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  1. Sadielou, I absolutely agree with everything you have said. This is the real truth of the ballet world for most and the experiences you describe are typical. I will quote an experience ... flights, two nights in a hotel, a nearly 5 hour wait just to get in the studio, because there are around 400 women auditioning, get in the studio and cut after 15 mins. These highly trained individuals are treated appallingly.
  2. This does indeed make sad reading. What is even more sad is that most of those graduating from ballet schools will really really struggle to get jobs, that is the truth of it. The job search is expensive and brutal, candidates are treated like cattle at some auditions and toxic is a word I would use to describe some elements of the industry. It is most certainly not for the faint hearted.
  3. Same here, 60 odd pairs all went to the tip, only kept 1st pair.
  4. My dd first took to the gym when she sustained an injury and two years on she still does an awful lot of strength & conditioning training in the gym, with a specialist coach who works with dancers. I know she does lots of things like lunges, squats and dead lifts and lots of work which is prescribed for what is required for dance in terms of strength and stamina etc. I know very little about this area, but what I can see is that she is stronger than she has ever been and I firmly believe that the work she is doing now is also helping to protect the body for the future. I could not agree more with what Dr Dance has said above.
  5. They didn’t publicise the semi finalists last time, they waited to announce the category finalists.
  6. It is not unusual for young dancers in training to be “off dance” for many months with injury, I have seen it often and it happened to my dd so I can appreciate what you are going through. It is really hard for them as they are impatient and can feel they are falling behind, which they are not. It is really important to think of the bigger picture and realise that trying to press on or go back too early can end a career before it’s even begun. Long term injury can teach a young person a lot about themselves and build resilience and with the right support and rehabilitation they can strengthen and build an even stronger body to come back with. Hang in there. x
  7. I’m also going to offer a slightly different perspective. Has the increase in dance hours been driven by your dd or you? Are you sure that she is ready for this increase in hours and that she actually wants it right now? She is very young and you talk of her being an aspiring dancer. Dance only enhances other areas of life, academics etc if the child is the one with the passion and drive, and even then it can be a tricky balance between how many hours is enough or too much. I fully appreciate and understand that it is a difficult balance and that the passion for dance can become all consuming. At 9, I’d say that quality versus quantity, and enjoyment of dance are the main considerations. I do hope you get to the bottom of things and that you find a way forward.
  8. Vocational school is not for everyone. My dd always wanted to go and it was the right thing for her. I also know of plenty of dc who did not go to vocational school until 16. It is entirely possible, as long as you have enough quality training locally. Go with what is right for your child and do not be tempted to get either carried along on the vocational roller coaster or out of one’s depth financially. There are so many pitfalls and many children do well just to get through training. Upper school is tougher than lower school and the industry and work is even tougher. It is a journey to be taken one step at a time with your eyes wide open.
  9. Kat09, all the very best to your very beautiful girl in whichever path she follows. I have such mixed feelings about an industry which covets ‘the look, one look’ over everything, despite talent. It is not progressive and does not always treat young people well. I hope she thrives going forward. x
  10. They need resilience and tenacity by the bucket load. And as you say, when they do get work, it is incredibly hard work!
  11. Company auditions are brutal, you will spend money on flights, hotels etc only to turn up and be cut after barre. No explanation, nothing, just bye bye. At other auditions you will make it to the end, only to be told they will get back to you and you never hear from them again. And then there are auditions where the AD is barely in the room for more than a few minutes.
  12. Always had Bupa through dd’s vocational school years, couldn’t fault it.
  13. Whilst physio is usually the most obvious treatment which may be needed on private health insurance, I would urge making sure that there is ample cover for other stuff, such as scans, consultant appointments, surgery etc, as you really do never know when you need it. Bear in mind that a consultant appointment, plus mri, bloods and consultant follow up at a London clinic, will be in the region of at least £1k upwards.
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