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  1. angel

    Homesickness

    I have always brought my DD's home whenever they have needed to, which has meant 7 years so far of driving forwards and backwards to WL,Hammond and Tring from the Midlands, most weeks, with the help of the kindest friends along the way. Personally, I think it is important to listen to your own child, not other parents or house parents. It is your child who 'may' suffer from poor mental health if not given the opportunity to offload. There is very little opportunity at vocational schools to do this in private and dancers very quickly learn that they are meant to develop a thick skin, and they may, whilst they crumble inside, learning to repress their feelings.... of course they may thrive. I don't know many young dancers who came through completely unscathed 😒 Every child/young person is different and only you can decide what works for your family 😊
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    Living at The Hammond

    Yes, just briefly.
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    Living at The Hammond

    One of mine had a Vans galaxy print, the other started with a black Topshop leather one, then burgundy and various blues Noone batted an eyelid 😏
  4. angel

    Dance forward

    My DD's have done this. It's a well run course with top class teaching faculty. Fairly large classes sometimes so it depends what you want out of it. I just had a look to see if DD could do it this time but she's on holiday.
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    Living at The Hammond

    What the heck? Oh just realised that she asked! sorry to hear she isn’t in it. She deserves her place as much as any 😌
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    Summer schools for adults?

    Wells away (Dar Danse) put on adult courses too.
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    Summer schools for adults?

    I know that Wells Away do them (Morocco). Not sure of dates but worth asking. Gorgeous place to holiday too
  8. angel

    When to go for associates?

    Good luck with not being a pushy parent. It kind of creeps up on you 😂 JA is a basic class aimed at mastering the basics of ballet. It’s exciting being a part of it but not necessarily an exciting class, if that makes sense. It’s hard work, almost tedious. A good grounding for what’s to come! One thing I wished I understood years ago is the absolutely tiny amount of dc who actually go on to have a career in dance, let alone Ballet, even after success at JA, vocational school etc. Wishong you and your dd luck 😊
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    When to go for associates?

    imo it would be easier to get into JA’s earlier because they do really take children on their physical and musical potential. The older they get, there is an expectation, to a degree, that they will have at least a working knowledge of the exercises they set. The more experience children get, in a relaxed and enjoyable setting, at auditions, the better. Even if they aren’t successful first time around, they can see around them the level of the other dc in the group and understand what they are working towards. With regard to CAT. I would imagine most dc who got into JA’s would get into a CAT scheme also, however they might work more on current ability rather than future potential?
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    Academic Standards

    What year is your DC now KindleK?
  11. angel

    Academic Standards

    I have two dc at tring now. Both have done very well compared with how they would have anywhere else. However, I have resorted to tutors at home to help out when the pressure has been on. They have singing/piano lessons which take them out of class so I feel that it helps make sure there are no gaps. The only tricky thing as far as I can tell is fitting in the amount of studying around vocational shows etc and being exhausted by the time May/June comes around.
  12. angel

    Vocational schools GCSE results

    We had an email from WL 3 years ago. Drove to Hammond to collect last year. Tring this year and haven’t asked yet!
  13. angel

    Departing Parent Envy

    I don’t think anything will change. There are too many other dc who will take their place in a heartbeat. Also, something I have found is that school directors will bend over backwards for their personal favourite dc and not for those that aren’t.
  14. angel

    Departing Parent Envy

    This is So beautifully written Cara 😊
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    Departing Parent Envy

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