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  1. It isn't clear what has contributed to the intial complaint, and as such, I would guard against trying to self-diagnose and therefore to self-treat. Having said that, for anyone who is interested, rotating discs are very helpful for dance students to engage the deep hip rotators to externally rotate the head of the femur at the hip joint.
  2. Another vote for Audacity here - user friendly and free.
  3. It's worth remembering the take-home message in the article which isn't actually very clear (IMHO) If you want to retain strength and control then passive stretching immediately before is the last thing you should be doing. Sports/dance scientists have known about this for a while. The science behind this is that when muscles and other elastic structures are stretched to the max, their ability to subsequently contract in order to produce force, or to contract to provide stability, is reduced. But this is temporary. If you want to improve flexibility, passive stretching is still one of the better ways to do this, but it must be done safely - so, when muscles are warm and tired (and not expected to then produce lots of force), and in stretches that are not likely to cause damage to joint structures or bones, and in positions that have an 'escape route' ie a position that can be changed instantly if pain is felt. It is also important to remember that joints that are very flexible are more prone to injury so should be strengthened at every part of the full range of motion.
  4. Dance physios have reported an increase in hip and lower back problems in competition dancers with extreme flexibility. And of course lets not forget the extremely rare but still-horrifying case reported recently of a child left paralysed after being 'forced' into back and splits stretches.
  5. Not necessarily - yes US is filled with students who have trained elsewhere and lots are from overseas, but that doesn’t mean they’ve trained in ways that are arduous, excessive or harmful. It may even be that they’ve already experienced several years of this type of fantastic quality, well-rounded, periodised training which is in line with the recommendations from dance & sports scientists meaning that they’re ahead of the schools that are only just implementing it! (Not likely, I realise, but not impossible either!)
  6. About time!! Some of us have been saying words to this effect for 10 years or more! But in all seriousness, I’m pleased he’s put this out there as many more people will listen to a person in this position rather than a bunch of “know-it-all” dance scientists.
  7. UGH!!!! Well, as you said, it's usually down to their own insecurities and their feeling the need to justify their childs' achievements/existence.... There is so much more to life than being selected for a school or a college....for any reason!
  8. I do wonder whether a lot of us assume people have an ulterior, negative motive when asking questions like this.... sometimes the question really isn't negative at all (as MAK says). I think in this day and age, our own insecurities and comparisons about our own lives (ie am I doing a good enough job? Are my children as successful as X/Y/Z? Is so-and-so's life better than mine?) can lead us to assume that everyone else is being critical in comments which may well be completely innocent. My philosophy, which is not easy to follow btw, is to be aware of my own personal 'bias' when considering other peoples' comments, and to also consider their own personal 'bias' (or lack of). It's very easy to think that someone is saying one thing, when actually they are saying something completely different. By considering the bigger picture such as how we're feeling on the day, or how they might be feeling on the day can help. No-one needs to justify any of their life choices, or their family's life choices, to anyone else - but it's also just as likely that no-one is asking you to.....
  9. It has really exploded recently - branches popping up all over the country. Seems to be quite commercial-heavy and very “on trend” social media wise!
  10. Perhaps there was literally nothing behind the comment other than “she chose uni over dance” because [by getting good grades] she could. In the same way your DD chose dance over uni, because she could.
  11. Thank you for the recommendation @joyofdance! As well as having my own school (Warwick School of Dance) I run MIDAS which, when it began almost 10 years ago, was the only 'independent' associate scheme (an oxymoron, I realise!) ie the only scheme offering additional, supplementary training that was not attached to a school or pre-existing system of training. While the affiliation/connection to a big school was and still is a big draw for many people, what we wanted to deliver was a bit different in it's approach, taking up-to-date research in dance medicine and science into account. Fast forward to today and it does seem like 'associate' schemes are cropping up everywhere! Some do fill a genuine gap in training and are fantastic and others do appear to be 'more of the same' type classes. Therefore my advice to any parent looking at additional training schemes is will my DC get something there that they do not get at their normal dance school. That 'something' might be different for one person to the next. It might be the chance to dance with a live pianist, to do more strength and conditioning if their dance school doesn't offer specialist classes, to do a different dance genre such as jazz or commercial, or to learn a particular schools' system of training in preparation for future audition.
  12. Maybe if it's modern ballet or stylised ballet but if it's a pure ballet solo then it must be up.
  13. Just because someone works for NIDMS doesn't mean that they don't work elsewhere too - might be worth contacting either of those people to see if they do anything additional.
  14. Also - no need to panic just yet as this doesn't change until 2021.
  15. The current grade boundaries are 40-55 pass, 56-75 merit and 75+ distinction so they haven't changed the grade boundaries around at all, just added in high merit and high distinction. As HowMuch says, lots of people use those terms unofficially anyway so there's not much difference. A merit is still a merit, it just identifies those who are closer to distinction. A distinction is still a distinction, but those exceptional few who get the higher marks are also recognised.
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