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  1. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and to the world of ballet. My dd is just 7 and started ballet in January. Her teacher keeps telling me that she has not had a student for years and years showing as much potential. One of the other dance mums was telling me about RBS associates scheme and that I should consider it for next year. Another mum then said but ... ( my dd ) has the wrong body type for RBS. What do you think she means? My dd is very petite, do you think she thinks she is too small? She also said you can't tell if someone has potential at her age as real ballet doesn't start until around age 8/10 and she is just doing movements at this stage. She is doing primary and grade 1 at the same time taking her first exam in June. I know it is just for fun at this age and if I asked her she would say she prefers gymnastics over ballet so is not that serious about it yet but would just like your opinions. Thanks in advance
  2. Is anyone here thinking of/ working towards auditions for their 7 (soon to be 8) year old?
  3. I feel a bit ridiculous asking about this when everyone is so knowledgeable and further down the line from us!!!! My 8 year old DS is starting LJB associates on the 20th which he is very excited about. His teacher has also mentioned he should sign up for the RBS associate experience day. Does anyone know what it involves? Also I just had to say yes that I had asked my son's teacher to apply for LJB but for RBS experience I practically had to write down the inside leg measurement of his teachers (numbers, email, address etc) Why do they ask for so much information? Ok now I sound very "new" so sorry about the basic questions! Coniger
  4. SO – my DD (age 11) did her very first audition in Dec 2014 for our (NZ) JA programme. This is a weekly thing in the capital (Wellington), or DC from other areas visit for a couple of weekends per term. They prefer to take kids from age 10, going into Yr 6. We didn't find out about it until DD was already in Yr 6, so auditioned for Yr 7 which is Level 2. It was a no, which wasn't completely unexpected as she had only had one year of private lessons and had only started competition work 2 months earlier. (We had been with a new start-up studio where she was in the highest grade, so we had no idea that private lessons or competitions existed until our studio merged with a long-established outfit). Auditions are in November and of course they say they prefer to get kids at age 10. DD was a year late for this last year, so would now be auditioning to go into Level 3/Yr 8 (which is the age they start 'assessing out'). Her private lesson teacher says let's have a chat but there's no hurry. DD says she's not auditioning again as she did it once and they didn't want her. She has been moved up two grades, from RAD Gr 3 to Int Foundation this year and is thriving (she was a bit old for Gr 3, sitting the exam as she turned 11). Question: I know you would all say don't push DC if they don't want it enough. But the fact is that my DD just needs reassurance that she is capable. IE she is sitting IF exam after 8 months, when we were told she would need 18 months as she had skipped Gr 4 & 5. How do I ensure that she is encouraged to her potential, as opposed to being a pushy mum? I can't really say to her teacher 'Tell her to audition as she trusts you more than me', but that is basically what it boils down to! I just don't want her to look back and regret playing it safe. Sigh!
  5. Hi is there anybody else with a DS doing Elmhurst Associates and then JA's in Birmingham?
  6. Hope someone can help!! There seems to be two different sets of photos required for the audition application: One here (which the application sends you to) http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/photograph-requirements-full-time/ and one on the second page fo the form - not sure the link will work and cant post a photo (easy to get to by putting in name and dob tho) http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/junior-associate-audition-application-form/#gf_59 really confused!! x
  7. Hello. I'm very new to all this - both this forum and the whole dance world in general, so please bear with me! My 8 year yr old daughter's ballet teacher has suggested that she auditions for RBS JAs. I'm hugely proud of her for this accolade alone but am also completely taken aback and a little scared by the whole thing! I didn't even know JAs existed until she mentioned it and nothing like this was ever on the agenda until now. Dd loves her ballet but it has always seen it very much as a fun hobby. She is excited by the prospect of auditioning and visiting Covent garden but realistic about the commitment involved if she were to be lucky enough to be offered a place. I've been doing lots of research and have read some really useful threads on here which have helped a lot but I'm still in two minds about the whole thing. It sounds like an amazing opportunity but also a huge commitment - both financially and time wise. We live a fair distance from London so it would involve a lot of travelling. Does anyone know what time the Covent garden lessons start as this would be a major factor for us? Also, does anyone know anything about bursaries and is there likely to be any consideration of travel costs? I know this all seems like I'm hugely jumping the gun but just need to be realistic. I'm thinking we might take her to the audition for the experience as that would be an experience in itself and we will always wonder if we don't but I still have so many questions. Thanks for reading and any insight anyone can give will be much appreciated!
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