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  2. A cautionary tale of a Ballet Fundraising Gala - in this case The Washington Ballet during a lock down - which led to one of the Trustee hosts, a (non-performing) dancer and the Artistic Director of the Company (Julie Kent) coming down with Covid 19 can be found in The Washington Post here.
  3. Hi is this for Northern Ballet? My daughter is starting CAT in September and this will be her first summer school.
  4. Teachers asked if they were applying, but didn’t recommend. We treated it very much as a fun thing to do, give it a go and see what happens. Carried on planning for local schools etc. As for core strength, lots of 10 year olds haven’t got this yet - my 16 yr old has only really got this sorted in the last 18 months or so, and it’s an ongoing battle!
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  6. Our robins have now taken their little family and disappeared completely out of the garden. I really miss seeing them busily flying in and out of the nest all day. In other news, I found some ripe blackberries on Saturday.
  7. Evening Has anyone had any updates with regards to Elmhurst Mid Associates? I know children were assessed at Finals, but then sadly no other auditions could take place ... but have heard or seen nothing else since 😕
  8. Yes they did my DD auditioned but unfortunately wasn't successful. She was successful and has accepted a place on the associate's programme at Moorland but we'd also applied for Elmhurst so was hoping she could still complete an audition at least xx
  9. Oooh I hope not...maybe they are waiting to see if they can do them. I believe RBS yr 6 JA was a video audition but YR 4 and 5 auditons will be in the autumn.. so I've read on here. Ballet Boost did video audition. English youth Ballet auditon is video too, so hopefuly Elmhurst will arrange something 😊 I'm trying to be positive 😂
  10. I wonder if they're planning on abandoning it for 2020. It's getting a little close really to make arrangements etc isn't it? X
  11. I've not heard anything. I emailed a while back and they said they are looking at the best way to do them x
  12. Hi all, Has anyone heard any further information about this September intake auditions for Elmhurst Young Dancer ? I last had an email at the beginning of June stating they were undecided on how to proceed but not heard anything since. Thanks in advance ☺ xx
  13. Thanks Pas De Quatre and Farawaydancer. Farawaydancer - did anyone recommend your children should audition for lower schools? I don't want to think that we're absurd for even trying! It's a huge relief that private lessons aren't necessary as that would be a big financial hit for us. I've been told that my son 'ticks most boxes' but needs to build his core strength.
  14. More UK news .... to put things in perspective ... More than 50% of staff at Exeter Northcott Theatre could be at risk of losing their jobs, with 21 roles under threat at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and a requirement to cut staff costs by as much as 70% at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol. Northcott artistic director Daniel Buckroyd said the theatre was unsuccessful in its bid to Arts Council England for emergency funding because it is not in danger of closing before September. However, Buckroyd said that this, combined with the end of the furlough scheme and the impact of losing 90% of its income, which comes through ticket sales, meant it must look to cut staff.
  15. The difficulty is that it seems a complete mystery as to what the schools are looking for. Both my dc did lower school auditions and we’re successful, and my oldest has now done upper school ones too, and having seen who gets chosen for each school I’m no clearer what any of them are looking for! Neither of them were JAs, but did do other associate programmes, neither had private lessons, nor did any of their close friends. As a previous poster says, they’re looking for potential, not what they can do.
  16. It wasn't the same one as the ENB one I'd had the first time, definitely. OTOH, I did get one from the Fairfield Halls the other day which was indeed branded but otherwise I think identical.
  17. One thing to remember is that the Vocational schools are looking for potential - will they be able to train this child, do they have the necessary aptitude. They are not measuring what a child has already been taught in the way an examination does.
  18. Hi, looking for long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve leotards. Not too expensive as my daughter will only be wearing them for three weeks of summer school ( It's a requirement that they wear long sleeves) Would also be interested in any thin ballet shrugs with long sleeves x Thank you x
  19. Thanks very much for that! Really helpful!
  20. Normally RBS and Elmhurst have audtion prep type days. My Dd went to Elmhursts audition insight day at the end of Sept and booking opened in August for it (it booked up quick though!). It was worth going to that as she got a tour of the school and took part in an audition style lesson which we got to watch (you can then see the standard). As soon as she got in to the car she wrote down the exercises and stretches she did and practiced, and then found that her first round and final were practically the same as that!! RBS do an audition insight in October but we didnt bother with that being a JA. She says that auditions at both were very similar. Always be prepared for a bit of improv as the final task too. My dd has never had a private lesson in her life.....but she follows plenty on Instagram who do and were having almost daily ones leading up to finals!! Just be prepared for the competition. I hate audition days!!!
  21. Hi, I don't know any other mums whose children do ballet so I hope you don't mind me asking here. My son has got SWL for RBS junior associates two years in a row now and we're wondering whether he should audition for any vocational schools, and if so, how he can best prepare. One great thing about getting into JA's would have been excellent preparation for auditions! He does another associate scheme but they offer no help or guidance in this area at all. How can you assess if your child has the ability to make it worthwhile giving it a go? And do other children have private lessons beforehand? Thanks in advance for any help. I feel totally at sea! The last thing I would ever want to do is set him up to fail.
  22. I think the surveys have the same questions but branded to the theatre.
  23. Very different! Yes in Leeds they didnt need them until after Christmas!! And I'm sure she didnt wear it until after WL audition in Jan.
  24. I think the use of the skirt and character shoes was different in all the centres! In Manchester (when my dd was there - if same teacher!) we used the skirt and shoes a lot! We made sure we had it with us every week! 😜😳
  25. Dont rush with the skirt. In Yr 6 they wont be doing any character until they have done all the auditions. Up until March it is literally audition class prep!!
  26. I bought a second hand skirt from Facebook for a fraction of the price, it was a perfect fit too!
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