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  1. David Cameron has much to answer for.... bit what did he do? Run away to big cash rewards in the private sector!! HE is the hypocrite here!!
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    U.S Visas

    ‘Talk to immigration lawyer’..... yep, direct you to sinking ever more money....typical!
  3. I can’t be the only person to read the above who feels uncomfortable & a big sick at the thought of all that??? really bit appropriate in this day & age....who is auditing all these processes? And I can’t hekp but wonder if again this is why so many overseas students:- less hooos to jump through???
  4. Peanut68

    U.S Visas

    Your words will ring so true with many & - I suspect - will be prophetic for even more over the next couple of years.....😢
  5. Ah ha - thank you!! Not that a USA trip seems realistically possible in these current times...even looking for next year....sigh
  6. Peanut68

    U.S Visas

    Oh yes it does.... my Hisband keeps reminding me & my 15 & 17 year olds.....feeling very anxious....& that years of training & costs could do easliy amount to nothing.... the whole visa situation sounds a nightmare too...is this also an issue to attend summer intensives there? Thinking next year...
  7. All very unusual tines... I just truly hope that the UK Arts sectors can get on track soon & maybe look to support its on affiliated training establishments more too?
  8. I am interested to see that it appears far more WL trained students are gaining places in RBS US this year - bravo!! My only (slightly cynical?) thought is, will this just be a one off (maybe 2 year) blip due to pandemic having meant fewer international competitions/masterclasses/intensivecourses attended by the ‘powers that be’ & fewer overseas students risking travel to auditions etc & indeed fewer overseas patents willing to risk sending youngsters abroad in these times when there is still a danger of schooling moving online at the drop of a hat...I know I’d hate a youngster of mine to be overseas in these uncertain times.... Of course, I absolutely salute those gaining places at RBS wether via WL or any other route from home or abroad as am sure they are all extremely talented, dedicated & deserve their places.
  9. So am I reading this correctly? That up to 6 precious RBS upper school places (1 year?or 2? Or 3) offered from one competition alone???? this is NOT fair as no way is this an audition opportunity available to all (even fewer than usual in these covid travel restricted times too I’d imagine) I’d be interested to know how this sits with the huge subsidies/bequests/tax deductible corporate charitable gifts/gift aided donations etc where much of this giving is with the Sim of supporting BRITISH ballet training....surely Witt the hope/expectations of nurturing home grown talent?? Thoughts peeps....
  10. I think there are more opportunities - both male & female now - including longer & better paid careers in pro football....arguable that both have quite similar requirements too physically/emotionally/dedication/time spent training etc.... I have actually heard of a guy who (quite a number of years ago now) had careers both as a dancer & a footballer....not sure of order/training emphasis etc... However, I think suggesting to my DC a career switch to footie would be as popular as suggesting Fatima moving to IT!! 🤣
  11. Yes, they were shoes I referred to in my earlier post as seen on link from Bloch to an Instagram posting. Ironically I couldn’t find the name of the product or the shoes themselves to buy on their (not great) website!! The concept sounds spot on!
  12. My goodness....I am gob smacked at parental dedication & willingness to dig deep in those already fleeced pockets to pay fur these required tests to facilitate their youngsters attending RBS summer courses....not sure I’d be coughing (sorry, bad choice of words??) up for that if from overseas. Funny thing is the one year when I dare say waitlist candidates may just get the call, I don’t have a hopeful DC as RBS just isn’t the hallowed dream anymore. So first year in many not constantly checking email hoping for a place off the waitlist they seemed annually placed on...I’ve not thrown away literally hundreds of pounds in application/audition fees for intensives/associates/ full time etc... I feel rather flush & gosh, the agony & agro & time saved by not having to get photos & fill in erratic online forms! Freedom! I do wish all who still have ‘the Royal dream’ every success & for those who get to live it - enjoy! The reality didn’t live up to the dream for my dancer sadly....though I did love being a ‘Royal Mum’ just the once at parent viewing after intensive!!! So, the Q I feel I must ask myself is, just who’s dream was it really 🤔🤔🤔 Live & learn 😂
  13. So does that mean Elm/Hammond/other’s have had to send students home already? My heart goes out to all....especially those leaving at whichever year end to graduate or move to new schools etc....just so so sad when you know the challenges faced by all to get to the point of putting a show on....& that’s in normal times! With this last year & a half? Hats off to all - pupils, staff (& yes, us long suffering parents too) for keeping going, keeping smiling & (to be cheesey) having the shear determination & passion to - as a certain show says says - ....keeeeep Dancing! Bravo to all.... your time will surely come x
  14. I wonder if the latest new trade deal with Australia will actually mean no more import duty (plus the unfairly high Royal Mail handling fee they outrageously charge) due on those Claudia Deans in future....🤔
  15. Has anyone had any success at booking anybif these adult classes? I’ve tried several times including on the first day booking opened but I get right to the point where the next step must be payment & I just get a screen saying session is timed out!! Very frustrating....it saves elements of my application but never have I got to confirm booking & pay....& I have raced through to prevent session being too long!!! I phined the telephone number (just got answer phone at RBS CG) Left a message several days ago but no response unsurprisingly. Has anyone booked? It doesn’t say sold out at all but if that’s the case why on earth wouid tgd site still let you go through the whole apply process? AghhhhhhhHHH!!!
  16. If you have more than one dependant under 18 (a policy might even cover up to older ages if still in full time education) it could be worth looking at a personal policy (or family policy) & adding on kids. I have an Aviva policy which then cost me about an extra £22 a month to add DD onto it but it then covered all other kids in family for free....I only have one other bit even if I’d 10 more they’d be covered so great value for larger families! It’s also worth cross reffing the level of cover & also if you have a preferred physio or other treatment practitioner as some may be covered by one insurer & not another. A London practitioner we were recommended to wouid be covered by Aviva but Nit by AXA. Also, recently found DD could be covered for local physio during lockdown for up to 20 appointments via Aviva but it would only have been 10 sessions maximum with AXA. But - I think - AXA better if consultant appointments required.....it’s not a science this insurance business it seems! good luck!
  17. Don’t be put off by the extreme perfection but rather look at the new product.... I had a mailshot email today but have deleted it so can’t find perfect link, but it’s about new Releve ballet shoes which are designed for maximising opportunity for toes to spread on floor for maximum stability etc. Could be worth a look at? https://www.instagram.com/p/CP-XJechrgZ/
  18. It so saddens me that still smoking & illicit drinking seems to be seen as a teenage ‘right of passage’.... I remember a 9 year old boy relative hassling his Dad to not smoke...yet the minute he was under peer pressure at school, there he was aged 15/16 smoking away!! Now aged 30....he’s swapped his cigarette addiction for vaping....it looks like he’s puffing on a catalytic convertor leaving a massive plume of smoke in his wake...and you know an added tracery? The 40someting Dad then re-took up smoking with his teen in what? An attempt to be ‘cool’??? Oh dear..... As an aside....I do wonder the longterm consequences of putting water vapour (so water) with chemical flavours & scents in it into a pair of lungs... Isn’t that what drowning is caused by...water in lungs? And another thing that amazes me as not having heard been raised in discussions in these covid times...the additional geographic spread of any virus by the excessive pushing out of exhaled breath that these devices seem to cause....I truly hate it when walking down the street you are suddenly plunged into a sickly smelling dense cloud of vape exhalation with no chance to avoid it. Seems accepted as ‘the lessor of 2 evils’. Well, for the converted ex smoker maybe but it’s so anti social & I wonder if also an enhancement to spreading of viruses of all kinds that can affect anyone innocent person in its wake... yuck. Especially worrying for babies & young children....as many are also high in nicotine, couid this not be leading to nicotine being inadvertently regularly inhaled by them? Mind boggles....
  19. Very astute observation that has really got me thinking.... trouble is, it does rather firmly & painfully point a finger at me as having been weak, indulgent & continuously on a guilt trip as to wether I’ve done things right or for the best... Out of interest, do others feel lockdown & home schooling has exacerbated these ‘push the boundaries’ & rebellion issues? I feel they have all been stuck at home (& almost locked in when back at vocational school) with minimum social contact that once they have the opportunity it’s all far more exaggerated in trying to grab that ‘good time’ moment. Also, as a parent of a DC boarding from age 10, I have over the years consciously tried to ensure any time at home (exeat/holidays) was relax time. It was ok to sleep in, to veg on the sofa in PJ’s the whole time, be rather slack at completing any schoolwork (didn’t even really pry that much as to wether they had any), to give any dance opportunities a miss unless they truly wanted to do them, stay up late, eat crap, be a phone addict (oh boy, was THAT ever my biggest error!) etc etc. So of course, all those weeks that turned into months of time at home meant it was nigh on impossible to redefine the boundaries from pretty much zero to ‘this is a school day’ . I cannot tell you how helpless I have felt in all this...
  20. I can empathise with all your feelings & situation...no idea if smoking has become a thing but I’m finding 6th Form a whole new world of asserting independence & (it feels) rebellion.... but as others on here say, it’s all part of growing up & maybe growing away from needing us mums quite so much 🙁
  21. There are several dance colleges that offer degree courses alongside dance teaching qualifications I think... though funding may need to be checked as im not 100% sure where they stand for student loans etc... Thinking LSC does this??? There is if course the RAD but I guess the genre focus will be Classical Ballet. Am sure others here will confirm & add additional suggestions. Many insist too on an Intermediate exam pass as a dance qualification entry requirement so it probably would be a good idea for your DD to get Inter in her one or more of her genres Good luck!
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