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  1. She then proceeded to smack and pinch the children making them cry when they didn’t pull up. I got up and walked out. This behaviour was out in the open, classes were recorded, which then made me question whether I was overreacting!. This is called "in plain sight" often people will behave in a certain way very publicly and like you say in front of parents. That way parents and others do wonder if they are overreacting and so don't challenge it. From a safeguarding and legal point of view, there is no doubt that smacking and pinching children is abuse.
  2. Sorry to hear that your child had to experience this. It is such a shame that our children have to experience this type of behaviour from adults. I have seen this and worse several times at non vocational dance schools, I have witnessed it aimed at my daughter and many others. As an educator, parent and generally decent human being, it does not sit well with me. I have heard other dance parents describe it as "discipline" and allow it to happen because "that is what dance training is like" . It is toxic, bullying behaviour and not acceptable under any circumstances. The dilemma of confronting it with the risk of making things worse for your child is not something that we as parents and paying customers should have to worry about, but sadly we do.
  3. Mine wears pink under, black.over. personally I think the black tights over a black leotard looks odd but it seems to be the done thing.
  4. I couldn't agree with you more. I saw a face book dance competition recently that required you to send in a photograph of your child dancing. The idea was that the best dancer would win. If it had said best photograph I could understand but it specifically said something along the lines of, vote for the best dancer. How on earth can you tell how good a dancer is by a photograph. Quite a few people did point that out fortunately.
  5. Nicholsons school in Birmingham has a once a fortnight Sunday associates. Annette Nicholson is a wonderful teacher and she has lots of students move on to vocational school. I believe she still does a bit of teaching at Elmhurst.
  6. Is your decision re a college course based on being in a particular area of the country or are you happy to move. I see you were at DMU. There are dance courses at Leicester college and a dance college called Addict in Leicester. I don't know much about the specifics of their courses but if you still live close to Leicester/midlands it might be worth having an informal chat with them.
  7. Hi Aixsta I agree with a lot of what has been said, especially the idea of pulling on your own experiences. My daughter has an instrumental lyrical dance so no lyrics to relate to. The music itself is very beautiful and moving so I encouraged her to create a dialogue/story using her personal experience. It really helps her to convey the emotion needed. I also agree with the comments about the body and the flow of movement being as important as the face when conveying emotion so encouraged her to use expression with her body. She has always placed in the top 2 with the dance and her written critiques have noted how well she conveys the emotion of the music so it does seem to work. By the way I love the song you have been given.
  8. Thank you Clara. If she decides to audition I will definitely come back to you to pick your brains.
  9. It was Manchester apparently. It is all very confusing.
  10. Oh I see, I am sure she said Manchester but sounds more likely to be the Leeds one. Thanks, I will check with her.
  11. I'm not sure Jan. I think he taught at Manchester but I could be wrong. I will check with my daughter.
  12. Hi. My daughter was at a workshop recently and a dancer/choreographer who works regularly with The Northern ballet pulled her aside and encouraged her to audition for their summer school. She loves ballet and has a good technique but because she is more of a sporty/ jazz dance shape she has avoided applying for specialist ballet summer schemes as she feels that they are very selective when it comes to body shape etc. I just wondered if anyone has any experience of The Northern Ballet school in relation to this as I assume there is a cost involved in auditioning and it's several hours from where we live so I don't really want to go to a lot of expense etc for something that is very possibly a non starter. I know there supposed to be more of a move toward moving away from the classic and favoured ballet shape but from what I have seen albeit limited, ballet schools still do tend to favour a particular look and dare I say it (awaits backlash) this sometimes seems to be prioritised over talent and ability.
  13. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We went for a piece of music from a repertoire piece in the end. We have chosen the music from the Spanish dance in Swan lake. It's very lively and will be fun to dance to.
  14. My DD always had to wear the same Jazz pants when she did graded lessons. It was a dance school rule. They were expensive for one use and you would guarantee that she had grown out of them by the time the next exam came along. Like your DD she hated wearing them so they were only ever used once . A local dance costume maker might be your best bet. That way you could get them made to your spec and shouldn't cost much. Alternatively have you tried purchasing a second hand pair from the dance costume selling sites on FB? You could then arrange for the flare to be reduced.
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