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  1. my daughter just dances because she can't NOT dance if that makes sense. she lives for dancing (and reading) but she knows she won't be a dancer when she is older.
  2. sadly we would fall in the "not able to afford it but not struggling enough to qualify for help". Plus I really don't think she is good enough for anything like that anyway. She certainly won't go on to be a professional dancer. Perhaps I use our not being able to afford it as an excuse instead of not being good enough.
  3. my youngest would love to do something like this but it is a bit out of our price range sadly. It does sound a great opportunity though
  4. a friend of a friend's daughter did spanish dancing as her solo for tring and got in. but obviously she had been studying Spanish dancing, it wasn't just a national solo from a festival.
  5. well done to your DD too
  6. that is very true balletbean. hard if you are just before it changes. We don't get any medals, is that RAD do that?
  7. My girls do ISTD so still just pass, merit, distinction for them but I actually would welcome more of a breakdown. The only merit one of them has had only just missed a distinction and in one dance style one of my girls has always had a mark over 90 and the other one has always had marks over 90 in all her dance styles (she is unusual) so they have always been jealous of friends who do BTDA where they have a platinum award for marks over 90. I think it is nice to distinguish a bit within a 20 mark range as there will be a large number of dancers who will always fall into the high merit boundaries. I was in the pass plus days!
  8. sorry to ask but I am curious, why is it so specific for cecchetti? or is it just a competition thing?
  9. definitely move her. If they aren't prepared to find a way to make it work for her then they obviously aren't really looking at the children as individuals. don't worry about swapping from RAD to ISTD. Both are good, there are differences (RAD have 8 grades, ISTD 6 so they don't map across directly, RAD has character work which ISTD doesn't, ISTD has a lot more free work from a lot earlier and there are, I believe, some naming differences or different arms or something - I am not a dancer - but nothing that a child can't pick up/relearn). Just pick a school where you think she will be happy and be in with her age group.
  10. great to get them to do it themselves, I was very lucky and my mum taught me to sew. I am now normally the one sitting doing all the other ballet shoe ribbons for parents who can't sew (incuding sewing someone's during my daughter's exam for the exam after hers!) nothing to add to help unfortunately but it really is just practice. One thing I have always done with ballet shoes is done them once, tied off etc and then sewn a second time (not as much obviously) so that if one lot of stitches did go there is a secondary one there which will support enough until the other can be fixed rather than the ribbon just fall off. i have noticed lots of the mums in their 30s/40s can't sew so yes grandmas here too although we do have some dads who give it a good go.
  11. our dance teacher will only let them wear full sole until they are much much older. I do look at all the split soles at festivals though and wonder whether we should get a pair for festivals because they really do make foot point look so much better
  12. thank you. yes she loves her tap and Spanish and the other one likes everything at the moment but she is a bit younger.
  13. so pleased I could help Balletboymumma. I am only on this thread out of sheer nosiness and enjoying sharing other people's news, one of mine hates ballet and only does it to enable her to do tap and Spanish and whilst the other one is pretty good she would never be able to do associates or anything because of a medical condition so we won't ever be doing any of this. I take in so many waists like this as mine are both very skinny.
  14. sorry no I meant the elasticated bit of the waistband. I am assuming they have some elastic in them and then pretend drawstrings at the front. If they haven't actually stitched through the elastic when they have sewn the waistband down then you might be able to cut a hole and pull it through to shorten it. Unfortunately some shops do sew through it which means you can't.
  15. oh - they certainly used to post stuff, I am sure they will do.
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