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  1. Hi Hoglett just wanting to clarify - is it teaching at a dance school or teaching in a secondary school that your daughter is leaning towards?
  2. We worked out it would actually be cheaper for us for DS to take a degree ballet course at 16, and then if the ballet didn't work out to take a second degree via distance learning (or even at a local university part time), rather than going the Tring/Elmhurst route.
  3. Special treat for my lot in our JA days (so long ago!) was Big Wok chinese buffet - near to the Arcadian. Not sure if I'd want to dance on it but they seemed to manage. Admitedly this was long before the glories of Grand Central.
  4. Quite understand wanting to do it all - but just consider what you will do if the journey goes wrong, and also the wear and tear on you and your DD - and presumably the rest of the family. Is your daughter more likely to end up injured from leaping from one to the other and just dashing in the door as the second class starts? Last thing you want in year 6 if you are looking at auditions. Ditto a child who is in less than robust health. Having said that, I would probably try it!
  5. From a school's point of view, with Ofsted breathing down their neck, if students are not attending school for any reason (good or other) they need a record - and there are stringent requirements for coding a student as educated offsite https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564599/school_attendance.pdf (p9). Personally, I preferred my children's teachers, ballet and state school, knew what they were up to - mainly because of courtesy but also because I didn't want to be in a position to ask my children not to mention thngs in class. Again just my old fashioned upbringing. Certainly my musical DD's teachers often advised against applying for certain things, because they knew she was not, to be blunt, of the standard required at that time. They also advised against courses where bad habits might be picked up and not corrected, and as such would be a retrograde step. Yes you are paying for ballet classes, but the teacher no more has to have you in their school, than you have to go there.
  6. Decided on a whim we're going promming tomorrow night (2nd August). Any suggestions on cheap places to eat nearby before hand? I know the V&A is open late on a Friday but also remember having to donate a kidney (OK not really) to pay for food their on a previous visit.
  7. Just wanted to add well done to your daughter - she's obviously a very motivated and well organised young lady.
  8. I would personally voice my concerns sooner rather than later - it gives the establishment a chance to address the issues when all concerned are present. I would also personally strike the school from my list of future establishments. I think there would always be a niggle in the back of my mind. We had a very similar experience, my DS disliked the buildings and staff he encountered so much in a summer school he refused to audition for a full time place. His argument was that the school chose this way to present itself, its dance school and ethos. He didn't fancy 3 years under this regieme, even if it wasn't fully representative. The key code issue doesn't sound great either. If I've learnt one thing through 10 years of vocational training (DD attended musical boarding school and now conservatoire) it's that you shouldn't go just because of reputation. It may be great for some, but if it's not right for your child they will never flourish in an institution, however prestigious. If alarm bells ring - listen! I hope the rest of the course goes well.
  9. True - DS took Advance 1 and Advance 2 once he had started a 16+ vocational - took each on 2 days training at the end of term. Literally 2 intensive days, take the exam on the 3rd. No prior preparation just a filler at the end of term. No impact on results.
  10. DS was at RCS, drop me a line if you want to know more about accommodation etc.
  11. 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.
  12. DS did Elmhurst Associates (Birmingham) in the mornings and JAs (also Birmingham) in the afternoons - quite a few of his cohort did that.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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