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  1. Thank you, that's the one I meant!
  2. Coffeemum

    American teen relocating to London

    Hi, Look at Masters of Ballet, run by Vaganova trained Olga Semenova. It's based in West London. Good luck!
  3. Coffeemum

    Drop-in classes in London

    My vocational dd is similar standard and age and loves Ian Knowles' elementary class and Emma Northmore's advanced/general, both at Pineapple. You get lots of vocational children at both of those classes in the holidays.
  4. Coffeemum

    Sussex/Kent dance shops

    Dancing boutique is excellent and the ladies there are very experienced with pointe shoe fitting etc.. They supply a few vocational schools with their uniform, too. If they don't have what you want, they will order it in. (with the exception of Freeds!)
  5. Coffeemum

    Associate schemes - alternatives to RBS JA

    Ps.. We also go up from Tunbridge Wells area..
  6. Coffeemum

    Associate schemes - alternatives to RBS JA

    There's Master Dance Programme at Ibstock school in West London, on a Saturday. Fairly new and run by Mary Goodhew, ex ballet principal of White Lodge and Elmhurst.. Some other super teachers there too. Woodside Retreat also fantastic.
  7. Coffeemum

    Not going to vocational school!!!!

    Some great replies to Dancer123's post. I think if your dd doesn't feel ready for vocational school and you have a super local teacher (I think I know who will be doing the 10 hours a week, and if I'm right, you'll be in safe hands!) she'll be better off being where she wants to be for now. My dd only started taking dancing seriously in year 7 and was then at a local grammar school. Because she had a bit of a journey and her ballet hours gradually increased, she moved to our local comp' in year 8 and they have been absolutely brilliant at supporting her dancing, letting her off nearly a whole day a week and leaving early two other days. She has just been accepted into vocational school for year 10 and has decided it's the right time to go. Her work-load at school has increased considerably in year 9, so is struggling with all the travel to and from dance and the homework on top. One other thing she has always found hard, especially over the last year, was having little or no time to see friends outside school, as weekends are so full-on. I'm hoping this will be better next year! We're slightly anxious about leaving her fabulous teachers, but as someone said to her recently, she needs to find her own way now and see how she copes in a vocational school environment! It's so hard to know what the right and best path is, (especially in such a precarious world as dance) but trust your instincts and time will tell. Good luck!
  8. Is the 11th still available?
  9. Hi, I'm looking for one or two tickets for Swan Lake on the 21st June Many thanks!
  10. Hi and sorry for delay! Yes please to the tickets. My eldest daughter can take my youngest and I'll look for another for me! How do I go about paying you? Many thanks.
  11. Hello, are these tickets still available?
  12. Coffeemum

    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    There's the Master Dance programme summer school held at Ibstock Place school in London. The principal used to be ballet principal of White Lodge and Elmhurst. Thoroughly recommended it and she gets in fabulous guest teachers from the Royal Ballet. Also highly recommended Woodside Retreat summer course which is residential. My DD absolutely loved the last course she did there.
  13. Coffeemum

    Good Luck/Audition results 2018

    Wow. A funded year 10 place for dd at Elmhurst. Quite shocked! Well done to all parents and children, regardless of a yes or no, who put themselves through all of this. My dd would never in a million years have done this a year ago, so keep going and with determination (and fabulous teaching of course!) they will get there. But now to write a list of pros and cons.. Having read the British training thread, I'm confused. Any guidance would be most welcome. Good luck to everyone out there.
  14. Coffeemum

    NEW Woodside School of Ballet - South East Area

    Nicola is a brilliant and passionate teacher and her school will be an opportunity not to be missed!