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  1. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Thank you so much Sophie. It's just that I felt so very visible and in such a permanent form! But the response has been so positive and, yes, with lots of people saying that they're inspired. My teacher is starting both an evening Adult Beginner class and a daytime Silver Swans next term, so I hope I've acted as a good advert for her teaching. And I'm hoping that, since I am this walking advert, she will continue to find the time for my private lessons so that I can go on with my next step - either the Higher Grades or DR.
  2. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    There are only a few of us, but my teacher loves teaching this class, says it's the high point of her week. I assume we're subsidised by the very popular classes like Primary or Zumba.
  3. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    I did Intermediate along with the teens, but we also have an Advanced class which is mainly adults. Nobody fancies doing any more exams so we do bits of syllabus work from Advanced Foundation through to Advanced 2 along with plenty of free advanced work. I think it's quite rare to be able to do this level of work in a small town.
  4. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    I realise I'm so lucky to live here in such a glorious place - even if it is a long way from everywhere else especially with the chaos that Northern has created with the trains. We've had a fabulous summer, although it has reverted to normal these last few days. Still if it didn't rain there wouldn't be any lakes! Enjoy the Cumbrian news!
  5. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Well, I just this minute did the interview - literally I was reading your message, Kate, when the phone rang. It was Mike Zeller's show on BBC Radio Cumbria. You can find it on BBC iplayer but you'll have to listen to complaints about roadworks in Keswick or whatever other momentous matters there are in Cumbria today. I was somewhere in the last 15 minutes before the programme ended at 9. I was a bit shaky but I don't think I said anything daft and at least my phone didn't cut out in the middle, mobile coverage not being too reliable here. I've been too embarrassed previously to share the film they made. It's funny that I don't mind untold numbers of anonymous other people seeing it but feel shy about people I know watching it even if it's people that I know online not IRL. In fact some of you may recognise me from real life. But here it is anyway https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cumbria-44903621/ballet-dancer-back-at-the-barre-after-20-years
  6. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    I've just had an email from the Beeb. Radio Cumbria want to do a follow up interview about my exam, probably tomorrow.
  7. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Just heard that I have passed my Intermediate exam! My teacher is on holiday in Italy and just phoned from Rome, where she is now drinking a glass or two of vino in my honour, and the Beeb have already phoned her asking how I've done and will probably want a follow-up interview. "Only" a Pass but still, not to be sniffed at considering I'm an OAP. Good luck to everyone else out there who are waiting for results. x
  8. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Oh Sophie, that must have been stressful - having an audience at such a momentous point in time. It's not so bad for me. They're coming at my normal private class time. They want my teacher "teaching" me and I'll probably do my exam variation because they want tutus.
  9. The_Red_Shoes

    Intermediate Foundation as an adult

    Well, the exam went ok, despite the heat and having to dance with three unfamiliar teenagers. It wasn't the best I've ever danced it. I fluffed some bits, of course, including making some mistakes I'd never, ever made before. The things that went wrong loom large in my head - it's harder to be aware of the things that went right! However I think the barre, pirouettes and variation were not bad. I thought I could put it all out of my mind until the results are due but now someone from the Beeb is coming to film me next Thursday and record an interview for Radio Cumbria. That's simultaneously very exciting and absolutely terrifying.
  10. 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. .
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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