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  1. ScottishDancerMum

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    I heard it was pretty busy this year. Good luck, Diddydancer!
  2. ScottishDancerMum

    Edinburgh Associates 2018/19 (Ballet West)

    We are waiting with baited breath as well. When Daughter auctioned for Junior Associates last year, we hear within about 10 days, but I suppose there's a lot more people to go through, plus they want to see the performance at the last session to firm up their list on the current students. I would like to know... we're on tenterhooks here.
  3. ScottishDancerMum

    Music ideas please

    I love the theme from "Cocoon" by James Horner, which definitely plays into the reborn concept...
  4. ScottishDancerMum

    UKA / RAD equivalent grade levels?

    Hi Sissonne No, they seem to want grades over levels. All the other festivals we've done have been beginner/novice/senior, etc.
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    UKA / RAD equivalent grade levels?

    I plan to put "grade X, UKA Examining Board" but was curious if anyone knew the equivalents. It's for a ballet competition, more so than a festival, and they said they wanted teachers to be precise so that the students were placed against ones at the same level. She took her grade 2 UKA exam last March, but won't be taking grade 3 until about October due to some scheduling delays at her dance school. So if we says she's grade 2, are we being truthful but nor correct, but if we say she's in grade 3, we aren't being truthful. I feel a bit pinched here.
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    UKA / RAD equivalent grade levels?

    Hi all We are looking at a ballet competition that is asking for the dancer's grade level. I'm assuming they are meaning RAD grade level. Our school is UKA. Is there a vast difference in the syllabus that it will be problematic? While I'll talk to her teacher this week for the application form, if we submit her as a grade 2 or 3 UKA, will she be in the right section as far as RAD is concerned? If anyone has some info on this, I'd be grateful. Thanks!
  7. ScottishDancerMum

    How to get a Distinction in ballet exams!

    So proud of you! Let us know what the exam results say
  8. ScottishDancerMum

    Split sole or full sole shoes for Junior associate auditions ??

    I've heard this too from some adjudicators up here too... they expressed a dislike for satin.
  9. ScottishDancerMum

    Split sole or full sole shoes for Junior associate auditions ??

    At Ballet West, the director asks the students to wear So Danca canvas split soles with crossed elastic. They really do look nice on the foot.
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    How to get a Distinction in ballet exams!

    When my daughter slipped in class last year, one of our Highland Dancer mums gave me this brush to try - you use it to lift up the suede on the bottom of the dance shoe as it gets compressed and slippery the more you dance in it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diamant-Brush-Dance-Shoes-HW10910/dp/B0154Q3O48 It worked great! Lisa's idea about the water trick is another great idea... between the brush and a small spray bottle (or even a quick squirt from your water bottle), no more slipping. Go in here knowing you can do this! (and smile like you are loving every minute of it!) D xx
  11. ScottishDancerMum

    RBS Junior Associates - travel from Scotland?

    Four hours total, or four hours each way!? Either way, that is a very, very long day. My 8 year old is tired at the end of the week after her regular dancing classes, and school, and we only have an hour commute to Edinburgh to go to BW Associates. She tends to be exhausted at the end of her session, and it's not even a full day yet (that will change if she gets in next year). The students are "on form" from the minute they walk in the building to the minute they leave. They don't slack for a minute and they work very hard. I think SarahW's comment about considering if money might be better spent on private lessons or summer schools is very important. As much as we love the Associate program, there isn't a lot of individual attention and while it certainly helps her group work and her "team spirit", I like the combination of the program along with private lessons when possible. I realise that RBS has a wonderful reputation, as do many of the English schools, you have to weigh up what gives your dancer the most value for time and money. My family life, and my bank account (!) just doesn't allow for that. Best of luck for your auditions!
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    Help with hair please!

    Teaching the dancers to do it themselves is always best (although mine is 8 and I can't imagine her pulling her ponytail tight enough as of yet to make a bun hold it's shape... but we're trying!) But why do we let dance fathers off the hook so easily? I've had short hair most of my life and can barely braid, can't do french plaits, and my ballet buns are held together with pins, spray and the grace of God (definitely not skill!) I don't see why men should be allowed to just "not be good at it". Try!!! (rant over, off my soapbox now...)
  13. ScottishDancerMum

    RBS Junior Associates - travel from Scotland?

    If you need any other information, please PM me, I'd be happy to help!
  14. ScottishDancerMum

    RBS Junior Associates - travel from Scotland?

    There are several BW parents here. I can't say enough for it, especially at this age. She's 8... you don't know if she's still want to do it when she's 10 or 12. We had initially planned on sending our daughter to SB Associates, but when BW started taking dancers at a younger age, we felt this was a great fit. I know of several dancers who manage to do both BW and SB Associates. I just saw the deadline for the applications for both schools are around the end of April, so note that for future years Good luck with your search, and welcome here!
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    RBS Junior Associates - travel from Scotland?

    My daughter is a Junior Associate with Ballet West - they have a class in Edinburgh (and one in Glasgow) one day per month. I know we have at least one associate who comes in from Newcastle. Would you consider one of the Scottish programs? Ballet West has been excellent, and has Juniors from age 6-8 and Seniors 8+. I believe Scottish Ballet Associates starts in P6 orP7? Some excellent training here on our doorstep - we're very lucky!
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