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  1. Hammond students generally use Pro physio in Chester. Gary is recommended as the ‘dancer expert.’ Dd has had a couple of helpful sessions there, but I don’t have a great deal of info about them.
  2. Karen

    Considering Substance Abuse by Ballet Dancers

    This is a very interesting read and I hope Eugene continues to feel content and on top of his life without the need to return to drugs and alcohol. I do think that sadly, it is an issue which rears its ugly head across many disciplines and professions and is a reflection of the life pressures and societal expectations of today.
  3. Karen

    Happy New Year from The Mods

    Thank you for all your hard work, and happy new year to all the Moderator team.
  4. Karen

    Seasons Greetings

    Merry Christmas to you and all forum contributors. May 2019 be a happy year for all our dancers, wherever they are and whatever they choose to do. 🎄🎉🧚‍♀️💃
  5. Karen

    NBS Manchester - Christmas at the Dance House.

    A good friend of mine was also there on Friday and enjoyed it very much.
  6. Karen

    Christmas Intensives or workshops

    2 fabulous workshops - one technique, one rep run by the fabulous Layla Harrison on Dunsford Performing Arts. Dates before Christmas to be confirmed.
  7. Karen

    choices at 16

    Having watched the DaDa scales for a couple of years before we embarked on that route, it has been the case that they change only very slightly, possibly approximately matching inflation rates. Of course, next year could be different, but I can’t see any specific reason why it would be. Julie W is right that Child Benefit can continue for 2 years if A levels are taken.
  8. Karen

    Goodbye - but only as a moderator

    Thank you for all your contributions and hard work as a moderator, Julie. Hope the new interests are as fulfilling and fun as dance. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re back one day as a ‘dancing grandparent’!
  9. Karen

    choices at 16

    My Dd is in the second year of a 3 year diploma and in year 1 stayed with a host family which I believe was absolutely the best thing (it was also a school requirement). She has moved to independent student living in year 2, with 2 second year close friends and 2 third years. She has just come home for half term and looks well and happy. She says it’s great and not as hard as she expected. For my peace of mind, I have made emergency dinners and put them in her freezer, in case there is an unexpected long, hard day. We give her a monthly allowance and do an Internet shop whenever needed. As lots of others have said, it’s about knowing your child and what’s best for them. Many of dd’s friends have remained in host families in year 2 - it’s so individual as to what works. I do believe, however, that it would be a very special 16 year old who in year 1 coped with a demanding course, social changes, domestic chores and cooking, and thrived in the process.
  10. Karen

    Hammond and JA?

    I’m assuming you mean the Prep school as if it’s the senior school, he would be too old to be a JA. I don’t think there’s any restriction on what Prep school pupils can do dance wise out of school.
  11. Karen

    pointe shoe hardner HELP

    I have not tried this myself, so cannot make any comment about its effectiveness, but when Dd participated in EYB a few years ago, there was a pointe shoe workshop. Their suggestion was to paint a wood preservative, Cuprinol or the like on the inside of the box. If you can get one that limits wet rot, so much the better, they said. Good luck - must be so frustrating to have them wear out so quickly, 😀
  12. Karen


    I agree with Waitingmum - a very personal decision. I would try to stay away/not bring your child home, but if this doesn’t work, then do what you need to do. Think about yourself and the rest of the family too - if you are a long way away, up and back over a weekend or lots of weekends away from home is gruelling. Also remember that you will hear from your child in the phone calls how dreadful life is, leaving you upset all day, and they may skip away from the call to get on with the next thing, and be fine! Hope it gets better soon - it does for most.
  13. Karen

    Tring Park sixth form auditions

    If your daughter is interested in looking at alternatives, it’s possible to do 2 A levels at The Hammond and they are timetabled well to fit alongside dance classes within the daytime curriculum. DaDa funding is available too, so if that is secured, costs are for the parental contribution to DaDa and accommodation (host family for at least one year if U18) which, for middle income families is much less than £20k per annum.
  14. Karen


    Good luck - hope it all goes smoothly and is a fabulous new adventure. Keep us posted on news. Seniors started back today so good luck to those new pupils and returners too. 😀
  15. Karen

    How to keep up interest in dance when it starts to falter?

    Dd considered giving up ballet at 9. We agreed that she would continue for the rest of term and then give notice if she still felt the same. She enjoyed competing in a festival during that period and decided she wanted to carry on. She is now hoping to complete RAD solo seal, so it was a good decision!