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  1. This is what troubles me too. It applies to organisations as well as individuals. In my hidden post I referred to the fact that Liam Scarlett was more than a mere "employee", he was a product of RB training from JA through White Lodge, Upper School and into RB company.
  2. Moderators, if you dislike one sentence of my post it can be edited out. The rest is factual history.
  3. In many professional/company classes the first pirouette set was always a single. Too many students whizz round in a spin when trying to do multiple turns, but it doesn't have the feel of a true ballet pirouette.
  4. This is a picture of one that Curly Pearl posted for sale on here towards the end of last year. I hope it is alright to copy it over.
  5. Thank you Dd_dance. That's a great help. The instructions I have cover the length and extra hem allowance, it was just the fabric width that wasn't mentioned. I want the skirts at least knee length so those would be too short Peony, but thanks for your input. In fact doing the three widths is a very easy way to make the skirts and I will probably have some help! Just straight seams to join the pieces, fold over at waist and sew with enough room to thread elastic , then fold over and sew hem - all can be done by machine. I won't bother with fitted waistbands. Much easier than full circle
  6. As Covid restrictions are easing, it is now highly likely I shall be able to hold my show later this term. One of the groups is a Tarantella, and I have not seen suitable ready-made red skirts (I have tops and corset belts) so was thinking of making them myself. In an old JA booklet (1998-9) I have instructions on how to make the offical JA skirt, basically three widths of material gathered. However, as the material had to be bought from the official supplier Express Dance Supply, it doesn't actually give the width or type of material. Can anyone help. I presume the instructions have stay
  7. Yes Floss is right about Voices of Spring. When it was first choreographed as a divertissement, in the opera Die Fledermaus, people in the dance world accepted it was a pastiche of Spring Waters, in the spirit of Facade and its sending up of various dances.
  8. One of the most important legacies Prince Philip leaves is his Duke of Edinburgh Awards. It may not be widely known that Ballet Classes are recognised as an activity by the DoE Awards. I have been proud to act as an Assessor over many years for my pupils entering Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. They used classes, exams and performances for the "Physical Section" and one used Pointework for her "Skills Section".
  9. Interesting. There was an ENBS Associate scheme many years ago, I remember students from DDs last year in Mids auditioning in 2007 for the first intake, but it stopped after a few years. This looks a really good addition to the range of Associate programmes available.
  10. DD and have always maintained that we made the best possible decision with the information we had at the time, and so do not blame ourselves if things didn't always turn out as we hoped. It is the classic 'if I'd known then what I know now....' So there is no point in beating yourself up about what happened in the past. Had started writing this when you posted Taxi.
  11. ARBTA has a written syllabus only, you can get a copy from the Administrator. They follow the traditions of the Russian schools in that certain steps must be included for each level, but it is up to the teacher to devise the class and find the music. You may have noticed that when writing about Russian dancers if it says they graduated from Vaganova Academy it will add "class of ....." giving the teacher's name. This is because one teacher takes a class all the way though Senior training, not that one teacher has 1st year and another 2nd year etc. I have been a member of ARBTA for many years
  12. For some time I had been thinking of starting a thread on this topic, and the discussions on the "Potential" thread have prompted me to go ahead. In many ways I think social media is a useful tool, I have enjoyed online classes and performances thoughout lockdown. But everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of some content. I am forever reminding pupils that there are photos of people in exaggerated poses that they shouldn't attempt to emulate, and also not to try to learn steps and tricks they see. If I haven't taught it to them yet, it is because they aren't ready yet. Like
  13. A long time ago RBS used to say they preferred someone with no training but who had the right physique, to someone with poor training as it is so hard to eliminate faults. That no training certainly wouldn't apply now. But it is still a case of do RBS think the candidate is suitable for their training, not measuring what they have learnt already.
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