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  1. Sounds like you handled the situation brilliantly - well done you. I hope the great relationship you have with the teacher lasts a long time!
  2. Just to add historically, and I don't know if this is still true, classes are small - they are well funded and don't take dancers just to make up the numbers. Some years have less than 10 dancers, some substantially more. Obviously if they like what they see they are more likely to take you! Josh's Taxi good luck to your DS. Hope he has a wonderful time.
  3. Bluebird phrases it beautifully. I remember seeing musical DD sitting in a youth orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. I knew it was absolutely where she belonged. She may never play in a UK orchestra but she has given it her best shot - at least she knows she will reach the limit of her ability. Similarly watching Stage Manager DS climb up to fix some lights - it's something deep within your soul that others can sometimes glimpse. But if you have doubts, and don't want her at vocational school please think carefully before letting her audition. You are
  4. From another perspective .... Careers in ballet are short - you have the rest of your life to pursue a more mainstream role. But the skills and experiences learnt on the way are equipping you for that later life - and that includes being able to pursue multiple sources of income at one time, negotiating, self discipline, overcoming adversity, self sufficiency - I could go on. Another consideration: is life really all about money? As someone whose salary once went up and down by 50K in a year (sadly it's stayed down for the last 20+ years!) I was always a bit short of
  5. Having worried all the way through about how short my son was (he's now just shy of 6 foot ) tall men are very much in demand in European companies. Just need to make sure they have the core strength to deal with all the lifting, and is in proportion legs and upper body (DS is convinced second injury caused by too big in upper body in proportion to legs. ) DS didn't grow until he was 16 - others started and stopped earlier. I would say very much at 14, let nature take its course. There's little you can do about it except make sure he's eating healthily.
  6. If it's any help the school where I work are asking pupils to come in PE kit on the day they have that subject. School tracksuits encouraged. Changing rooms will not be used. I think shorts/legging and t shirt is a great idea. Or maybe school PE kit?
  7. Agree with many comments above. If you are clear to your DD that without funding this is just a "let's see how far we get" exercise, other than a hefty blow to the wallet there is little to loose. No one knows exactly what the magic combination is. And even then it's partly luck as to who else auditions. Would also just comment - the most prestigious may not be the best fit for your child. Going on reputation alone is not a sure-fire recipe for success. It's hard when you don't have a dance back ground - I didn't - but there is a lot more to going away to school than taking b
  8. The other comment I would make is that your daughter is relatively young, and any relationship being built with a ballet school is not going to be enhanced by going against their advice. You may like to consider whether it's the right school for your daughter.
  9. Absolutely - my musical daughter, who it seems is offered reserve places for everything, says she is going to get a t shirt made saying"I make lemonade!" Her CV won't show she got places off the reserve lists. . She certainly savours the opportunities when they do arise, maybe more than if she had been first choice (although that is nice when it occasionally happens too!)
  10. It might also be worth investigating courses in Scotland (I think RCS has a musical theatre course?) Their funding is organised differently to the English courses. I have no idea of the calibre of their offering. And what happens next year is anyone's guess at the moment ..
  11. Please think seriously before using your one funded chance at higher education on something you aren't keen on! My advice, for what it's worth, to Musical DD when deciding on options was to imagine she had the money (fees, accommodation costs, living costs) in a pile in front of her. If she had to hand over real cash for a course, how would she feel? She had felt pressurized by a teacher to take a particular offer (especially as it came with a huge scholarship). Even reducing the pile of imaginary cash she was handing over it clarified, in her heart of hearts, it wasn't a purcha
  12. From what I can see, it's up to each school to make their own decisions regarding Safeguarding. My school uses Teams via school email but students must be muted and cameras turn off - interaction is via the message facility. My husband's school follows ImgyA's model. I must admit after DD (who is 20!) was discussing her bedroom redecoration with her teacher as her instrumental lessons are online, I can see the issues. From a practical point 30+ students trying to talk at the same time wouldn't work. Our online zoom church services show the limitations as 30 of us try to say
  13. Not only did they stay open (throughout all holidays as well) but working online is as frustrating for the staff as well as students. Marking takes 3x longer, and developing new teaching resources is time consuming. Not complaining just saying ..
  14. Odds are stacked against you anyway (she says cheerfully). JA places do become available. My tiny August son wasn't offered a place in Y4. Looking back I'm not suprised. Re-auditioning for year 5 he was accepted but we were unable to take a place at the centre offered. We rang them and they went through all the centres available and we were offered a place elsewhere - my point is that places do become available. And plenty on this forum will tell you that you don't need to be a JA to get a place at 11 either in MAs or vocational school - indeed the converse may be t
  15. Like Lusodancer's daughter, my musical DD has concerns about her musical degree. She is seriously considering, with my support, intermitting for a year. If one-to-one lessons are via skype, and there are limited or no ensemble activities, she may as well pay privately and have her skype lessons from home and get a local job and earn some money. It will also enable her to travel and take lessons internationally, quarantines permitting, something she was keen to do but couldn't afford on her student loan. It's a horrible situation for young people. Personally, I was born to iso
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