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  1. Historically there have been a lot (relatively speaking) from Yorkshire, but I don't know whether this is still the case.
  2. Seconding this - Yorkshire Ballet Seminars is brilliant. Many dancers still have many wonderful memories and friendships years later that were formed during those summers. Prague is good too, but very expensive.
  3. They don't condone work that is paid less than the Equity minimum either. But over the years I have been made aware of a number of companies operating in the UK paying dancers far less than the national minimum wage for the number of hours they worked, let alone the Equity minimum wage. And nothing ever seems to be done about it, which means that those who are prepared to and can afford to accept such conditions gain experience whilst others are priced out. Whilst those who turn down such contracts tend to warn others, the dancers who accept them tend to keep the terms and conditions very q
  4. Good question. Dancers are represented by Equity, but in my personal experience whilst well meaning, it has not been particularly effective. Experiences may well vary though depending on what company you are in, or whether you are freelance. To be fair, I think that it's effectiveness may be limited in part by the (somewhat understandable) reluctance of many dancers to get involved and risk rocking the boat. In addition to that, for every dancer that does speak up there will often be another one (or several) actively shooting them down again, so such initiatives to improve things often fai
  5. Yes, it's coming up a lot, more an issue for performers generally than for ballet specifically. Many ballet ads are posted abroad and you have to travel to the company rather than them coming here to audition, but companies casting for actors and dancers for things like commercials, holiday parks, tours etc are used to being able to recruit here for EU based jobs without an issue. Whether they are unaware of the legal implications of doing this now, or are simply crossing their fingers hoping performers don't complain, I'm not sure. They should not have been making specifications
  6. Yes, and I'm surprised that there aren't more raised eyebrows when British casting directors and companies specify that only those holding EU passports can apply, meaning that the majority of UK citizens are barred from auditions being held or advertised in their own country.
  7. This would be one solution, but dancers would probably need to come off the Shortage Occupation List for there to be any chance of companies actually following through on this in practice.
  8. If that is the case, it would surely have been more appropriate to contract an EU based casting director to advertise in Europe where potential discrimination would not be an issue.
  9. In the case of auditions held and/or advertisements placed in the UK specifying that only EU passport holders can apply/no Brits, I read a comment from a barrister when the ad casting for a non-UK actor to play Prince William came out - he was of the opinion that this is illegal based on case law as it is discriminatory. Whether this holds true or not, it does seem unreasonable for UK nationals to be barred from auditions held or advertised in their own country. It will be interesting to see whether anyone brings a case against UK ads/auditions/companies for intentionally exclud
  10. That's good to hear, that sounds a lot more hopeful for UK graduates, once the covid crisis resolves. The US has some great companies. Congratulations to your children for getting the offers!
  11. The company should pay for this. The problem always used to be that US visa applications for company contracts often got turned down, not that the company didn't want the dancers. A certain US ballet company used to do an annual audition in London/Paris and there were always stories of dancers being offered contracts but later denied visas, even from RBS, Paris Opera School etc, because the authorities said no. The reason given was usually that they didn't have enough experience. This was a while back and may have changed since then though.
  12. Whilst technically not allowed, this has always happened, globally. It's more a question of whether the company is then prepared to go to the expense of hiring you when they could get a dancer from their own country (or 27+ other countries in this case) for free. They usually also have to submit evidence to prove that you are better than all the other dancers in that labour market - we were always told not to even bother trying in the USA for this reason, at least until you had considerable experience. It sets the bar much, much higher for those just starting out, or at corps de
  13. The problem is that British dancers aren't competing on as much of an even footing as they were back then when everybody would have needed paperwork. When companies already have an oversupply of excellent dancers available to choose from from the EU27 countries, plus the additional EEA countries like Norway and Switzerland, with limited budgets the companies - still reeling from the covid hit - simply aren't going to go to the expense and hassle of hiring a UK dancer unless they are already an international star. It is disappointing to hear that the schools are advising students
  14. It's not a hoax - it appeared as a sponsored ad by a company called 'QA Ltd' on several dancers' Facebook feeds over the weekend, so presumably it was a targeted ad as well.
  15. Dancia International and Freed are both excellent. I'd try the Grishko soft blocks in Dancia - Bloch tend to be quite wide, especially at the heel/sides. They stock Sansha too I think, or at least they used to.
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