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  1. Wonderful - I hoped they would do it again this year. It was such a special event!
  2. Yes it is great to feel we have a realistic plan to start opening up! The Prime Minister definitely said in Parliament it would be May 17th for theatres to start opening. I was watching the live broadcast.
  3. Sorry folks - I forgot about the Dundee centre in my earlier post.
  4. Dancing Unicorn - that is wonderful that you could do that, but I still maintain there are other people who might not be able to but would take up a boarding place at WL.
  5. Although there are several JA centres around England I don't believe there are any in Wales or Sotland. Lots of people may not be able to commit to attending JA classes regularly either, so there is a pool of young dancers who have not been seen before by RBS.
  6. As an aside, I still find it odd how most schools talk of Yrs 7 - 11 rather than Forms 1 - 5, but then everyone talks about 6th form.
  7. It probably varies between centres, but it used to be that in some it was a combined Yr 4 & 5 class with more Yr 5s, and then a different class for Yr 6, so there were always new places available for each Yr group.
  8. Royal Ballet 1978 In this link you see Marguerite Porter as Lilac Fairy. The film quality is not that good but you can still see how wonderful she is - and all the others too!
  9. You have inspired me to do a little research as the subject is so interesting. I was thinking of posting that link, but you beat me to it Jane. Here I have copied and pasted from several different sources. The final comment in italics for some names is taken from a Dance Study Aid pubished by Dancing Times in June 1999 . I feel knowing what the Fairies represent helps understand the choreography so much better. Candide (honesty, purity) Candide - Fairy of Purity Candide, and her name translates as “candour”. As her name suggests, her gift would be the gift of purity
  10. Simply by maintaining the correct amount of turnout on both legs and only going as low towards the splits as possible, aiming to increase the flexibility and hence the depth of splits slowly over time. It is exactly the same theory in any extension standing. Lots of dancers can "whack" their legs up in grand battements, but unless both legs are straight and rotated, the body weight correctly over the supporting leg and the foot of the working leg pointed, then it ain't ballet! If you want to target the turnout of the back leg then "swan pose" is a good position to work on.
  11. This is such an important topic I am going to answer at some length. Firstly it is while sliding down into the splits in parallel that dancers put excessive force onto the heel bone, which is not in the same as supporting weight while standing, walking or jumping when upright. However I feel it is the knee question that should be addressed. There are various knee problems often associated with rapid growth and an imbalance of muscles. This growth spurt is normal and generally happens in the teen years. It is well known that the bones lengthen before the soft tissue so dancers
  12. I really do feel for all graduates in these troubled times and there is no easy solution. Some people may take what I say next as flippant, but it is true. There was artistic life before UK joined the EEC (as it was then). Tours happened, British dancers worked abroad, there was more paperwork, which all got done. At the moment I think there is a lot of uncertainty but it will eventually settle down. Most European countries have a great amount of bureaucracy and reverence for "rules". Remember last year during the lockdown, in France you had to download, print out a
  13. I thought there was an announcement planned for 15th Feb.
  14. I prefer allowing the back leg to bend a little, so it ends up in an attitude allongé. In that position there is no danger of damaging the heel of the front leg or the kneecap of the back leg, neither of which should be bearing weight and in contact with the floor.
  15. It depends on the number of dancers who take up places after the funding audition. There are only a few funded places, so the others who attend the funding audition will then need to decide whether they can self fund or not. After that any spare places will then be offered to the waiting list.
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