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  1. Congratulations @primrose
  2. I think it's caught up with itself. This morning when I looked I was a Rookie and had just won my 1 year badge (I've been on since 2011) but this evening I've progressed to Proficient and have 7 badges!!! I think once we get used to it the rankings may be a useful visual clue as to how long someone has been active on the forum when you look at something they post.
  3. Congratulations @Dancers Dad on getting this far without social media! I think it is very likely that once your dd moves to Manchester she will start to use social media of her own accord...so perhaps better to get her used to using it now while you still have her at home and can keep an eye. I would encourage her to become friends with you, as many relatives as possible, and any grown up friends you/she may have who use facebook. That way there is a whole network of people keeping an eye on her. In the past I have picked up 'crisis' moments with some of my friends' children. Sometimes you can help with just a simple personal message (the young friend who had got of the plane on her first business trip to US to a message that her best friend had died ...she just needed someone to chat to until she could get hold of her Mum). Sometimes advise (block that looser who was being mean to her on facebook and report the posts). And on one occasion, contacted Mum because I was really worried.
  4. When my dd was young and wanted to be a dancer, I felt that the only shot she had was while she was young. Very few people can switch to a dance career if they haven't trained from a young age (I know ...there are a few exceptions). We instilled in her the importance of school work, and getting good GCSEs, but beyond that were happy for her to pursue the dancing dream, in the knowledge that academic studies can be picked up when you are older. @Lusodancer - what a wonderful Minister for Culture and Arts your dd will be, because she will know the issues from the inside.
  5. I don't have experience of TLBC, but my dd did various associate schemes and also a Youth Ballet company during her training. Yes she benefitted from them in terms of training and experience Yes she made friendships, some of which resurrected many years later when they met up again at auditions and through work BUT the timetable has to work for you and your family otherwise it will drag you all down.
  6. The impression that I gained over the years is ...if the student has the ability and they are in the right school for them then they will excel. I know of students who gained places in 'top schools' but the environment wasn't right for them for one reason or another. When they moved to a different school, maybe not one of the top 3 or 4 in the ratings, they were happy, they excelled, and went on to successful careers in classical ballet. It really is more about the right school for the student.
  7. @Beezieit sounds to me as if you are looking to move schools because the schedule at your current school doesn't work for you. I don't think it is unusual for schools to want students to 'try out' to join at 9 or 10, and I think that's simply to make sure that the student will be able to fit in, to assess which class the student needs to be placed in to make sure they are out of their depth. It works both ways - it gives you a chance to see if the school works for you as well. I would treat it as a 'trial class' and I wouldn't get too hung up on the idea that they are looking for physical attributes at this age.
  8. I am definitely more bold this time around. Went inside 2 different cafés the first weekend we were allowed to, and planning an indoor meet up with by parents this weekend. I think it is partly that I, and most people I meet have now had at least one vaccination, and I know that many people are taking regular lateral flow tests. I am also watching the stats very closely and making personal 'risk assessments' on this basis. I feel I missed out last summer - I could have had more of a life but chose not too because I was ultra cautious. I think that has particularly had a negative effect on my parents because they have become very socially isolated so I am determined, if nothing else, to spend time with them.
  9. Wow - the resurrection of this old thread has made me realise...I miss @Anjuli_Bai
  10. I'm thinking I might take up ballet again when I retire (which isn't as far away as it used to be!) I think you will have a wonderful time @Laura F.. There are plenty of people on this forum who have taken up ballet as adults and who love it. Just don't expect to be able to do what the kids and teenagers can do straight off. Take it slow.
  11. My dd never achieved her childhood dream of joining a ballet company, but she did have a successful career as a dancer on cruise ships. This gave her wonderful life experiences and helped her to build a range of work place skills which are valuable to any employer. These included Team working skills Customer Service skills Organisational skills An appreciation that sometimes you just have to 'get on and do it' even if you don't agree with it! When she retired for ships she had a period of 3 or 4 months working in cafés and helping in our family business while she worked out her next steps. She ended up landing a job as a trainee in a web design company. They trained her in the technical skills and now, 5 years later, she is a Team Leader. She didn't do A levels, but that hasn't been a barrier to her building a new career outside of dance.
  12. @Madmum - I'm so glad this was a 'false alarm'. I think we all have to be wary of jumping to conclusions on occasion.
  13. I think the 'Managing your facility' section of this page covers what is required in terms of hygiene etc. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities
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