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  1. I had a a very helpful telephone conversation with Matz, which has provided good guidance on a tricky situation.
  2. RAD I believe offers Summer Schools without audition too.
  3. I don't know what it is like at other vocational schools, but our son started in year 5 at the State Ballet School of Berlin (they start there form year 5), together with about 26 other pupils (two classes) and today he is in year, auditioning shortly for Upper School, and he is the only boy left from that year along with four girls (three German, one Japanese). Over the years others have come into to the process, all from abroad. At the moment they are 15 alltogether, with only 4 from Germany. And it is unfortunately already clear that not all will make it into Upper School. So perhaps it is not necessarily a UK-only phenomenon.
  4. Have you considered the Berlin State Ballet School? it is a fabulous place and they look after their students really well. There is a big classical focus and many opportunities to dance alongside the Berlin State Ballet. They don't necessary look at the age that strictly (our son started at the age of 9 as a boarder, as he was already in year 5, which is their entry level - he is now going into year 10 next year). Our son told us about an American girl who came into year 11 and was only 15 at the time. http://ballettschule-berlin.de/en/
  5. Hi, we accepted our DS’ place straight after receiving the email offering him a place (WL week week 1and 2), but haven’t heard anything since? Does anyone know when the invoice and further information are being sent out? And do all their ballet and other clothing need to be labelled (hope not, as this is not required at his current vocational school in Berlin) with their name? Any info very welcome.
  6. Any other DS for the residential week 1&2? Does anybody know how many boy generally participate?
  7. We just received a yes for week 1&2, our DS is very chuffed.
  8. Our DS is at the State Ballet School in Berlin, in Year 9, and has loved it form day one (he started when he was only 9, as a boarder, in Year 5). They have a great reputation and almost everybody leaving the school do so with an employment contract for a ballet company, in Germany or elsewhere. PM me if you would like more info.
  9. Our DS started at the age of 3, wanting to follow what his 2.5 year older sister did. At the same time he was also in a talent football team. At the age of 7 he asked to quit football and focus on ballet (as well as modern) only, increasing his number of hours from two to seven a week. At the age of 8 he told us he wants to go to vocational school (his ballet teacher gave him an article from the Guardian about twin boys having been accepted at the RBS. We didn’t even know such schools existed. Then, age 9, he auditioned for the State Ballet School of Berlin (we live in Germany) and was offered a place. Off he went straight after the Christmas holidays as a boarder, now four years ago and still loving every minute of it. Was on Stage with the Berlin State Ballet as Fritz in the Nutcracker and many other performances. For us it was hard to have our youngest 600 km away from us, but seeing his joy, made and still makes everything worthwhile.
  10. Am still hoping though, that my DS, who is at vocational school in Berlin, will get offered a SS WL place:)
  11. Would a school abroad be an option?
  12. Our DS and DD both wanted turn boards.
  13. Every school and every teacher is different, but our DS did his ISTD Grade 2 when he was just 7 (he is now in Year 7 at a vocational ballet school) and our DD will be doing her ISTD Intermediate later this year, at the age of 14.
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