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  1. Hi Zo, how did you get on? I have found two albums on Spotify by searching for “Le réveil de Flore”; this one: https://open.spotify.com/album/1nm1LDxKmxUH5xiaVS6XbK?si=RKIUAUFWTIqsdS3CaYhC4A&dl_branch=1 and this one: https://open.spotify.com/track/3hQKHk0DqVf07pfPh6pf7h?si=a_9fgdQCQ3KAt6KMagAmHQ&dl_branch=1 If you don’t have Spotify, they are both albums by Decca: “Homage to Pavlova” and “Fête du Ballet”, and both have Parts 1 and 2 of Le réveil de Flore. I’m not familiar with the piece so you might have to cut the music to suit. Good luck!
  2. Perfectly put, Lin. I think “Rise” is used much more often in the UK than “élevé” but you are correct; they mean the same thing, and either can be used in class. I agree completely with working hard at the right level first; particularly when it comes to pointework, which can lead to catastrophic injury if not done safely, correctly and properly. A gung-ho attitude in ballet class - especially when starting pointe - is not only disrespectful to the Teacher (never mind risking their Public Liability Insurance), but also risks the student’s safety, is discourteous to the other students, disrespectful of the correct process and can be indicative of a lack of maturity and an unwillingness to learn. Both of these last two would be warning signs for a good Teacher considering whether a student is even ready to begin pointework. As a disabled person who had to learn to walk again after one particular spinal surgery, I know the importance of “slow but steady” and, crucially, accepting my limitations. This is a hard lesson to learn and has resulted in a lot of tears, but it has taught me to respect my body, to learn patience, and to trust that my Teacher - in my case, my Physio - knows an awful lot more on the subject than I do. I suppose the “attitude and culture” I follow is “Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread”. 🙂
  3. Hi RJL, Well, even Google failed to find those in (or shipping to) the UK. Do they have to be authentic, or could you use a brown leather ballet flat and lace it up the leg somehow? Or failing that, adapt a pair of Highland Dance pumps?
  4. Yes, this is the easiest way to show your vaccination status if you can’t/don’t want to use the NHS app (which is *not* the track and trace app). The blue cards given at the vaccination centres don’t count as proof for travel, so I suspect they won’t count at places where the “vaccine passport” is required. @alison to answer your question about people unable to be vaccinated, how it works in France is that if you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a rapid antigen test within 48 hours of your visit to the theatre/museum/cinema etc. The test result is automatically uploaded to the “Tous Anti Covid” app which produces a QR code that is scanned at the venue. The test has to be done by a Doctor, Nurse, or at a Pharmacy (you don’t need an appointment at the latter), is free for French residents with a social security card, or is a fixed price of €25 for non-residents. France is obviously much stricter than the UK though so I would guess that with an official statement of exemption from the vaccine, someone unable to be vaccinated could probably still attend the theatre here.
  5. I don’t know the reason but it’s certainly not uncommon in private dance schools/colleges. There has been a similar shortfall at other schools for a long time.
  6. As we are not in court and neither of us is a Barrister, there’s really no need to refer to me as your “learned friend”, Michelle. 😉 While you were away, the subject of adult pointework came up on this thread, which you may find interesting. As you have already started pointework, I would hope that one of your Teachers would have already gone through the basic requirements for safe pointework, but just in case, here they are from the Gaynor Minden website: https://dancer.com/ballet-info/in-the-studio/when-to-start-pointe/ Obviously the question of bone ossification does not apply to adult dance students, but the other requirements of strength (not just in the feet and ankles, but also in the knees, core, glutes and back muscles), body weight, willingness to learn, lack of physiological impingement, and most of all, excellent, solid, basic ballet technique on demi-pointe (including turnout and the strength and ability to *hold* turnout) AND the required mobility in the foot and ankle joints - all do apply to anyone starting pointework. Oh, and “Elevé” is not a slang word; in French it means “raised”, and in ballet it’s a rise onto demi-pointe or full-pointe without a plié. Not a spring or jump, just a rise. Hope that helps.
  7. I wore a mask to the hairdressers the other day and was the only person wearing one. It’s as if people think COVID magically disappeared on 19th July. I’ll continue to wear a mask at the ROH, regardless of whether they are still mandatory or merely “encouraged”.
  8. Oh gosh. I think I used Computer Cab/Comcab because you can make cash bookings without opening an account. As an alternative, is there a bus from the Covent Garden area to Paddington? If I’m on my crutches I usually shuffle down to Aldwych and get the bus to Liverpool Street.
  9. Just a heads up; as a non-account holder I once booked a black cab which didn’t arrive; I phoned the company 10 minutes after the agreed time to be told “We’re still trying to find a cab in your area; hopefully we’ll find one in the next 20 minutes”. I said to cancel it and that I’d try to hail one, which fortunately I did. If you can exit the ROH very promptly indeed after the performance, and start walking up Bow Street towards Longacre, you have a better chance of nabbing a black cab. I’m disabled so it takes me ages to get out, by which time all the cabs have been hailed. I’ve never been cold in the ROH, by the way. ☺️
  10. Depends what you’re going to see, IMO - Swan Lake and other ballets with lots of scenes for the corps are wonderful from Donald Gordon, on the basis that you can see the patterns made by the corps from above but you can still see the details/faces fairly well. For ballets like R&J/Onegin/A Month in the Country where there is a lot of drama and acting, I prefer Stalls Circle. Bear in mind that you’ll get restricted views in both areas if you are very far round to either side near the stage.
  11. No confirmation email yet but I seem to have got the tickets I wanted for Giselle and Nutcracker. The lack of seat view was annoying and the Nutcracker prices are so eye-wateringly expensive that I couldn’t afford to book for R&J. I’ll just have to hope that there are still some decent seats for the Feb performances (which imho should be in the Winter/Spring booking period anyway).
  12. I’ve never heard of the college, nor do I know any of the Teachers. I agree, the “degree” course sounds somewhat spurious. Meetmeatthebarre, as you’re looking at the Adult classes, I’ll attach the Adult Ballet tag to the thread in case any of our regular adult dancers have advice for you.
  13. Changing the subject slightly, four new Pro dancers are joining Strictly for 2021: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/new-strictly-pros-announced-2021 Apparently Janette Manrara is moving to “It takes two” as presenter, replacing Zoe Ball, and of course Anton won’t be dancing as he’ll be copying Shirley’s marks judging again. 🤭 I’d like to see both Neil and Nancy getting “celeb” partners this year as they always seem to be in the background and restricted to the ensemble/pro dance numbers. Nancy in particular has real presence in the group numbers.
  14. It wasn’t just you, Anne. ☺️
  15. Ah yes, I’ve just found this very poignant interview (Content warning: Cancer/Bereavement): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/18/actor-greg-wise-not-that-kind-of-love-memoir-blog-sister-clare-interview
  16. I was wondering too, Anne. As far as I know, Greg Wise isn’t on Twitter/Instagram so he can’t have “done a Laurence Fox” and antagonised a large proportion of social media users with his views. Apart from being married to Emma Thompson, I don’t know much else about him as he seems to keep his private life out of the public eye. I’m interested to know what it is about him some people “can’t stand”?
  17. Thanks very much, Bluebird. ☺️
  18. Does this replace Student Standby, do we know? Wondering if my daughter needs to sign up for this as a separate entity.
  19. Hello and welcome, Silversparkle. I must admit I’ve never heard of Kingsclere before!
  20. Gosh, I didn’t realise Dan was so tall! Oti would be fabulous. I love Johannes too; he’s joyous, isn’t he. ☺️
  21. I know six; is that good or bad? ☺️ Probably means I have too much time on my hands. Greg Wise has long been a favourite of mine, ever since he played John Willoughby in “Sense and Sensibility”, but he was also excellent in “The Crown”. I like Dan Walker and Robert Webb and will be interested to see how they get on. Historically, “boy band” members from McFly, The Wanted etc. have done well on Strictly so I expect Tom Fletcher will perform well too, especially in terms of musicality. I’m sorry to say that the only female contestant I knew was Nina Wadia so I will be rooting for her. Any predictions on which male pro John Waite will dance with? I have my fingers crossed for Johannes. 🤞🏻
  22. Absolutely true - but I still believe that all dance students need a “Plan B”, purely due to the lack of jobs for dance graduates, the possibility of getting assessed out/injured/ill/stopping dancing, and other reasons why a student might stop training before they graduate (or graduate and not find paid work). Even if you complete 2 years of a Foundation Degree/Diploma course, your academic options (and funding) are limited. I don’t want to sound full of doom and gloom but I do think it’s important to be realistic and not put all your eggs in one basket with a career as risky as dance.
  23. Absolutely. I’d be quite happy without the audience screaming/cheering at every single lift/booing when the Judges give corrections. I could also do without Couple’s Choice - or at least if we *must* have it, it should be a single “theme week” so that Couple’s Choice dances aren’t marked alongside ballroom/latin.
  24. Hello Mrsmac, and welcome. I’m not sure whether funding would be an issue but if not, Tring Park School would be a very good place to consider. They have a 3 year 16+ dance course and offer A’Levels. Historically, their academic record has been very good, with some dance students changing path and going to university. https://www.tringpark.com/curriculum/academic-curriculum/sixth-form-academic-courses As you know, Elmhurst also offers A’Levels. Both schools are by audition and obviously a good standard of ballet, the appropriate physique and so on are pre-requisites, but with the 6th form course at Tring being a “Dance” course rather than pure classical ballet, there is more scope for versatile dancers to get places. I know Moorland also has a 6th form dance course but I have no idea whether the school offers A Levels. There are obviously other “big” schools like Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, English National Ballet School etc but although these *might* still offer A’Levels as an extra-curricular activity, as the schools offer Degrees or Diplomas, A’Levels would probably be done at weekends or in the evenings, and I can’t imagine many 16/17 year-old having the time or energy to fit that in alongside dancing all day, cooking, doing laundry and cleaning. Your other option if A’Levels are a “must” (and personally, I think they are if a dancer is at all academic), is to find a good academic school with top quality ballet training nearby - assuming your daughter could fit in enough training during the evenings and at weekends, on top of her studies.
  25. Incidentally, Rose Ayling-Ellis is hearing impaired and will be Strictly’s “first deaf contestant”. In another “first”, John Waite will be partnered with a male professional (although this is more “continuation” than “first”, following Nicola Adams’s short-lived partnership with Katya last year).
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