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Hi there have decided to put in an application for my daughter to attend RBS SS. Will take photos tomorrow. Any advice, tips, suggestions? Any opinions if we should apply for week 1 or week 2. Shes 12. Any general advice/thoughts? Thanks!

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Think age 10 - 13 can only apply for one week.

 

My only advice would be if she really wants to go to a summer school look at other options too. Royal Ballet very difficult to get in to so best to have a plan b.

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I think Jane is giving sound advice about not putting all your eggs in one basket - there are loads of Summer Schools to choose from.

 

I have added a couple of tags to your post.  If you click on the "holiday courses" tag you will get a list of loads of previous threads to peruse and that will give you some ideas.

 

Here is a recent thread about the RBS SS: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/13583-royal-summer-school-2017-four-week-programme-this-year/

 

And I would like to add a belated welcome to the Forum Mouseys Mum!

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Hi, yes, my dd did it last year and loved it. My tip would be on choosing week factor in for end of term tiredness. My dd did week 1, but on hindsight I would of picked week 2 as she hadn't broken up from school yet and the week before at school was up til 10 at night 3 nights in her year 6 leavers school show.

To make the most of this amazing opportunity pick a week if possible she won't be doing loads at school the week before, stuff like shows you may not have thought about, but can be tiring. My dd will never forget her week there, she loved every second! This year thankfully my dd breaks up the first week of July. So we've applied for the 1st week, as she'll have a week and a half break before to recharge her batteries. She is also 12. Wishing you the best of luck.

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It’s a bit like buying a lottery ticket Mousey’s Mum. Chances are very slim, but got to be in it to win it. There has been much discussion on photos, and how RB select based on them. Taking them from a seated position makes them look better. Also, using ‘photo bursts’ on your camera then choosing the best one. YBSS is also a very difficult to get onto SS and they have changed their application requirements this year - no more photos, instead you have to upload a 3 minute video of dancing including specified exercises/steps. That would seem to be a better/fairer way of selection to me. There are lots of really good first-come-first-served SS’s too though (see thread on 2016 summer school feedback), so I definitely agree with Jane - it’s good to have a plan b already in mind to present to your dd in case of disappointment. My dd was wait-listed for RB SS last year and ended up doing The Hammond one instead and absolutely loved it. This year our back-up is BalletWest. Good luck!

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BlueLou, Ballet West is great, my DD loved every minute of her week there back in July.  

 

Some of the girls have now set up now a chat group as they are planning to return next summer.  

 

Such a friendly family atmosphere.   :)

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We are also planning on Ballet West,although the thought of getting DD there is rather daunting RBS SS would be so much easier.

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Hi- I know this isn't the correct topic, but could anyone direct me in the right direction to make contact with Laura Hatton ballet tuition Leeds- I don't have Facebook and that's all the details I can see for her? Thanks if anyone could help

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Hello Emily and welcome to the Forum!

 

The only contact detail on her FB page is this phone number:  07961485799.

 

And now back to the Royal Ballet Summer School please.

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I presume application will be similar to full time & associates application - if so it's really easy to do. I completed on my phone and attached photos (photos taken on my phone).

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We are also planning on Ballet West,although the thought of getting DD there is rather daunting RBS SS would be so much easier.

I must admit that Ballet West can be top of the list as THE most challenging of Ballet Schools to get to but the effort is well worth it. My daughter felt like one of the family, so caring to all students of all ages. Mixing with those students training for the Genee was very inspiring.

 

We hired a car after flying up to Scotland and enjoyed the most stunning scenery en route.( took longer than google maps stated as we kept stopping to enjoy the scenery! Absolutely breathtaking) I do know that BW can offer a pickup/dropoff service from the train station, if arranged in advance.

 

My first taste of Scotland and looking forward to the return trip. :)  

 

 

PS To be fair on RBS, Covent Garden isn't exactly easy either. Having experienced Covent Garden tube station without luggage was a challenge in its self, let alone a dancer for a 1/2 weeks stay with all her belongings!! ;) They do not travel light, bless them. 

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I did all off DD's photos on my phone. Took loads of each position and then went through them with teacher ( who was with us )

 

That's what we had planned to do re: Ballet West.

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PS To be fair on RBS, Covent Garden isn't exactly easy either. Having experienced Covent Garden tube station without luggage was a challenge in its self, let alone a dancer for a 1/2 weeks stay with all her belongings!!  ;) They do not travel light, bless them. 

 

That surprises me balletbean, we find it very easy, even when there's a big event going on in London?

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PS To be fair on RBS, Covent Garden isn't exactly easy either. Having experienced Covent Garden tube station without luggage was a challenge in its self, let alone a dancer for a 1/2 weeks stay with all her belongings!! ;) They do not travel light, bless them. 

We never go via Covent Garden tube station and its horrid claustrophobia- inducing lifts! Its just as quick to go to Leicester Square and walk down Longacre.

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Thank you, I also find it so claustrophobic having attempted that station at Christmas time without luggage was enough to reduce to to a wreck. Trains are not my thing at the best of times. I shall definitely take the walk in future. With or without luggage    ;)

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It always amazes me why people queue at the first couple of lifts, when you can usually just walk past them to the end one which is more often than not available. That also happens at Kings X,  I suppose it's because maybe there are a lot of tourists, who aren't too sure.

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  I suppose it's because maybe there are a lot of tourists, who aren't too sure.

That would be me!!   :P

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That would be me!!   :P

 

I used to be the same balletbean, but you soon learn all the tricks after a few go's. We don't usually have much time to get back to Kings X, unless we get the later train, so it's get your foot down time. We have tried it from Leicester Square, but although the tube station is better, it does take a little longer. No problem if you have plenty of time.  :)

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Is anyone else experiencing problems with submitting the application? I have everything completed, but then when go to the payment page there is a problem and I can't make payment.

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Is anyone else experiencing problems with submitting the application? I have everything completed, but then when go to the payment page there is a problem and I can't make payment.

Ours was fine a couple of days ago - perhaps you need to ring them?

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We had a similar problem and just went back in the next day and all was fine.  If not give them a  call they are really helpful.

Hi, Just wondering if you were using a Lloyds card to make a payment. 

 

I had an issue with my card, totally unrelated to RBS but still related to a school. Maybe a bank IT issue rather than RBS?!

 

Hopefully all sorted by now :)  

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All fine balletbean - so pleased the web site allows you to go back to the application.  No it's not a Lloyds card - I think it was an RBS web site issue.  Now we just have to wait for the outcome.

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I submitted dd's application last night & it all went through. Just double checked & I have received a confirmation email too. Hope you get sorted Newdancermum

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Thanks TooTu - all sorted and confirmation received - I have just been back to check e-mail!

 

We have been looking at alternatives as the chances of an offer are so slim.  I was surprise to see that many summer schools are so early - before DD has finished.  Are they aimed at those at vocational school who have already broken up for the summer?  I am looking for something to give DD something different but those I have seen that fit our dates only ask for a few years ballet experience and I am worried that they wont "challenge" - I don't like using that word but can't think how else to describe what we are looking for.

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