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  1. What a wonderful story... thank you for sharing it. Sadly now it’s only top 3 who go through (if they have Honours)... from each semi. I love that you have such a strong memory of this event .... I hope my DD will have made memories that will stay with her too!
  2. I def agree with you about the time... it’s really too short to do full justice to some songs. I quite like that it’s a more professional type of performance. By the time they are 16 performers should be being prepared for real staging and this really shows their singing and performance capability in a world where the triple threats will be the ones who work. (I appreciate not all competitors want to go on to work in the industry.). I agree it’s confusing though.
  3. Up to the age of C section it is called Song and dance, after that it’s Musical Theatre. Basically I think of solo MT as being the presentation of a song as you might see it in the professional theatre. Although you do still see a mix. The lead in a show will rarely combine a song with loads of dance .... it would make it hard for them to do justice to some very complex songs. That why we often see song, followed by dance, in the younger years. The most important thing in either section will be the song.... the ability of the person to hold a tune and engage the audience. Yes - the older ones do still need to show they can dance - but it doesn’t need to be a lot of movement to prove that. All IMHO...
  4. This thread was specifically talking about the AED 2019. I’ve reread The article mumof dancegirls referred to (I’d read it when it first came out)... and I agree with much of what is said. However, the issues Mr P writes about do not usually apply to the AED festivals. No pointe work is allowed under 14, ‘tricks’ are very much disapproved of, dances that have variations or steps that are clearly beyond the level of the dancer are often commented upon by adjudicators saying they prefer appropriate levels of steps for the child. Music is generally carefully chosen not to have inappropriate lyrics or too adult a meaning..... Mr P says “That audience(s) should be looking for an expressive dancer trying to communicate emotion, dynamics, musicality, storytelling ability, alongside an accomplished, clean technique relative to their age.” I’d say that’s what I see AED encouraging and promoting. He also says :Competitions can be a great platform for dance students to gain valuable experience. He recognises the value of well run competitions. I don’t have much experience of other competitions so cannot comment on those. I do have experience of a bored dad. I also have experience of a bored mum and dancer!! (Rather be doing than watching). Thx
  5. Character has come through Classical Ballet, which is where Character roles can still be seen. However the AED has said Character can be any genre suitable to the character being danced... (there is a description In the syllabus of the AED) . Some adjudicators still have a definite preference for classical but, having said that, the dance that got Silver at the Regional we went to was Contemporary. I think they are going for a Great characterisation of whatever character is chosen.
  6. ParentTaxi. Yes that would contribute to the number of schools who do and don’t attend. also.... if a school has qualified a number of students in a particular discipline that tends to mean they are good at teaching that discipline and therefore more likely to have winners. (Hope that makes sense). Some schools are ‘AED’ focussed and also good at teaching technically for that competition they tend to appear in the winning names a lot. Even knowing all of this, I don’t envy the adjudicators - they often have a very hard job with lots of very good dancers... sometimes I agree with their outcome, sometimes not. For me - the Regionals are one thing ..... it’s the actual Finals that throws out all the rules and it’s impossible to judge. Some (often) very unusual adjudication. But hey.... c’est la vie. And it’s a lesson for budding performers. You can be fabulous but you won’t always get chosen - that doesn’t mean you’re any less fabulous!
  7. Hi Mrs Brown, ive noticed a tendency toward more relaxed and generous marks in a non qualifying year, the same festival and adjudicator may mark differently when they know its a qualifier.
  8. Hello again. Well my DD is almost at the end of her Regionals... Last day for us tomorrow. I’ve seen some Wonderful dances, amazing arrangements and creative choreography. I haven’t always agreed with results - but mostly I can see why the placings have been as they are. One thing we have all noticed this year in SW is that far fewer Groups have been put through to Finals. And adjudicators have been tighter with their marking than I’ve ever seen before (this is my 5th AED cycle). Are other regions finding that too? Today we watched 8 Character Groups, only 3 qualified to Finals. Yesterday saw 12 song and dance groups, only 3 qualified. Is it like this is all the areas??
  9. Im pretty sure most judges are looking for those things and more. I’ve scribed for adjudicators and have been fascinated by what they pick up on. I don’t envy their job when they are trying to choose just 3 from over 100 dancers who are all lovely.
  10. I’m surprised so few schools attend MN. DD competed in a Senior Modern group section yesterday that had 26 dance schools!! The modern section for 9-10 had 102 dancers!!
  11. Really? We’ve had two of the three adjudicators in m/n and one has always been brilliant and I’ve never sensed a bias! The other I don’t much care for - but it’s all subjective at the end of the day.
  12. Do you happen to remember anyone else who qualified? It’s driving me nuts that we aren’t seeing positions posted. I guess it’s GDPR and all that. We will be there tomorrow... yikes
  13. Hi. At the SE too? Or another region?
  14. I did a dance degree back in the days when it was almost impossible to find the course offered as a degree. I would NOT recommend it! My DD wanted to do a dance GCSE - thankfully I managed to talk her out of it (with a dance gcse teachers support!). DD has thanked me several times for this advice as she has been observing friends who did it! This might be contentious but dance as a degree (or gcse or a level) struggles to find an academic enough level to really be interesting academically, even though it may be challenging and stretching for the dance itself. I think I’d be saying to a talented dancer today - get decent A levels in subjects that interest you (not dance), then get out there and work as a dancer while you are young. Go to Uni after as a mature student to get a degree that will open doors to your chosen “second career” . Best of both worlds... perhaps?
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