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  1. https://chesterhouse.org.uk/ Chester House in Muswell Hill used to take 16 year olds. Heather aka Taximom
  2. Good afternoon I am seeking help from parents with vocational students at 11+ upwards who are studying full time at specialist vocational schools - music, dance or musical theatre ......who have a diagnosed disability - mental health, anxiety, Asperger's syndrome, ASD, learning disability including dyslexia and dyspraxia etc. I am interested to find out the name of the institution and course or GCSE's etc, how support is provided, how it is funded - i.e. is the student in receipt of a DAD, MDS or privately funded, who pays, if anyone, for any specific support provided due to the disability. I am aware of the support available for students on degrees where Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available, but it is all the others from 11+ where a support need might be identified but not provided. I am undertaking this research as I am involved in the initial research prior to setting up a private company to provide this support through identified funding. Please respond via PM! All personal details will be kept confidential and the information provided used to underpin the knowledge gained to explore if the companies aims are sustainable and if the funding that has been identified would be suitable for students with disabilities in these situations. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. Heather aka Taximom
  3. A long time ago my DD, at that time taking Grade 1 or 2 I think, broke her shoulder the night before the exam. I took her to our dance school where the exams were taking place and the ballet teacher took her down to meet the examiner. The examiner advised that she should still do the exam if she wanted to but without the sling and keeping her arm still. Looking at her face when she came out, white as a sheet, she told me she had tried to continue to use her arm the best she could as it didn't feel right not to. Result - the highest grade in the group. Consider speaking to your teacher and advising the examiner, perhaps take a drs note to explain the reduced movement? Good luck whatever you decide to do!! Heather aka Taximom
  4. You might want to consider Rambert or London Contemporary Dance School, but particularly Rambert for ballet at a high level but with a contemporary focus. LCDS is a contemporary school but with daily ballet classes following contemporary ballet technique. Heather aka Taximom
  5. Can you get to Birmingham? NIDMS - https://www.nidms.co.uk/birmingham would be good if needed but as Anna has said, a good physio will work wonders. If you are anywhere near Worcester I can also recommend a young lady who is a former dancer who is brilliant and treated me for muscular shoulder pain. Heather aka TaxiMom
  6. taximom

    Phoenix boys

    Yes, I think he does teach ballet, he certainly choreographs ballet.
  7. taximom

    Phoenix boys

    Simon, who's brainchild Phoenix Boys, is, is a local young man (Worcester based) and has a good reputation, especially when working with boys. He is dedicated to ensuring boys have the best possible outcome and has invested all of himself in supporting the young people he works with to be the best they can. I do not have any personal experience of his teaching with young people but I have watched him develop as a dancer and teacher over a number of years. His students have been successful in gaining college places and success in various shows. Heather aka Taximom
  8. There is also Kings International based in Hinckly, Leicestershire. It is a small school and very new but I understand the students are doing very well and are exciting prospects. There is no funding available but I understand would be worth exploring if a nurturing faculty with high expectations is wanted. I have no direct knowledge but a friends dd is in the second year and blossoming under their care and tuition and is being challenged and not allowed to take the easy option! She will be dancing with Ballet Cymre in November / December and also going to an international ballet competition in Italy soon as well. Heather aka Taximom
  9. Sorry to hear this, the after effects of an ankle brake can be quite long lasting and it would be worth asking if your GP can refer you to one of the NIDMs dance injury clinics at Bath, Birmingham or London, if you can get there. The physio is for dancers and they know what they are doing - https://www.nidms.co.uk/. Best wishes Heather aka Taximom
  10. Have you considered NDIMs? - https://www.nidms.co.uk/nhs-dance-injury-clinics you need a referral from your GP and the clinics are in London, Bath and Birmingham. This would then provide physio and rehab by dance focused professionals? Certainly worth looking into I would think? Heather aka TaxiMom
  11. slightly off the topic, I have varifocal lenses but when I play violin I have single vision lenses set at the mid point of my vision. BUT when I play percussion I need my usual varifocal glasses! This might be that I sit still when playing violin and do exactly the opposite as a percussionist as I run between timps, tuned percussion, untuned percussion and kit!! Heather aka Taximom
  12. Only one of the London clinics is closing both the Birmingham and Bath ones and a further London option are available. NIDMS itself is not closing. Heather aka Taximom
  13. Have you considered using the dance injury service through nidms https://www.nidms.co.uk/ You can get your GP to refer you to a free specialist dance practitioner who may be a better option for you. All the information you will need is on their site - their are clinics in London, Bath and Birmingham. Heather aka Taxi Mom
  14. I am so sorry to have possibly made matters worse by my post. My sincere apologies! Heather aka taximom
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