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  1. London Studio Centre has a classical stream and ex-students end up working in different ballet companies. It has funding through Student Finance.
  2. Doesn't the Young Dancers Academy do it too? https://www.youngdancersacademy.com/
  3. Hi, Yes, it happens regularly if not every year. When DD2 auditioned, one of them (I can't remember which one) had the final in the morning and the other in the afternoon. They are used to it and I do believe they do it on purpose. At least, if you get both, you don't have to come to London twice and for international applicants, it's actually practical albeit stressful for all... Good luck!
  4. DD2 auditioned for Central, LSC, Rambert & RCS 2 years ago and she didn't use pointe shoes for the preliminaries, as far as she remembers.
  5. afab

    Graduation musings

    Congratulations to your daughter, Sheila! I understand the boxes dilemma... DD1 is staying in London but moving house and DD2 doesn't seem to be able to travel without all of her possessions... so our house will be in the same state soon! ๐Ÿ˜
  6. afab

    Graduation musings

    What great news Ecarte! I also remember your daughter's journey. I'm happy she's doing so well and I'm going to share what she's doing with DD1 as an example! Best of continuing luck to her!
  7. Dear Primrose, I am so terribly sorry and saddened by what happened to Oliver. There are no words... I have signed and shared the petition. Please accept my sincere condolences. xxx
  8. Hi all, Some of you will remember me from past years of following threads, answering them and being there quite a lot... Today I want to share with you the joy of seeing DD1 graduate yesterday with a BA Hons in Theatre Dance from London Studio Centre (Middlesex University) with a specialty in Contemporary even though LSC trains them to do so much more (Ballet, Jazz, Singing, ...). She's 20, started dancing at 3 and never stopped even though she broke her foot last year and suddenly feared having to stop... But she held on through pain, tears and worries! She's now officially a professional dancer. She went on tour with the school company for the last term and is now ready to tackle the world of auditions and short-time contracts! DD2 will be graduating as a Jazz dancer from the same school next year while DD3 will be finishing secondary school. The round of Drama School auditions is awaiting her now... I wanted to share that with you but also say that even though the road was long and sometimes very hard to follow, I honestly believe that nobody in the family would regret having taken it. Not my husband having sometimes worked 2 jobs to pay for it all, not me for years of homeschooling DD1, DD2 & DD3 to allow them to dance and have a top eduction at the same time and driving them to countless classes, and definitely not DD1 who was so proud brandishing her roll yesterday clad in her gown and mortarboard (and barefooted as a "real contemporary dancer" after her fancy shoes hurt her feet!). I hope to give you hope that the dream can be attained with an amazing amount of hard work and determination. I still can answer questions, mainly about LSC because it's the school I know the best... Onwards with life as a professional dancer for my DD1 now! ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป โœˆ๏ธ
  9. It's a very interesting post NaiveDad. As a mum to 2 elder DDs, I relate totally with what you said and especially with the part about body shapes that worried you so... and with the preparing early for Upper Schools too...
  10. Well done Willow! I'm really happy for you! I remember this feeling of getting a recall even though it was my DDs and not me and it's wonderfully exhilarating... Enjoy!
  11. I'm happy it went well WillowBallerina... The blog is a great idea and I'm sure it will be useful to someone. Let us know how things went when you get the results...
  12. Hi again, my daughters thought that LSC audition was very nice. Of course, an audition is always stressful but the overall feeling at LSC is people are nice so they're also nice for auditions. They don't put the level too high to see and teachers try to make people comfortable... DD1 was auditioning for MT so she did ballet, contemporary, jazz, singing and I think maybe a monologue. DD2 was auditioning for ballet so she did ballet, contemporary and jazz. I remember them being happy with the auditions after they finished... They felt they were given attention in a fair way... Good luck!
  13. Good morning WillowBallerina, a very warm welcome to the forum and a wonderful year to you! I believe that being worried and afraid not to be good enough for Upper schools is part of the process. Try not to think too much about the end during the audition but try and enjoy it as much as you can and show how much you like dancing instead... There is a thread on LSC in here somewhere where you can get good information but if you need more, I have 2 DDs at LSC. Any specific question, don't hesitate! Good luck! PS Found it!
  14. Hi Lilac, I agree with Sarahw. Knowing what you want to compare LSC to would be helpful. The extra money for example is because it's semi-private and it's similar to the price you pay at Laines or Urdang for example. It's only more if you consider Central and the likes. In effect, the comparison should be done only with similar schools, not in price but in dance style. If you're daughter is into pure ballet or contemporary, I'd say LSC is not for her. If she's a versatile dancer who wants to do lots of style, then LSC is definitely worth the money. Accommodation wise, lots of them go to Chester House in Muswell Hill for the first year at least and then tend to share with friends for the remaining year(s). If you want her to go to CH, you have to be quick as they fill up rather quickly. The employability prospects are great! You find their alumni everywhere... Any more questions, don't hesitate. You can also look at the LSC thread on notapushymum. Good luck!
  15. Hi Angel, how lovely of you to follow us! Thank you... Anyway, unfortunately DD3 will not be going to Tring because it's simply too expensive without funding especially with DD1 and DD2 at LSC! The same thing happened to her sisters a few years back. They were both offered a place at Tring, one in the MT section and the other in the Dance one. We couldn't afford for them to go and they both are very happy at LSC after having been offered a place on their first go so we hope DD3 will be lucky enough to follow in their footsteps albeit in Drama. Tring was always more of a potential meter for us than a real possibility. We treated it as "if they can be offered a place, we feel justified in helping them follow their dreams (and finance them) because they stand a chance" type of thing... How is it going for you? I'm sure your non dancing DD must be very happy! What year will she join?
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