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  1. balletgremlin

    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    So happy grade 7 went well for you @Viv. Grade 8 is a lovely dancey/performance based grade so even if you don't take the exam, it's lovely to learn. I'm never going to get a distinction but I agree, it doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to take the exams and my teacher definitely gives me more corrections and pushes me further than if I were just taking the classes for fun. Saying that, I wouldn't like to take multiple exams in one go - I think the nerves alone would knacker me out.
  2. I can suggest several schools in Northamptonshire that are very adult ballet friendly though I'm not sure there's a lot else I'd recommend about the area.
  3. balletgremlin

    Non-syllabus Boys Ballet classes - Portsmouth area

    I know of one in Kettering, but that's not much help to you.
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    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    I use to really enjoy the RAD tips youtube channel as their annotations on their videos were useful things to think about for exams and gave you an idea for what the examiners were looking for - such as the mood of the dance, the need for epaulement, suggested imagery etc.. However, as they've gone into the higher levels the tips have turned into "we did x, y and z wrong, do this arm/timing instead". I love watching other people dancing syllabus work that I've done and find it really interesting to see how they're taught/interpreted differently by everyone.
  5. balletgremlin

    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    Sounds like I've got some work to do! RAD don't make soft blocks compulsory for IF but they are for my dance school - I'm going to have to wear them if I take any further vocational exams anyway and they'll help strengthen my feet so I don't mind so much. It's just an adjustment from dancing in my soft shoes.
  6. balletgremlin

    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    Congratulations, @The_Red_Shoes. I love watching other adults dancing ballet. I wish more people were aware how accessible ballet is to all ages and that it's not just flexible teenagers who can do well. My teacher's putting my in for my Intermediate Foundation exam in November. Was feeling okay about it until I had to start dancing in soft blocks. I also haven't done pointe properly since March and I need to do a lot of work to get that up to exam standard.
  7. balletgremlin

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    Since no one on youtube seems to be uploading themselves dancing to this new syllabus, I thought I'd be the first out there with Level 3 Barre. Far from perfect but you can always watch the DVD for that.
  8. balletgremlin

    Ballet shoes for wide feet

    Is there a similar thread for narrow feet? I'm fine finding flats which work but I'm struggling with demi-pointe - Bloch A width are too wide.
  9. balletgremlin

    Just for the boys...😉

    The school I dance at in Kettering has weekly boys' only ballet classes with a male ballet teacher on Friday afternoons. They're currently advertising it as one of the only boys-only classes in the country so I don't know how rare they really are. I know my teacher often gets frustrated when RAD course skip the boys dances for higher grades because none of the other teachers have any boys in their classes.
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    Adult Ballet RAD grades uniform, help!

    Uniform isn't specific to age, but by grade, so for grade 3 the specification says: For females For males: So basically a plain leotard with tights & shoes.
  11. balletgremlin

    RAD Ballet - exam results for graded exams

    I did a presentation class for grade 7 as a teenager. I wasn't ready for the exam but my teacher knew I only had one year at school left and wanted me to have a go at grade 8 but also wanted me to have something to show for my hard work an effort I'd put in to learning the grade 7 syllabus even if I wasn't very good technique-wise. It's never nice knowing you're not great at something but I knew what level I was dancing at and well aware I'd feel better with a presentation class certificate than the possibility of failing if I took the exam. I thinking ballet should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability and teachers who don't let pupils who are "only" getting a pass take exams is more damaging to their confidence than taking the exam and getting a lower mark than their peers. In general, I think all pupils know how good they are in comparison to the rest of the class and I've never had a problem with results being posted publicly - we'd all ask each other for our mark breakdowns as well and compare how well we'd done in each section.
  12. balletgremlin

    Simply Adult Ballet

    Thank you so much everyone! As youngatheart has mentioned, I have put videos of me doing the entire grade 6 syllabus on youtube because I though it'd be nice for other adults to watch someone who wasn't a teenager doing all the dances and to show it's possible grown-ups can do exams too. I definitely want to continue taking exams. Grade 7 will probably be my next one. I am taking Intermediate classes too but my pointe work & double pirouettes need a lot more work before I'd be comfortable doing it in front of an examiner. My teacher is also getting ambitious and wants our advanced adult class to start doing the Advanced 2 barre, mainly because Advanced 1 plies and rond de jambes are boring us to tears. Doing repertoire too so definitely being kept busy. One downside of working towards exams is doing the same exercises on repeat so I'm enjoying the variety at the moment.
  13. balletgremlin

    Simply Adult Ballet

    @LinMM get your glassss out. Results are in and I got a high merit! I got my highest marks for performance and musicality rather than technique as expected. Very pleased as it's the best I've ever done on an exam and is more than 20 marks better than the last time I took grade 6 15 years ago!
  14. balletgremlin

    Simply Adult Ballet

    @LinMM - you might have to wait a while for that gin. New email says hopefully by the end of the week.
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    Simply Adult Ballet

    Every teacher in the Midlands has apparently received an email from the RAD apologising for the delay in posting the results. They release results by region & we're still waiting.