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  1. @cotes du rhone ! I have been thinking about your post all night. Like you, I am horrified, with hindsight, what I accepted because I didn't want to "rock the boat." Parents starting out, I think the most telling phrase was "would you accept this in a local state school?" The time my DC was beaten so badly by another pupil that I was asked by the local social services if I would like them to step in. I said no. Why?? This was not an isolated incident. When the school didn't follow through, would I have accepted this in another educational setting? All we can do is learn
  2. This rings so many bells .. however many times we tell them it was about enabling possibilities, not getting a return. I know I'm the richer for all my children's journeys. Although DS is dancing professionally he knows he is one injury away from end of career (running out of ankle ligaments). His plan B is either to work with a company he has been promoting, or to start his own business. During lockdown he has designed a pair of tracksuit bottoms specifically for male dancers, to accommodate the jumps and stretches. He's always had the gift of the gab, so who knows?
  3. Agree totally with glowlight. As well as dancing in a group, opportunities for pas de deux etc. Picking up rep. as part of a group rather than having one-to-one instructions. Also - contacts at professional stage. My DS shared a flat with someone-who-knew-someone-who .. at his first company. Hearing of job opportunities at companies where peers are working. At his last company one of the boys had been taught privately. Whilst he was a lovely dancer, he was incapable of getting to class on time, living on his own, socialising with the rest of the company and learning the re
  4. Can't answer directly but .. at 16 my DS had a few options but ultimately chose to attend Vocational School. His first company had a number of dancers with the same lower school name as his on their CVs. His current company has a dancer who was a former room mate! I don't think having a "known" ballet school does any harm. For boys as well, it's not that easy to get good quality male teaching, from males, privately. But .. one company got his ballet school confused with another - offered him a job after a summer school but when he questioned why they hadn't been interested be
  5. I'm really glad to hear thoughts are still relevant. I sometimes worry it's a little to far away to be relevant. I am, however, expert on the new regulations for Brits residing in Europe ..
  6. agree with what has been said - a couple of other considerations regarding DSs. Many girls dream of being ballet dancers before even taking a class. Suspect not the same is true of boys, so although the field may be slightly smaller, those who are there are probably of a standard to have a realistic chance of success. You wouldn't put up with the "help" from your schoolmates otherwise. I also think, based on my DS's experiences at vocational school and beyond, more boys who apply have families who work in dance (we didn't, not a clue!) so may come to auditions bett
  7. I don't know how old your daughter is but don't forget ... if she doesn't get to dance in the Nutcracker as a child, it doesn't mean that she won't when she is older - I suspect there is no strong correlation between those in productions as children (even JAs and the like) and those who dance it as adults in professional or semi-professional companies.
  8. Just seen Waterstones is offering signed copies of Into the Spotlight https://www.waterstones.com/book/into-the-spotlight/carrie-hope-fletcher/9780241503829
  9. How fantastic! Please do post, and I'll try and add them to our library.
  10. Winnie the Pooh is the font of all knowledge. Incidentally, I'd recommend Wink to anyone looking for a stocking filler for their Y6/7 DC https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/16925/Wink-by-Rob-Harrell.html
  11. Research shows that reading for pleasure is one of the best things you can do for your mental health - but it's about reading for pleasure. I've had to curb my innate desire to move students on from Wimpy Kid. The most significant factor was about the student being equipped to choose a book and having the freedom to choose for themselves - not parents, teachers or even librarians! I won't get started on why we should have more independent book shops. but modern books are a glorious thing. I'm attaching a picture of a pile of books I'm about to put out (colour of stickers indicat
  12. Misty Copeland has a "gritty" (ie age 13+ in my library!) opening. But as a school librarian I have to err on the side of caution. lovereading4kids, btw, rates hope in a ballet shoe as 13+ - and the younger version as 11+. This is one of my go-to sites for books by age.
  13. I've attached a list recently compiled by a group of school librarians. Variety of reading ages, genre and print availability. Hope it may help someone ..Ballet and dance titles.xlsx
  14. Just added to my list for my school library .. it's a tough one, good readers want the full version but, for example, I have limited Misty Copeland's autobiography to older readers. Not a biography, and not particularly challenging but the Peril en Pointe books are great fun - a new one has just been published.
  15. One tip I learnt when my children were changing educational schools was to watch the children leaving - obviously not in any weird way! From a previous bad experience I was watching for how the parents reacted to each other, and where they waited. How the staff interacted with the parents. How the children interacted with parents and staff. Smiles tell you a lot about the social side. The school they moved to was the one where, going in to see the head, I asked one of the parents where the office was. Unmprompted, she asked if I was thinking of moving to the area, said what
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