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  1. Full day of Classical Greek @ Milton Keynes Sunday 12th Nov - ISTD Ruby Ginner - be there or be square...
  2. A friend's daughter was at Durham at their open day recently and the tutor talking to her on the liberal arts degree was extremely interested in her classical greek dancing and wanted to know more and thought it sounded like a great hobby to have. It will become in the new edge in personal statements!
  3. Ballet West School

    When looking at your options for USs remember that all USs are not the same. Some are audited by OFSTED and others by QAA. Some are boarding school like and have been around for more than 50 years whilst others are much newer. In the case of BW as a fairly new institution (especially when it come to offering degrees)it is obviously from this thread needing to improve its pastoral care services/provisions. As someone who works in a Russell group university the services at universities are being improved all the time due to political pressure and the introduction of fees and competition. This is not something that the universities are necessarily doing voluntarily but the league table pressure means that they are having to listen. There are services but not all students use them and they will vary depending on the institution. I think what is important to think about for parents with 16 year old dc is to be wary of their readiness to take on the rigours of a full time ballet training at an US that offers a university degree as there are temptations when living independently and being away from home that will challenge them personally. The rigours of the training do not really allow for the party lifestyle. Many a dc can get involved in risky behaviour outside the classroom that will affect their performance in the classroom especially if an injury is sustained through misadventure. Having said that I am interested in finding out why the reputation of USs in the area of pastoral care does not appear to be particularly positive. Food for thought...
  4. Ballet West School

    I am sure balletjack you have got sufficient information from others on the forum around the potential costs etc. The distance can be a real issue and travelling there for performances/visits adds further costs to the 3 years so take that into account. As the mother of a current 2nd year student at BW, I am satisfied with the pastoral care. When my dd had an injury last year, staff in the office booked her an appointment with the local GP and drove her there at very short notice. She was able to rest and still attend classes and mark things out. One of the physiotherapists that goes there also contacted me personally which became a good 30 min telephone conversation about my dd injuries and this was in her own time. Each year has a student rep who goes to scheduled staff meetings so if there are issues the students need to contact their rep and tell them about it. I do think that there is room for improvement and the mental health issue (especially around dealing with injuries and rehabilitation and responding to critical feedback from teachers) are two pertinent ones. I am interested in reading Yasmine Naghdi and others such as Sarah Lamb, Darcey Bussell, Melissa Hamilton talk about their struggles as students and how they had to build up a 'resilience' in such a competitive and subjective field and move on from setbacks. Really sorry to hear All4dancers and KCoom75 that your DCs did not receive pastoral care whilst at BW, it seems like there is still work to be done in this area...as a relative 'new' higher education provider they are still developing their support systems. The QAA report is freely available on the QAA website if people are interested: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10042364#. As for the ballet training, I am absolutely satisfied with the quality of the training and the range of excellent and committed dance teachers at BW that have come from a range of training backgrounds and different nationalities. I would say that for my dd BW has been an excellent choice.
  5. Anybody heard of Ajkun Ballet Theatre

    You also have to know that you can 'buy' followers. I am not sure how it works but there are ways...
  6. Anybody heard of Ajkun Ballet Theatre

    Welcome to the new world of instagram! Not sure how odd it is that a ballet company approaches dancers in training. We know an extremely talented dancer who was invited to the Adjkun summer school in Italy which he found to be hard work but fabulous. He is off to be an apprentice with them in the US very soon. What concerns me more is these dance brands who use preteens and teens to do free advertising for them by getting them to post pictures and tag them as part of an ambassador search. Very few get the ambassador role and those who don't can get confused.
  7. Genee 2017

    Thanks pas de quatre for the info. I am familiar with requirements. Though is there a time limit on how long ago you did your Adv2 exam? Or how many times you can compete in the competition?
  8. Genee 2017

    Dear all Without going into the Aussie/Brit issue which is complex I want to know if the judging panel have the following information when they are judging or is it just the number of the dancer only. Country of dancer, school attending and dance teacher's name. There are news articles currently stating that many large companies including the BBC, omitting school and university details from job applications as a way of avoiding conscious or unconscious bias. Do you think that bias has crept into the Genee? Do you think this may result in perhaps a less rich final from an artistry point of view? Do certain schools or teachers hold sway with the RAD? Your thoughts please.