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  1. Oh I love the story I heard about the Chuckers origins. I was told that it originated in Australia where theatre performers were paid in chickens. They would look out into the audiences and gauge its size to estimate how many chickens they would get. Good luck, many chickens - please let that be true!
  2. oh that’s interesting - I would imagine there was some backlash as it seemed rather underhand to me. I think the biggest area of confusion is around funding which is not helped when schools are not transparent. to the OP. I would also strongly consider student support services. Finances are important to make sure it’s viable in the first place but emotional support for students living away from home, probably the the first time ever in a highly competitive field is of vital importance. There have been far too many cases of young adults not getting the support they need and in time. Ask as many questions as you can about this area - parents can get tied up with wanting their children to follow their dreams and are so grateful for an offer/any offer and this is the time parents need to be parents. We MUST look at the pitfalls in a critical and detached way. Some MT schools take in huge numbers in one year group. They split them into smaller groups but have they increased the numbers of student support staff? Do the colleges take note of students that are missing and follow up? Some colleges have 2 streams - 1 is the one they believe will make it, the other is funding the college. Take off any rose coloured goggles - the industry is overrun with talent and the colleges are businesses - parents have to be the voice of reason in all of this. it is wonderful for our DC to follow their dreams but mental health issues are rife in the performing arts world and they need great care and attention. Look into MTA and the guidelines the principle has put in place. Hopefully more and more colleges are following these guidelines.
  3. yes, that’s correct. No top up, no 3rd term. They do offer some students bursaries to cover the top up costs but not everyone of course. if you are looking at more MT, triple threat training also look into Guildford School of Acting at university of Surrey - amazing course in MT, degree funding, many industry professionals and 30-40 contact hours a week. Also Central School of Speech and drama do a fantastic MT course.
  4. Please be careful as some colleges, though their courses are funded by degree loans also have top up fees. Urdang is one such college. The degree loan covers 2 terms, if the student wishes to do the 3rd term (show term) there is a top up to bring it in line with the same cost as the diploma students. This is not clear on the website - in fact I’m not sure it’s mentioned at all. There are some very interesting YouTube accounts from students that attend various colleges, worth looking into. Emil Dale do a degree course. First lot of graduates graduating this year. This is a triple threat course with equal time spent on all 3 disciplines. Again there is a top up fee of approx £3k. I have been absent from the forum for a little while as my eldest DS graduated Tring last year but has gone on to pursue a different career and I needed to take a step back. However, I now find myself with my youngest DS who is about to go to full time MT training in September - what did I do to deserve this!!!? So I may have something to add which is worthwhile.
  5. I’m sure I will pop in from time to time and if I think I have anything useful to say, I probably wont be able to help myself!!! But I am planning my own retirement from the ballet world - 51 years of ballet obsessed family folk is long enough.
  6. Thank you. I remember that summer school well. Hope your dd is still happily dancing. X
  7. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. I know where to come if I need a ballet hit, but for now I need a ballet rest! Xx
  8. Thank you so much balletbean. I will pass on your congratulations. X
  9. I just wanted to say goodbye to all on the forum. I have been active on the forum for approximately 5 years, when my DS got accepted to Tring to start in year 10. It has been an exciting ride but after some great times and some difficult times my DS has decided he no longer wants to pursue a dance career. It has not been an easy decision for him, but after 2 hip surgeries he just felt his heart was no longer in it. Tring have been incredibly supportive of both his time out through injury, giving him many leadership opportunities at school and now his decision to change careers. He will leave with his level 6 diploma in dance, 2 A’levels and a range of good GCSE’s. But more than anything he leaves with an absolute unshakeable belief in himself, self confidence and an ability to hold his head high. He has been allowed to be as big a personality as he is. No one has ever tried to box him in and the academic staff, pastoral team and dance staff have always been encouraging and helpful (this does not mean he has not sometimes been overlooked for opportunities as he has, and it hurt, but he grew from it and always worked harder, and in every single situation turned opinion round into his favour). I am very pleased to say he has just been offered an amazing job as an apprentice chartered surveyor (project manager) in a very prestigious London company. Talk about transferable skills through dance training! He got the job on pure determination, preparation and tenacity. One very happy young man and proud mum and dad. I wish you all the very best of luck for your dancing children and hope their dreams come true, be it in dance or any future change of heart.
  10. Oh my goodness! I’ve not been on here for a while but had to respond to this post. Arucaria, you are such a diligent, hard worker and take your dancing very seriously, which is fantastic. And I 100% agree with Anna’s advice. There is no way any self respecting ballet teacher should tell you to hyperextend your supporting knee in an arabesque - damaging in the extreme to a young growing body. I seriously hope you misunderstood that direction!!! As for ‘fishing’ Your feet in an arabesque, it’s got to be giving a beautiful line and not break it up. A small fishing is acceptable and some people have a natural shape that lends itself to that. To exaggerate it and try to develop something your body is not happy with will inevitably lead to injury. A sickle is ugly and poor technique but a small fish can look beautiful as long as you are still stretching the foot fully and not hooking the foot.
  11. Testing yourself against the competition? Wanting a challenge? The love of competing? The opportunity to take classes with other outstanding teachers? Gaining contacts for future job auditions?
  12. If it is your dream, go for it! You only live once and who knows where it will lead. Congratulations!
  13. Thoroughly recommend Tutugirls summer school. My DS attended 3 years running and had a lovely time. Very friendly. Lovely classes. Great after summer school show. Is suitable for both recreational and serious dancers alike.
  14. Tring offer MDS to the students they want from year 7 to 10 entry. The number above seems consistent with most years. Students on MDS in lower school are also able to take it through to upper school if they wish to stay. Of course with the change in dance director this could all change in the future.
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