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  1. I got special consideration marks for a set which included a deaf student when the nervous interpreter missed a couple of vital cues and put all the candidates off.
  2. I so regret throwing away my syllabus books and notes from that time. I had a whole teaching file written out in long hand. Senior Grade did not come out (I believe) until 1979. I was one of the first students from my school to pass with Honours. I still remember the solo variation.
  3. There are very comprehensive guidelines for filming in the members section of the RAD website. When filming teachers are meant to allow students appropriate rest breaks as would happen in a normal exam. It sounds as if the regional organiser needs to enable video submissions on the drop down menu, I had this problem too in that it simply wasn't given as an option so I had to contact the regional organiser. The teacher does not have to complete the form before submitting the video. So I suggest that you "get it in the can" as it were. The "paper work" can be sorted out later. Which is just as well, I am having to postpone some planned filmed exams due to covid (not me personally) so I will simply remove the effected candidates from the finished entry and filmed another time.
  4. It depends on the exam. For a single candidate I could leave the camera alone but for a set of four, then yes the camera had to be repositioned between Barre and centre
  5. I invested in a Gopro 8 camera which has a very wide field of vision so I can put it on a tripod and leave it. Make sure that the exam includes everything, I inadvertently left out an exercise in Grade 6 so ended up having to tag it to the exam entry separately. I now make sure that I have a list and my pianist also knows to speak out if things are missed. From the candidate point of view really perform as this element can get lost on film. Good luck
  6. Good luck. This was me exactly 17 years ago. Even down to the fact that it is Friday 12th. Breathe deep.
  7. The fact that the people who work for my school are on self employed basis has meant that we all got the much needed financial help. (My teachers and pianists also all work on this basis at other places too.) As I understand it, those running limited companies could furlough staff but they could not do this for themselves. A friend of mine furloughed staff but was not able to access financial help herself. My little school is only just going, it would not exist any other way. As it is I still endeavoured to pay pianists and teachers whilst waiting to reopen and had to pay other overheads too. When thanking a parent for paying full fees the day the lockdown was announced she said that "I want there to be a Ballet school for my daughter to come back to." Fortunately the majority of parents had this attitude. Others just didn't seem to understand that we were not a "club" run by volunteers temporarily shutting down. "no body else is charging" I got told by some. (not true, many charged full fees for a term via Zoom.) We provided free online resources and pre recorded tutorials who paid, or part paid fees (we were flexible). We also did free Zoom classes. And I am currently still honouring all the lessons paid for,including spring term. All this on top of all the necessary risks assessments and extra work associated with making venues safe. This has also impacted on the business as although small classes are lovely, none of them now make a profit. And like many others, this is my livelihood, not just a little hobby on the side. Everyone's circumstances are different, I consider myself to be very lucky to have a business at all and a roof over my head. Once again I quote the kind hearted lady "I want there to be a Ballet school for my daughter to come back to."
  8. I am not going to even be using the Barres for now and have allowed for cleaning between classes, I prefer to do it so I know that it's been done!! Tiny classes in large well ventilated premises... Unlikely now to be able to open soon but I am well prepared.... My car is full of PPE and cleaning paraphernalia now instead of Ballet gear!
  9. Yes ironic isn't it, although in theory we can have early years back going under the umbrella of education, they are the classes that will be the most difficult to manage. Not least because they will need adults coming on site to help get them ready for class! So I have actually closed my nursery class for now. Whereas my older students, especially the vocational ones are furious if parents dare to even leave their cars! I laughed at the thought of your dh lying on the floor as a guide. But it's interesting isn't it to realise that 2 metres is not a large size. My studio markers are now 2.5 metres apart and still look too close for how I normally run my classes so I don't feel that spacing students will be any different to normal. It's what happens outside of that is concerning so me and my team will be walking through all the procedures before allowing students on site.
  10. The larger venue it's 12 down from 16 I have not accessed the smaller one yet but it will probably have to be 8 to be really sure. I am barely going to break even but safety is paramount.
  11. I have begun new risk assessments and a social distance policy as even if classes cannot resume until September these things will still have to be in place. Studio space is now marked out to ascertain safe numbers , my classes are already small, most have single figures in a large hall. One of my findings was that 2 metres square was a smaller area to move about in than I let my students perform in anyway. It was surprising to me to see how small two metres actually is (length of a Barre). They will definitely have to take turns a lot more and when waiting, stand in their designated area, rather than huddle together at the back, it will be an opportunity to learn instead of talk! Hands on correction will be a no go area but given that teaching is undertaken online at the moment that is now happening anyway. My main concern is the management of students entering and exiting premises safety and without excess grown-ups and siblings. I have to also alter the timetable to allow for thorough cleaning between classes. So apart from waiting for an ease of restrictions I will not open until I am satisfied that this is sorted. I am frustrated that some sports may be allowed to resume, some of which involve using a shared ball (think football or tennis) but there is no real guidance for those whose disciplines which actually need personal space (be it Ballet or other exercise such as pilates).
  12. Well what do you know I found my sons copy of the poem today that he read at the Royal Ballet School Christmas Carol service all those years ago. It was an adaptation from TS Eliot by Gerard Benson. Lock down has meant a long overdue sort out of the lodge at the bottom of the garden and said poem had been hidden in plain view all this time.
  13. I doubt it. I don't fulfil the criteria and use several different venues so it is not straightforward. But I appreciate your suggestion. I will be happy with the help in June if and when it comes, in the meantime I have had lovely messages and early payments today from some who are in a position to pay and who value my school. The deferred July tax payment is going to help too. I personally would be very sympathetic to students who are struggling regardless of talent as dance is good for everyone. All I ask is to be communicated with!
  14. A rest won't do her any harm
  15. I have guaranteed that all my students will get the lessons that they have paid for even if the summer term ends up being the autumn term instead. Those who pay, or part pay (even if just a little) are being given access to the free resources and online tutorials that my ds (who has RAD PDTD) is putting together. But these will not be a substitute for the "real" classes. But I do need the fees in in order for the school to survive as like the vast majority of dance teachers I am self employed and do not own my premises, some which I may risk losing in a very competitive area if I cannot pay the rent! And I also aware of the impact for my self employed pianists and teachers, we all have to wait until June for any help. I fervently hope that any struggling parents will be upfront with me so that I can waive notice fees at my discretion if they can no longer afford to pay for lessons. What I HATE is people not bothering to contact me and communicate with me which means that I have to chase them up. I'm also fond of my students and its awful when they leave without warning. So short answer is if you can no longer pay do at least discuss it with your dance school. When thanking one parent for the next terms fees she said that she wanted to guarantee that her daughter would still have a class to go back to.
  16. Not the same situation as Vocational schools but I have already received some summer term fees from very kind (and financially able) families who want to help my Ballet school survive. They know that they will get the lessons they have paid for even if having to wait a few weeks /months. We are going to offer free online resources and tutorials to anyone who has paid, or part paid for the summer. This will be in addition to normal classes, whenever that may be. My worry is that young children in particular and their parents don't always realise how important correct posture, placement, turnout is and so I am dubious about livestreaming a Ballet class. My sincere hope is that eventually, with the right precautions and restrictions in place we will be allowed access to our venues to film the cancelled exams. In the meantime I have asked my pianists and teachers to help me with ideas for online resources in lieu of the lessons I have had to cancel this term. They are all freelance and very worried about the future. So those of you who are in a position to still be able to pay fees please know that us Ballet teachers are extremely grateful because we still have to pay our bills. That said, on a personal level I am in support of the social distance measures because of the number of family members, friends, staff and pupils that I know who are in the vulnerable list.
  17. I am totally with you on this. I am also concerned about the pianists and the young teachers that I employ who will be without work. The halls that I use have gone into lock down so I can't even film my candidates who have had exams cancelled next week.
  18. I am shutting a week earlier than planned now my exam session has understandably been cancelled by the RAD. My son and I have been arriving extra early at our studios to clean and our students have been super careful at hand washing. Many students have been staying away anyway. Health is more important than Ballet. I will be putting lots of Ballet clips on the school Facebook page for my students to enjoy!
  19. It may be that she has that indefinable magic, something special that says that she is a musical and well coordinated dancer as opposed to a bendy machine. I have seen many year 7s over the years at WL who were not in flat splits etc. to begin with.
  20. Blimey for me and JulieW that was all of 16 years ago!!! Our sons have retired now! Good luck everyone, its a hell of a ride
  21. I once had a student who was a JA, did not get MAs but was accepted as an SA! And another got accepted as an SA without having been a JA or MA. Another, who was an MA, got into WL from the SA audition. So it's always worth giving things a go as nothing seems to follow a pattern as far as RBS are concerned. Only if you don't audition at all do you have no chance!!
  22. hfbrew


    I am a Mentor for the CBTS. Absolutely no need for distinctions, after all exam marks are just what an examiner sees on the day. And that merit mark is very good! But do take, and pass your intermediate! Much easier than having to submit video footage which you will have to do if you don't. In the meantime do as many classes as possible, watch a variety of teachers and also go to performances.
  23. hfbrew

    John Mallinson

    Very sad news. My heart goes out to the friends and family who knew John personally. All those who have used Ballet.co over the years surely owe this gentleman a debt of gratitude for enabling the smooth running of this forum along with the other dedicated volunteers behind the scenes.
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