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  1. I love this idea. Thankyou for starting this thread. I have nothing significant to share asI'm well out of the loop with dance related achievements these days - but I did manage a short at home pilates workout yesterday morning. Felt really awesome, despite having to repeatedly wriggle into different positions to find the right space on the living room floor.
  2. Definitely speak to your current teacher and ask her thoughts. I would even go as far as to say ask her permission if you want your dd to stay with her for her training. Many dance teachers are happy for the students to have lessons elsewhere if they have faith in the other studio. She may say no. If she does say no, accept that she may have a good reason which she may not be able to share with you. If this is the case, you could ask if she has any suggestions about how your dd can increase her training. She may suggest she attends a grade above or below what she is currently doing, or maybe adds in different styles, or maybe there are other associate schemes she would recommend.
  3. At least dancers who take cruise ship contracts can be financially independent pretty much from the start - which isn't necessarily true of dancers starting out in some ballet companies, especially if they are offered an apprentice role. Working on cruise ships also promotes many other life skills which are valuable to future employers when you finish dancing. (And of course I'm biased because my daughter also switched from classical ballet training to cruise contracts)
  4. Remember that there is a lot of movement between schools at 16. There are more options open to students but also a lot more students looking for vocational places. For many children going away to vocational school at 11 isn't the right thing for them, and I'm sure that in terms of overseas students there will be many more families happy to send a 16 year old to a foreign country than an 11 year old. So if RBS is seen internationally as one of the most prestigious schools in the world it is not surprising that the demand for 6th form places from overseas students is exceptionally high and attracts the highest calibre students trained in their home countries. In many ways the Paris Opera Ballet approach of only recruiting from within their own school looks fair - but if all schools took this approach there would be limited opportunities for those who don't go to vocational school at 11, or for those who find that the school they started at simply isn't right for them. I think I've said elsewhere - if we only looked at the statistics no-one would ever aspire to any sort of elite art or sport. The main thing is to go into it with open eyes being prepared for the path to be a winding one.
  5. Reassure her that it won't matter if she has a nose bleed during the audition. It's one way to get noticed! It might be worth mentioning to the staff when you check her in, and making sure she has a stash of tissues just in case.
  6. Flowerpower - can I suggest, with your physio's approval, you consider pilates to help you regain your strength after your injury. Great at all round strengthening but less stressful on the body than dance. Pilates forms an important part of training for many dancers - and there is good reason for it. Make sure you find a good, qualified instructor who can give you one to one or small group attention as it is so important that you are doing it right.
  7. I think height restrictions are generally specified for aesthetic reasons - if you have a very tall or short dancer in a company it can look just wrong. Most ballet companies specify height preferences in audition notices - it saves people from wasting time if they are definitely not going to get the job. Different companies have different guidelines depending on the make up of their company. For a company like Northern Ballet their height restrictions might change over time as the make up of their company changes.
  8. An honest reflection Rowan, and I don't disagree that you are much more likely to get a decent dancing job in other types of dance, but if people didn't have dreams and aim to reach them there would be no ballet companies, no theatre, no orchestras, no elite sportsman, no doctors, no research scientists, no astronauts (sorry got lost on a tangent there)! I love the saying...'If you shoot for the moon you might land among the stars'. Aim high - you may not end up where you thought you would but you but you will hopefully end up somewhere better than if you tried. I remember my dd, in her final year of training, sitting us down and explaining how narrow the odds are of getting a ballet job. Quickly followed by her saying she was going to audition for every dance job she could. She didn't end up working as a ballet dancer, but did have wonderful experiences working as a dancer on cruise ships.
  9. Sorry to hear you are going Pictures. I understand though - when my dd finished at vocational school I dropped away for a while as I felt the forum was no longer relevant for me and I didn't have much to contribute. Maybe we will see you back again in the future. Good luck to your dd.
  10. I just want to say thank you to the moderators on this forum. They give up their free time to ensure that the forum can be the place it is for us to share our questions, thoughts and experiences. We may not always agree with their decisions (I bet sometimes they don't like the decisions they have to make either!) but we should remember that they are doing what they are doing to ensure that the forum is still here for us and for future generations of dancers, parents and teachers. Thanks guys.
  11. So many conflicting things going on for your poor dd (and you) With regard to vocational schools - don't push it, but don't let her turn down any offers yet. The thought of going away may suddenly be very scary (not unreasonably) and she may need time to adjust to this. Maybe she won't go - but give her time to make the decision rationally. If she really doesn't want to go to that last audition I personally wouldn't push it, but that has to be your call. Maybe stress about this final audition (if it is one that she always really wanted) has pushed her 'over the edge'. With regard to the boyfriend - assuming he is a real boyfriend not someone she only knows through social media - meet him, invite him into your home, maybe invite him to the festival to watch her dance. Get him involved in her real life. With regard to social media - when things have calmed down point out to her that whether or not she is dancing - talking to strangers on snapchat is dangerous and an absolute no-no. If she doesn't take up a place at vocational school this year and then subsequently changes her mind, she may still have the option of going in future years, as long as she keeps up her training locally. Don't feel that it's now or never!
  12. I would definitely seek teacher’s assistance with photos and also, if possible, to choose which photos are best to send if you have a choice. Thank goodness for digital cameras! I wasted so many rolls of film on audition photos before they were a thing. The quality of the photograph isn’t important, it is how it shows your dd’s physique, facility and technique.
  13. I suggest you let here audition - you will never know if she doesn't try. Try to encourage her to enjoy the experience of the audition, but not be too disappointed if she isn't chosen this time.
  14. I would suggest she applies to audition for some dance courses for 2020 entry and sees how it goes. She may not be offered a place, or may hate the audition process - in which case at least she won't always wonder 'what if'. If she is offered a place - then she will have to make a decision, but having gone through the audition process may make that decision easier. A quick google search found that it's not too late to apply for this year. I looked at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Northern Ballet School, Rambert School, and Urdang and all are still accepting applications...I expect others are too. As to what dancers do after... well my dd went to dance college, worked on cruise ships for 5 years. Now she works in IT and manages a team of web developers.
  15. Don't forget pilates. Excellent for all round strengthening, but I would suggest small class sessions (or 1 to 1's) with experienced teachers where the teacher watches every student and will make corrections.
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