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  1. Just reminded me if the time my DS auditioned for WL and they all had to take their shoes and socks off! I was mortified after when he told me, he hadn’t cut his toe nails! 😂😂
  2. In the olden days, (80’s) Contemporary was always 14+ In my day as our teacher said it was too emotional for children and if they hadn’t experienced the emotion they couldn’t dance it! 😂
  3. I went to KS Dance before it was KS Dance in the early 90’s. I enjoyed it but felt I missed out on the whole city living thing. (I later went on to Manchester Uni) It depends what you are after and as I was very contemporary focused. It felt like we spent a lot of time on classes like Flamenco, and character modern that seemed a bit odd and everyone is expected to join in with everything! 😆😆 Also they were pretty unhelpful with a friend with an eating disorder but this may have changed. Good luck!!
  4. I think we have to be proud that we have raised kids who have such determination, confidence and tenacity from being young. I have a DS dancer (13) and my other DD is a tennis freak! We spend most weekends split between the dance studio and the tennis court! Quite often we draw straws for who goes to which. (The tennis club having a nice warm clubhouse with coffee!) 😆 Both children are pursuing their hobbies fervently and as long as they’re keen, so am I. (Maybe not the bank manager though!) 😆😆😆 We are under no illusions that they will be the next Graf or Nureyev but, they’re having fun trying! 💕
  5. Just as a side interest my DS was horribly bullied when he started HS at 11 for his love of ballet dancing. We sat down and set him up on Instagram so he could find other boys and feel less isolated. It works brilliantly for us. We both manage it, and he will quite happily say, “put this on my page” when he has something he wants to share. We’ve met lots of other dancing boys, found out about Phoenix Boys, LBBC, and other boy opportunities we would never know about living in rural Wales. So although you have to take some content with a pinch of salt, it’s given him people to aspire to, people who understand him and access to the dance world in a way that would have been impossible a few years back. Ideally he would have gone to vocational school but it wasn’t meant to be. Finances stopped us from having private lessons every week. Thankfully though, he’s found his tribe, and that has done wonders for his self esteem and confidence. He’s almost 14 now and still dancing!
  6. Going back a few years I was rejected from vocational training, I went to do A levels in Dance and Performing Arts then moved onto a degree in Dance. Contemporary was my focus so it may be different if she’s after a more classical focus. Tell her there are many ways to crack an egg, lots of different ways of being involved in a creative career without actually being the artist. I found I adored reviewing dance pieces and writing about it. I loved stage management and the process of creating. My own kids have had different types of disappointment, my 13 yr old DS was turned down by vocational schools at 11 for not having upper body strength! He was 11! If only they could see him now. Tell her there will be lots of opportunities, she’ll get there and appreciate it all the more...xxx
  7. Seem to remember mine was about £800 per term and covered my full board halls and a fair bit of partying! The food was lush! Lol! 😆😆 I did once get a National Express coach hone one weekend to save money and it stopped about 15 times en route!! xx
  8. Yep, there wasn’t much variation, a leotard was a leotard! Lol! I had a black one and a raspberry one, and was chuffed because the mulberry one had a RAD logo on it! 😆😆
  9. Just thought I’d start a thread for us oldies to reminisce about where WE studied dance when we were younger! I started out at the Jean Borgeson School of Dance and danced there till I was 13. Then Kate Simmons SOD, now KS Dance. I was a RBS JA, although I think it was called something different in the 80’s before doing A levels in Dance, and Performing Arts, the best time of my life! Eventually I went on to a Dance Degree in Leicester at DMU. I auditioned for RBS Upper, Rambert, LIPA,( Paul Mc was in on my audition). Lancaster St Martins, Roehampton and Nottingham Trent. Back in the day uni education was free and I even got a maintenance grant! I can remember the excitement of getting the train by myself to Nottingham, then finding a phone box to let my Mum know I had got there!! My black ballet slippers had to be darned many times as my family could not afford new ones. I had two leotards, and one pair of tights!! my kids now laugh at me, I tell them, make sure you work hard or I’ll send you down the mines! 😆😆 Doing the audition rounds was disheartening but you got used to it, and I had no expectation. Friends got cruise contracts but that wasn’t for me as I met my DH. I went back to Uni at 36 to study Mental Health Nursing, after a good friend of mine had issues following a stint a WL. I now help dancers to reconcile their bodies with themselves, and work to achieve a happy state in their lives. I thought my dance journey was over and then I had twins! It’s in the blood obvs...😆😆😆
  10. My DS likes using music from films. He did one of his best ballet solos to the theme from The Hobbit - concerning hobbits... 😂 (minus the furry feet!) 😂😂
  11. Bear in mind there’s no dada at Moorland, we looked at it for DS but the fees are astronomical without any sort of bursary. Great if you have a lotto win in! 😂😂
  12. DS has some anime comic type books, that are based on a boy ballet dancers experiences. Think Stephen McCrae had something to do with them. DS was so pleased when he found them, I’ll try to find it and post the title...xx
  13. I used to read a book, you’d be surprised how people forget you’re there and don’t like to interrupt! Top tip that! 😂😂
  14. From our experiences, I’d say to enjoy the stage where your DD is now, and try not to get too whipped up in the whole vocational school thing at 11. DS did start to lose some on the joy of dancing once it got a bit serious. If I think back to the concert his school gave when he was 10, he was just loving everything, randomly free styling at the end during the encore and throwing his hat in the audience! That’s the kind of dancing I want him to experience and I’m thankful that now at 13, he has found his own path, which isn’t necessarily traditional classical ballet, but dancing which absorbs him, that gives him joy and that’s the most important thing. Sending (((hugs))) xxx
  15. Sounds familiar! We have encountered it in previous school. I first noticed it when we were on the other side, our teacher would e mail me saying how talented etc she thought DS was then offered to let him into the “advanced” classes. Obvs we were flattered (and a bit naive!) so paid for all the extras. Little did we know that the teacher had moved onto the next talented child and we fell from favour. The teacher from then overlooked DS, letting him get a bit cheeky in class and fooling around. When it came to audition time for vocational school, the teacher choreographed the other applicants solos while my DS was left to choreograph his own. (He did a good job but obvs wasn’t as profess as the others) so just missed out on a place. I’m pretty sure it’s motivated by money, obvs the teachers need the money from private classes, and they know that not all families can afford it, but if you tell someone often enough their child is talented, they start to think, “well, it must be true so I’ll find the money”. We left that particular school soon after, and now dance at a much more inclusive setting. I have found as the kids get older and into their teens, it happens less. That could be because the teens only want their parents to drop and run rather than kick about in waiting rooms! DS now takes part in lots of different classes, mixed classes, boys classes, classes with adults, etc which he couldn’t have done if he’d gone down the vocational route. Sorry you’re going through this, having been there it’s not nice when you fall from favour. Move schools quickly! 😆😆 xx
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