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  1. Your thoughts - lightest possible high waisted dance shorts

    Nike Pro's are really neat. Very fitted, nice short leg and good to move in.
  2. Competition team or RBS associates?

    As others have said, if ballet is the priority then definitely JAs. And if ballet is the priority, the JA sessions will be very beneficial in the long run. Thankfully, dd never wanted to do festivals and we wouldn't have had the time anyway.
  3. Present for new boarding dd

    Bluebird ... what a lovely, considerate, thing to do for your students. Some things I bought for dd in upper school, though not going away presents ... warm up booties, foot roller, foam roller, and one of the favourite things was a nutri-bullet.
  4. Flying with a Pancake Tutu

    When dd flew with her pancake tutu, she too folded it in on itself and packed it in a waterproof bag in her main suitcase, well buried amongst her clothes, though it didn't have a hoop. It travelled fine and sprung back into shape as soon as it was unpacked. She also took a plain white pillowcase so that she could lightly press it at the other end if needed, but it was fine. I insisted it went in a sturdy waterproof bag as I have experienced liquid leaks into my suitcases before when travelling on holiday, which have soaked through the case and ruined stuff!
  5. Questions about Upper School auditions

    Balletbean, please please encourage your dd not to get too hung up on grades. It is my belief that upper schools are still looking for potential at 16, albeit a certain level of ability/technique is obviously required. If a school sees what they are looking for in your dd at audition, I think grade will be irrelevant and in any case, not all students will be on the same grade at time of auditioning for upper schools for a whole host of reasons. These schools absolutely know what they are looking for and I'm sure it comes down to so much more than grades. I speak as someone who knows nothing about ballet, but as a parent of a dd who has been through lower & upper school. Good luck with it all.
  6. Cecchetti international classical ballet competition 2017

    Well done to everyone, but particular congratulations to the three UK finalists from Elmhurst. More great news for the school!
  7. painful foot

    Totally agree Peanut, our experience of seeing health professionals who treat dancers is that they want to do everything they can to solve the problem and get you dancing again!
  8. Vocational school at 16

    I know of several dc's who have been offered places at Rambert at 16 in the past, both vocational and non vocational.
  9. Uniform and Etc!

    You could try Dancing Boutique, they provide uniform for lots of dance schools and they supply Flamenco skirts and shoes for Elmhurst students. Not sure if it's exactly a flamenco style skirt you are looking for, but I seem to recall that Dancing Boutique make them to measure. I imagine they may also be able to advise on shoes that are suitable for flamenco and won't damage dancefloors. I'm afraid I can't recall what these items cost. You could also post in the 'Wanted' section in Doing Dance as someone may have these items for sale second hand.
  10. TUTU HELP - Top layer creased

    I remember also being advised to place a cotton pillowcase on top of the netting before ironing.
  11. OPES summer school 2017

    It's around 3.30/4pm depending on how long the demo performance is.
  12. OPES summer school 2017

    Kat09, last year it was 5pm arrival on the Sunday.
  13. Health Insurance for dance students

    My dd has always been covered by Bupa and it has been invaluable. It's not that physio sessions or other treatments are limited to a certain number, but there are £ limits on the various categories of treatments and there is usually an upfront excess.
  14. Physio sought - Staffordshire

    Ashbourne Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic.
  15. Toe protectors / spacers

    Boots have gel toe spacers. I think you can either get Scholl ones or Boots own brand.