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  1. Pixiewoo

    Sewing elastic to pointe shoes

    I was just googling the same thing myself! 😎 I think I'm going to do a loop at the back, but will check with DDs teacher first!
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    There is a dance shop in Hartlepool called 'Lets Dance' who were at a dance competiton we were at last summer, fitting Gaynor Minden shoes. I know the daughters of a friend were very happy with the fitting, and their new shoes. Planet Dance in Batley fitted DD with her pointe shoes, it seemed to be a long and thorough fitting, although it wasn't for GMs.
  3. Pixiewoo

    Christmas present ideas 2018

    LOL! I bought DD a mermaid to remind her that we'd been to see Northern Ballets little mermaid for a christmas present!
  4. Pixiewoo

    Rambert audition music 60 seconds?

    Hope she has a wonderful time 😊
  5. Pixiewoo

    Dance bag recommendations?

    DD uses a canvas tote bag with a selection of smaller zipped bags ( like makeup bags/large pencil cases/A4 size zipper bags she found somewhere! etc ) inside, with each class having its own 'bag' and then bags for hair stuff etc!
  6. Pixiewoo

    English Youth Ballet 2017-18

    sounds great, and I wish we could come - it's only a couple of hours drive, but sadly we are away that weekend. I hope it goes really well x
  7. Pixiewoo

    How to keep up interest in dance when it starts to falter?

    Around 9 DD was totally uninspired by ballet, and only continued with class as it was before another she still loved! (and her friends did it!) Her teacher wanted her to join the RAD class and she refused. 6 mths later, ballet was 'Ok' and 6 mths again later she loved it, and 6 mths later again decided to try RAD. She suddenly 'got' ballet, and now, at 13, attends as many ballet classes as she can fit in! Her first love is still tap and assorted forms of modern dance, but she can see how ballet influences all other dance forms. However, I was prepared for DD to give up dancing if that was what she really wanted to do.
  8. Pixiewoo

    Ballet shoes for wide feet

    DD has wide feet !!! She likes so danca SD16 split sole in canvas, who do a wide fitting, and I think capezio also do a wide fit. A few years ago, she had a lovely pair of bloch split soles with leather at the front and neoprene at the back and heel. They were expensive though, and she only got them as needed shoes ASAP and they were the only ones the shop had, that fitted. ( LOL, that was the last time we went to that shop, as i can't believe they didn't have ANYTHING else in her size except these ones! ) I now tend to buy starlite flexi canvas shoes, and although they are not very wide, they do seem a good fit, and I order several pairs at a time! good luck!
  9. Pixiewoo

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    slightly off topic ... but i didn't know where else to ask! DD is off to Tring on Sunday for the musical theatre summer school, and as we've got a long drive, i'm planning on heading off early and stopping for lunch and then maybe having a walk /afternoon tea/cup of coffee before dropping her off at 5pm. Any suggestions for places to go to eat/walk/visit? Thanks x
  10. Pixiewoo

    When to go for associates?

    Still non residential as far as I know! One of DDs friends has been staying with a CAT friend who lives locally, and as they are older, they have been getting the bus/train.
  11. Pixiewoo

    When to go for associates?

    DD has friends who go to Northern CAT ... 3/4/5 days a week ... usually one day at the weekend and the rest after school ... not sure on timing but say 4-7ish. PLUS obligatory Summer/Easter courses and extra rehearsals for events. Great training and experience but HUGE commitment from families.
  12. And as a volunteer in a classroom, it isn't just the child who misses some lessons each week, it is the whole class who can suffer, IF, the teacher then has to spend lesson time going over something the class has already been taught, or working one on one with a student who has missed a class, which means the whole class is missing the teachers support. ( there is a child who misses a fair amount of school in the class i volunteer with, due to family issues, and I usually spend a a chunk of my volunteering time, helping this child get 'up to speed' once the teacher has 'taught' the lesson ( again for this child ).
  13. Pixiewoo

    Sussex/Kent dance shops

    Sorry i can't help you with dance shops in your area. I have to drive 45 mins to a park & ride, and then a bus, so about an hour plus to a dance shop, but I'd rather drive 1 hour 20 minutes to the really good dance shop! OR, if i am heading to see family ... 4 1/2 hrs drive to family, then 20 mins an excellent dance shop! But i do live quite rurally, and do most dance shop shopping online!
  14. Pixiewoo

    TIGHTS Colour, Ballet pink vs theatrical pink

    And ... as far as i can tell, no matter what you wash them with, all tights eventually merge into the same greyish purplish tint! ( except a random pair, that we have no idea where we got them, or what make they are, that have stubbornly stayed a very yellowy pink colour !!!! 😂 )
  15. There are lots of secondhand tutu/costume pages on facebook ... i think you need someone ( or admin? ) to join you. I'm not on facebook, but my friend is, and often shows me things she'll think i ( DD ) will like/want/need !