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    Ballet West -New Lower School to open

    I suppose it's down to where the money has come from for the studios at the high school. It could be that that work has not been funded by Ballet West. I can't imagine the studios will be for the sole use of the BW pupils if they are in a state secondary school so maybe the building work has been partially or fully funded by the host school or central government? It may well have been easier to obtain financial assistance for this project than to refurbish the existing studios. I've had some experience of bidding for charitable funds and a lot of grants come with strings attached regarding exactly how the money can be spent.
  2. I've just seen a facebook post advertising auditions for BW Associates in starting in Dundee. The audition in 12th August with closing date for applications on 27th July, so not much time. Thought I'd share in case it's of interest to anyone here. More details are on the BW facebook page and I would imagine also on their website.
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    IDTA Ballet Awards

    Great news AB! I've no personal experience as my DD did different syllabi but she has a few friends who have been to the IDTA awards and they all really enjoyed it. Things are really picking up for you this year aren't they - well done!
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    EYB Swan Lake Wimbledon 2018

    Everyone gets a decent amount of time on stage and plenty of dancing in EYB productions. I know what it's like to have a DC who has their heart set on a certain part and is disappointed not to get it, but honestly there are no "bad" parts in EYB. If your DCs approach their parts with a positive attitude then in all likelihood they will have a great time and may well, as mine did, say at the end "I'm really glad I was an X and not a Y now!"
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    English Youth Ballet 2017-18

    No, parents aren't usually able to watch dress rehearsals. Sometimes EYB sell tickets for the dress rehearsal to local schools at a reduced price so if you know anyone who is taking a school party you could maybe get in with them I suppose, but I have never heard of tickets going on general sale. Normally parents get to watch the last run through at the rehearsal venue but not the dress rehearsal.
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    cecchetti associates

    Aww, bless him. 7 is so little to tackle something like that. Well done to him for having a go. I'm sure they will take age into consideration, and as the previous poster said, it's potential they are after, not a polished performer at this stage. So you never know. And if it's a no this time don't fret, he has many more years and lots of opportunities will come his way I'm sure.
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    Any advice for a newbie?

    There's no harm in trying. If she doesn't get in, you are still in the same position as if you hadn't tried, and you never know, she may be successful. The only caveat is that you need to be realistic and prepare her for the possibility that she may be disappointed. The Royal Ballet School Annual Report gives the actual number of applications each year, but as a general rule there's something like 10 applicants for every place. So the vast majority of children don't gain a place. I think it's really important to be up front about this with your daughter, stressing the small chance of getting a place and that not being chosen doesn't mean that she is a bad dancer. It is difficult. None of us wants to expose our children to something that might potentially hurt them I'm sure, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have always had the attitude that the best thing to do is to treat auditions as an experience in their own right and encourage my DD to see them that way and to get what she can from that experience. Plus we usually have a nice lunch or do some shopping too! If nothing more comes of it, you've had a nice day, and anything more is a bonus.
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    News of non-dancing children.....

    Fantastic news Julie - a huge achievement. Best wishes to her for her future career.
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    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    I think that what you need to keep in mind is that they are looking for the children that they think are most likely to respond to the RBS style of training. Physique is a huge part of that, though it's more than just flexibility. Previous dance experience isn't hugely important as they go very much back to basics with everyone anyway. Nobody really knows precisely what they are looking for, and my advice would not be to dwell on it too much - you're never going to know for sure and even if you did there would almost certainly be factors that you have little or no control over anyway. The reality of the matter is that the chances of anyone "making it" as a professional ballet dancer in a classical company like the Royal Ballet are absolutely tiny, even for those who get into the full time schools. That's not to say don't try, but make sure that the focus is enjoying the journey rather than any particular end point. There are many other schemes, lots of different opportunities and experiences to be had along the way. Remember that around 90% of JA applicants don't get a place, and most of them will be amongst the stronger dancers in their local schools. It can be very disheartening for children, and parents, especially if this is the first time they have experienced rejection, but I found it helpful to remind my daughter of the numbers involved and to stress that it isn't a judgement on existing technique or effort being made. We got our first no from JAs over a decade ago and I still remember the upset. But my DD is still dancing and hoping to make a career within the dance world, even though she knows she will never be in a classical company.
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    News of non-dancing children.....

    Oh that's very kind of you meadowblythe. So far, things seem to be OK. The bullies have been spoken to by the head of year and my son's friend is currently being left alone. He and some other friends are keeping a careful eye on her though as they are not convinced of the sincerity of the bullies' apologies. But so far, so good. Thank you so much for asking.
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    RBS Junior Associates 2018

    Sounds like the standard "no" letter that's been in use for many years. At least 11 years anyway, as that's pretty much exactly what my DD got that many years ago, and what I've heard every year since, either from friends or this forum (or both). As far as I'm aware, everyone gets it, unless they are a yes or waiting list. I don't think you can read anything into it one way or the other to be honest. It would be lovely if they gave more individual feedback, but the numbers are huge so I guess it would be too big a job. But to put it into perspective, remember that something like 90% of applicants have had that letter, so you are in good company. The JA no letter is tough to receive, especially as its often the first rejection a young dancer has had, but don't see it as the end of anything. Yes, that particular door is shut for this year at least, but it doesn't mean all doors are shut forever. The saying is that there are many roads to Rome. I agree with that, but also think that there are many other destinations that are just as nice as Rome ......don't put too much emphasis on any one route or destination.
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    News of non-dancing children.....

    Thank you Lisa - I'm very proud of him.
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    News of non-dancing children.....

    Not an achievement in the conventional sense but my youngest child has made me intensely proud tonight. He told me that he has decided to see his head of year at school tomorrow to report the bullying of a child in his form by some of the other pupils. Without prompting, he then went on to tell me that he was well aware that once the bullies found out he would almost certainly become their next target, but that he wasn't going to let that stop him, because "that's how they get away with it isn't it?" My hayfever started playing up at that point...
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    Dubious teacher CPD - what would you think?

    CPD is something of a minefield in any profession - even large, heavily regulated ones. To a degree it has to be self regulated and rely on the honesty of the participants. The only person who can genuinely assess the value of any cpd activity is the person who is doing it. Attendance at a formal course doesn't guarantee quality learning - an article read, an afternoon spent watching a colleague work or a chat with a mentor about a difficult situation may be many times more educational, but far harder to quantify. Good quality, reflective appraisals are probably the best way to maintain standards, but that is nigh on impossible to implement in large, structured organisations, never mind such a disparate industry as dance teaching. Any kind of independent inspectorate would be very expensive and would no doubt increase the costs to parents. On the other hand, I do find it terrifying that literally anyone could set themselves up as a dance teacher with no regulation whatsoever. I've recently qualified as an "entry level" sports coach and the training I have has to do, scope of practice I must abide by and undertakings I have had to commit to are pretty rigorous. To think that I could basically put a notice up on the village hall board and start offering dance classes without any of that is frankly ridiculous. I'm not sure what it is, but there must be a happy medium.
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    Departing Parent Envy

    I think there is definitely an element of "well it worked for me" in so far as people who have been successful in their own careers tend to replicate the methods that were used on them when they teach others. I doubt many see it as abuse, or recognise that they have been harmed by it themselves. It's "normal". Things can change, but it takes time. In my own field of work, back when I was a student in the 1980s it was very much accepted that it was OK to humiliate students in front of their peers, other staff and indeed patients. It was "character building" and everyone except the golden few would experience it. But that is no longer accepted. People did finally recognise that this was neither a fair nor effective educational technique. It's happening in sports now too. People are beginning to stand up and say its not OK, and that even gold medals don't justify bullying behaviour. I think the dance world will have to catch up - eventually.