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Lisa O`Brien

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About Lisa O`Brien

  • Birthday 17/11/1967

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    Newry,County Down Northern Ireland
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    Ex Professional Dancer.

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  1. RIP. Although I never saw them dance, I remember that at the time I was at Urdang, LCB was affiliated with the School.
  2. This reminds me of when I was 12 and started at a Ballet School in Manchester. We all did the RAD class on Saturdays. However, there was also a Monday night Coaching Class for an hour; for an extra £40 a term mind you, on top of the £40 a term already being paid for the one hour a week on a Saturday. It was quite obvious the "Monday Night Ladies" were the centre of attention, even in the Saturday classes. The teacher selected which student to stand wherever in the centre. The "Monday Night Ladies" were nearly every week chosen by the teacher to all be on the front row. The "Monday Night Ladies" were always selected to enter any RAD exams before the others. They often demonstrated to the rest of the class on Saturdays particular steps or combinations, and we were all left for quite long periods watching them. There was nothing to do but to be in it to win it. As soon as my mum could afford it, I too was taking the Coaching Class. Usually in the second term of each year. Many took the extra day from the first day of being moved up into a new grade after the exam. We could never afford it. £80 a term, for my mum, who only got about £38 a week to live on, was some serious money.
  3. Thank you to all the Moderators of this Forum. A very Merry Christmas to you, and everyone else who reads this.x
  4. Just watched Getting to the Nutcracker on Channel 5. Very insightful. Wow, that's some budget they must have. Some very talented dancers though.
  5. Lisa O`Brien

    Vale Mum

    Only just reading this post, jmb, but my sincere sympathies to you and your family. I got my mum "into" watching and appreciating Ballet. She must have been about 50 I guess. It was thanks to me that she fell in love with Rudolph Nureyev. She absolutely adored him. If ever he was on TV she would literally crouch in front of the TV to gaze at him, like some love sick teenager ! She said one of the highlights of her entire life was seeing him dance in Don Q with the Boston Ballet at the Manchester Palace Theatre. My sympathies once again.
  6. Perhaps if you could tell people roughly which area of the country you are based in? Then people will be able to give you recommendations for schools.
  7. Just to add, I think that's why so many teenagers give up, after loving it for years when they were younger. It's not seen as a cool or trendy thing to do. If your friends snigger a little bit when you mention Ballet classes it will make you doubt whether it is an OK thing for someone to be doing, when they just want to fit in and be the same as everyone else around them.
  8. I quit for about eight months when I was 14 I think. I just wanted to be a normal teenager ( If any teenager is normal, LOL). I wanted to have my hair a bit spikey and wear outlandish earrings. Ballet, with it's hair in a bun and only allowed sleeper earrings and never allowed nail polish in class unless it is pale pink was so conservative and restrictive to me for a while. I wanted to hang around Manchester city centre with friends from school, getting a bit dressed up and browsing the record shops and eyeing up boys. Instead on most Saturdays and some evenings I spent in a dance studio. I felt I was missing out on being a teenager. I went back to Ballet as I missed it so much, but for a while I needed to feel just like every other teenager and I felt like Ballet to an extent, prevented me.
  9. Lisa O`Brien

    New Year

    As for not being on here. Well I pop in now every now and again. But i'm afraid my love affair with most websites/forums seems to be over these days. In fact I'm thoroughly sick of the internet. Have already deleted my Twitter account.
  10. Lisa O`Brien

    New Year

    Ha ha. Many thanks. I have several bottles of NO More Spiders in the kitchen cupboard. It's completely harmless to them, but they don't like the smell of peppermint oil in it. It's quite nice actually. I just always forget to spray it everywhere. Until it's too late and there's a monster upstairs in the hall, stopping me from going to the bathroom.( Like right now).
  11. Lisa O`Brien

    New Year

    Slightly different, but just this morning I was thinking how am I going to cope if my 22 year old son goes to university next September? One of the main reasons i'd miss him is i'd have no-one to kill the monster spiders I get in the house and will have to fend for myself !! He's on his way back from his mates house now to "rescue" me from it. I need to find some sort of a way to cope on my own should he go away. I assume at some point in his life he is going to move out anyway, so I need to start learning to deal with them. But the very best of luck to all DC going away this September, and the best of luck to their parents too.
  12. I wish you and your DD all the very best of luck for the future, Pups_mum.
  13. I am so very sorry to hear this news. My sympathies go out to his family, friends and all who knew him. RIP x
  14. This is a (rather long i'll admit) quote from the small University College in Belfast my son hopes to be attending in September to study Liberal Arts with History. " Education is a creative and inspired activity through which we can fully realise our human attributes and help build a world in which all people come to share and experience their common humanity. If, in practice, education is reduced to preparing individuals to compete in the labour market, it leaves people and communities completely ill-prepared for many of the major components of a well-balanced and fulfilling life, such as relationships, parenthood, vocation, community-building, self-expression and recreation. Education must not only prepare students for the world of work but for life in and for the community". Taken from the prospectus of St. Mary's University College Belfast.
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