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    Ballet vs academics

    She’s RAD grade 2, her dance school alternate show and exam years so she’ll do a show this spring and her exam nearer Christmas next year. She goes to the Grade 3 class too but doesn’t want to officially move up as they’re all in year 6 and she feels tiny next to them. 😊 It’s a local associates rather than RBS but she’s planning on auditioning in the new year for both JAs and Northern Ballet Academy. She seems much more settled this morning so i’m imagining it was all just a wobble, I’m sure there will be more to come! 😁
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    Ballet vs academics

    Thanks again for all the reassurance and insight. She’s only in Year 4, one of the oldest which I expect has worked in her favour early on but now the others have caught up! She seemed much happier this week and doesn’t seem to be telling me that she’s finding it difficult anymore. I think it must have been her adjusting to the new teacher etc. It’s parents eve next week so we’ll get a better picture then. It was her request to increase the hours although the streetdance is more like a convenient after school care option which she thought she’d enjoy but she doesn’t. Perhaps because it’s a mixed group and she finds it a bit slow. She’d prefer an extra ballet class instead! We’re going to review everything at half term and see whether she’d be better off dropping the street dance. Thanks again for all the words of wisdom! Xxx
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    Ballet vs academics

    This is all very reassuring, thank you. I imagine it’s just a blip, one of many i’m sure!
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    Ballet vs academics

    Maybe i’ve been too quick to blame the dancing! I think in my head it’s the only change from last year but actually you’re right, there’s so much more that could be going on for her. I’ll investigate whether there are any school worries and take it from there. Perspective restored! Hopefully it’s something as simple as sitting next to someone she’s not happy with in class, or a strict teacher, or a jump in the expectations. Thank you all! Xxx
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    Ballet vs academics

    I’m after some perspective please! Something to stop the nagging voice in my head that says “she can’t be good at everything”. Basically, it’s not even half term yet and the increase in my 9 year old’s dance hours (from 3 to 5) has come at the same time as a huge dip in the quality of her school work. Perhaps a coincidence, perhaps just start of term wobbles? But part of me wonders if it’s connected. She does 5 hours dancing a week; streetdance, contemporary, ballet x2 and associates (3 hours during the week and 2 hours at the weekend). At school she’s in the top stream but suddenly dipping to the middle. How have those of you who are more experienced than me at supporting an aspiring ballet dancer managed to get the balance between dance and academics? I’ll happily take her out of streetdance so maybe that’s my first step? Conflicted, confused, concerned 😟 xxx
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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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