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  1. This is quite an extreme statement to make. Unless you're an expert ballet teacher, I'm not sure how anyone can know this, really. We don't see their auditions, not their daily classes & training. Surely part of the problem is that it's in these years that human bodies change enormously? Puberty is the point at which the adult body is formed via the specific actions of sex hormones to enable reproduction (we're mammals after all) - so girls ' increased oestrogen & progesterone promote the body's storing of fat to enable ovulation, while boys' high production of testostero
  2. I like the one I saw earlier of FaceBook, with a Dr Who Cyborg-style character wearing a tutu, suggesting that "Cyber could retrain as a ballet dancer.' Yeah, she could ...
  3. Also should have added Hurrah for @Pups_mum's news - it must be such a relief that - although your son is ill with a nasty virus - it is not COVID. It's really horrible being ill with anything at the moment.
  4. My point is that the hours you quoted are pretty standard for a BA at Oxbridge (and lectures are generally not compulsory) but I rarely hear anyone citing the face to face teaching hours at Oxford or Cambridge as "bad" value for money ... I've long noticed an intellectual snobbery about this, where Oxbridge practices are seen as gold standard, but the same practices elsewhere are criticised (the tendency to mock Media Studies as a "Mickey Mouse" subject, for example), together with a tendency to misunderstand the role of face to face teaching in the humanities. In research seminar modules, my
  5. Thanks for the opportunity to donate! And for keeping this going, through hell & high water ...
  6. Yes, good luck @Bluebird22 Tough times - I hope you keep cheerful and successful!
  7. That's pretty typical of a BA at Oxford or Cambridge. Are those degrees "good value"?
  8. I'm a "street size" large 10 (for H&M clothes, don't know if they do vanity sizing ...) but really a 12, and have sometimes been 14 or 16. Even at my heaviest, I found the website Dance Direct a good place for leotards - and the brand "Plume" does a range that is priced well, and their Large or XL in fairly basic designs (long sleeved scoop neck, high back, for example) come in colours other than black - although admittedly dark blue, maroon/claret ... They have built in bra "shelves" which are fine for me, but for those who need more bust support than I do, may not be enough. But most of
  9. Hmmmm, how party political are we allowed to get here? If we had a coherent, visible, legible, and properly science-led strategy (see Germany, where my family member who works in professional dance was working safely throughout lockdown, and they launched their new season a few weeks ago) from our national Government, a lot of these subsidiary questions would be able to be answered more satisfactorily. I can't speak for vocational dance, but at my university, we are teaching studio practical classes in person, properly 2m socially distanced and masked. My university has
  10. Not everywhere. At my place, I've just completed my first week of teaching. Scottish universities often start in mid-September. And we could have looked across the Atlantic to see what happened in late August/early September when American colleges re-opened.
  11. This is the point. My university town is experiencing a spike - a doubling in numbers of cases (albeit from a VERY low base). The cases are all attributable to university students, who were asymptomatic but brought the virus with them. My university is in a commercial partnership to test staff & students with symptoms, and the students are self-isolating. But it shows how useless current national policy is around living with this virus: all students should have had to be tested before moving to university. And so on ... I'm teaching online because I'm just not prep
  12. Wow, @Pups_mum that is fantastic advice for life! not just dance (altho' dance is life 😍 ). Reading your post has really set me up for the start of the working week!
  13. My local studio doesn't do exams or grades as a deliberate policy, and the Director is the reverse of unqualified - she has far higher qualifications (both in her training, her professional experience as a dancer and her post-graduate degree & ongoing CPD) than the nearest studio which does send students for graded exams! So this is not always true. I'd second the excellent advice about talking to your DD's current teacher - put it as a dilemma, and ask her advice. That would be a courteous and also sensible approach. And just to say ... just because the
  14. What do you mean by "a future in dance"? It might be worth thinking about that. As many posts on this forum discuss, there is more to working in dance than getting a contract with a major national ballet company. And dance training brings many benefits beyond dance expertise specifically. Year 6 is aged 10 or 11, is that right? Pre-puberty. Girls' bodies change a lot in the next 3-4 years. Potential becomes actual achievement by around 15 or 16, and so on. I'm sure the teachers here can say more about that with more expertise than I have - I'm just speaking from my own
  15. Wonderful to hear, Tulip - both aspects of your daughter's determination & work ethic! She'll prosper whatever she chooses to do. And Liverpool is a wonderful university & city.
  16. This is sooooooo true! I teach a BA degree, and people get bogged down in their subject knowledge - what they are, rather than what they can do. I try to emphasise the skills they acquire. And putting on a show - working in any aspect of performance - requires people to collaborate, in high intensity circumstances, to produce a very high quality product by an unmoveable deadline (no "Dog ate my homework" when the curtain goes up!) Theatre productions (ballet, dance, musical theatre, drama) bring together teams of people who may not have any control over those they work with; each p
  17. Kate_N

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    I was up in Borrowdale last week (it's the most perfect place in the world) - climbed High Spy via Tongue Gill from Rosthwaite, so walked near to Jonny Wood. Then did the ridge walk from High Spy to Cat Bells & down into Keswick. Up on the ridge (bits of which were like the M6 with very badly equipped walkers) I counted THREE black bags with dog poo. Just left on the side of the footpath. What are people thinking??? My thoughts were unprintable, but involved closing the Lake District to ignorant day trippers & people who walk their dogs off the lead in fields w
  18. The thing that I think a lot of people don't understand (or think through fully) is that wearing masks isn't to protect the wearer from other people, but to protect other people from the wearer. If we all wear them, we all protect each other. So I tend to regard those who don't wear masks, with no obvious disability (like the young lads on the bus the other day, with their father, talking loudly into his phone) as devoid of care & respect for others.
  19. Yes, I'm afraid this is what I tend to think. The problem is that the number of people not wearing masks because they don't want to or they're "uncomfortable" has a bad effect for those people who genuinely cannot wear them. I also think that some people see mild discomfort together with some sort of medical reason (eg asthma) as reason enough.
  20. Totally agree, Fiz. I'm asthmatic (enough to have always qualified for the flu jab) but had to wear a mask a couple of weeks ago for around 10 hours for a work thing I had to do - I use those disposable surgical masks and it's fine. I just find that the elastic around my ears, plus the ear pieces from my spectacles can sometimes push on my ears, but really, if it keeps others safe & shows respect for those around me, I'm not complaining.
  21. Not really - I don't live in London, so have never taken those classes. A search of this forum would bring up quite a lot of first-hand information though. And really, if your friend wants to learn ballet in a safe and logical progression, with time to focus on details, a termly regular class would do that just as well as learning a syllabus would. What I can say from first hand experience: For the basic beginner who wants to learn excellent clean technique, Hannah Frost's open classes at Beginner level are ideal. They are not absolute beginner, but she teaches in a way that s
  22. Pre-lockdown, there was a regular RAD syllabus class for adult learners at Central School of Ballet on Sundays. However, I've heard from both teachers I've been doing class with via Zoom, who teach in the "Central Nights" programme, that Central School won't be re-starting that programme in the near future, as they need the evenings now for their extended full-time programme (it's happening everywhere - I'm scheduled to teach until 7pm at my university). But worth looking out for maybe in 2021. If London-based is easiest for your friend, the other thing to look for would be the ter
  23. And that's the right appropriate professional & ethical way to do it. In ALL circumstances, the power imbalance between teacher & student outweighs any other consideration - even if they are the same age. The old "But she really loves me" doesn't cut it either. True love waits.
  24. @annalieseythat is shocking. Thank you for raising this. My university is updating their policy on staff-student relationships, are are advising staff that no relationship beyond appropriate professional care & warmth - even of friendship - is appropriate, at all levels, from undergraduate through to PhD. The policy gives further examples of what we should not do - such as employing our students to babysit or clean for us. I really like this policy - it makes it very clear what a pedagogical relationship should be, and allows everyone to set boundaries. It doesn't m
  25. Absolutely. And this is where websites like this one can help. Of course, we all understand the reasons for not being able to be explicit, but in general terms, a place like BalletCo (or BalletTalkforDancers in the US) which is based on concrete first-hand experience from parents & dancers, and expert knowledge from teachers, can help to educate parents and families about the foundations & practices for ballet training which are desirable. But, for example, I imagine if a dancer or parent had posted here about the specific teaching practices of the recently-res
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