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  1. I completely agree Pups_mum. All they have to do is say "actually I am not that familiar with this style" or even just "they were all good but I picked the ones I enjoyed watching most and avoid technicalities if they aren't sure. But they definitely shouldn't make them up! I would fall asleep if I had to do it. I am more than happy to watch some festivals and dance school shows etc but the seat are usually uncomfortable and it is always dark and stuffy and I would just get so bored. I know exactly what you mean about some of the depressing dances.... When my daughter announced she wanted to do a lyrical dance I was very clear that was only if it was happy!!!! Gosh the music ones must be really on the ball!
  2. this is so true, my girls have a very technically difficult and accurate flamenco dance choreographed by a real expert yet some adjudicators have told us it is completely wrong....
  3. yes hard to be excited but also not pin too much on it in order to manage expectations I suppose. Once I realised I suffered a lot more around this time of year with it and noticed it was linked to being cold (went to a funeral up north and the weather turned really cold and I didn't have suitable clothes for that and ended up in a lot of pain from hunching my shoulders) I started wearing thin scarves a lot of the time and vest tops with a high back on them (hard to describe what I mean but not a camisole one, more of a high tank top one) and then when going out making sure I have on a thick coat and a winter scarf over the other one (as well as other clothes obviously or I really would be cold) and now I don't suffer anywhere near as much. also little things like perhaps suggesting varying the position she holds her arms in when sitting at school/computer etc could really help.
  4. my daughter nearly always gets comments about "sustain turnout" from festivals, I suspect an awful lot of them do when they are young! Her teacher has always said that they need to have good muscle strength to maintain the turnout so perhaps you need to ask for advice on exercises to strengthen turnout which will then enable her to hold it during the step if that makes sense? should add, just a mum here and my daughter was born with her legs turned in so turnout has always been hard for her so we take it all very slowly as a result.
  5. I can't help with info on where to find anyone to help but I have also always hunched my shoulders up when nervous or simply cold (I am usually cold!) and I always have one which is more tight than the other and talking to other people I think you will probably find in day to day life that most people do. I would assume it is linked to things like the side you write with or don't write with (although not sure which one would be worse). If it is purely muscular then yes it might require some ongoing treatment but I would think one session with a physio would probably be able to relax it a lot. I used to see a chiropractor who would just massage in the spot that was tender and it would sort it out within about 15 minutes so if you could see someone before she goes off to her audition you might well be able to have quite an immediate effect. good luck to her. Must be very exciting.
  6. Thank you. Fab picture although to me I think his hips look to be slightly lifted on the side of the raised leg. Perhaps I am imagining they should be doing something that isnt possible!
  7. Oh I will be sorry to see you go. I rarely post or comment on here, my daughters are not good enough dancers for me to generally be in a position to get involved with tha vast majority of posts but I do enjoy reading them and following what people's children are doing. Thank you for what I have learned from your posts and good luck to you and your daughter.
  8. well that will be her entertainment today - she will love watching that. I did take them to see I think it was the Birmingham Royal Ballet company class on stage a few years ago (it was cheaper than watching the actual ballet so we could afford it) but she was very young so can't really remember it. Never thought to look online to watch a company class. Thank you
  9. thank you everyone - greatly appreciate the advice and information.
  10. I will have a look at her other videos
  11. oh ok, my daughter is in ISTD grade 4, probably taking it later this year. thank you
  12. thank you Tango Dancer - that looks so cool ... and difficult!
  13. great, thank you. I will show her your posts and reassure her to carry on doing what her teacher says and not be tempted to copy the others in festivals. Pas de Quatre - I have no idea what a jete entrelace is (will google now) and I think it highly unlikely she will ever be able to do a pirouette in an arabesque but good to know the reasons why the correct technique is so important.
  14. the more I google, the more confused I get!
  15. thanks Tango Dancer - yes that is what her teacher always says, better to do something technically correctly even if it doesn't look as good than to do it badly
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