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  1. Feeling so relieved I dodged the bullet on this as being cameraman, lighting & sound technician & artistic director to produce a key decision making video for a DC fills me as a mum with extreme horror! My thoughts with all you supportive parents pushing through this to give your DC the best chances in these so difficult times.... Good Luck all & just think the relief when those videos are ‘a wrap’ & ‘in the can’. !!
  2. I have often wondered how come the whole ‘level up’ debate has not seen Elnhurst rebranded as Birmingham Royal Ballet School & Be the chief associated School with BRB - I think it is long overdue! Suspect issues around name change due to the legacy funding/covenants etc when established as Elmhurst but surely powers that be wouid very happily incorporate that golden ticket ‘Royal’ into any name & see it as providing huge extra kudos & benefits! This wouid go some way to level up, thumbs up to the old North/South Divide & actually make a more level chance playing field. I also t
  3. Yes, safe professional training with experts does often lead to ‘improved’ feet; I think it’s the combination of added strength of all muscles & improved & ingrained technique. ‘Pulled up’ non rolling of instep massively helps with both these elements IMO. Its so sad that ‘we audience’ have become so prescriptive as to our likes & what we applaud as it were that dancers feel they have to all become identikit replicas..... & fake it to make it. ENOUGH!!!
  4. Can you enlighten me as to what ‘arch enhancers’ are? Are they the rather gothic horror wooden stretch contraptions that look like they belong in a medieval dungeon that I presume are to over time using force the bones & foot to stretch beyond its natural position? Or are they the silicon ‘cheat feet’ (like bust enhancing ‘chicken fillets’ but arch shapes strapped on top of feet) I’ve seen advertised & rather suspect I may have seen on stage worn by pros who should know better....& their bosses certainly should ban this practise. A stretched foot is all part of that
  5. Think we can see those five SWL & raise you! I estimate over JA’s/MA’s/SA’s/ADA’s/Spring & Summer WL intensives & CG Summer intensive.... there has probably been around 4 No’s, 7 Wait Lists (called various things....never understood if all lists are equal? Been called over the years Short Wait List/Select Wait List/Directors Wait List....who knows??? So much to speculate....think perhaps that’s their little game???!!!) and 2 Yes’s!! Worth it all? Always view it as a bit of a lottery & auditions as a chance to dance in hallowed Royal studios so worth it for that alone!
  6. I must say Elmhurst must rate top of the list for PR savvy! Hope they are putting as much effort into training students as they appear to be at gaining media mentions!
  7. Sounds to me Alison that now could just be the time to take up your clarinet again! (assuming it was ever cast aside?) Am liking reading people’s upbeat takes on this situation as am struggling to see beyond the gloom & doom....so thank you forum community!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. You could be (maybe are?) a life coach glowlight!
  13. 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....
  14. Think I got response same day....this was for last year
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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!! 😊
  19. I have long thought about this.... any potential business partners I could co-join with???
  20. I expect you are not alone & wish you every luck as you are clearly very fair & proactive
  21. I’d love to find a large or XL size that isn’t then over long in torso length...swimwear & dance wear assumes if you are large you are also tall.....I’m not🙁. We’re talking classic Apple shape....and post lockdown with zero exercise now more of a Toffee Apple!!! Maybe the clothes ranges that do petite could add more fitness too to take into account the vertically challenged who want to get fit!
  22. Yes, absolutely agree! A voice of total sense both philosophically & frankly sound business looking at both the short, mid & long term.... I really hope she is in whatever steering committees there are looking st culture & the arts & frankly I’d hand over the reins of running the country to her if I could as she seems to really be an action taker & clear communicator....2 key features sadly lacking in most of our politicisns at present....
  23. Smart idea Alison! Thinking suss out first choice school & country & it’s language then find back up plan schools with same language & definitely start learning to speak/read it to get a head start!
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