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53 minutes ago, Harwel said:

As I understand it, the director of dance at Tring teaches very infrequently.  I think she teaches some junior school ballet but apart from that her role is highly administrative (and goodness knows what else). 

 

I totally agree that Desi is a fantastic teacher and very well liked by the students.  Her talents may not lie with administration and her considerable teaching skills would be lost to the students. 

 

Yes, that would be a shame.  

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1 hour ago, Harwel said:

As I understand it, the director of dance at Tring teaches very infrequently.  

Perhaps that might be about to change...

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I thought that Rachel Rist was a physiotherapist originally??? I totally agree that anyone preparing students for the professional world especially 6th formers, needs to have experienced it themselves, not just for dance, but for the emotional preparation of it, living the life of it etc. 

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21 minutes ago, taxi4ballet said:

Perhaps that might be about to change...

 

Yes, of course that’s just the way it’s been done at Tring up to this point.  No requirement for it to stay that way.  They had a fantastic head of dance in position after Terry Wright left, would really have transformed the ballet at Tring, particularly for the upper school.  Unfortunately, there was trouble with the appointment (I suspect I know where the trouble lay but supposition only) and they lost an amazing teacher who would have been perfect to take over the director role.

 

I also was under the impression RR was a physiotherapist.  I know she trained at Hammond but no idea up to what level, but know she did not dance professionally.  I think all the preparation for life after school comes from Mr Dowson, Miss McIlroy and Miss Samii.  Not to mention all the choreographers they bring in for workshops and Encore - all very highly experienced. 

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I remember she attended conferences and co-wrote a book about Injury in dancers but I can’t find any evidence that Miss Rist was a qualified Physiotherapist.   Surely you’d have that listed in your bio? 

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I had an extremely vague recollection of reading an article in the Dancing Times mentioning Rist being involved in the MSc Dance Science course at Laban and when I first read this thread I thought that was the answer. A brief search reveals that she has been involved in the teaching and/ or assising of the course but no mention of her studying on it, and obviously it's not an MA.

So, I'm joining you all in your curiosity about where the MA is from! B)

 

I do agree it is a little odd that there are many, many links mentioning her credentials but none of them saying where the MA is from. Normally, this is something that is stated. How many places are offering an MA in performing arts?

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RR is not a physio but she's fairly well-known person in the Dance Medicine and Science field, particularly in how to take recommendations and ideas that come from DM&S research and integrating them into teaching and training. This article is an example of this http://www.4dancers.org/2014/06/integrating-best-practices-from-dance-medicine-and-science-to-the-faculty-of-a-professional-dance-conservatoire/. She is also involved with Safe In Dance International (SiDI) and the safe dance teaching qualifications, although I heard a few years ago that all of the staff at Tring failed to pass the course (!)

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20 minutes ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

I like swimming in the big river than runs through Paris.  My friends think I’m insane.

Good for you 😂😂😂😂 but what has that got to do with Rist?

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On 08/02/2019 at 12:14, Anna C said:

Announced on Tring Park School’s Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/90757035753/posts/10156063094980754/

 

The text reads:  “After 36 years at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts with 30 years as Director of Dance, Rachel Rist will be retiring following a year's sabbatical which starts at the end of the Spring term.  We all wish Rachel well as she completes her final term at school.”

 

No announcement yet on who will be replacing Miss Rist. 

 

Did Rist’s sebaticle follow directly after Ofsted or Isis inspectors had been in, has she been back on the school premises since? Before anyone jumps in about making assumptions, these are reasonable questions. 

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24 minutes ago, Tulip said:

Did Rist’s sebaticle follow directly after Ofsted or Isis inspectors had been in, has she been back on the school premises since? Before anyone jumps in about making assumptions, these are reasonable questions. 

 

No idea Tulip, sorry.  This was published on 6th December:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tring-park-school-for-the-performing-arts-warning-notice

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The original report was in November, the Notice in the link above was at the beginning of December and states an action plan must be submitted by Tring by 7th January. The announcement of Miss Rist's departure was a month later and made public on 8th February.  This would seem to be a logical chain of events allowing time for scrutiny of the documents and meetings to be held to decide what to do.

Does anyone who auditioned this year remember who welcomed the parents and was generally in charge?

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RR is at school and been busy with auditions this term.  I believe she is present until Easter. 

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A damming report that makes me feel very sad.

I myself had deep concerns in the past, My husband and I raised some serious concerns, afterwards our daughter suffered the consequences. Other dance teachers were very supportive and would comfort and reassure our daughter, who worked very, very hard.  People May wonder why we allowed our daughter to stay there, she herself felt she needed to carry on to become a professional dancer, and also coming up to GCSES and during them is a very difficult time to move anyone. As soon as she got to sixth form she secured a place at a well known ballet school in London, which was totaly different. 

I am very pleased that serious issues have been identified and are now finally being addressed. 

Safeguarding is a huge responsibility with a lot of branches eg, emotional, neglect, abuse etc, professionals must adhere to rules and responsibilities. Adults must not presume or cover things up by saying ‘Oh a lot worse will be done or said in the professional world, best toughen up to that’, or ‘ its just another bad day again’. 

Let me also add from an experienced mother of a now professional dancer, that in the professional world dancers work hard, they are determined, they accept disappointment that’s the nature of their job. What isn’t normal in the adult world is emotional abuse, which can come in many forms. (Or perhaps thankfully my daughter hasn’t experienced it yet). 

Tring will now hopefully go forward in addressing these serious findings on their unannounced inspection. 

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6 hours ago, Pas de Quatre said:

The original report was in November, the Notice in the link above was at the beginning of December and states an action plan must be submitted by Tring by 7th January. The announcement of Miss Rist's departure was a month later and made public on 8th February.  This would seem to be a logical chain of events allowing time for scrutiny of the documents and meetings to be held to decide what to do.

Does anyone who auditioned this year remember who welcomed the parents and was generally in charge?

My dd auditioned Friday 11th January and the Head of dance was not at the welcome or in the audition class.

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Regulators have been in last week interviewing pupils. Whatever was wrong is being taken very seriously and as I understand it the school is addressing the issue as quickly as possible.  

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According to the report there is more than one issue that needs addressing, but good that regulators are in to interview pupils, I hope their families are allowed in to support them if needed during these interviews. 

Tring has some really lovely staff a few years ago, excellent teachers who were very nurturing and caring. However I can understand why the school failed on their whistle blowing procedures, and why teachers felt unable to follow the procedures. 

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30 minutes ago, Tulip said:

Adults must not presume or cover things up by saying ‘Oh a lot worse will be done or said in the professional world, best toughen up to that’, or ‘ its just another bad day again’. 

 

30 minutes ago, Tulip said:



Let me also add from an experienced mother of a now professional dancer, that in the professional world dancers work hard, they are determined, they accept disappointment that’s the nature of their job. What isn’t normal in the adult world is emotional abuse, which can come in many forms. (Or perhaps thankfully my daughter hasn’t experienced it yet). 

 

The professional world is hard but it's not nearly as bad as some teachers (often those who have never danced professionally) would have you think. Some speak as if it's nothing but unreasonable demands and insults!

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The report is incredibly damaging to the reputation of Tring but I am sure these failings are being addressed and appears to be acted upon. Tring Park School will recover from this and hopefully learn from these serious failings to childrens welfare and it will become the outstanding school it advertises itself to be https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/774930/TringPark_Notice_6Dec18.pdf

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3 hours ago, Tulip said:

According to the report there is more than one issue that needs addressing, 

 

I was referring to the issue of the report not each individual concern in it. 

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