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  1. Feet Rolling In

    DD has suggested reducing turnout until able to control her feet and move back out gradually. She agrees with Dancing unicorn that regular use of a theraband (used correctly foot aligned) would help strengthen and also suggests an exercise in lifting arches. DD's teacher doesn't like wobble boards for young dancers as without the strength to control it she could do more harm than correct. All that said ask her teachers what they suggest.
  2. Swiss Ball

    When I asked DD what she used it for she said "this and that" and then suggested I could also use it for sitting on to watch TV so looks like we might need to get two - one for her and one for me!
  3. English Youth Ballet 2017-18

    If you request an audition pack for the venue/ballet you are interested in they will send all of the details including rehearsal and performance dates.
  4. Swiss Ball

    Can anyone recommend a good make for a swiss ball? We are on our second. The first lasted well enough so when we replaced we looked for the same make but couldn't find it so went for what we thought would be a good product. It doesn't seem to be big enough - it should be 65cm - and goes down quite quickly so I am fed up with it. DD now doesn't use it - I think she might have lost a plastic part needed to pump it up and doesn't want to ask me and get into trouble for loosing it! Any recommendations? I would love just to get her a new one. How much does the size matter? As I said I thought 65cm would be fine but this seems smaller but am not sure we can pump it up anymore to see. Thanks.
  5. The Canterville Ghost 2018 by LCB

    Last year the cast was much smaller so hope you get good news this year. LCB is a great experience. We know of one dancer who auditioned every year and never gave up and on her last chance was cast in a lead role.
  6. In a life pre-DD I used to read the FT at work and his name rang a bell - I particularly remembered him for his comments on the Sugar Plum Fairy having taken the role to heart and eaten too many sweets which I thought particularly cruel.
  7. If it is the same man he taught dance history at Laban before becoming the drama critic to the Financial Times in the late 90s up until about ten years ago when I believe he moved to the US to take up a post as dance critic. He has also authored books on ballet from what I recall. He created controversy a few years back when commenting on the weight of a certain Sugar Plum Fairy.
  8. Budget friendly Hotels, London, If they exist!

    Try Point A at Paddington. We stayed there when it was under another name and it was good value. It is on Central and District line so easy enough for Victoria and ENB. There is also an Easy Hotel in the area that is basic and cheap - met someone who stayed there and said price outweighed the orange and lack of window! - and they may well have one close to Victoria.
  9. La Sylphide plus ... ?

    Can anyone advise me on which of the two options would be best Song of the Earth / La Sylphide or Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / La Sylphide? I go for the music and my friend goes for the ballet so we are struggling to decide as neither or us are very knowledgeable on ballet. Sorry to be so vague - just hoping someone can say something to help us decide. Thanks.
  10. Under leotard - what's good for a child?

    DD uses microporous tape for that particular problem - very effective
  11. Hope all went well with the audition. This is bit late to respond and for anyone applying but I have only now come across this post again. I remembering thing that the problem is a metric/imperial issue: 142cm is around 4.6 feet although that isn't the correct way for this to be presented as you don't present imperial measurements in metric so yes this was 4'8" which I take it was the maximum height they were looking at, not 4' 6" - I hope no-one was put of by this. Either way my daughter was too tall - pity it looked like a good experience for the £20 fee.
  12. Looking for a copy of the film Polina

    Thank you responding. Not sure if this is a silly question but I take it that you can choose to watch this in English. My French is pretty ropey!
  13. I think they may have heard you - the camera is at least moving to the side.
  14. I was surprised to hear Kevin O'Hare say that the majority of the company had come through either White Lodge or Upper School at some point. Maybe it is the "some point" that are the key words as I thought that few ever went through from WL to US and onto the company. Maybe they have been there for year or two and trained elsewhere before coming back.
  15. Film: Darling

    Here is the link to the BFI site in case anyone wants to get to get tickets. https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=FCC0445D-40C6-4BC6-888F-2B3169A24A64&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=E0558F11-9B39-4BD6-A7A9-A2147B07372B