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  1. I think my dd was about 12 when other things started to fall by the wayside. It was really when the pressures of high school plus the increase in time spent dancing (and travelling to dance classes) meant that other things naturally fell away. But she didn't really have any other serious hobbies at that stage so the choice wasn't as hard as yours. She didn't play any musical instruments when younger, but started singing lessons when she was about 14 as she felt she felt this might help with her future dance career. I think you will know if and when the time comes that
  2. Absolutely. And I certainly didn't meant to imply that lack of comment should always ring alarm bells.
  3. I think the message is to enter the whole process with caution. Just because one person (or group of people) had a bad experience at a particular time doesn't mean that will still be the case. Similarly a school which has always been top form may take a turn for the worse - things change as staff change. Also ..different children will have different experiences at the same school at the same time - different personalities, different bodies all contribute. Trust your instincts and listen to your DCs. Be very cautious if your DC is being advised to dance when injured (
  4. How sad...conversely my DD was given the advise from a teacher and former performer that she deeply respected that if it came to a choice it was important to chose the option which was right for her and her family.
  5. I remember asking exactly the same question to a work colleague whose daughter had gone through vocational training when my dd was about to go to her first associates audition. He looked genuinely surprised at my question, as if it hadn't even occurred to him to regret the choices they had made, even though is daughter never danced professionally due to injury. As to me, no I don't regret the expense or the time commitment at all. But we always kept the expense within what we could reasonably afford as a family, and drew some lines about time commitments. eg For many years we ma
  6. @BalletBliss - don't take this lightly when I say that it was a HUGE achievement for your DD to get a place in the finals. There are hundreds of wonderful dancers who audition and don't get that far. Please encourage her to keep going (if that is what she wants). You will see from other threads that there are many other opportunities out there.
  7. @BalletBoyMumma makes some excellent points in her post, but this is really important. Social Media is media - it was what people chose to publish about themselves. Just as what you read in a magazine or see on the TV may not give you a full and balanced picture - what people publish can be very one-sided. I would also add that if one particular school has had particular success this year, it could be the luck of the draw, could be that they've struck it right with the balance of their teaching this year, or maybe the camaraderie that these students feel when auditioning together
  8. I think the take-aways from this discussion are: Some children who are successful in auditions do lots of associate classes and/or private lessons Some children who are successful in auditions do fewer classes All children who are successful in auditions work hard, love to dance, have natural potential, and (from what I can see) have supportive parents Not everyone who works hard, loves to dance, and has natural potential will be offered a place at vocational school Some families like to shout about what they are doing on social media, others keep what they are do
  9. Wow - I'm so glad insta wasn't a thing when my dd was a child. The thought of complete strangers being able to follow my child's progress sounds quite scary to me. And I'm not surprised your dc's feel intimated by these glossy profiles - but please remind them that what people put on social media isn't necessarily a true representation.
  10. Did anyone try the careers tool that the government put on line last year? I came out as 'Brewer' or 'Author'. Neither of these is anywhere close to what I do now. As some as you know I aspire to the second, and Brewing sounds fun, but I'm not sure that it was really very accurate!
  11. Giving up your dream of a career in dance is a major life change for a young person, and shouldn't be rushed. Especially if it is something that isn't purely their choice. Maybe rather than rushing in to what do chose next, a little down time to give them space and clarity is what they need. A few months at home, working in local shops/cafes if they are lucky. Doing normal teenage things. Discovering who they are as a person. I'm sure it will come. I'm not surprised that schools give little support on this. To be honest they probably have
  12. I wouldn't worry too much about your dd being in a flat with older NBS students. As a small school they tend to mix a lot with those from other year groups in any case. The older ones will help to show the younger ones the ropes. Also with NBS you can't assume that older necessarily means they are 2nd and 3rd years. When DD started they were all 1st years in her flat - she was 16, 2 18 year olds, 1 19 year old and one who was 25.
  13. I have found at times it is surprisingly easy to identify people that I know on the forum - so posts aren't really anonymous. Also if you look back through previous messages you can easily see which year group someone's dc is in.
  14. This may be the case...or there may be other reasons why the teacher is less enthusiastic about the alternative scheme.
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