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  1. DD Driver

    Mariinsky Ballet Ask the Expert YAGP interview

    Please excuse my misspelling of Yuri Fateev's name!
  2. DD Driver

    Xander Parish - Promotion

    I just added a topic to the Doing Dance section: Mariinsky Ballet Ask the Expert YAGP interview Interesting interview with Yuri Fateev of the Mariinsky. He tells the story of Xander Parish at 28:30 which ties in with the video discussed in this topic.
  3. Interesting interview with Yuri Fatee about what the Mariinsky looks for in dancers. He talks about their classical/modern mix i.e. 80/20 or 85/15 at 6:00 on, the Corp being one of the stars of the Mariinsky at 11:40 and the style that is developed over many years of training 14:15 He speaks of Xander Parish's rise to principal at 28:30 which ties in with the video in the topic: Xander Parish Promotion under the Dance News & info section of this Forum.
  4. DD Driver

    Xander Parish - Promotion

    This was wonderful to watch, thank you! It is so important for young ones to see this. Getting into a great school and company does not mean that you live happily ever after. Xander backed himself and took a big risk in order to grow and continue developing as a dancer.. Also loved hearing about and seeing the massive stage behind the stage at Marinsky and the contrast between the new and old theaters - sigh.
  5. DD Driver

    Finishing year programmes Europe?

    It is tough all right and probably very bewildering. All the best with the auditions!
  6. DD Driver

    Finishing year programmes Europe?

    Are you talking about 17/18 years old? Princess Grace of Monaco and several of the German schools e.g. John Cranko Schule, Palucca etc sometimes take students in their final year which might work for your DD. Obviously entry is highly competitive. Have you also thought about some of the top Australian ballet schools? Some of these vocational schools - not associated with a company - are highly motivated to help their students get into top schools or companies. They act as finishing schools and have established networks and can help with audition tours and videos. In the USA there are pre-professional options and university programs.
  7. LearningCurve, I don't think you should duck! You're just calling it as you see it. It does sound like there is a fantastic opportunity however for someone to head your way and offer an outstanding classical program! It can be done. Australian cities are comparatively small in terms of population but there are schools that consistently produce students (12-18) who are offered places in the top UK, EU and USA schools.
  8. Someone who went the other night said that they wished more principals and soloists had been cast e.g. as planets etc. I understand this was how it was when Ratmansky first staged this with The Australian Ballet in 2015 and that it was magical. Sophoife, you are guaranteed a wonderful night attending Cinderella with the Stojmenov/Campbell pairing . I checked my calendar again yesterday to see if I could make their 12 or 14 December Sydney performances. But no. Have fun for all of us!
  9. DD Driver

    RBS Statement on Ballet Competition Culture

    The young lady referred to was already known to RBS through their summer schools. One avenue has closed for now, YAGP, but there are certainly other ways that international young dancers can and do get themselves seen - RBS intensives and auditions... I think it highlights the questions raised by a few people here.... what is the standard now expected of a 15/16 year old? Is the Lower School training that a student receives going to get them to the required standard for Upper School? Is selection at 11/12 years old for a vocational school logical?
  10. Oh no! We can't do either of those dates. Please advise if you hear about any other options....
  11. DD Driver

    Prix de Lausanne 2019

    Oh that is interesting. Definitely sheds some light on it for me! The Prix did lower the age limit to 14 1/2 years old last year which helped some people. As I say, it felt as though the older ones were more represented in the Finals but sometimes you can get what you want without reaching the last round. Some of the elite international ballet schools like to take students at a young age, e.g. 15 and under, and don't have the same lower school/upper school distinctions you mentioned. In Australia, most school leavers are 18 but quite a lot will be 17. Also you could leave school at 16/17 with ROSA, record of school achievement, and build on that (e.g. online) to get Higher School Certificate and tertiary qualifications later.
  12. Goldenlily17, I think Australian parents will take a few minutes longer to really understand the impact of Brexit on their DC's. Probably work even harder to get into local options e.g. ok DD you can go fulltime Ballet and fulltime Rhythmic Gymnastics at 10 years old - ha ha.
  13. Anna C I totally agree that pursuing ballet needs to be something driven by the child. YES, it is a parents job to equip our children for life after ballet - or if a career never takes off! I do think, culturally, there can be different perspectives on how to do this. In the US and Australia/NZ homeschooling is a well-established practice e.g. for religious or access reasons from rural locations or learning difficulties and many more stories. It does not mean you don't value academic schooling. (There are inspectors and state institutions that oversee & enforce the child's right to an education! ). It is not uncommon for homeschoolers to be ahead of their age-level grade. Also, in Australia, I know there is some latitude given for missing schooldays at a mainstream school in order to pursue Sports or Arts. A family then has the responsibility to ensure that the student does any work that was missed. I have seen threads here where UK families have difficulty getting their children time out of school for RAD exams and some people felt this was as it should be. I can not imagine that conversation happening in Australia. I hope you did not feel that was being said!
  14. Gary Norman is on the list of judges but the list also includes a company dancer from ABT and an AD from YAGP. So not all judges need to be officially representing a company/school and bearing gifts. https://yagp.org/misc/Downloads/2019/YAGP 2019 PARIS, FRANCE, JUDGES.jpg
  15. I don't know but....in Australia there has been a strong influence from Asian cultures. Specifically, the emphasis on hard work rather than talent. For ballet this can mean putting in more hours, seeking out the best coaches and cross-training etc from a young age. Yes, you need artistry and musicality. That is the differentiator if you can get yourself into the room (audition). It is hard to beat a Cuban, a Russian, a South Korean etc who has put absolutely everything into making it. They may be sacrificing aspects of childhood that others would not choose to do i.e. see it as a poor choice given the odds of a career or feel it is too imbalanced a life for a child... - I think culturally POB is a world of its own. A closed shop and happy to be so.