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  1. Thank you all for the helpful information. Did any of you hear about this company? : https://www.weekendalacarte.co.uk/special-occasion-holidays/once-in-lifetime-events/world/moscow-bolshoi-ballet-break/
  2. Thank you all for the reply. I think he has his heart set on Bolshoi, Moscow. He used to restore historical buildings so I guess the building it self is almost as important as the ballet performance! It all sounds complicated, especially the visa so (as he tends to worry a lot!) I think using a travel company is the best idea. Can anyone recommend one? Not sure if it’s allowed... pm me please
  3. A soon to be 80 years old ballet lover would like to celebrate his big birthday by going on a trip of his lifetime to Moscow so his biggest wish of seeing a ballet in Bolshoi theatre can finally come true. Have any of the forum members been there? Where one should start? By getting the ballet tickets first and then appropriate flights and hotel? I quickly looked at Bolshoi tickets website and a random one in October was sold out mostly and a price of an “economy” ticket somewhere at the back was above 500 US$??!! That can’t be true? I’d appreciate any help. The birthday is in March so I think he’d like to go in April/May si the weather is nicer
  4. I have available: - boys, grey year 7/8 leotards, size child 11-12 x2, adult M x1 - girls year 10 leotards, size adult Small x4
  5. I have available: - boys formal blazer in size child 3 - girls formal blazer and skirt in size adult small plus a blue year 9/10 top also adult small Used, with red logo, good condition, checkered skirt
  6. If both children are on MDS you do get a discount, doesn’t matter if they are in the same school or not. You will need to fill in an MDS form each year, one for each child and there is a question about other siblings on MDS. Mine DC ended up in the same school but were offered places at 2 schools and I asked at both and got 2 confirmations of a discount.
  7. Hi, is there a list/table describing upper schools (classical ballet, with a goal to join a ballet company, not teaching qualification) available on the forum? I tried to look for it but no luck. What I’d like to know is US offering Dada/MDS - Tring, Elmhurst, Royal, Hammond, ? US with students loan - Central, ENBS, Ballet West? US with bording facilities, incl meals - Elmhurst, Balet West, Hammond? US with A levels - Elmhurst, Tring, Hammond, ? My list probably isn’t correct, please correct it. I think that Northern Ballet or Rambert also have a classical ballet course but I’m not sure.
  8. My 2 DC were JA’s in another Centre with only 24 (if not less) sessions a year and they both got in to a vocational school. It’s just to put your mind at rest that if it’s hard for you financially or time wise to commit to 32 sessions your DD will still benefit from 26. As to the other question - life as a dancer is hard, training requires a lot of discipline and sometimes sacrifice, there will be injuries and tears and disappointment but if a child really wants it and loves it I think we need to let them follow their dreams if we can.
  9. It is a good idea for it to be pinned at the top, I’m sure our fantastic moderators can help with it. It is a very important petition and you are a long term forum member who helped many of us countless times! I’m sure everyone would like to support you if they have the chance to see this post.
  10. I’m so sorry... signed and verified
  11. Can anybody tell me how is the food in YBSS? Lots of healthy choices? Choice of fruits everyday? or not so healthy but “child friendly”? Is it advisable to pack lots of snacks? Also what DC do on the first Saturday after the welcome talk at 4;30pm? I know that there are no classes on the first day.
  12. My DD is going to YBSS for the first time this year. She’s currently in year 9 so I guess she’ll end up in the middle group? Anyway the time might be better organised for the youngest group this year and maybe classes won’t be that big? There is already one difference under the new management- we are all to receive a welcome pack after we pay the deposit. I know that this is new.
  13. There might be DC on the waiting list but not on this forum. Also there might be no waiting list as Elmhurst results came after WL, Tring and YDA so those who came to finals aren’t waiting for other results and highly likely will accept Elmhurst offer.
  14. Yes, I know of some DC who received “waiting list” results rather then “yes” or “no”. That was 2 and 3 year ago.
  15. Hello PBM, well done to your DS. My DS auditioned to Elmhurst last year and is now very happy there loving the vocational training. The parent/candidate discussion is just an informal chat between the member of staff and your child. I just sat there listening to my DS answers about his favourite subjects at school, plans for the future, ways to cope with possibly being homesick etc. It was very relaxed and nothing to worry about . During the orthopaedic assessment a physiotherapist will check your DS joints and spine, ask him to do a couple of stretches. If you have more questions feel free to send me a private message Edited to add that there were around 45 ish girls and 35 ish boys at finals (if I remember well)
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