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  1. Sparkly

    Dance school recommendations Leeds/Bradford

    Thank you everyone, lots to think about now!
  2. Sparkly

    Dance school recommendations Leeds/Bradford

    My DD has auditioned for associates and not got in unfortunately. Does your child do the open classes?
  3. Hello, I’m considering a change of dance school for my 2 DDs due to some recurring issues where they are now. Does anyone have any recommendations for dance schools in the Leeds and Bradford areas? Thanks 😃
  4. Sparkly

    Serious injury and excessive training in young dancers

    30 hours a week?! Wow! That’s a lot. My DD is 12 and does 11-14 hours a week and that’s definitely the limit I feel or else she wouldn’t have time to do homework, see non-dance friends or just relax.
  5. Sparkly

    Auditioning without teachers permission

    Hi Pixiewoo, I’m not sure to be honest. Every application form I’ve seen has at least asked for the dance teachers details if not their signature. Is your DD at the Northern Easter course in Leeds this week?
  6. Sparkly

    Coping with disappointment

    Hi Suvis, It is so very hard. My DD had a recall for Northern but didn’t get a place, nor did she get Royal which she also auditioned for. She was very disappointed as she loves ballet but knows that she perhaps doesn’t have the perfect physical attributes that are required. She is most definitely more resilient than I am and I am so proud of her especially as three friends were accepted into the programs she auditioned for and she truly has been very happy for all of them. Your DD will be fine and I know it’s heartbreaking for you as Mum to see her so sad but it will make her stronger and more determined and also teach her the very important life lesson that life is not always fair. Also she’s very young and has many years of auditions ahead of her so it’s great for her to build up that much needed resiliency now! I really do feel for you both though! Hope you have a lovely Easter with your lovely DD xx
  7. Sparkly

    Northern Ballet (Leeds) Associates and others

    Hi Pixiewoo, my DD is also with Renaissance Arts and loves it. I just wish their assessment day was a bit sooner so we knew if she definitely had a second year! She hasn’t missed any sessions and seems to be progressing well so hopefully all will be well! Glad your DD is ok.
  8. Sparkly

    Northern Ballet (Leeds) Associates and others

    Tutusatdawn, hope your DD is ok, my DD also received a no and is very upset although she’s trying to put a brave face on. She got reserve list last year so seems to be going in the wrong direction. Makes me wonder if it’s worth all the heartache!
  9. Sparkly

    Can someone tell me the best way to sew on ribbons?

    Is it for flat shoes or pointe shoes? With flat shoes if you fold the back down then you sew the ribbons on just next to where the back of the shoe stops. Not sure I’ve described that very well! I usually use a lighter to singe the ends of the ribbons so they don’t fray. Leave the ribbons quite long and cut them once they’re sewn on so you can see how long you want them. You’ll need to leave enough ribbon at the end to tuck them in once you’ve knotted them on the inside of the ankle. Hope this helps!
  10. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    Yes there was a class full of boys just about to go in as my DDs class came out x
  11. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    Hi Coniger, They said WL finals results next week and MAs around Easter x
  12. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    Just a quick update. My DD auditioned in Birmingham today and had a lovely time. Whatever the outcome she’s enjoyed the audition experience immensely. Thank you all for your well wishes when DD was ill and for suggesting that I call and ask if she could audition at another centre as I would never have thought to ask! Sparkly x
  13. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    Thank you. She’s like a different child today now the antibiotics have kicked in. We’ve also had confirmation that she can audition in Birmingham in a couple of weeks, hooray!
  14. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    Thanks all. We’ve just been to the doctors and she has pretty nasty tonsillitis so definitely no audition today. I’ve left a message and sent an email asking if she can do the Birmingham audition instead so fingers crossed they get back to us with a yes!
  15. Sparkly

    Mids audition tomorrow and DD unwell

    I never thought of that! I’ll see how she is in the morning and give them a call if needed. Hoglett, I know I did think that 🙂