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  1. DS was at RCS, drop me a line if you want to know more about accommodation etc.
  2. whilst I would agree with everything Pups_mum said, for us attending either was going to be a 5 hour minimum round trip - so the extra class on the same day was the least of the problems. Also, as a boy, one scheme offered the chance to dance with male teachers which he was not going to get elsewhere, and the other was JA and you have to be brave to turn that down when you know nothing about ballet. Our take was to try it for a year and see how it went. It's sometimes easier to drop a class than to get into the scheme in the first place.
  3. DS did Elmhurst Associates (Birmingham) in the mornings and JAs (also Birmingham) in the afternoons - quite a few of his cohort did that.
  4. Anna C's interpretation is the same as mine was . We looked at the relative costs of taking a dada and then self-funding a distance learning degree at a later stage - an OU degree requires 360 credits and they charge just over £3000 per 60 credits. I think it's a case of do the maths and see which works out best for you. I don't know if you can get some credit for the level 6 qualification.
  5. This is a few years ago, and may be one person's experience. He certainly didn't find the school a positive experience in any way but that doesn't mean he regrets going there. Just wishes he had been better prepared. I think he expected the focus on fun and tricks prevelant in Associates to be carried through to full time training. We are not a dance family and didn't know what to expect. As I said, just a word of caution and definitely just one person's view from a few years ago.
  6. Things may/hopefully have changed since my DS was an Elmhurst Associate but just a word of warning. He got a completely erroneous impression of the school and its dance training from his time as an Associate. This was a while ago, but the vibe was completely different on a Saturday, even with the same staff. The first year of full time education there was a horrible shock!
  7. My DS got SWL for year 4 many years ago - now in his 3rd year as a professional and dancing the roles of his dreams. He was very tiny and wobbly now a strapping 6 foot (although he didn't actually grow until he was 16). He wasn't physically ready in year 4. It's still painful wathcing all the results all these years later though.
  8. @Bluebird22, I so wish my DS could have had you as his teacher !! His teacher just kept on pointing out he "only" got into JAs in year 5 not year 4, and "only" got 3 MDS offers for year 7 and WL finals. I think her finest hour was asking him to hand his own ballet shoes over to the child of choice (who did go to WL and was a JA from year 4) because my DS had split soles, which the other child fancied. Not the best way to build confidence.
  9. Which associate schemes does/will he attend in year 7? Are you hoping for a vocational place in lower school ? Are you looking primarily at ballet or is DS more of an all rounder?
  10. It's not the funding, it's the level of qualification. To be eligible to apply for undergraduate funding, you can't already have undertaken a higher education qualification. I am assuming the trinity diploma is what rules this out. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies That's the theory anyway ..
  11. We looked at the cost of paying for accommodation if DS accepted Dada place vs cost of OU degree if the dancing didn't work out and degree funding had been used. Came out roughly the same. In our case it was, decide where you want to dance. Everything else, cross your fingers and hope for the best. There are always ways to get the education you need, the dance opportunities are far more precious.
  12. It depends on whether you need MDS (means tested) funding or not. If you would need an MDS there are four schools Elmhurst, Hammond, RBS, Tring. If you can the training fund then you have more options. Different schools will suit different students.
  13. Can I just give a personal counter example? This is many years ago, but my DS, on arrival at the WL finals was whisked off to see the physio as there were concerns about hypermobility, based on his performance at JAs. (I wish, he would now say!) Also his teacher said before the audition round started she thought he would be very well suited to another school - at the end of the first round she said she was genuinely stunned, didn't know he could dance like that - she wished she had could now submit a different report .... My point is, I genuinely think his card had been marked before the process even started. It wasn't any great deal other than a little hurt pride. He did have a weak core which wasn't addressed until many years later, and he got pleasing offers elsewhere. Two of his friends, one a JA one not a JA both went through WL to year 11, it was the non JA who took the upper school place. Our postie's son started dancing because he liked DS' EYB t shirt, and is now with BRB. Was never a JA.
  14. Very much second what JulieW said - she was my rock for three very sticky years until DS was assessed out of first dance school. Like her son, my DS has gone on to have a career in ballet, and I was very proud to recently see him dance his first principal role. But that early training really counts! Having trained at that level builds technical ability that lasts forever. Thinking back, I'm still not sure why he was assessed out - he simply "didn't make the grade, or fit in" is the only things I can remember. AD encouraged him to keep dancing and wrote appropriate references. I would also second the advice to see the year out if at all possible - a proper finish and closure is good in the long run, and once the pressure is off, the whole thing becomes a lot more bearable. There's no way he would have gone back to his original dance school who had always been less than supportive, our main options were a CAT scheme, although that would have involved negotiating leaving early 2 days a week at a school he hadn't even started or another ballet focussed school. My personal advice would be to find out what options actually exist (local mainstream schools, ballet schemes, associates) and once you have that information present it to your daughter and work out what works for you now. Wishing you the best of luck Meadowblythe
  15. What a lovely quandry to have! Congratualtions !! On a nearly relevant point - if anyone is giving up privately rented accommodation when Central move could they PM me? My musical DD and a couple of friends are looking for accommodation in roughly that area for the next academic year.
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