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  1. 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!) 😂😂
  2. 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! 😂😂
  3. 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
  4. 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! 😂😂
  5. 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 h
  6. 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 applic
  7. We auditioned two years ago and DS was unsuccessful x2. What we did notice was the ones who got in were generally associates at that establishment, and although they say it doesn’t give them an advantage it’s hard to not think they know these kids really well from their classes and know what they can do. If you’re not successful, make sure you ask for feedback to give you pointers for the future. DS was told to work on his upper body strength and musicality. Two years later he’s obviously grown, and upper body strength seems to be something that has come with age. I’d just say 11 is very yo
  8. I’m confused! Are we allowed to go out of County to an Associates class this weekend?? My brain is fried! 🙈😆🙈😆🙈
  9. 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
  10. 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... 😂😂😂
  11. 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
  12. That’s Entertainment in Liverpool are good. Right next to Lime Street Station too. I remember buying mine from Barnums years ago! 😁😁
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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
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