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and then Hammond and Tring offer more in the way of jazz or musical theatre options alongside classical

Hi, Belljul, I am sure you didn't mean it that way, but just in case anyone gets the wrong end of the stick I just wanted to clarify that the dancers at Hammond and Tring don't study jazz and musical theatre alongside their classical dance. At Tring you can do MT as a completely separate strand (you're either a Dancer or MT) and at Hammond you're either a Dancer or Drama. They do do modern and tap whereas they don't at RBS and Elmhurst (yet in the case of Elmhurst I believe!) but it's only about 3 classes in total a week for both. DD has just started having her first jazz class (one lesson per week) in Year 10.

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Elmhurst does do weekly tap and Jazz in years 7 through 9.Tap I think is optional in higher year groups

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Although dd in year 7 doesn't do jazz admittedly she is (as someone who aspires to a career in MT) finding the course at Hammond very suitable

 

She is getting two tap classes, two modern classes, a drama class, a weekly vocal technique class, junior choir & street dance alongside the ballet classes.

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Thank you all for the fab feedback as always! I feel a bit odd because although dd has happily been cruising along on her path achieving and doing well in the various different dance opportunities that have been available to her, I have always viewed her separately to the children who are currently on the major dance journeys (Not that I ever doubted this is somewhere she would want to be.........eventually!) I just wasn't prepared for it right now! I really enjoy reading about all of the other dc's successes and feel for those who don't quite make where they are aiming for at first......But to think of dd as one of these children is a bit nerve wracking! In truth I don't know if she's ready yet. She's a lovely little dancer.....but at the top of those who will be auditioning.......Then no, she is probably a long way off. She would absolutely love to audition for White Lodge and Elmhurst as ballet is her first love, but I don't know whether to deter her or just let her go for the experience?! I might sound like I'm being harsh but I have assisted my own dancer teacher for nearly 20 years and although have no claims to be an expert I do have some knowledge of the ballet world and whilst I do totally believe that dd is truly gifted in some aspects, she definitely has other areas that need a lot of work too. She is also keen to audition for Tring but hasn't really said anything when I mentioned Hammond. For those with experience, is the dance course at Hammond purely dance or does involve other elements of performing arts? She would be mortified if she had to sing solo at an audition as it definitely isn't her strength! She takes classes in modern, tap, contemporary, musical theatre dance and creative dance on top of ballet lessons.
I have emailed her ballet teacher (Not the one I am assistant to!) to ask for some advice (I rarely get to see her in person as I'm always at work whenever she has to be dropped off or picked up from lessons)
Also, has anyone who has let their children audition for vocational schools noticed any difference in them if not successful? I would hate to see dd lose her love and passion for dance.....or even her dream. I have explained that no at this age doesn't mean it will be no in 2 or 3 years or even 5 when she finishes high school. (She will be applying for a year 7 place)

As an aside, at NYB this year she was significantly behind her peers grade wise but she didn't seem in the slightest bit put off by this and I did also wonder then whether she'd feel inadequate in any way but she absolutely loved the whole experience! 
As you can probably tell, I'm the pessimist/realist and she is thankfully the optimist with a head full of dreams reaching the sky! :)
   

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Clara, I think the best way to cope with the audition rounds is to explain to your DD just how difficullt gaining a vocational place can be, but what fun you'd have together whilst trying.

We used the audition days as a treat to spend time together. Nights in hotels,using the pool where possible. Dinner together, free to chat without the usual distractions. Plenty of time to get DS ready before the audition.

We had a lovely time together, and DS never seemed stressed.

He was eventually offered a place at everywhere we auditioned, Tring , Elmhurst, and WL. He started yr7 at WL in September and I am so glad we got to spend that precious time together. I miss my little ballet boy so much.

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Clara, I think the best way to cope with the audition rounds is to explain to your DD just how difficullt gaining a vocational place can be, but what fun you'd have together whilst trying.

We used the audition days as a treat to spend time together. Nights in hotels,using the pool where possible. Dinner together, free to chat without the usual distractions. Plenty of time to get DS ready before the audition.

We had a lovely time together, and DS never seemed stressed.

He was eventually offered a place at everywhere we auditioned, Tring , Elmhurst, and WL. He started yr7 at WL in September and I am so glad we got to spend that precious time together. I miss my little ballet boy so much.

How is he getting on Theodore,if you don`t mind me asking? Has he settled in?

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Wowzers Theodore!! What an amazing talent he must be! A massive well done to him, but yes you must really miss him. Is he enjoying it all? 

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He absolutely loves it. sends text just with ballet class was sooooooooo amazing. When i call in the evening it sounds like  they are having a riot.

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It is hard not having him at home and i do miss him something awful. Still have to pinch myself that my little boy is at WL, just 2  and a half yrs after his first ever dance lesson. No one else in the family has ever danced, which makes it even stranger. No idea where the talent comes from. He went from 0 - grade 6 in 18 mths. Won a JA place after just 4 months.

Had a wonderful teacher though, who taught him one - one mostly. He also worked so hard, and grins like mad every time we drive through Richmond Park, back to his second home ( his words not mine).

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So glad your DS is settled and happy Theodore - at the end of the day happy children who thrive is what we all want.

 

Clara - pictures in post 33 above tells you what a child in year 7 at Hammond will have on top of their classical ballet training.  Re singing solo at the Hammond audition - they do expect them to be nervous and it really is more about being prepared to have a go, a willingness to try.  On their website they state re the solo vocal "no previous preparation required as this is only an indicator for our own records and will not affect the overall outcome of the audition."   Different schools will suit different children - getting a place at any of the vocational schools is a huge achievement and as a poster above said - treat each audition as an enjoyable day out and a new experience.  My DD auditioned at 6th form level, not year 7, but she changed her mind about which were her favourites during the audition process as being at the school is very different to reading about it.

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It's not too late! But get cracking on the forms and photos .

I agree if Ballet is the main focus do RBS and Elmhurst as the main thing and consider others as a plan b . Welcome to the roller coaster !

Yes we only put our forms in last week-end for WL and got the date for January today.  January will be a very busy month! :wacko:

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Well photos and forms ready!will post on Monday!!

My dd has wanted to audition for so long but suddenly in the last 3 months my husband and I decided against it.Then we had a change of heart when we saw how sad she had been and we felt really guilty.So a mad rush to get things sorted!

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I was going to say Young Dancers Acadamy. My ds did year 7 there (he was year 6 really) and got into year 7 at White Lodge.

My ds loves it at WL and today he said he was 'home at his other home'. He doesn't come home at weekends and I have to call him to remind him he has a mum and dad :(

I still wonder if he hadn't gone to RBS workshop 3 1/2 years ago because his sister did and was asked by RBS to audition what he would be doing today. He did a ballet class a week but only because he loved JA's and was required too. He was doing 3 nights of Street Dance though and got through to Paris finals! In the end he had to choose between Street Dance and Ballet. Ballet won by miles because of JA's and 2 performances a year for 3 years at the ROH. Loved it!

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He absolutely loves it. sends text just with ballet class was sooooooooo amazing. When i call in the evening it sounds like  they are having a riot.

I second that! The laughter coming from their dorm is so loud. My ds is in hysterics all the way through our conversation, or lack of conversation.

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Ditto , hardly hear any sensible conversation from DS as he is too busy having fun with his mates and today was so glad to go back to school as home is soooo boring !

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Nope. Dd is already heavily into GCSE work and felt it would be too difficult to even consider changing schools.

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I would suspect that it would only really be practical if your DC was not edcuated in England or Wales as it would be extremely difficult with GCSEs subjects, not to mention the fact that no sooner would they start at their new school and they would be auditioing all over again for 6th form.

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I think this question has been asked before but can find.

For year 7 audition,can you wear convertible tights?how many do?I know it's not good for normal tights as they need to look at feet.

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Dd wore socks for her year 7 auditions. I think that is what is on the letters they send out. RBS and Elmhurst that is ! They continue to wear socks in year 7 too !

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Yes it's socks (which caused a panic for us as dds audition was very last minute & we didn't have any.

 

They also wear socks in Year 7 until the teacher decides they can start wearing tights.

Same for Elmhurst I believe Edited by along for the ride mum

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From the info I have for auditions this year, it's bare legs for Hammond, Elmhurst and Royal but tights for Tring (plus jazz pants and shoes for the Modern section).

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To all the parents who are wondering about whether their child should audition because they are not ready to leave home .......My daughter wasn't ready to go away to Vocational School at year 7 so she carried on with her training and then succeeded in getting in MA'S and a full time place at Elmhurst in year 8. My advice would be to just to go with the flow - Your kids will tell you if the time is right and auditions don't harm anyone - very good experience for the real world!

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