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  1. Does your dd go to a Istd school? The Istd Ballet Awards is a type of competition my dd and a few other girls did before heading off for the auditions. The top 3 in her category that I know of went off to vocational school.
  2. At Elmhurst lower school they do RAD on a Saturday morning. Why would anyone want their child to do Rbs Ma's on top of all that?! 🙄
  3. My d/d has been at voc school from yr 7. She suffered so badly from homesickness I really thought we were going give her place up. But she's just gone into yr 9 and all I can say is that she has learnt to cope with it now. I brought her home most weekends because it was better than having her crying on the phone all wknd and we felt so guilty.. Luckily we live an hour and half away, but it still takes up a lot of time and petrol. If she stays a wknd now she's bored but not tearful. Even though she loves ballet and enjoys all the school has to offer she still doesn't like boarding. I always wonder if i've done the right thing and if the stress is worth it ? 🤔
  4. Elmhurst extended associate leotard by Freed. Bought new from Dancing Boutique Teal colour, size 3, ruched front lined, comes with belt. Good condition ..£10
  5. Hello balletmum 20 .. Welcome to Elmhurst! My daughter is in current year 8. She says none of her year group are in advanced 1 as they are yet to take their intermediate exam. So my guess would be the advanced foundation class? But it's only a guess, I don't really know. It's going to be a big year group, approx 30 with the boys she thinks! Feel free to pm me if you want to x
  6. My Dd1 got on this scheme, she was 14.5 at the time. Unfortunately she hated it and felt ignored by her ballet teacher so I gave back her Mds place after a few weeks. She was used to being busy all Sat afternoon with classes at her normal dance school and a higher level of ballet. She didn't like all the rest breaks and felt it made the day drag on and was frankly bored. They admitted on the phone they didn't know where to put her ballet wise. Think she was too young for the highest level class from what I can remember. Luckily she was accepted at Elmhurst associates mid term so at least she got good ballet training there. Some students from there get accepted into dance colleges especially from the street dance scheme, i just wanted to share our experience.
  7. My dd1 can also kill pointe shoes in a few hours! She is 16 and non vocational but has these super bendy feet, lovely to look at but not for my wallet. She has gone through lots of Grishko's, she tried all the Gm's at Dancique but the fitter said no, not supportive enough.😑 So we came away with Russian pointe which lasted about the same as Grishko. However the shoe that has lasted the longest for my daughter is...Capezio Airess in firm or maxifirm ordered in at our local pointe fitters. Sewing in the ribbons is a challenge though as they have a suede lining. But definitely the longest lasting for her.
  8. How rude! 😱 I'm obviously a "super soaraway chavvy Scum" mum then as I've taken my children on the so called £10 breaks when they were younger!
  9. Degas pale blue leotard style 9501 age 10.. bought for lower school finals, very flattering on. Very fitted with high cut legs and quite low back with Degas logo. Gorgeous leotard just now too small. Sorry not able to upload a photo on my phone. Pm me for more info, maybe i could email a photo if interested? £20
  10. I have a 10 in pale blue bought from Just Ballet . Its beautiful on, very fitted and high cut. Worn for 2 final auditions and maybe couple of times after. She was age 10 and above average height. I could try to send a photo if interested.
  11. When my oldest DD got to yr 10, I emailed the head and asked permission to take my DD to her dance school for a private lesson during the double PE afternoon lesson. Luckily I work from home so was able to do this. I explained she would be auditioning for dance colleges so needed the extra ballet training. To my surprise she agreed and was supportive. Other children in year 10/11 go 'off site' to the gym etc. As long as they are doing some kind of excercise although I don't think they let them drop PE lessons. My DD also has a single PE lesson, she gets out of running as she has suffered from shin splints in the past. She lets the teacher know if they are hurting and because they know she is serious about her dancing they leave her alone. She enjoys netball though!
  12. My daughter uses Vo5 gelspray (pink bottle) at her vocational school. Also if you get a small waterspray bottle she can spray water on her hair the next day which works the gel again.
  13. Oh yes the late auditions! Makes sense now
  14. Hello antm, where did you read this? I can't see this info on the website or the form? Have I missed something?
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