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    UK ballet summer schools for 2018

    Ooo! Can I PM you about this?
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    Leotard advice

    Size 2 seems to be the best, not great but good enough. I’m waiting to see if she has a summer growth spurt before shopping!
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    When to go for associates?

    I’m having the same thoughts myself! Although in our favour, we live 15mins from Leeds city centre and I work flexible term time only hours. BUT, that could all change over the next year or two. Can I ask what the prospects are for a ballet dancer who DOESN’T go to either CAT or vocational school? Is it possible to get anywhere doing just local classes and associates? I’m severely lacking in any knowledge of how this all works!
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    When to go for associates?

    Thank you, i’m keeping an eye on the dates coming out. Do they need to be 10 in time for 1st September for CAT? Or would she be able to audition as a 9 year old who would turn 10 in the November? Although i’m not sure how ‘emotionally ready’ she’d be for that commitment in a years time? I realise I could just phone them to ask! 😉
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    When to go for associates?

    I’ve definitely got the help of this forum to thank for helping me to realise the reality of CAT! A few weeks ago I had done the research and read about the hours, read about it being the alternative to vocational school BUT in my head it was still more like associates. So, a big thank you! It feels better to feel more knowledgeable and i’m definitely better equipped now to support my daughter should she wish to take this step.
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    When to go for associates?

    We live in Leeds so it would be this that we’d look at. They have their open day in January so we’ll go and see what she thinks of it. That sounds like a good test of stamina! 😁 Thanks for the info. There’s so much to take in and learn! Xxx
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    When to go for associates?

    What does a typical week doing CAT at Northern Ballet look like?
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    When to go for associates?

    This is really useful and insightful information. I would doubt my daughter would suit vocational school so it’s good to hear about the different paths and other destinations away from ballet that others have taken. She LOVES ballet but also does street dance, drama, musical theatre, piano and guitar classes. Equally she’s very academic and I could see her pursuing entirely different goals. She’s still only 8, going into year 4 in September. I guess we should grab some more ballet experiences whilst she’s still young but remain open to other pathways as and when they open. Xxx
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    When to go for associates?

    Thanks for these replies, it’s really useful to learn from your experiences! My daughter seems to have an amazing attitude to it all and takes it all as it comes. She has quite broad interests and i’m sure if ballet doesn’t work out then she’ll move on happily. Luckily we’re in the suburbs of Leeds so Northern Ballet is on our doorstep for any future success at associates or CAT. If anything, i’m struggling the most with reigning in my leotard buying excitement! 😂
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    Leotard advice

    Thank you! I’ll measure her up and have a look with her later and see what she likes.
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    Leotard advice

    Good tip, thank you!
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    Leotard advice

    Would any of you lovely people be able to recommend leotard brands and sizes for me? I’m expecting this to be a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question but ideally i’d like to buy online rather than traipsing into the city to try loads on. My daughter is 8 (almost 9) but small for her age (usually age below in clothes). She’s petite but leotards are often too short in the body so we either end up with a baggy bum and straps, or looking lovely in the body but constantly going up her bum! 😬 She’s starting an associates class in September (there’s no fixed uniform) and i’d like her to have a second leotard as her RAD one is pale blue and prone to grubbiness! The one she’s got now is second hand and without a label so i’m at a loss which brand it is. Thanks in advance! Xxx
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    When to go for associates?

    I did wonder about this. It’s good to know, although i’m still not sure what I think about vocational school, i’m not sure she’d want to board. She’ll be going into Yr4 in September so we’ve got plenty of time yet for JAs, CATs and thinking about what she could do.
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    When to go for associates?

    Thank you, that’s really useful to know. We’re very near Leeds so it would be ideal as vocational school sounds like a unknown world to us at the moment. It looks like she’ll audition for JAs and maybe CATs in the next round and we’ll take it from there. 😁
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    When to go for associates?

    Thank you so much for all the replies. I’m from a music background so have very little knowledge of all the opportunities for ballet! Can I ask if anyone knows the structure of the CAT programme at Northern Ballet Leeds? Is it during the week, weekends or both? And does it mean dropping her regular class or is it alongside like JA? I’ve looked on the website but can’t find the information i’m looking for. There’s so much out there I wasn’t aware of before! 😁
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