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  1. Hi SarahBallet i previously commented on summer schools in other post, so will copy and paste. My DD did Vaganova summer course in Alicante and loved it. Also I have noticed that NKBS are doing winter course and there is potential to audition for Vaganova summer school in Italy (Julia Kasenkova is attending). As your DD is 15 she fit's in the age the winter course is aimed for. From my DD experience I could recommend the following: UK Malvern/ OPES – for spring intensive ENBS - tried spring and summer - not one for her, her feedback was 'ok to socialise not demanding enough', also placed in incorrect lower group so was not challenging enough She has tried first time RB this summer but said is was good but not demanding enough Portugal The National Conservatory Dance School - https://www.eadcn.pt/en/ - very high standard of dancers, great lessons Spain - summer IB Stage - Barcelona Russian Masters Ballet Camp in Alicante Centre de Dansa de Catalunya - Catalunya USA - tried only summer Ellison Ballet – would recommend both programmes - Variations and PDD (very demanding classes and kids actually work and sweat) The Alvin Ailey – fantastic teachers!
  2. We had a spreadsheet with schools my DD made research and wanted to apply. The list got reduced and i made enquiries iro applications (cost, fees, requirements and deadlines)...we made professional photos incl. head shot and video (15 mins). All on spreadsheet, so we didn't get overwhelmed. Some auditions we had only as a practice run with no desire to acept offer. I had a separate spreadsheet wit hall costs broken down worked out on the worse scenario i.e. no funding offered. The hardest thing was turning down offers due to their deadlines, knowing that we still have more schools to audition for. For example for schools in USA she was selected to attend their summer school. It was very stressful to say no and decline all offers in UK and Europe and wait if she will be lucky in US. At the end it all worked out. Good luck, i never ever want to repeat such year!
  3. Really a great loss for dance world, leaves us a great legacy ..., your contributions to dance, your dedication and professionalism will be remembered for many generations! Como triste es ver un adios a una grande MAESTRA ALICIA...Descansa en Paz ⚘
  4. My DD rehearsed solo night before in the hotel. She is classicaly ballet trained but improvised to Bjork music and went for contemporary with some 'pop-ing and locking'. I guess the panel loved it (she received offer but declined due to funding). She was somehow relaxed for audition solos and never rehearsed too much in advance which stressed me a lot as I had feeling “she does not care”. But it works for her. I would only say – do not be afraid to come out of your comfort zone. Good luck x
  5. From my DD experience I could recommend the following: UK Malvern/ OPES – for spring intensive ENBS - tried sping and summer - not one for her, her feedback was 'ok to socialise not demanding enough', also placed in incorrect lower group so was not challenging enough She has tried first time RB this summer but said is was good but not demanding enough Portugal The National Conservatory Dance School - https://www.eadcn.pt/en/ - very high standard of dancers, great lessons Spain - summer IB Stage - Barcelona Russian Masters Ballet Camp in Alicante Centre de Dansa de Catalunya - Catalunya USA - tried only summer Ellison Ballet – would recommend both programmes - Variations and PDD (very demanding classes and kids actually work and sweat) The Alvin Ailey – fantastic teachers!
  6. We have been banned to participate in extra workshops, associate programmes even productions like EYB, LCB. I have always informed the teacher of our intensions to join extra activities (always away from school hours), but we have been declined the opportunity. Throughout the time i have found out that other classmates have been allowed to do extra, some even missed classes because their other commitments so i put my foot down and stop informing the teacher as clearly there was no one rule for all. Without my intervension my DD would missed out on a lot.
  7. My DD has 3 citizenships (one includes EU) just in case, so we are hoping that they will open her the doors when applying for companies worldwide. Definetly go for it!
  8. My DD prefers Capezio Hanami, nice fit on her feet.
  9. Hi there We live in central London (Bermondsey), (direct bus ride to Covent Garden average 20 mins), very quiet area. We have small single room that is not occupied during the school terms as my DD is away in school in case you want room to start with. We rent it to students over the summer and I act as host family to the younger ones. I often drove them to and from classes if they finished late or had early start. In case you stuck for options – happy to give helping hand for a start until she settles and gest her friendships going and move elsewhere in shareflat or similar.
  10. From my DD experience I could recommend the following: UK Malvern/ OPES – for spring intensive We are trying RB this summer for the first time so cannot give feedback if any good. Portugal The National Conservatory Dance School - https://www.eadcn.pt/en/ - very high standard of dancers Spain IB Stage - Barcelona Russian Masters Ballet Camp in Alicante Centre de Dansa de Catalunya - Catalunya USA Ellison Ballet – would recommend both programmes - Variations and PDD (very demanding classes and kids actually work and sweat) The Alvin Ailey – fantastic teachers!
  11. My DD came home and just said the teacher does not like me. I could not find reasons why she would singled out. But is all gone now and she never looked back.
  12. My Dd is already in vocational traning but overseas. Starting 2nd year after summer. She had a list of schools she was looking at that was reduced substantialy when it came to auditions. Are you looking only UK?
  13. my DD was 14 at the first intensive but Vaganova trained and asked to take her pointe shoes off while others danced without issues. Still puzzling for me.
  14. She is not in UK during Easter otherwise would consider and try ❤️
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