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  1. Hi Balletmum2020 i don’t know if you are in the UK but José Martin and Kerry Birkett from raw talent ballet coaching work with vocational students for auditions and ballet coaching throughout Europe and the wider world. My son has been with them three years and has had a lot of success With them
  2. We took my DS out of a vocational school after year 7 - found a fantastic school who were flexible and with a combination of private coaching (an hour away) and various associate schemes he got a place at white lodge for year 10 this year so yes it can be done from home. Rather than go to white lodge he has opted to carry on training from home. So many different paths to take and vocational school is not always the best path to take
  3. Jose Martin is an incredible coach. he does both vocational and post grad coaching and has amazing results. happy to give you his phone number
  4. my DS was offered a mids place off the wait list in August - rbs associate office is closed for a month over the summer
  5. YDA is a lovely school - only about 50 in full time training. Their academic results are brilliant for GCSE and no they don't have traditional boarding facilities but do have accommodation. I know a boy there who is very happy.
  6. Another brilliant summer school - although a bit older is Raw Talent Juniors 11-14 - 26-28th August Seniors 15 plus - 23-25 August My son has been taught by Jose for three years now and with his amazing teaching my DS has been offered a year 10 place at WL amongst other students who also got offered places there. HIs courses are amazing. (BTW I don't work for them - just one very happy parent!) The standard is very high and the classes are small so if anyone interested and can get to Buckinghamshire (close to Tring) you can email them on rawt_alent@outlook.com
  7. Philippa is an amazing PBT teacher. She taught my DS and he improved so much under her guidance. Look her up on instagram!
  8. London Senior and Junior ballet is amazing and brilliant for technique with small classes. My DS went there along side RBS JA's and Ballet Boost and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is still there now and has been offered a year 10 place at white lodge so highly recommend. May is their big intake so have a better chance of getting in then rather than September
  9. What if you have to give notice at your present school before the beginning of term. End of April will be too late!
  10. my DS did wL finals in 2018 and we were given 10 days notice of finals......
  11. All places at Wl will have been given out by the intensive
  12. Don't over think it and carry on with your applications. They didn't see your DC dance - it is all photos and they probably closed their eyes and pointed! My DC got a place and has been lucky enough to go to a few over the years but it has absolutely no baring whatsoever on whether they will get a WL or MA place. The year my DC was applying for the school there were a few who didn't get spring or summer but went on to get a place at WL. Honestly year 6 is the most stressful year for both parents and children - it should have a health warning!
  13. Of course there is no issue. It wouldn’t be happening if there was. I wish people would stop looking at ways to derail this course. It’s happening, the teachers are amazing and the dc going are going to have a brilliant time.
  14. Of for goodness sake this is getting silly now! It happens in every private school both academic and vocational. It is very transparent - always has been - this is no new revelation and like I have said before - this is a course that is taught by Didy Veldman and Emma Northmore - they are the main teachers - give them a break!
  15. The course is for vocational students. I know nothing about the ballet but as my dc is a vocational student I am aware how the vocational schools are run so understand “the ramifications of the ballet world” rbs is the most risk adverse place ever and The way they deal with their school and associate program illustrates this so if they are happy to have the course there they must have passed rigorous standards. Also the student will probably be on an exeat and if not I doubt they will come in contact at all as the campus is big. I understand why people might not want to go in the current climate but I don’t think there is an issue about its location or teachers. I think I will bow out now but let me say again I have no connection with DanceEnhance or white lodge!
  16. But it’s not associated - no where does it say it’s associated - Christopher Powney already teaches at other places and he is a patron of it taking one class - only one - for a programme that has many different days. Sorry I don’t see it your way but that is the beauty of this forum so lots of people can put their opinions forward. If I sent my DC I don’t remotely see it as a way to the royal ballet school but maybe I’m in the minority!
  17. Nama Nama - I think you are missing the point. Its a great opportunity but is not affiliated with Royal. Christopher Powney teaches classes abroad (most recently southland ballet in California for a summer course). And whether they use the studios or not doesn't mean anything as Rambert school etc rent out their studios as well. I am not attached to DanceEnhance in any way but I think this is a fabulous opportunity. This is so much more than Christopher Powney teaching the occasional ballet lesson! Look at the credentials of Didy Veldman and Emme Northmore - lucky dancers
  18. Yes there is one going to be done by José Martin and Kerry Birkett in Hertfordshire observing covid guidelines so number are limited. Juniors are 12-14 and seniors 15 +. The company is called raw talent and think it is advertised on Instagram under rawt_alent. 3 days each course
  19. highly recommend Nicola as an inspiring and incredibly patient ballet teacher. My DC went to her summer intensives last year and improved so much. - would recommend any course involving her
  20. There are MA boys in Birmingham
  21. For the boys audition in London they had Mr Annear and two WL teachers who taught the boys at the school. The class was taught by the MA boys teacher so on that day they couldn’t do any better!
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