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  1. Perhaps they are doing it for the money?
  2. Several dancers from the company including Francesca Hayward and Stephen Mcrae are in the forthcoming Cats the Musical film so this isn't as unusual as it might first appear.
  3. It is worth bearing in mind that some people will have a positive experience of a vocational school, while others at the same place might have an entirely different experience altogether.
  4. In answer to the original question, if your dd is intending to audition for full-time training at any stage, then she will need to go down the vocational grade route. The RAD numbered grades have no pointework in them at all.
  5. Could you find a really cheap second-hand pair on eBay or similar? They wouldn't even need to be the same size. You could then get the cobbler to take the elastic and buckle off and use them for the repair.
  6. Capezio Juliet. Nice colour, good quality, comes in different widths and has elastic drawstrings.
  7. Sorry to hear of her injury, and I hope she makes a speedy recovery. I agree with Vonrothbart, coming back too soon could cause a chronic issue that raises it ugly head in the future.
  8. There is also the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they have a ballet course.
  9. When is that? On an aside, it would be nice if they toured the UK occasionally!
  10. Yes it is, but not to spend 5 months trying to dance with an undiagnosed broken bone in your foot, and finding that no-one will take your concerns seriously because they think that you are swinging the lead.
  11. This entire post has incensed me . You have absolutely no idea what it is like to be the parent of a child who has been totally let down by the system that was supposed to be supporting them. My dd was diagnosed with a specific condition by a HCP attached to the school shortly after starting her vocational training at 16 (think something like dyslexia or aspergers but not those - something that required additional pastoral support anyway) and all her dance teachers and the admin staff were supposed to have been made fully aware of her condition. It didn't happen and they were not informed. DD (and we) believed they had been told and they all knew, but they didn't. There were a number of things that I'm sure would have been handled entirely differently had they known about it. There was also another small matter of them taking nearly 5 months after an injury before they finally agreed to send her for an X-ray & MRI scan. And even then she practically had to beg them. No young person aged 16 or 17 should end up feeling abandoned by the very people who were supposed to be looking after her; and left to cope alone and unsupported.
  12. Thank you, although in the end, it was far too late for a resolution. DD walked out in summer 2017, and hasn't been anywhere near a dance studio since.
  13. Wherever your dc goes, ask the school or college for a copy of their student welfare and safeguarding policy documents. If the documents are not forthcoming, read into that what you like. I'm still waiting, more than two years on, for copies to be sent to us. In fact, it was only when we requested copies of those documents that it finally dawned on them how serious the situation had become, and agreed to a face-to-face meeting (with dd present). Pictures and several other posters know the circumstances, and I shall bow out of this thread now.
  14. Sometimes an under-18 simply has to have someone to advocate for them, especially when something has gone seriously wrong and they can't cope alone. Particularly when it is a problem with staff.
  15. When we went to the open day at the school dd eventually went to, one of the things they explicitly said was that since it was a degree programme, they would treat the students in the same way as they would be if they were at a university, in that the students would be treated as adults regarding confidentiality and parents would not have involvement. The awarding university's student welfare page says that "University staff are prohibited by law from disclosing any information about students to unauthorised third parties, which includes family members and friends". So although students on the dance course would still only be 16 or 17, this would still apply and they would have to be treated as adults. It seems to me that dance students fall through the net because, unlike normal universities, many of them will be under 18 for much of the time they are at these schools, and they really should be treated differently with regard to their welfare and safeguarding. Something has to change. (Sorry to hijack your thread Prosecco, but this is something I feel very strongly about!)
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