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  1. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    I totally agree. Permanent employment to me is highly successful. Especially within the Arts. Sadly the media/reviews/critiques and eventually jo public only see success as those whose names are in floodlights or headline posters. As in ‘made it big’. Not realising that without the ensemble/corps de ballet etc there would be no soloists as there would be no performance. 🤩
  2. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Well said. I do think a lot of this comes from schools where they are never allowed to ‘fail’. Oops if I’m even allowed to say that. Maybe overmarked to ensure no one is upset on their marks. Even sports days everyone has to be a winner. Away from the studio :- The next generation are under the impression success is instant (reality tv) and lack the stamina or prepared for the long haul. Not realising that success only comes to a few but then maybe after many years of the long hard slog. Majority never actually being ‘successful’ (headline news) but quietly and efficiently earning a modest income and enjoying life with friends and family. Not empowering’ anyone, not ‘inspiring’ anyone and not ‘breaking any glass ceilings’. Or any other cliches out there. We have to prepare our children that when they do graduate from vocational school they must understand that very few reach the level of a soloist with the vast majority still enjoying a (continuous employment) career in Ballet/Performing Arts. Which is a success in itself. 🤩 Oops. Rambling on a bit. Hopefully making some sense but I think many will understand.
  3. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Oh yes. To be ‘empowered’ and to breakdown any barriers. As if life will be 100% a battle. And that ‘no one can stop you’ is totally unrealistic. Makes my blood boil. Yes strive to work hard and do your best but realise that in life there will be a No. Sorry you can’t. So making children and not learning how to cope with reality. Well done sarahw for having that conversation. Couldn’t have been easy.
  4. balletbean

    Demi pointes for auditions at Royal.

    Sorry that you appear to have misread my post. I never mentioned new shoes were required. I wouldn’t suggest new for any audition and/or exams but certainly clean and in good condition.
  5. balletbean

    Demi pointes for auditions at Royal.

    I’m sorry to disagree. Presentation extends way past an audition. Once accepted at a Vocational School immaculate presentation is a daily/lesson prerequisite. Being sent out the studio to correct ones attire/presentation is not unheard of. Start as you mean to go on, as the saying goes.
  6. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Thank you. My son went through some dark times when reality hit home. So hard for him but like all our children we are there for them. It taught me so much and prepared me and my girls for the dancers life. To support them through good and bad offering guidance but not forcing/pushing them and eventually they find their niche and way in life. With us by there side to be there when needed. No matter how young or how old they are. Ps. A jockies life is comparable to ballet dancer. But many just don’t see it. Constantly exposing the body to injury, fighting the weight game and facing constant rejection. Besides all that they are both filled with love and passion for their sport. One wears ‘sparkle’ and the other wears ‘silks’ but they are fundamentally both highly trained athletes.
  7. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    I totally understand where you are coming from. To gain a coveted place at a vocational school may seem the only challenge between training and employment as a dancer but it’s nothing compared to the real world of Dancing. Sometimes walking into the audition room and they say NO and you’ve still got your coat on! My eldest son (non dancer) wanted to be a jockey for as long as anyone cares to remember. Attended training college at 16 short in height, perfect we all thought. but sadly Mother Nature had other ideas. 12/18months later he was one if not the tallest registered jockey at 6ft. At 6ft he couldn’t match the weight of 4ft11/5ft jockies. He had to diversify and rethink his career path. Heartbreaking at the time. As it turns out all for the best. Still equine but not the route he had originally planned for but loving life and work in his new role. Dancers are no different. Too tall, too short. Even the wrong bone/muscle structure it’s sad but it’s a truthful reality. But there is a plan out there for everyone. Maybe not the plan anyone had in mind and it may just take some time to see it or find it. But it is there. 😉
  8. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    This time last year we (DD & I) took the chance. Only turning 16 in the July she was in my eyes far too young. Researched which schools she could make her home for the next 3yrs. Whittled the list to just two. Was accepted at her first choice. If she had been declined then we had decided it would be the full 2yrs A level course then try again at 18 but would have to be more MT route which really doesn’t tick her boxes but research again for more dance focused colleges rather than the strong triple threat colleges. It is hard as ballet really appears to be post GCSE. A pupil could start the same day they turn 17 whilst others in the class start the a week after they turn 16. That’s a big leap in maturity. It’s a personal choice. No two teenagers are the same. We took the gamble (independent living etc) and happy to report it’s worked brilliantly for my DD with no regrets. It’s hard as sometimes ballet has to take the back seat when making the decision. Accommodation, additional costs location, travel and all independent domestic aspects have to be included. It’s called a reality check. Hard for the youngsters as the thought of living breathing ballet 24/7 is all they think of. Not the other parts. Good Luck.
  9. balletbean

    Questions about Upper School auditions

    Hi. Sounds like a possible plan however, please be mindful some exam boards/schools are doing away with AS’s and making A levels a 2yr course as a stand alone qualification. Which means a yr of academic study for no recognition/qualification . 🤨
  10. balletbean

    Demi pointes for auditions at Royal.

    The only downside of wearing ‘demis’ is that if the girls change to pointes during the audition, those with ‘flats’ are obviously quicker as they are now all elastic compared to the ribboned ‘demis’. Just something to consider.
  11. balletbean

    ENBS 2019 Summer School

    Having been in the same situation a couple of summers ago for my then 15yr old. I can confirm Hostels won’t take under 16’s. In some cases even under 18’s. ‘Halls’ were also not available, due to some having a licensed bar on the premises. If your DD will be on her own I would suggest a ‘home stay’. ENB has some contacts. At least there is a ‘guardian’ for your DD during her stay. Good Luck.
  12. balletbean

    London Accommodation / Homestay/ Chaperone sought

    Hi. From experience of previous ENBS SS please contact the school directly. They did offer details of ‘homestay’ upon request. Not openingly advertised. My DD was 15 just the week before the SS started and we did experience challenges to source accommodation for her on her own due to age or even sharing. As she was going for the two weeks I stayed with her (Tripadvisor flat) but understand that’s not possible for you. Homestay (with a host family) would be the best option. At least food and laundry would be sorted for her. The course is full on and tiring. Wonderful experience. Inexperienced young teens having to navigate London public transport after a full day maybe just too much physically and emotionally for some. Home stay therefore may offer the best. Being close to the school is incredibly helpful. Staff are very helpful and answer questions very promptly. Good luck.
  13. balletbean

    ENBS 2019 Summer School

    Hi. My DD was at ENBS two summers ago. The girls are so busy/tired we didn’t actually do much in the evenings but I managed to book guided backstage tours for the Royal Opera, Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal and then we both finished off with a tour around Buckingham Palace on our last day. Loved the ‘me’ time. Well worth the experience of them all. DD’s personal experience is. Plenty of packed lunch Spare shoes. We thought we were prepared but the work is so intensive she wore out one pair of canvas flats and Pointe Shoes. Unless you have access to laundry facilities ensure your DD has two leotards a day. Don’t try and plan anything in the evening. Generally too tired and just wanted to chill out. We stayed at a self catering flat which wasn’t necessarily the cheapest but offered space kitchen and laundry. Especially as she was there for the full two weeks. Good of luck and enjoy.
  14. balletbean

    ENB - Open Audition

    An exciting opportunity for the more mature members (graduates) of this forum. http://au-di-tions.com/english-national-ballet-is-seeking-40-classically-trained-male-and-female-ballet-dancers-for-christopher-wheeldons-cinderella/
  15. I’m not too sure if this is the correct place to post but here goes. My DD and I watched the NBS production last night at The Dance House. The 2nd & 3rd yr pupils were all outstanding it was the young girl that played Clara (from an invited dance school) that completely stole the show for us. Her technique, stage presence, facial expression and stamina (on stage throughout most scenes) was amazing. I believe she’s just 11yrs old. Not sure if I can name the school but congratulations to this young lady. I’m sure this forum reach covers many schools. Hoping that she will have a lovely career in ballet. 🤩🙆‍♀️ 👏🏻👏🏻
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