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  1. I’m confused! Are we allowed to go out of County to an Associates class this weekend?? My brain is fried! 🙈😆🙈😆🙈
  2. Incidentally my friend went to White Lodge Upper school in the 90’s and is a social worker now. She’d got in at year 11 entry and stayed for two years to leave and return home following a period of drug abuse and mental illness. These institutions are quick to boast their successes but don’t forget not all the stories end as happily. xx
  3. DS went to an audition for the BRB Nutcracker a few years ago and when he was getting changed we realised he had no white socks! He auditioned in his Navy tights and furry Chewbacca socks and it worked! He was cast as an understudy... 😂😂😂
  4. I had a reasonable dance career till my mid twenties then went back to study GCSE’s, A Levels and a degree in Psychology. I now work with dancers with Mental Health problems as it was something I was all too aware of during my own training. I’m still an avid watcher and dance myself twice a week for fun. My own son now has a talent for dancing and I’d say let your kids follow their dreams. You’re a long time an adult and you’d be surprised how even the youngest can figure stuff out for themselves. Education doesn’t have to stop at 21, as far as I’m concerned I’m still learning, and I hope my
  5. That’s Entertainment in Liverpool are good. Right next to Lime Street Station too. I remember buying mine from Barnums years ago! 😁😁
  6. I think the trick is starting young! As you get older you do lose flexibility and it’s much harder to stretch like this. My DS does but he has been attending class since he was 8. (He’s 13 now) Good supportive underwear and dance belt will help with your quest and don’t over stretch. In ballet it’s more about strength for the boys, so they can do all the lifting of the ladies. Think strength with grace. Good luck!
  7. Not this year but my DS applied in 2018 and the only feedback we got when I asked was a phone call. They didn’t give me that many proper reasons either, it was all things that would have come as he had grown. They said he did not have enough muscle and upper body strength, and now two years on, he’s a lean mean muscle machine! 😂 We could never have afforded it without bursaries or MDS anyway so it’s worked out ok. (Even though he was distraught at the time). Remember not all the top dancers went the vocational route. There’s more than one way to crack an egg! DS is still dancing and has been
  8. Our High School in Wales, not a vocational one are opening gradually from 29th June. To be honest my kids are ready for it, I’ve taught them all I can but struggle with some of the stuff they study! They haven’t seen any of their friends for 12 weeks and they are ready for going back. I haven’t missed being taxi tho! I’m a nurse on a Covid+ ward, I have worked right the way through and will have them all tooled up with the sanitiser etc etc! when they were first off the novelty of being at home doing school work motivated them, now I’d have to put a rocket up their bums to get them interest
  9. Bless her, has she been to the GP? No young girl should have to suffer with this. I’m a nurse and there are things that can be done, various small ops and muscle strengthening exercises. If it’s the anxiety causing it, maybe address that first? Meantime maybe thicker tights or an extra pair? Ballet is focused on lines and maybe the worrying about not having the correct lines because of wearing the pads is exacerbating the incontinence? If that makes sense?? S xx
  10. We’ve been following stretching classes online but by far the hardest part was getting YouTube on the TV! 😂😂 I’m doing part of a step class with em later! One week in, it’s all still a novelty but it may wear thin next week! 😂😂
  11. I remember for DS at WL they had them improvise an under the sea dance. Pretending to be fish to see how they interpreted the music and story. They also took shoes off and looked at their feet, points and arches. Seem to remember him saying they tickled their feet, to make them relax and giggle. He said it was a fun experience. Lots of luck! 👍👍👍
  12. My daughter had an underwear leotard thingy, basically another layer, skin colour. Gave her a bit more confidence. xx
  13. I started F/T dance training at 18 and quickly realised how few people actually get jobs in the area. (My friend went to RBS upper and ended up with no work or sporadic work). I transferred onto a psychology degree, in a better academic university then a nursing masters elsewhere and never looked back. I thoroughly enjoyed dancing in my teens but as I got older and creakier, I realised it was a young persons game. Pleased to say I’ve never been out of work since I left uni, and will always be a dancer/spectator on the weekends! I have, however, two dancing children! All their own wor
  14. Yep, centre point for Manchester. Good Luck everyone! Sadly DS is too old now but he had a lovely audition there a few years back. xxx
  15. We did the Manchester one last year. Kids had a workshop and a little tour of The Lowry Theatre. My son loved it but he was still a bit young, so maybe audition for it in the next few years. I had a lovely coffee in the company of LS Lowry’s etchings! 😆😆 xx
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