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  1. Ive heard that the Easter Course run by Mary Goodhew at Ibstock Place School (SW London) is excellent - dd certainly enjoyed the summer one.
  2. Confuddled

    NYB 2020

    Has anyone heard anything about NYB this year? I’ve had a look at their website and it still doesn’t have anything up about the timing of auditions or even what it will be this year (apart from not residential) but I thought someone here might have some insider knowledge!
  3. Thanks! I’ve got an ipad but not a computer, has anyone found a way to burn CDs from an ipad? I can see the audacity app would allow me to make edit the tracks, it’s the physical getting them on to a CD I’m stuck on now.
  4. What sources do people use for music? Dd tends to find things on YouTube, but that’s often poor quality and I’m not sure of the legalities and practicalities of getting it off YouTube and on to a CD. Is there a better source for music that you want to use for competitions?
  5. DD loved it (did Swan Lake in Wimbledon summer 2018) and is very disappointed they’re not anywhere near us this year. I’d highly recommend it both in terms of the teaching and in terms of getting performance experience. I particularly liked how everyone got time on stage in both acts, and the way it was very well organised (which made it much less stressful for parents than it might have been).
  6. I know it feels like a huge move, but my experience was that it was right to go. If the school is no longer giving your dd what she needs, then that’s the right time to move on. My dd felt huge loyalty to her old dance school and her friends there, and took well over a year to make the decision to go (and it was very hard, and involved a lot of tears) but looking back she’s clear that it was the right decision, and that (if anything) she wishes she’d moved sooner.
  7. The rehearsals vary depending on whether it’s term time or holidays - the August one last year (also Swan Lake) was two weeks of rehearsals (all day Mon-Fri) then the first half of the third week off and the second half (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) dress rehearsal and shows. It did mean we had to do our family holiday in July, but EYB audition so far in advance that it was relatively easy to work around the dates as we knew dd had a place in about March.
  8. Yes, I’d also heard that about Richmond (probably on here). They’ve also added a Norwich date, since I last looked.
  9. I was having a look at the EYB auditions page and saw they’ve got audition dates for Bromley and Southend: http://www.englishyouthballet.co.uk/auditions1.html Nothing near enough for us yet, but they are for performances in April, May and August, so I assume they’re still nailing down the dates / venues for June and July.
  10. You know, I’m ashamed to admit I can’t remember! Dd is asleep, otherwise I could ask her. I know it wasn’t a shiny leotard as she would have complained (she doesn’t like how shiny feels). It’s nice that she’ll have a choice of bright colours.
  11. Lower Junior, I think. And the exact wording would be great. I need time to order online and send it back if it’s the wrong size, or maybe get it altered (she often needs the straps shortening and my sewing is rubbish, so I need time take it to the dry cleaners and get it back again). Thanks! Her last exam was similar but cotton and with a ruche, so I suspect I can’t re-use that one.
  12. The Mabel Ryan award. I’ve had a look at the webpage but am not much wiser. I keep thinking that one day I’ll know what I’m doing with all this ballet stuff...
  13. DD needs a leotard for a Cecchetti competition - I know from another mum that there are strict rules about leotards but last time she was in a group so I just put her in what everyone else was wearing and didn’t have to worry. Is there a list of the rules, or the right type of leotards? From memory it was tank style, quite high necked, with a belt - is that what I need to look for? Do they have rules on colours? I’d be really grateful if anyone can point me to a list of the rules or of the allowed leotards, googling has not been much help.
  14. It is a huge commitment - dd has decided not to audition this year, as (if she had got through, which she didn’t last year) it would have prevented her doing various musical activities that she loves, as well as missing a family holiday. The other thing to take into account is that the touring company has more dates, I think usually at the start of September, so that impinges on the beginning of the school year.
  15. This is a bit off topic, but does anyone know of summer schools that run in early July. I’m thinking for next year, as dd’s new secondary school finishes term very early, and I would like to find her something dancey to do for those weeks. Ideally in London, but residential elsewhere in England might be do-able. Ideally it would be a mixture of styles, not just ballet - she particularly loves contemporary. She’s keen, but not on the vocational track and not on pointe yet (though she may be by then, I don’t know).
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