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  1. 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.
  2. Thank you. I remember that summer school well. Hope your dd is still happily dancing. X
  3. 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
  4. Thank you so much balletbean. I will pass on your congratulations. X
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. If it is your dream, go for it! You only live once and who knows where it will lead. Congratulations!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A little story of hope maybe. My Ds auditioned for year 10 entry at Tring. He was not vocationally trained at that point, was intermediate level. He was very fortunate to be offered an MDS the very day after funding audition. There are always WL students auditioning and most will be offered places at all the other vocational school. When my son started Tring in the September, 2 WL students had been given MDS and had started Tring in the summer term. The competitiin is very very strong for places but if it is meant to be it will be. If it is not right at this time you have to trust he is better where he is.
  12. So 5 WL girls are through to upper school. Sounds similar to other years. Don’t know about the boys.
  13. This was the point I was about to make too.
  14. What a beautiful tribute Sim. So sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
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