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  1. I have no particular interest in this course & the rights/wrongs BUT I do think there is often need for greater transparency....particularly as RBS is a greater recipient of government (& indeed from charities) funding than most other dance training institutions so they really do need to maintain clarity. I think wording was perhaps unfortunate as saying that the Director of RBS will be ‘watching’ does give that golden glimmer of a chance to be seen that does give ‘added value’ (& an unease to me personally)....having said that, many many times on this forum I seem to recall people
  2. I know the (not my usual) school which I did my Inter exam through also had a while adult ballet class of I’d say around 12 (including one male dancer) who took RAD Grade 3 (I think) together. Big age range, some returners to dance, some complete beginners (one even pregnant I think?!) but all oh so joyous!
  3. Great advice about researching.... I felt a huge problem of School loyalty (a common theme when we discuss our dancing children!) I almost felt I had to sneak around to do my exam & only confessed to it In ‘regular’ school months after the event! This based on my attending one very mixed (ages 17-80+) adult ballet class & occasional ‘open to all above grade 4’ class there! And the ‘rival’ school was over 20 miles away so not exactly same catchment area! No bells & whistles but I think most of us adults taking exams are doing it for our own personal satisfaction & sense of
  4. I restarted aged 40.... had taken my last RAD exam aged 16/17; the then Elementary....never had the chance to do the next one up - Intermediate. So, finally after 9 years & loving being back at ballet & getting back to a pretty good level IMHO, I plucked up courage to look at doing my Intermediate exam! (Apparently the old Elementary is equivalent to new Inter but it was really about the ‘name’ & not sure that a) I’d have managed the Pointe work required for RAD Advanced 1 or b) found a suitable class....) It became a bit of a ‘do before I’m 50’ bucket list thing! i
  5. You could be (maybe are?) a life coach glowlight!
  6. I dread to think what was going on those crazy summer days when the Bournemouth beaches etc were packed out as all the local public facilities were closed as were most bars/cafes....
  7. Think I got response same day....this was for last year
  8. Can I suggest that this thread name ought to be changed? The content has moved significantly - & very interestingly - away & beyond the original posting & the current title may limit those reading it & possibly it’s now not relevant title as it mentions one school
  9. I couldn’t agree more with your comments Kanamgra! Including this odd obsession with ‘’banana feet’..... there is frankly a hideous picture being used in latest ENB round of marketing where dancer in centre is pushing so far over her ?(too soft?) pointe shoes and then with knees that sway back to such an extreme that her legs are like the shape of a violin....it’s actualky quite ugly.... what has happened to the appreciation of ‘pure classical libe’?? A straight leg line with the pointed food merely being an extension to the length of those limbs? I’m not decrying that there is natural
  10. Although the digital era does mean the phone gets snatched away as the subject scrutinises each image & so ensues dramas & fallouts & tears & tantrums (the latter from me usually!! 🤣)just yo get those 4-5 shots..... Oh how I’ve cursed RBS (in particular) for not holding auditions for their intensive courses! Not just to save on the photo dramas but to actually feel the young people get something out of the process & we parents get some value for the endless application fees we shell out on!
  11. Donation made, with thanks to moderators & contibutors as has been such a useful resource (& place to muse!) over the years! Oh, and must add, a place to look for sanity check & humour!! 😊
  12. I have long thought about this.... any potential business partners I could co-join with???
  13. I expect you are not alone & wish you every luck as you are clearly very fair & proactive
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