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  1. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Thank you everyone for your replies, all very useful and thoughtful responses. A lot to think about. I will start by speaking to her teacher and go from there. Feeling pretty glad this forum is here. My husband thinks Im loopy. He used to be an actor and not getting parts from auditions was part of the course, so his rejection threshold is high! Good luck to everyone on their own journeys, what a lot of talented children there are out there! X
  2. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Golly yep..I have got two other DCs as well..they haven't even started on their dreams yet ..but seriously that is a consideration, because would have to think about them too! x
  3. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Yes agree with this whole heartedly. You are right we may as well go I guess and then Im sure we will know one way or another! Im sure we can make it a fun experience for her even if it turns out to be a bit of a pipe dream. For what its worth, I used to want a part on neighbours when I was 8 , and go on tour with New kids on the block, but had to be content with singing into my hairbrush in the bath.. still had a lot of fun though xx
  4. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Thank you CeliB. I must admit I have found reading some of the past posts fascinating - gosh what a journey these children go on (and their parents too)! Good luck on your own adventure! x
  5. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Yes BlueLou exactly this - I feel like she has never really had to deal with any sort of failure before and that this seems very brutal compared to anything she has done before. I think its probably me panicking more than her because I have seen what this actually entails! I already feel much better that there is a whole forum of people going through the same thing because when I first looked at it I thought 'OH BLIMEY'. Anyway, I guess I do need to pull up my big girl pants and talk to her teacher, and if anything I think it looks like quite nice chance just to go and have a lovely class with a pianist which she would only usually get in exams. Thank you for your reply it is good advice! x
  6. Astrid

    Any advice for a newbie?

    Hello everyone! *waves* About 6 months ago my DD got a book out the library about the royal ballet and subsequently discovered a load of videos on youtube about the school and their schemes. She has now become set on auditioning for the junior associates. She watches the video all the time and says ‘I love everything about it’. I don’t really know much about ballet, and had never heard of this JA programme, so googled it and found this forum! Having discovered how competitive it is (gulp) I was wondering if anyone could help a newbie with some advice! I don’t know how much potential she has but she dances everywhere (round the house, to school, in the garden…) and seems very graceful. She has been going to lessons since she was 3 (has recently turned 7), and is currently in Y2. Should I talk to her ballet teacher (I don’t want to come across as being a pushy mum)? I’m a bit scared to if I am honest! We kind of live out in the sticks so it isn’t something that really happens here, although a read of her dance schools website has shown past pupils have done associate schemes – I’m not sure when though, certainly not since she has been at the school. She talks every day about how much she wants to go and try out for it, she has even made a little goal chart on her wall. Its all so lovely really I haven’t got the heart to say anything other than anything is possible? Are there any schemes in the east of England that she could also try for? Or is it pretty much London based stuff for us? If I took her to an insight day would that be a mistake? I’m a bit worried in case she is way out of her depth! She is so passionate about it all, I feel like I want to support her as much as I can whilst trying to keep a sense of realism around it all? Her school is an ISTD school which doesn’t enter festivals or comps or anything, but it is quite a ballet focused school from what I can see. She also does gymnastics so is fairly flexible although not one of those mega bendy types! The thought of going to any of these things makes me wobble a bit! I am a bit nervous to even post this but after reading a few of the JA topics I got into a bit of a panic about what to do (if we are not good enough to even think about it)? Any advice? Sorry for the waffle! Thanks so much! x