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  1. I shall pass your message on about the Year 10 girl - my DD will be thrilled to hear your lovely words!!
  2. The school usually has 2-3 casts rehearsed so that all students are able to perform in something. This is one of the few chances that parents get to watch their children dance so they do try to ensure that each student is in at least one of the performances.
  3. Sometimes aesthetic marks can change as they get older as no one in year 7 looks the same as they will when older. For many schools the aesthetic mark is much more than just appearance. My daughters has changed significantly over the years so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Also I would encourage them not to share marks - my daughters group never has, better for them. She has a long way to go from year 7 so don’t let her start worrying about marks yet, they will all have different strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Personally I think it is very dependent on each child and family. My daughter suffered from homesickness when she went away in Year 7, now in Year 10. She came home nearly every weekend as she said she could cope with the thought of a week but not 2 or 3. Also it is so full on at school she needed the down time at weekends to be able to cope otherwise she could never fully relax. Go with your instinct and what your child thinks he/she needs, I am sure if you ask they will be rationalise their thoughts. My DD certainly could and often said despite the homesickness, she still wanted to be at school more but this didn’t stop her feeling bad. By the first Christmas homesickness had massively improved for us, I hope it will for you too. Good luck
  5. Does he still really want to do ballet - even a vocational school is not the only route to achieving this? As you say his mental health is the most important issue. Can he sit with you when he is next home and write out all the pros and cons of either decision - may help him make his mind up? So hard at this age. X
  6. I would agree it is an amazing experience and definitely set my dd off on the road of wanting to take ballet seriously. I didn't know Miss Lewis did private assessments but I do know she had a go at my dd's ballet teachers for not putting her forward to RB associate programme!!! 4 years later my dd is at WL, despite my protestations!!!
  7. Also know of one dd who has been told she has to wait until York scholarships have been handed out to find out if she has one from London audition.
  8. I was thinking that - they must divide the scholarships between the 2 locations?!
  9. My DD loves it there, has fantastic opportunities and dance experiences, has some amazing friends and they are all so incredibly supportive of each other, not competitive between themselves. They are worked incredibly hard as one would expect at their level but most thrive on it. Assessments are stressful because they want it so much but there are so many reasons that they won't all make it and age 11 is so young to make these life long decisions about what they want to do, things change, some within their control and others not. My DD sometimes worries about not having a plan B - her older sister hasn't even got a plan A!!
  10. Well done to your DD - funnily enough that is exactly what happened to my DD and she is now in year 8 WL. So many things change along the way - a girl came into Year 8 this year who had a no in Year 7 and I know a girl coming into Year 9 who also didn't get into Year 7. It all changes again as they get older and develop more - so although with nos don't give up x
  11. Apologies just realised that I wrote Year 8 - I meant into Year 9 ☺️
  12. They look for natural turnout and some degree of flexibility but not amazing flexibility as this can be developed. My dd was certainly not in the amazing category when she got in 2 years ago!! It is a balance of so many things that they look for that you could go mad trying to understand why some get in and others don't. Different shapes, flexibility, looks, experience, technique, etc, etc .... I'm still not sure ????
  13. There are a couple of girls who have been offered Year 8 as well.
  14. High grades and winning competitions is not necessarily what RBS is looking for. In my DD's year there was a huge range of previous experience from those that had done all of this to those that had done very little and had only been dancing for a short time. Also remember this is not the only route to success! I do remember how nerve wracking the auditions and the subsequent waiting was - I feel for you all!! Would love to tell you it gets better but not sure it does! ????
  15. The girls already at WL have been told 50-60 girls which is why it is running over 2 days but don't ever quote them!!!
  16. The girls already at WL have been told 50-60 girls which is why it is running over 2 days but don't ever quote them!!!
  17. WL students had to apply the same time as everyone else, however they have had their places confirmed now.
  18. Absolutely- it makes no difference whether they are in the call back if they get a yes in the end. Sometimes they get called back because the panel didn't quite seem them do something and they want to check before making a decision. Once in no one takes any notice of whether in the call back or a straight yes - they are all on a level playing field and straight back to basics!!
  19. 2 years ago the final auditions for WL was on a Friday and we got the offer email on the Monday!!
  20. I did say I think as my DD is at WL and this is the rumour going round there so may not be completely true!!! Don't know about other schools - sorry and good luck to everyone - the audition is a wonderful experience whatever the outcome.
  21. Previously girls auditions have been run over 1 day with 40 candidates. This year is the first that they have run over 2 days but I think because they have taken 60 through to finals so can't fit them all on one day. The boys is still run over 1 day because as usual there are only around half the number of finalists.
  22. As a Mum of a dd at WL I would say that if they want to go to auditions as an experience then let them as long as they have realistic expectations. You could be the best shape with all the correct attributes and still not be successful. The numbers of children auditioning versus the number of places is so high. I never thought my dd would get in as not completely traditional ballet shape and the longer I carry on in this ballet world the less I would dream of second guessing. All the dds in my dd's year are all very different heights with different physical strengths and weaknesses. Enjoy each thing/audition for what it is with no expectation and anything else is a bonus ????
  23. WL do flex the number within each year depending on who they see and yes they do still assess out in Year 8 if things are not working out, but very unlikely in year 7. My dd is now in Year 8 and they brought in bunk beds last year to increase the numbers upto 14 for the girls. There are fewer currently in Year 7 so definitely could fit in a couple more girls. Not sure about the boys. Good luck to all
  24. I would not feel qualified to comment on most of your thoughts but as a mum of a WLer I would like to reassure you that all the parents and children are extremely aware of the number of children that make it through - we all enter this process with our eyes very wide open as would any responsible parent. I discussed this very issue with my daughter many times before finally giving in and letting her follow her dream. The attitude is one of enjoying all the experiences for as long as they last, these are memories to treasure even if they don't make their ultimate goal. My only concern has been the amount of performing and time out of academics that my dd has had since being there! Not everyone can make it through for many reasons but even if this does not happen, my dd and I will always hold onto the incredible experiences that she has had - taking a bow out front on her own at ROH having danced with Edward Watson in RavenGirl has got to be one to remember. ????
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