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  1. Hi All4 dancers ๐Ÿ˜€ I would recommend Drew Tommons . Am not sure where he's based but in the south somewhere and her does travel . He's fab ! https://www.virtuosodancephotography.com Feel free to Pm me for more info x
  2. Sorry Dippycat ... reading back I didnโ€™t answer your question .. at the moment Urdang is where sheโ€™s hoping to go .. but not made a definite decision yet ! ๐Ÿ™„
  3. Hi Dippycat - my daughter took Biology , Dance , PE and Psychology at AS level and is continuing with all except biology to A2 . She has offers from Urdang and LIPA and is still waiting to hear from Performers . Best of luck with your decisions !๐Ÿ˜€
  4. Hi Dance Mom .. it is a tricky decision . For what itโ€™s worth , my daughter at 16 had a place at Hammond on their diploma but decided she wanted to stay at her local school and do A levels . She has continued at her local dance school , had a few singing lessons to prepare her audition solo and taken some masterclasses in a dance genre she had no experience in ( commercial ) and has degree offers this year. Assuming she passed her A levels she will have these to fall back on in the future should the whole dance thing not work out ! I would say go with your daughterโ€™s gut feel ! ๐Ÿ˜€ Best of luck x
  5. Littleone

    urdang finals

    Have sent you a PM ebony xx
  6. Littleone

    urdang finals

    I completely agree Karen . Admittedly I haven't looked into accommodation at Performers .... but I believe its mostly private houses' flats locally . It certainly seems that that is the case for Urdang with the addition of some Student Accommodation non specific to Urdang in the area. Although Urdang is in London transport links mean my daughter could be home in approx 2 hours should she wish to ..which is v reassuring !
  7. Littleone

    urdang finals

    Hi Ebony - my daughter is 17 .. sheโ€™s currently at 6th form and the only one from her school year or her dance school whoโ€™s auditioned this year .. so itโ€™s been a bit of a โ€˜leap in the dark and a v steep learning curve !
  8. Littleone

    urdang finals

    Hi Ebony - Congratulations to your daughter on her offers and DaDas ๐Ÿ˜€. My daughter also auditioned at Urdang and Performers and she also loved the jazz style at Urdang . She has a place on the degree course at Urdang and is still waiting to hear re degree at Performers . I think โ€˜ Picturesโ€™ is right and gut feel is important .. My daughter also preferred the local area at Urdang and it is certainly easier to travel to for us ( we are in the North West) so that might be worth considering . That said , my daughter is currently feeling a little nervous about moving to London knowing no-one ๐Ÿ™„ ... It certainly is a big step ! Good luck to your Daughter with her decision .. and if she decides Urdang is for her then maybe we could put our daughters in touch ? ๐Ÿ˜€ x
  9. Hi Sunrise Am probably not in the best position help as my DD was an associate in the first year that Elmhurst ran the scheme in Manchester . She started in year 6 and they allowed them to carry on into year 7 at that time . She is now in year 13 ! However as far as I am aware timings are still the same in that the classes run on Saturday morning/early afternoon in school term term and take place at the Dancehouse on Oxford Road. The teacher is lovely and the classes were v friendly . My daughter v much enjoyed her time there . Sorry I can't remember how much we paid but that will have changed by now anyway ! Hope that helps ...and hopefully someone with more up to date knowledge will post soon ๐Ÿ˜€
  10. Hi Balletforever My Daughter and her dance school have been to 2 of these competitions and they really enjoyed them. Not sure how much detail you would like .... but the venue is usually a school gym or similar so there is plenty of space for dancers and parents who are able to watch the whole event - for an admission fee of course. The dancers are split by age into about 4 groups and there have been 50 + in each age group at the events I have been to. There have been 3 main genres to compete in : tap, modern and ballet . The dancers start in a large group and are taught a 'routine' by a teacher at the front - the lines rotate so everyone gets a change to be on the front . Once learned they perform the routine in rows . All of this is infront of a panel of 'judges who tended to walk around the hall so they could see everyone ! After all the 'first' rounds they announce the dancers by number who have made it through to the 'semi final' . I think they learned a different routine for that .. but same format .. and then they call the finalists who dance again before they placed the top 6 in reverse order . It's the same process for all 3 genres . There is also a commercial class which runs in a different room again split by age and I believe that they also award places for that but that seems more 'low key' . I found the day to be run really well and efficiently . The teachers were great and my daughter enjoyed the challenge of picking up the routines .I would agree with Mrs Brown that as its a different style of comp to a festival, different dancers can be rewarded which is also nice ! I also think it was v useful prep for my daughter prior to starting her auditions this year .( not a classical course) I hope thit helps - happy to answer any other questions ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. Hi Rein2019 I think I read on here ( correct me if I'm wrong) that Janet Lewis who runs English Youth Ballet has done individual assessments for dancers . I notice that the next EYB auditions are in Hastings on 4th Feb and Weymouth 6th Feb - not sure if either of those are close to you . Might be worth an enquiry ... also would recommend EYB for a great experience for your DD in a less 'mixed ability' environment ?
  12. Good Luck tomorrow ArucariaBallerina ๐Ÿ€ my DD will also be there ๐Ÿ˜€
  13. Great News dancer taxi - congratulations to your DD ๐Ÿ™‚
  14. I also believe in the importance of 'management of expectations' ...but some people less so ...... I do hope you hear soon x
  15. Hi Dancertaxi I can understand your frustration ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Why don't you email Miss Lewis and ask when you might hear - I am sure she must understand that your DD is finding the wait difficult . (That said I emailed Miss Lewis this evening and have received a reply so you may still hear tonight ๐Ÿ˜€) Really hoping it's good news ! LO
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