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  1. I tend to ignore the orientation of the teacher because, I agree, it is really hard to follow - So I have to go back to all the schoolbook training of croisé, effacé etc ('the 8 positions'), and set it to myself as a mental exercise to work it out (have to think fast to get it). Ballet choreography in the centre is usually pretty logical - one foot after the other - and I'm really impressed by the ways that various teachers are creating centre exercises which move through lots of stuff, but are doable in small spaces.
  2. Seems to me, it's pretty clear from this thread that neither version of arch "enhancer" has a place in ballet! Apart from anything else, I'd be worried that the "chicken fillet" version of enhancer would slip or otherwise indicate its presence. On the 19th century stage, it was not unheard of for male performers to pad the calves of their tights, and for women to pad their thighs and buttocks, but tights then were knitted cotton or wool, so much more solid anyway. And more performers, not just dancers, wore tights - men especially, in tragic roles.
  3. One of my Zoom teachers is being really careful with teaching us the 8 directions. It's great! It's stuff I learnt doing Cecchetti graded work, but it doesn't often get taught in open drop-in classes even at a basic level. But if you know croise devant or efface devant etc etc, and if you're secure about turning en dedans or en dehors, then it really helps. So we're learning this stuff through drills & by rote. Two of my Zoom teachers say that one of the advantages of Zoom is that we have to learn the choreography - we don't have people around us to subconsciously
  4. It's not either/or. Good friend of mine - a Southerner through & through - is an avid follower of non-League football, and nuts about opera. Although he's a stupid fool about ballet ...
  5. Travelling Ballerina, thanks for your thoughtful postings. I am trying to find silver linings in the current mess here in the UK (other countries do seem to have managed better ...) and one of the silver linings is that I now do ballet class every day of the week, bar one (I do floor barre that day which is v relaxing). I am learning from teachers I am familiar with, and at various levels of advancement. I am learning - I know I've improved since March. A few gaps - petit or grande allegro has virtually disappeared, and I've given up bothering about multiple turns - g
  6. Not syllabus classes, but for Intermediate level (open studio level descriptors): I've been Christina Mittelmaier's Zoom classes throughout lockdown. She offers a Beginners/Improvers on Mondays (not for complete beginners - more like a New York Advanced Beginners level), an Intermediate class Friday mornings, and now an Intermediate/Advanced on Sundays. Ms Mittelmaier is a wonderful kind and nurturing teacher. And she has watching & correcting us on Zoom down to a fine art. You could also look at Steps on Broadway - I do Noriko Hara's Intermediate level classes (when the 5
  7. I'm so sorry that you've been upset - I too was a bit shocked at the implications & suspicions being expressed by some posters. Your passion for teaching, and your expertise & generosity shine through. Toi toi toi.
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    Oh yesssss! that is one of the things that irritates me. I suspect that people think it's more "proper" or correct. But it just sounds like Hyacinth Bucket-speak to me. I like George Orwell's essay on writing & speaking direct clear straightforward English. The use of "myself" instead of me, or - perhaps even worse - "yourself" instead of you, just sounds so faux posh.
  9. Your DD needs to look at working destinations of Dance Science graduates. I doubt that such a degree would enable her to work in therapeutic rehab style work - wouldn’t she need a specifically health care-related degree such as Physiotherapy? The studio owner of my lovely local studio was a professional dancer then studied Dance Science at Masters level. So it seems to be a very good degree for training dance teachers. My teacher is excellent but I’d go to a properly qualified physiotherapist for rehab. I’ve just looked at the Wolverhampton Degree in Dance Science - it
  10. Thank you for saying that, @coniger - you're more eloquent & polite than I could be ... For better or worse, the UK is a country where there has been a very long tradition of buying educational advantage (fee-paying academic schools of all sorts, for example). In my view, if we accept this system, I don't think we can pick and choose which opportunities for this sort of purchase are OK, and which are not. And to direct this personally against some respected & expert teachers & coaches seems to me to be somewhat close to breaching the ethos of this forum.
  11. Is this the place where I can admit that I have an enduring crush on David Mitchell, and this article makes it more intense ? 😍
  12. Indeed, Tulip! I saw it go on when I was a teenage ballet student - my sister (who went on to have a very successful career in an excellent company) was particularly targeted by such comments. We ere talking about this the other day. 30 years later she still remembers the hurt of the envious comments. I think that’s why I find some posts on this thread a bit uncomfortable.
  13. Speaking from a ballet history perspective, I think we might wonder about the recentness of this phenomenon. people like to say that bodies were not so thin 50 or a 100 years ago, but nutrition etc were not so good, and people overall were generally smaller (my father at 6 feet in height was considered very tall in his 20s in the 1950s - he would be seen as 'normal' nowadays). Just a thought & a wondering ...
  14. Yes, Tulip, I've seen that too, over many, many years ... and not just in ballet, but in other elite sports (family member years ago on the squad from which selection for the national Olympic skating team was made, for example). I think it happens in every elite activity where there is pressure of age, a very very narrow funnel from the broad recreational pool of participants into the elite echelons. It seems to me that some of the underlying - maybe completely unconscious - feeling/thinking in this sort of discussion (and I've seen discussions like this for years - it's not a rece
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