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  1. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Hello SJBallet. It's lovely to hear from yet another adult exam syllabus student. There's quite a few of us now. Thanks for your good wishes, and fingers crossed for your results. .
  2. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    I have a date for my Intermediate exam - June 27th, less than three weeks away. Aaaagh! Panic time!
  3. The_Red_Shoes

    Simply Adult Ballet

    Congratulations Balletgremlin! I hope you are going on to do the other Higher Grades and Discovering Repertoire next. I know what you mean about the pointe work and double pirouettes. They are my bugbears too. However my teacher is doing my application this week, so I've just got to get on and master them.
  4. The_Red_Shoes

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    Hi Viv, that's not the same variation as in Discovering Repertoire - not the same part of the peasant pas de deux. I didn't know how to insert a video, but it looks like it's inserted itself! it's the section beginning at about 7.02. Not 100% identical choreography, but mostly.
  5. The_Red_Shoes

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    Just had an email from the RAD. They are looking into the feasibility of running regular DR syllabus classes at RAD HQ in the future.
  6. The_Red_Shoes

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    I did two Discovering Repertoire workshops at RAD HQ the other weekend, the Level 2 and the Level 3. In both workshops we did some of the barre and centre, most of the developmental exercises for one of the variations and then learned the complete variation.We did the Coppelia at Level 2 and the Sleeping Beauty at Level 3. In both classes the barre and centre were definitely at the easy end for that level, but did include some nice exercises. Glad to see that they have finally dropped grand plie in 4th. The developmental exercises were kind of basic, but to the point - breaking down the variation into its various elements. The variations were quite tricky for the level they are set at, containing some vocabulary that hasn't been introduced in other exams at that level. If danced on pointe they would be equivalent to the next level up. However, you are allowed to adapt some steps to your capabilities, eg how fast you take chaines. I suppose the idea is that by working steadily through the class and the developmental exercises, you are fully prepared for a variation that is at the upper end of your capabilities. So you should be challenged, but well supported. I need to put off starting DR classes until after my Inter exam, as from now till June I will have exam coaching on that evening. So probably will start September.
  7. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Good luck, Ballet Gremlin. Dance your socks off!
  8. The_Red_Shoes

    I Passed!!! Grade 6

    That's brilliant! You are such an inspiration!
  9. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Well, the teenagers in my Inter class took their exam last weekend, so the class is now officially Advanced Foundation. I think AF has some the loveliest music and exercises - although by the end of the pirouette enchainement I feel like I've downed a bottle of vodka. The port de bras is beautiful. There are lots of my favourite allegro steps, such as failli assemble. And I can't wait to learn the Variation 2, that sultry tango. Meanwhile, I'll be carrying on with Inter alone in a private lesson, starting next week and aiming to take the exam in Manchester in the summer exam session (late June-early July). I'll be concentrating mainly on my pointe work.My teacher has said some very complimentary things to me this evening. She told me that I have been an inspiration to the teens. Considering that I was originally quite nervous at the thought of dancing with 17 and 18 year olds - it's been a real boost to hear that they are often wowed by my dancing. I'm feeling a very proud old lady, flying the flag for Adult Students.
  10. The_Red_Shoes

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    Yes, she understands that I really want to do it and she is sympathetic, so I don't think she'd object. I just feel a bit mean as I'd need to miss one of her classes. However, I think I may need to put it off anyway until after my Inter exam, so I wouldn't start till September, I think.
  11. The_Red_Shoes

    Now That's What I Call A Correction Volume 1

    My teacher passed on some thoughts on pull-up from a (somewhat eccentric) teacher she had as a student. "Imagine you have weed yourself and you are trying to avoid contact with your wet knickers." I don't believe I have wet my knickers in many, many years, but I found that I had a very strong sensory memory of avoiding the clinginess of those soggy pants.And, yes, instant engagement of the pelvic floor/lower abdominals. She often uses the reminder "wet knickers" in class.
  12. The_Red_Shoes

    Rad discovering repertoire classes

    Just found this longer and more detailed RAD Discovering Repertoire video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1QZXHmq4hg I'm harrassing my teacher to introduce DR. She's interested but can't see where it would fit into her existing timetable and she has no time for adding further classes. I'm arguing that it would be an additional option at each level - we already tend to alternate higher grades and vocational grades, and the open advanced class isn't currently working towards any exams anyway so could take on Level 4. We will be having a discussion in our Intermediate class in the next week or two as all the teens are taking their exam next weekend and we will be deciding whether to do Grade 7 next or start on AF, so I'm going to suggest DR Level 3. Meanwhile, encouraged by my teacher, I'm attending the taster workshop at HQ. I've also found a class not impossibly far away where they have just started working on the Level 2 syllabus, although I would feel disloyal if I were to start going there.
  13. The RAD have extended the deadline for booking onto the spring series of Adult Associate classes at Elmhurst (starting February 4th) and the rep workshop on Ashton's Dream. It looks like they are under the required numbers and may cancel. So if you might be interested but haven't signed up, please do. I think the Dream should be really interesting, quite different from the big 19th century ballets that seem to be the most common focus for rep workshops.
  14. The_Red_Shoes

    How did it all start?

    I have no memory of it, but according to family legend as a toddler when entering St George's Hall in Liverpool I spontaneously swept into dance. I started ballet at about 6 and kept going into my teens. My parents were absolutely clear that it was a good hobby but not to be considered as a potential career.(However, years later when my daughter went off to vocational school at 11 they were 100% supportive.) In the late 70s, then in my mid-20s, I moved to London to begin university as a mature student and mother of a new born baby (I always like to set myself a challenge) and I began to take a class at a local adult education institute (ILEA was great). It was RAD-based Elementary level. A few months later I added the Inter class. I made some great friends in those classes. Then I started looking around for more adult ballet and discovered Morley College (Anne Aylor and Wendy Vincent Smith, both inspiring teachers), then Chelsea and Westminster Institute and Chelsea Ballet (still part of ILEA in those days)...until eventually, around the time I finished my degree, I was taking ballet class everyday and twice on some days, as well as Baroque dance. I carried on with regular ballet classes, even when I returned to the sticks, until around 1990 when I decided it was too hard on my feet and I switched to Kathak (an Indian classical dance style - see Akram Khan). I moved overseas a few years later and sadly let dance lapse. Returned on retirement 18 months ago and I'm back at ballet with a lot of catching up to do. Inspired by the even more mature dancers out there, I'm not planning on stopping again.
  15. The_Red_Shoes

    Classes in Derby

    Thanks very much for your suggestions. I'll pass the info on to my classmate. I need her to keep on top of things because if she decides not to do the exam then I'll be doing it all alone. Disaster!