary. Your dd sounds like she might be better suited to somewhere with a slightly greater emphasis on classical ballet and a little less contemporary - like Central or RCS. Having said that, most aspiring dancers apply to a selection of schools and only decide which one is the best fit if and when they are lucky enough to have offers to choose between! As others have said, most of the more classical schools prefer starters at 16, whereas those with more contemporary may prefer slightly older. I believe roughly 25% of Rambert’s intake were 16 last year.
  4. I’m pretty sure that the whole country breaks up for Half Term on Friday 24th May 2019 and returns Monday 3rd June. It coincides with Bank Holiday weekend, so usually the same everywhere. There are never any GCSE or A levels during that week
  5. That does seem reasonable of them. Unfortunately for us we have applied for Sadler’s Wells because that’s closest to where dd will be living from September, but not yet .
  6. BlueLou

    GDPR and audition feedback

    Surely they must keep the notes for a while, between prelims and finals and after finals at least in the case of the reserves. Having notes filed under ‘number 27’ which is cross-referenced to a separate file with actual applicant details is pretty much the same thing as having everything in one folder. I expect there are GDPR experts out there now who sell their services to help companies find and exploit loopholes and otherwise cover themselves!
  7. BlueLou

    GDPR and audition feedback

    Interesting point KeepDancing. Do subjective observations recorded during an audition constitute ‘personal data’? I think they should. Definition In short, right of access means data controllers are required to provide data subjects a copy of their processed personal data upon request. Article 12 introduces the concept (all emphasis added unless otherwise stated): What Shall Be Provided Article 15 outlines the right of access in greater detail. First and foremost, data subjects have the right to confirm if controllers in fact process their personal data. Should the answer be yes, subjects may then request the following: A copy of the personal data undergoing processing
  8. BlueLou

    Overseas summer schools 2019

    I keep getting a ‘suggested post’ from Estonia International Ballet School on my Facebook page. It looks very interesting, but I’d never heard of it. Anyone any experience of this summer school? Sorry to hijack your thread JayJay - don’t think this one would be any use to you as it’s for ages 16+.
  9. BlueLou

    Laine and Rambert

    Thanks Mark. She has accepted Rambert and will be there this September. Class numbers have gone up a bit since your day - they now accept about 45, of whom 15 are boys.
  10. BlueLou

    Audition fees

    I don’t think anyone would expect a detailed written report after a dance audition. Laine provide a few minutes of feedback over the phone. I’m not sure exactly what the nature of that would be, but they did say that if a candidate had failed to secure a place on the 3 year diploma course they were happy to give an indication of whether it was worth the candidate applying for the foundation year option this year or waiting another year. I would guess that they would indicate areas that required improvement. Many candidates who fail to secure a place at dance upper schools try again the following year, so all they want to know is what areas they 'scored low' in so they know what to focus on during the year ahead. I’m guessing that for many who make finals the feedback could simply be that whilst the candidate was good, others were just a bit stronger this year, which would at least provide encouragement to keep going and try again next year. Central, Rambert and RCS all conduct a physio assessment. I think they have a moral obligation to pass on any issues that the physio has picked up on that the candidate may not be aware of.
  11. BlueLou

    Audition fees

    With prelims and finals, and some schools (e.g. Central and RCS) having finals that span 2 days, it is certainly costly. We figured an average of about £400 per school dd applied to (including 2 audition rounds, fees, travel, accommodation, food etc…..). I agree with MrsMoo2 - I think it’s poor form not to give a little bit of feedback to candidates, especially those that have made finals but not been offered a place. It would only take a few minutes and would be a mark of respect towards families that have invested a lot of money, time and effort. Laine have 700-800 applicants and they offer feedback over the telephone if required, so I don’t see why other schools can’t make that effort. I presume they don’t want to get into a debate - but I’m sure they could cover themselves by saying ‘in our opinion, on the basis of our expert observations during the audition …….’.
  12. BlueLou

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    My 11 year old ds will be going to the York Scholars summer school this year. Early bird discount if you book before 1st May. https://www.yorkshireballetscholarshipcentre.com/summer-school/
  13. BlueLou

    Good Luck/Audition results 2018

    A ‘yes’ for RCS for dd too. Very happy, but does rather complicate our existing dilemma ……...
  14. BlueLou

    Good Luck/Audition results 2018

    RCS was the smallest final we have been to - I think only 34 dancers there. How long can it take to consider such a small number?? I know of at least 6 of those 34 that have offers from Central or Rambert that need replies by the middle of next week - and the vast majority I don’t know about, so I would assume there are quite a few more than 6. So if RCS don’t get there offers out soon I suspect a large proportion of the offers they do make will have already had to accept another offer.
  15. BlueLou

    Laine and Rambert

    Thankyou so much for this!
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