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  1. junedancer

    Which RAD grade for a 6 year old beginner?

    If the teacher is happy with her in the class then this seems sensible and better than her dancing with younger children. There is no requirement to have done any of the grades as a pre-requisite until you get to the vocation grades. Grade 1 for a six year old is probably the average as the youngest you can sit the actual exam is age 7.
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    October half term workshops or classes

    Ballet Boost do an audition prep day for two age groups in the half term holiday but as noted by @Picturesinthefirelight not all schools have the same week.
  3. junedancer

    Dance bag recommendations?

    Good idea - think we may well adopt that as the bag DD uses seems to have dance wear and shoes for every type of dance regardless of what class she is going to!
  4. junedancer

    Advice on where to start with a 7 year old please

    Don’t be out off at an insight day - they look for potential - or by being turned down at a first audition. There are rarely enough places for those interested. Adding a second graded class and/or a technique class would also be a good next step.
  5. @Kate_N sorry I wasn’t clear - this was a WL pupil my DD met at another summer school not at WL. Not withstanding, I agree with the comments you have made.
  6. DD met someone from WL at summer school who takes private lessons “to help prepare for RB US” auditions. I was initially surprised but having read your post @Wigglybunny that does make sense that they may have to consider additional tuition.
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    For sale: Leotards XS-M

    Can you please check your messages? Thanks.
  8. junedancer

    London Children’s Ballet: Ballet Shoes

    I was speaking with someone at Sadler's Wells a few months back and had heard from them that they were making changes and understood that it had been felt that the concentrated Sundays had been challenging. I am not clear if this was a personal viewpoint or not. If they still start in January it becomes a longer rehearsal period and as @margarite notes the times vary from week to week so more likely to clash with weekend associates. Definitely a juggling act between the technical training at associates and performance experience, and a DM's sanity! Hopefully we will hear more about rehearsal details before we need to apply for to audition.
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    Ballet West -New Lower School to open

    The piece I read said that some pupils are transferring from the school in Africa which closed at the end of June. Pupils from the school are at Ballet West for their summer school along with their teachers who are setting up the new campus in Oban. Dance School of Scotland is only open to those who reside in Scotland and there doesn't seem to be an option where you could pay if you were so inclined. I think it is watch this space.
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    Ballet West -New Lower School to open

    As they will be joined by pupils from the school in South Africa that they are partnering with it may not be restricted.
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    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    For anyone still looking for a summer school place, the RAD London summer school wait list has opened up and there is availability https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/events/summer-school-week-1 although no accommodation left. At Dartington https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/events/dartington-summer-school-2018 there is still accommodation.
  12. junedancer

    Crown Help!

    Would there be anyway to attach elastic to it? You could then either have it under you chin or take it to the back behind your ears. If you can’t get a flesh colour you can use makeup to hide it as best you can.
  13. junedancer

    Associate schemes - alternatives to RBS JA

    You should contact Nicola at Woodside - she is right on your doorstep. Sorry I don't have details but she is on the Forum and I am sure other users can point you in the right direction. From what I have heard going to her would be a very good alternate to JAs.
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    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    What it means is that we don't have enough places for those for whom we liked what we saw on the audition day or from short course photo applications. RBS create short wait lists for all programmes and when a place become available they will review those in their lists. As others have said places do become available from wait lists (places are given up for all sorts of reasons) and a no doesn't mean a no later down the line. Good training is good training irrespective of the particular programme so I hope your son enjoys his new associates.