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  1. Thank you everyone for your responses. You have been extremely helpful and given me some great information and possible courses to look at. This is such a good forum to be part of. ❤
  2. Yes she is taxi. That is worth following up thank you.
  3. Thank you. I suspected that they were stand alone genres. Re the dance exams. She did dance exams in modern, tap, ballet, Greek and if I remember correctly national up until the age of 11. She did grade 6 (might need to check that but I am fairly sure) after that she moved dance schools to a school that didn't do exams. Based on what you say it might be an idea to look at her doing those exams in the next year. I am not sure how feasible that is as I know very little about them.
  4. Thank you. Yes the possibility of the degree/PGCE is something she is considering in the long term. Because she is doing a 2 yr B tec she isn't doing A levels so will have to get them under her belt first. That is something she needs to give more thought to as the B tec won't give her enough points for Uni. Looking at the information online about the DDE, you can do this in modern, tap, ballet etc. Do you know if this means you can do it in several genres at once or does each one have to be done separately and at different times?
  5. Good morning. Would anyone be able to offer any advice or information re the following please. My daughter is a bit of an all round dancer with a good to above average standard in several genres. She is currently in her first yr of a B tec dance diploma at college. She has lost a lot of enthusiasm for the performance side of dance so is reconsidering her previous plans of going on to do a dance degree. She (and we) are also reluctant re the degree route as it is a lot of money to pay out for a degree in something that gives limited options in the long term. At the moment she thinks she may be better suited to teaching dance in a dance school setting rather than an academic setting. She finds the theory work on the B tec very easy so could easily manage additional study alongside this. I have looked in to the Diploma in Dance Education which seems like a good start as it seems you can do it at weekends and in the evenings so she could continue her college course. Does anyone know anything about the DDE and have any personal experience or advice that they could give please. Would the DDE be a good starting point or would another route be advisable. At the minute she has ideas of possibly owning her own dance school in the long term. Thank you in advance.
  6. There are lots of FB sites called things like Dance Festivals and Competitions. They are advertising quite a few now.
  7. My daughter didn't start doing contemporary dance until 14/15 (UK) I see a lot of insta kids age 7,8,9 doing quite emotive contemporary routines and to be honest it just doesn't look right. Mind you I don't like to see that age group doing Sassy Jazz either.
  8. I hate to say it but in my experience its pretty much across the board. There are obviously a few schools that wouldn't do this but a lot do. The parent's buying presents etc is something that I have always found really cringey and distasteful. Sadly with some schools money talks and private lessons are costly so dance schools don't want to lose the income. Also they are usually the kids that attend multiple classes and who's parents give favours in other ways. Its hard when yiu see it and know you cant compete financially but that type of bribery has a shelf life. I've always told my daughter that if she is good enough and has any talent then it will become apparent later on down the line when she is attending auditions. Those auditioning won't care or even know how much money Mummy and Daddy have ploughed in to private lessons or how many presents/favours they have bought. They will either be good enough or not.
  9. Lots of people have been saying that it is an old campaign however I have been searching and so far it appears to be a fairly recent one. Certainly post Covid 19. Does anyone have official information of it being a 2019 campaign? Regardless of it being a wider campaign its understandable that those in the arts are angry and clearly that has hit home as that particular picture has now been withdrawn. As someone with a daughter who has recently started to train at a full time dance college, I am happy for her to continue as the way things are going there will be job shortages in every industry. She may as well do what she loves while she is young. There is plenty of time to worry about the future.
  10. I watched it with my daughter and agree it made sickening viewing. It appears from the testimonies that the parents were also groomed by this organisation in to thinking that their methods and policies were acceptable. Combine that with the parents desire to have an Olympic gymnast in the family and it makes for some very distorted thinking. The sad thing is that its shocking but not shocking as more and more we see parents prepared to put their children at risk and potentially sacrifice their children for fame,exposure etc. Whilst parents are hungry for success via their children this will continue to happen.
  11. My daughter was with Tap Attack from a junior to Seniors up until last year. As far as I am aware they are not interested in grades. The audition is based around ability. Her first audition involved a group class and then a short solo piece that they were asked to pre prepare and perform on the day. She enjoyed her time with them and only chose not to re audition last year because of clashes with other associate schemes.
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