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I thought I had decided on which summer school to do, until a kind member suggested OPES! Wow. It looks great to do up to 3 weeks of ballet! In weeks the English school system can do! So, could anybody tell me what OPES is like? RBS is my first choice of course, but I thought I had decided on Moorland. Can anybody tell me what Moorland SS is like too? I feel like I'm going to end up doing a week at Ballet West, a week Moorland and a week OPES, but I doubt my parents would agree! Thank you!

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If you click on your "summer school" or "holiday courses'  tags you will find lots of information about the summer schools available.

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Have you applied for - and been offered - RBS summer school if it's your first choice of course?

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Thanks Janet, yes I have applied for RBS and one can dream... But I know it is very unlikely that I will get in, so just want a plan B. Places won't be offered until March Anna

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Hi I hope I am allowed to suggest the Ballet Boost Summer School!

 

Its the week of July 24th at Pineapple ages 8 to 19 across different groups.

The level of teachers is high as is the standard. 

 

This year we have Olivia Cowley (RB), James Wilkie (ex RB), Sarah Mcllroy (ex ENB principal and ENBS 2nd yr teacher), Angela (ex BRB) plus Mathew Bourne's Red Shoes dancers teaching red shoes rep. And much more!!

 

Please see www.balletboost.com for further info

or call 07958 725862 for queries

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Hi, my dd is MT focused so hasn't done any of the above but a good dancing ballet friend of hers has done both Moorland and OPES and loved both but OPES she really loved last year so is going to go again this year.

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Hi Its a day summer school and open to all students. Arucaria.......is this a normal academic school?? Most finish 21st hence I have started on the 24th july.......

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Emma - I live on the border of two local authorities. In one schools finish on 21st July, in the other they finish on 26th July.

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Holidays in general in state schools all around the country have become very random and it's a pain! Apparently it's partly because academies can choose their own holidays.

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Absolutely. You can't assume anything about school holidays any more. My youngest is still at primary, and annoyingly his holidays are not even always identical to the secondary where my elder son is. And the counties adjacent to ours often seem to differ significantly. I've been caught out a couple of times now by seeing holiday courses and events that looked interesting only to find that my kids are still at school. It's very frustrating, and I do feel for the organisers of events as with so much variation, obviously they can't please everyone.

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Absolutely. You can't assume anything about school holidays any more. My youngest is still at primary, and annoyingly his holidays are not even always identical to the secondary where my elder son is. And the counties adjacent to ours often seem to differ significantly. I've been caught out a couple of times now by seeing holiday courses and events that looked interesting only to find that my kids are still at school. It's very frustrating, and I do feel for the organisers of events as with so much variation, obviously they can't please everyone.

never mind the  practice in scotland and leicestershire that sees  schools have all of july off and go back for the new term when the exame results come out in mid august 

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Agreed it can be really hard when different authorities have various dates. At least these days it is all available on line. In the last few days I have been checking all the 2017-18 dates to plan the year e.g. theatre for show must be booked.

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How many weeks of summer school is ideal for a 13/14 year old who is serious? I want to get better technique and a nice holiday (ballet everyday! Heaven!) but I doubt my parents would pay more than £1500 and would probably want me to have a rest too.... Difficult!

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Assuming you attend a state school with approx 6 weeks off in the summer rather than a vocational or private school who get around 8 weeks off I'd say a maximum of 2 weeks summer school plus the odd open class if available in your area

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My DD did two summers schools between years 9/10 and three full weeks and a long weekend between years 10/11.

Now is an ideal age to be doing a SS at a school you plan to apply for for 6th form.

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I did try my best to check dates but they are all so varied now and space in central london is not easy to find - i am restricted to that week for now!!

 

All i can suggest is (as some are doing) Talk to your school - if they have a passion then most would allow them to take the time  as we all know not a lot happens, especially in those last two days!!

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Masters of Ballet at Sadlers Wells is a great Summer School with amazing teachers from English National Ballet and ENB School, such as the legendary Irek Mukhamedov OBE (an absolutely fabulous opportunity for DS's).

 

This is their list for this Summer: their website is www.mastersofballet.org

I think you have to send them a short video of some class exercises or a solo.

 

Faculty

 

Galina Enikeeva - Head Teacher of Junior Ballet Classes at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and coach of stage practice for students at the Marriinsky Theatre.

 

Elena Glurdjidze - former Lead Principal of English National Ballet, Best Female Dancer Awards, International Guest Teacher.

 

Irek Mukhamedov OBE- currently Principal Ballet Master and Character Artist at English National Ballet, former Principal of Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow) and Royal Ballet (London).

 

Meelis Pakri - former ballet teacher at the Royal Ballet Upper School, he was also Principal at the Estonian National Ballet (Tallinn), and the Colorado Ballet (USA). He also served as a guest teacher at Estonian National Ballet and numerous other schools. Curently teaching at The Harid Conservatory (USA).

 

Olga Semenova- currently teaching at English National Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. Former ballet teacher at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and Ballet Mistress of European Ballet, New English Ballet Company, Honorary Member of Association of Russian Ballet & Theatre Arts, Honorary Advisor of Vaganova Method at Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy.

 

​Agnes Oaks CBE- Ballet repettiteur at the Estonian National Opera and former Lead Principal of English National Ballet.

 

Sara Knight- Artistic Director of SLK (New York), Co-Founder of the Greenwich Ballet Academy (USA), former guest Soloist and teacher at Boston Ballet Company (USA), former guest Soloist of Northern Ballet Theatre (UK).

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I did try my best to check dates but they are all so varied now and space in central london is not easy to find - i am restricted to that week for now!!

 

All i can suggest is (as some are doing) Talk to your school - if they have a passion then most would allow them to take the time  as we all know not a lot happens, especially in those last two days!!

Hopefully  (normal) schools  will still have the attitude they had  20 some years ago ,  while my experience is not with dance summer schools, it was with  a very close analogue  in sailing - a regional youth race training  week  ...  School were  happy to sign off that absence  as authorised as it was ' other education'  -  how much the presence of  the Senior national coach  at the wek had to do with that  , i'm unsure. 

 

iti;s not as if it;s  trying to avoid higher holiday prices  is it 

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I did try my best to check dates but they are all so varied now and space in central london is not easy to find - i am restricted to that week for now!!

school doesn't

 

All i can suggest is (as some are doing) Talk to your school - if they have a passion then most would allow them to take the time as we all know not a lot happens, especially in those last two days!!

My DD applied to Emma's Ballet Boost SS. Her school doesn't break up until the 28th, but I've spoken to them before about similar situations and, if the child is focused, and the subject is potentially vocational, it's allowed as 'off site education'.

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I have politely advised the school that DD will be away at dance summer schools etc rather than asking them. She has never attended something that didn't fall at the very end of term and has therefore never missed too much school, but I have always confirmed that she will arrange to catch up with whatever is missed.

 

The school has never raised an objection so I assume that it is recorded in the same way as a sporting or cultural event requiring time off school would be recorded. As students including DD often attend such events, I would have objected very strongly if the school had tried to refuse permission to attend a dance summer school.

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Yes some schools are surprisingly accommodating where further training is involved. Some even allow weekly PE classes to be missed to allow for extra Ballet coaching if that child has a passion/talent for Ballet.

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Yes some schools are surprisingly accommodating where further training is involved. Some even allow weekly PE classes to be missed to allow for extra Ballet coaching if that child has a passion/talent for Ballet.

It's all about the attitude that  the management team have  towards the issue. 

 

Some are afraid of  being seen to set a precedent by allowing  students  'time off' to attend Summer schools  ( whether that is  performing arts  stuff or sports )  and perhaps more pointedly  don;t have the confidence to be able to  assert themselves  that it is acceptable  for Tom  to spend a week  out to sail  with the national coaches on  the RYA's equivalent of a 'Summer School'  ,  for Dick to spend a week  at a ballet summer school or for Harriet to have a week of MT at a summer school   and how the educational basis of this is defensible  vs those who want to take their children out of school early/ return late  becasue it saves a few (hundred)  quid  ...

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In our experience dd's schools have been accommodating with regard to time off needed for courses, exams and auditions etc - although we have on occasion had to resort to the "Well if she was a boy and had been invited to play with Manchester United's Youth team you'd let her have the time off school wouldn't you?" scenario.

 

We do know of others at different schools however, who have had requests refused point-blank.

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I have not had the opportunity to work with Professional Dance Experience myself, but some close ballet teacher friends have, and they say they are excellent.

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I see that Raymond Chai is on the faculty - my dd has attended his classes at Danceworks from time to time, and she says he's very good - she really likes his teaching.

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Professional dance experience did a workshop day at our dance school recently and the children really enjoyed it.

 

DD would like to go to their associates but she already dances when they offer classes.

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