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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    Very sorry to hear that - I hope your DC isn't too upset. Which year and audition centre were you at? A friend of mine is still waiting to hear from the first London audition. x
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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    Fingers crossed for those still waiting! I wonder does it seem that they are sending out nos first this year? Hope those who havent' heard have good news coming, Was Birmingham after Manchester?
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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    Really sorry to hear of the nos. Hope all your DC are ok. Don't give up as others have said. Keeping fingers crossed for those who are still waiting on results. x
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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    I'm glad to hear she is ok. They have to be so resilient, dont they. Which audition was after Bath? Hope to hear of some good news for balletco dc soon. x
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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    Sorry to hear your news Allnewtome. I hope your dd is ok.
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    Good luck/Audition Results 2019

    Wishing good luck to all the parents and DC waiting on audition results for vocational schools this year. Hope to hear of lots of successes in the coming weeks.
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    Being muslim at ballet

    Hello Nadya - I see you have already had many helpful answers to your questions. I am interested to learn more about what it is about ballet that has drawn you to it? As you say you have always found ballet inspiring and beautiful I am guessing you will have watched professional performances and seen that both male and female dancers wear close fitting costumes in order to display the dancer’s lines and to allow freedom of movement. As ballet is an art form that uses the body to create beauty the body has to be on display - the body and how it moves, (defying physical possibility in some cases!), and the story and emotion conveyed by the movements, is an integral part of ballet. It is great that you now have an opportunity to take ballet classes. In terms of what is usually worn it is true that the regular ballet clothing is leotard and tights – and that this is very much for practical reasons as others have said, e.g. the teachers need to see that the correct muscles are working in order to ensure the student is performing steps correctly and safely. I am sure that if you explain your concerns the teachers at the prospective ballet school can answer specifically any questions you have regarding what can be worn there, and help you find a solution. Good luck with it all.
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    RBS Statement on Ballet Competition Culture

    Yes, I was reading those bios of the international scholars a few days ago by co-incidence. Was quite surprised to read his statement yesterday in light of the amount of competitions they had all entered and won medals at, and also according to these bios been selected by Mr Powney to be an International Scholar after he saw them at said competitions.
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    RBS Statement on Ballet Competition Culture

    RBS do take people into older years than their age sometimes. The person that Anna C was talking about above who got a full scholarship to join the upper school from YAGP is 14 and started upper school in September at RBS. This would mean they are in fact the age group of Year 10, which is two years younger than students entering upper school from White Lodge who are the correct age for year 12.
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    American teen relocating to London

    Hi ReadyforCoffee So I take it your dd will be 15 / 16 when you move her next year? At that age in the UK students apply for Upper Schools if they want to train in classical ballet full time with view to getting into a professional company. She would need to apply this coming academic year for Upper schools, schools open their applications from September usually, with all info on their websites. There would be application forms, photos, and potentially a video to submit, before an initial audition, after which some are invited to finals and some aren't. After the second (final) audition places are offered. The main schools I know of are Royal Ballet School, ENB school, Elmhurst School, Central School in England. Also Ballet West which is Scotland I think (?) Students start these courses when they are 16 after completing GCSE's and most courses offer A levels or equivalent for academic schooling. Hope this helps.
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    I remember reading on here that this year there were 2 girls from original Y7 cohort of 12 who had received the full 5 yrs training at white lodge were taken into US this year, along with a few girls who had joined for y10 or y11 having been recruited from abroad. I think the thing some people have been complaining about is that the students recruited from abroad are more advanced and have trained more intensively as they are homeschooled and do 5/6 hours a day of ballet, at least the competition winners who have in previous years been recruited.
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    In terms of the other point, relating to RBS recruiting from international competitions etc for upper school, possibly at expense of their own trained students from Lower school, I would guess the reason people feel 'energised' about this is that it appears to be contradictory to their training methods at lower school, which it has been noted are slower and more measured than the training so many international trained students receive in those years. So is the question being asked, why is their training at lower school level like that, when they recruit students for upper school who are more advanced technically as a result of more intensive training?
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    A good point you made here - so I thought I would check on YAGP results page. In fact at YAGP Paris finals 2018 (which took place last winter) there were four full year scholarships given by the Royal Ballet school at the competition to prize winners, 2 of which were full time acceptance into the upper school. I wonder what has changed in the space of 8 months, with regard to recruiting from YAGP, as they were definitely recruiting from there last season?
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    If they are saying they are not recruiting from competitions that don't align with their own teaching ethics, best practices and that they consider to have healthy and age appropriate criteria, does the fact they are not recruiting at YAGP this coming year imply that YAGP is one such competition that doesn't align with their teaching ethics etc? If so, it seems contradictory that they have offered a place to a high profile YAGP winner from last season to start at the upper school this September a year early, who has been widely publicised as saying they train upward of 40 hours a week (which is probably nearly double the hours most UK vocational students of 14 are doing) .
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    Royal Ballet School holding more international auditions

    Yes, it seems totally relevant. Basically 99% of the students taken into WL at Y7 entry are JAs, (excepting international applicants). Therefore these are the students selected by RBS as most appropriate for their style of training at that point. If those students are then trained by RBS at White Lodge and or the Upper school but are not making it through to the final year of Upper school training (where they would be denoted with an * in the programme) what has happened in the meantime? Was it that the original selection process, which deemed them the most appropriate for their training, was wide of the mark? Was it that the training the original selectees received over their time at the school resulted in them no longer being appropriate for the final year of the school? Something else?
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