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  1. DD1 is a professional dancer (vocational school at 16+) but DD2 took the university route. She was quite adamant that she wanted to continue to dance at university and although she chose the universities to apply to by course , on each open day she made sure she found out about dance opportunities. She actually gets more hours of dance and more variety than she did before she went to university and this year is dancing 5 evenings a week - ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and street. Dance will remain a serious hobby for her though I do know that one of DD1s friends did a biology degree and joined the 'dance club' and after graduation it was the dance route she continued to follow - though unsure if she danced professionally or trained to teach dance. So yes, I echo Kate's advice - if she wishes to follow an academic path with dance as a serious hobby at university, do look a student union pages and 'The student room' 14 is a tricky age and your DD could change her mind several times yet. I know DD1 was still set on classical ballet at that age and only widened it to 'dance' aged 18 and DD2 wanted to follow in her sisters footsteps when she was 14, had decided at 15 she would wait til she was 18 and by 17 had decided to go down the academic route instead.
  2. IDTA do give a numerical mark too but from memory the mark boundaries are quite different from RAD. Distinction is 85% and over. Pretty sure it was 60% to pass but unsure where the boundary lies between pass and merit - about 74% at a guess but really cannot remember. I'm not sure my DDs ever did a medal test but I thought the fail/pass/commended/highly commended/honours were the applicable results for the graded exams they did. Again , honours was over 85% and I think highly commended was 75-84% but I am going back quite a few years - about 4 or 5 years since DD2 took an IDTA exam
  3. Just to add in another consideration when your DD is thinking about the future and her options. Moving away from classical ballet does not necessarily mean a move to contemporary or musical theatre. The level 6 Trinity diploma comes as a qualification in professional dance or musical theatre. There are an awful lot of professional performers out there who are either paid solely to dance or to dance and sometimes sing as a backing singer to a lead vocalist in a number. My DD's qualification is in dance - that is classical ballet, contemporary, modern, commercial and tap. She had very few hours training in acting and singing whereas MT courses are pretty much 1/3 acting 1/3 dance 1/3 singing . And the longest time she has been between contracts so far is 5-6 weeks since graduating in 2015.
  4. My DD was on the dance course but had friends doing musical theatre. The advice to a musical theatre student to avoid ALW songs at an audition as far as I am aware is nothing to do with the difficulty levels or anything like that but more to do with their 'over' popularity. There is a huge world of musical theatre out there and they like students to show a bit of individuality and choose a song that shows off their voice/ range/characterisation -, to show that they enjoy MT and not just the really well know musicals - a bit like a ballet student saying they love ballet but only being able to name Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty as examples. As for being real and understanding the market their graduates are competing in - I think you will find that they are. Most MT auditions - for whatever show - theatre, west end, cruise ship - ask the singers the choose individual songs to show their range - and not songs from the show itself. For example, audition requirements for singers attending the Cats auditions for Royal Caribbean productions. "Please prepare your best 16-32 bars (preferably pop/rock) that shows range and personality. Have repertoire book available upon request. All sheet music should be in proper key; accompanist will be provided. In addition, please prepare two songs from the RCP repertoire below, and download the sheet music. "
  5. Of course they should be allowed to take the exams. Exams are open to everybody, providing they meet any entry requirements (eg age) and everybody has to pay to enter. The dance studio is obviously happy to allow students to attend the stage school as well as the studio. Students should be entered for an exam when they are ready and not when they have attended a compulsory number of classes - exams depending on attendance would be unfair on all students, not just those going to stage school. And if they are getting higher marks then they were clearly ready for the exam at that time. Comparing one student with another is really a pointless exercise - especially at such a young age. All dancers are on an individual journey - they develop at different times and each will have their own strengths and weaknesses. Certainly at such a young age dance should be about enjoyment and the exams are just a sort of bonus as they get a certificate and a sense of achievement.
  6. I actually get the parental comments both ways as my DDs took different paths. DD1 went to vocational school at 16 and is now a professional dancer on a cruiseship. DD2 could have auditioned at 16 or 18 but ultimately decided she decided on a university degree (academic and not remotely related to dance) and dance has become a hobby , albeit a 5 evenings a week one. I often find its the same people that were dismissive of DD1's choices that now eiher criticise DD2's choices or express surprise/disbelief that she hasn't followed in her sister's footsteps. My usual reply is that all of my children are doing what they what to do and what makes them happy, living their own lives. I've long since come to the conclusion that some people will always criticize - whether its through a lack of understanding, their own insecurities or even jealousy. The worst comments I get when I am unfortunate enough to bump into said person are from a woman with 3 boys - 2 in the army and one who went to work in a shop after A levels. Her nasty comments are always directed at my daughters and not my son.
  7. It used to be a set number of awards per school (varying) but as Pictures says the school is now allocated a pot of money rather than a number of awards. The other factor that affects how many students get a DADA in any given year is down to the fact that the amount of DADA allocated depends on parental income. Students are assessed on talent not finances but a year where say the top 10 all need full DADA and all accept their places, the school might then only be able to award DADAs to those 10 students. In a year group when the top 10 only get a small amount each from the schools DADA allocation of money that would mean money still in the pot to offer to student number 11, perhaps 12 too and so on. Note - I have picked the number 10 at random and not as an indication that I know how many students would get one.
  8. I think the associates/school part of the London Ballet Company only goes back a year or perhaps two so perhaps difficult to find reviews for assoicates, though they do have a facebook page. . They started off as a performance company in 2010 but have been running summer (and Easter) intensives/summer schools for quite a few years. I know of dancers in upper school vocational training at the same time as my DD (2012-2015) who attended around 2013/14 time - too far for us when no accommodation was provided, but my DD was interested. The company was only small then - but it seems to grow year on year.
  9. have a search within the forum - going back a few years but I am sure there was someone searching for advanced ballet classes and a dance physiotherapist in south wales. I have a vague recollection of a dancer who after injury had retrained as a physiotherapist and was working out of Cardiff.
  10. To be honest, an awful lot does depend on what sort of training your DD can access locally between the ages of 16 and 18. My eldest DD went at 16 as she was lucky enough to get funding at the college she liked but she would have struggled to get dance classes at a high enough level locally. Our closest dance school to offer adv 1 and 2 was over an hour away - but most at that school tended to apply at 18. Both my DDs have friends who applied at 16 and got either a no or a non funded place on diploma courses and the results applying at 18 varied from no offers to 'unfunded diploma with no to degree' to multiple degree offers. The extra 2 years for those friends in some ways were a benefit - at 16 they applied for dance courses, at 18 some had a more consolidated interest in MT or contemporary so I think those 2 years helped define where their interests and talents mostly lay - general dance, mt or contemporary. So ultimately , providing she can access enough quality training, then she has not lessened her chances by deciding to wait but of course there are no guarantees in auditions.
  11. I'm pretty sure that there is a forum member on here who had 2 DDs go to LSC on degree courses under the age of 18. They lived in France and had completed their A level equivalents. One had been accepted into Chichester too
  12. my DD uses a nitcomb with damp hair or hairspray on a very small brush (looks like a teasing brush). She uses hairspray - Schwarzkopf got2b - freeze hold one. Normally for performances for her but on her last cruise ship contract she was straight from the stage to on duty interacting with passengers so it brushed out enough and quickly enough for her to let her hair down.
  13. So sorry to read this sad news this evening. Deepest sympathy to John's family, friends and colleagues.
  14. In my DD's 1st year they were effectively split after Easter into dance or mt and had the majority of their classes separately and only did one of the end of year shows - the full musical or the dance show depending on which course had been chosen - so that seems to be a change back to what it was originally. Tap streamed for all years (A-D) and ballet and jazz streamed into A + B for the first year, I believe contemporary followed the ballet streaming. There is certainly a lot more ballet and more contemporary on the dance course than the mt course as the classes in these genres increase from the first year for dance students even though the number decreases for mt students.
  15. My DD went to Hammond upper school and graduated in 2015, happy to answer any questions you may have although I appreciate there might have been some changes since then as the MT degree was not available then. She did the Trinity level 6 diploma in Professional Dance alongside 2 A levels. The first year was all diploma students together and this then split into dance and musical theatre stands for years 2 and 3. I believe they have an Open Day at the end of September and in January (26th) they have free Boys Masterclass Day for 11-18 year olds - you need to email to pre-register and they send out details closer to the time.
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