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    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    Thank you everyone - I was warned by my teacher they mark more harshly so wasn't expecting to do as well though I do think I danced better and with more confidence than in my grade 6. Marks wise - I got 8's for music and performance, 7s for barre, free enchainment and dance performance and 6's for everything else, even pointe! I'm especially happy with my pointe mark because I know how much effort I put in to get it. There was even talk between me and my teacher about entering for the male syllabus in future exams due to a dreadful lesson where my feet were so painful I couldn't even releve 5th. I was determined I wasn't going to make a fool out of myself in front of the examiner so made sure I worked really hard to make my pointe acceptable. It's still my weakness but I am seeing my strength and confidence slowly improve.
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    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    My intermediate foundation results are in - I got a Merit (67). So pleased with myself - exactly the same mark I got for Grade 6 last spring. I haven't had my marks breakdown yet so it'll be interesting to see where I got my marks. I felt like I performed my arse off and think pointe was probably my weakest section (though it went better in the exam than it ever had done in class).
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    How to find a good school for a boy

    Starlight Dance in Kettering is a good dance school for boys. Though they do loads of different styles of dancing and the focus is on commercial dance/show teams, the principal is male and runs a weekly ballet class for boys and a yearly ballet productions where all the boys get at least a feature role. The female RAD teacher loves boys dances and everyone in the classes learn both the boys and girls syllabus. There are several boys in the pointe class and last month I did my Intermediate Foundation exam with a girl who chose to do the male syllabus as she wanted to do the boys variation (she also wanted to do pointe rather than the boy's allegro but the RAD couldn't wrap their head around that one).
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    RAD Intermediate Exam

    Completely agree - I have the narrowest feet in existence and I swear all the dance shops within a 50 mile radius of my house only stock Bloch ones (and still have to special order in the narrower sizes). I ended up with Freed 0X with extra elastic to keep them on my heels and they still gape and make me look like I'm not pointing my feet.
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    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    Thanks everyone, it went well. I warmed up enough before hand and I think the cold & numb toes actually helped with the pointe work. Free enchainment was lovely and easy: Right foot in front, arms to 2nd on intro. Sissonne over, sissonne devant, sissonne over, sissonne devant, pas de bourre under, stretch bend, with arms in 3rd on the sissonnes and the back out to second on the pas de bourre.
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    Taking Ballet Exams as an adult

    I've got my Intermediate Foundation exam this afternoon. I'm more worried about how cold the studio is going to be than anything else.
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    Spotting

    I'm hopeless at spotting but have always been told to spot front for en dedans - and I've only ever done RAD.
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    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.
  9. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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