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  1. There is always the exception though. My mum's best friend is 3 or 4 inches taller than her eldest son, though her younger one was much taller than her.
  2. Thanks HopelessMummy. I knew the dance world would set her up for her new career - all dancers have to be used to rejections and be resilient. She know's the area that she's interested in isn't going to make her millions, but it is better paid than a short lived dance career. I'll pop in from time to time and keep everyone updated on the Non Dancing children thread.
  3. Loved the article and have to say I have always thought that the performance element would stand dd in good stead in the court room. She was told by a barrister she was shadowing last year - it's all about the performance. Thank you for your kind offer of assistance. I'm sure you will hear from my dd in the future.
  4. Thanks for all the lovely messages and good wishes. I will log in from time to time to see how everyone is doing. I hope that all your dancing children will achieve wonderful things, but that most importantly they love dance. Take care all
  5. That's good to know, thanks. She is only down the road from me and we have mutual friends.
  6. The dancing journey has finally come to an end after 16 years and my DD is off to uni to study law not dance. Her dreams have changed and she wants to be a Barrister rather than a dancer (think the wages had something to do with it), though her love affair with dance will always continue. The last 16 years have been a rollercoaster and as a single full time working mum. a challenge, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I will probably cry buckets at her last performance on 23rd June (her 18th birthday by the way) but her life is her choice and she has enjoyed every minute of her relationship with dance. I just want to say thank you for all the support, encouragement and advice that you wonderful people have given over the last few years. This is a fabulous forum particularly for those mum's who have no idea when they start the journey (I still don't do hair!!) To new mums who are starting the journey and need some help I give the following advice 1. There is no such thing as a silly question - at some point we have all asked them 2. Buy hair pins in bulk and maybe a spare hoover 3. Ignore the pushy mums and look for the nice ones - there are lots about and you will make some of the best friends you can have through dance 4. Accept that you will spend your life in the car 5. Accept that you will never have any money 6. Learn to do hair - or befriend a ballet mum who can ( I failed miserably on both counts) 7. Enjoy the ride! Au Revoir 😊
  7. My DD is a UK size 6 and is 5ft 4 inches tall. I always buy her an Adult XS in every make but Plume where she needs a small. Waist is actually a size 4 but rest of her is a 6 so adult is a necessity for the tapered waist - can still look a little baggy sometimes. Nightmare buying jeans, skirts etc. She is 18 this month and still fits into River Islands age 11-12. Bonus for prices though
  8. When my dd's dance teacher asked her to be in the competition team my first comment was "you know I can't do hair don't you?"
  9. Thank you for your comment, but at what point in my comment did I state that Westfield was health insurance?
  10. I think you will find it's only free for 16-23 year olds and the 19-23 year olds will only be funded if they haven't got a full level 3 already. Otherwise they will have to take out an advanced learning loan which has to be paid back when the learner earns more than £21k. Level 3 course costs are generally around £3k per year dependant on the qualification.
  11. Got to say I disagree with the statement that Advanced Ballet isn't much use when applying for Law. My DD has danced for 15 years and has applied to do Law at a number of Russell Group universities. As part of her personal statement she referenced dance and drama as it shows the following skills, teamwork, dedication and commitment, penchant for hard work ( difficult to keep up three A levels and 15 hours of dance per week), creativity and performance. All of which are skills required for a competent solicitor or barrister. She has offers at all 5 universities. The courses might not be directly relevant but the skills most definitely are and as a 17 year old it is often hard for them to demonstrate life skills in other ways.
  12. I can't help you with the National as we have always avoided them like the plague - a personal choice by my DD! Character however we have lots of experience in and I would suggest the following 1. Costume needs to be fairly authentic to the character, but modern materials and charity shops are a godsend in this area. Ballet shoes with back socks and gilt buttons sewn on the sides make excellent victorian ladies boots for example. 2. Props - the whole point of character is the acting out of the role and ensuring that it held from start to finish. Props can be an aid, but the more props you have then the bigger car you need, the more you have to carry and the more that can go wrong, plus the more chance you have of forgetting them. I'll never forget the time one of our dance schools older dancers had a number of props and was so busy counting all her props into the car that she forgot the costume. Nightmare! Props that you need to assemble at the festival are always a trauma. I have managed to get away with chairs, lamps, netting and small hand props wherever possible.
  13. Having sat through many a greek section in festivals for years I can still resolutely say that I have no idea what's going on and that I find it comparable to watching paint dry. I'm sure there are merits and someone will point them out to me but I just can't relate.
  14. Me too - Why do they do that? Do they trawl facebook profiles looking for someone to send a rude or creepy message to? I have been proposed to several times just this week
  15. CAPA do a full level 3 qualification which is equivalent to 3 A levels and the school is pretty good. All young people aged 16-18 are entitled to free education, those between 19-23 are entitled to a first full level three qualification for free. My DD has a number of friends at CAPA who enjoy the course and are getting a good level of training, they also add in either Northern Contemporary or Phoenix dance company (both Leeds based) to supplement their training
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