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  1. We wear capezio hanami here, DS has always worn white shoes in class. Once he wore grey for a show, they were tricky to get hold of! ๐Ÿ˜†
  2. MrsMoo2

    Magic Moments

    DH has just reminded me of the time we found him age 2 behind the sequinned scarves in Debenhams! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  3. MrsMoo2

    Magic Moments

    I have a photo of my DS aged about 3, where we had gone to watch a Cinderella performance and the back stage curtain was pale blue and covered in sparkles. We waited for ages to get out after the show and he went missing in the foyer. Heโ€™d sneaked back in to watch the sparkly curtain from the back of the stalls with no one else in sight! On the photo, itโ€™s just his back looking at the stage, leaning on the back row and itโ€™s just magical. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
  4. MrsMoo2

    What's too old

    I donโ€™t think thereโ€™s anything to stop you from getting involved in exams if thatโ€™s what you want. Only thing I would say is Iโ€™m 43 and wouldnโ€™t attempt some of the dancing I could do at 19, not sure my bones and muscles would cope! Donโ€™t push yourself to the point of injury. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
  5. Hi, Iโ€™m Shelley and can be a source of anything northern going on. (Well, above Birmingham!) My DS dances, and Iโ€™m an ageing dancer from long ago, trained at KS Dance, and BRB for a time before falling in love with contemporary on a dance degree. I love anything contemporary in my viewing. Especially Lea Anderson. Then anything by Alston or Cunningham. Confined to spectating now, but still have a good eye! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† Would love to join in the thread when time permits as Iโ€™m now a mental health nurse working with, among others, dancers! Full circle! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  6. Yep, Iโ€™d second this, my DS is left handed and also on the dyslexic spectrum and has benefited no end from the discipline and precision of classical ballet. He used to be quite a clumsy child and is now quite graceful. Iโ€™d say his concentration has improved and heโ€™s doing much better at school now. Happy to chat if you need any participants...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  7. Is she in year 9?? Only ask as the schools start with the GCSE pressure around then. If she goes to a mainly academic school, could she be worrying about fitting it all in?? My DS has had a few breaks for various reasons, and Iโ€™ve always tried to foster his love of spectating as well as taking part. Keeping the interest alive can inspire them to return. I remember one particular occasion that I took him, and his sister to the big smoke for the weekend, he so desperately wanted to be back on the stage once heโ€™d seen it from the other side. Sending (((hugs))) all round...xxx
  8. Just for those who donโ€™t know. We wonโ€™t be going this year as DS is too old at 12, lol! Best of luck for those of you who do try for this, it was a lovely class last year...๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Birmingham Royal Ballet Nutcracker at The Royal Albert Hall. We're looking for girls and boys to join us for our 2019 performances of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas.Running from 28 to 31 December 2019, The Nutcracker truly is a unique opportunity for children who love to perform to take to one of the world's most famous stages. We will be holding open auditions* on Sundays 6 & 13 October at Birmingham Royal Ballet's home studios; we will be looking for 16 children (eight boys and eight girls). There will be two teams of children, each performing in up to four performances. To take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity children must be: In school years 5, 6 or 7 (from September 2019) No taller than 142cm Enjoy dancing and love to perform (ballet experience is not necessary) Audition slots will be confirmed before the audition day, once applications, payment and completed personal details form have been received.*Audition workshops cost ยฃ27.50 (inclusive of fees) per participant
  9. They are in Birmingham this year. I had an e mail about them last week. Sadly my DS is too old now! (At 12!) to audition. Lots of luck to everyone trying! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ xx
  10. MrsMoo2


    Depends on the situation. My DS wears leotard, dance belt and tights for โ€œproperโ€ ballet classes but for some of the less formal ones he just wears leotard/t shirt and his nike joggers! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  11. So sorry you guys have experienced all this, just wanted to give my two penneth worth! Iโ€™m an ex dancer, obviously retired now as in my 40โ€™s. Retrained as a Mental Health Nurse currently working in CAMHS. Nothing, no career or otherwise should come before your childโ€™s mental health. I have seen (and have personal experience) so, so, many children who have low self esteem and self worth and quite often it is attributable to a โ€œdance teacher.โ€ Iโ€™ve met girls who have been physically abused by dance teachers, told to โ€œlose a littleโ€ when they are already skeletal. In my own classes years ago, we had a teacher who would hit you with a stick to correct your posture. Many times this leads to personality disorders, self harm and suicidal ideation as adults. My own DS left his classes last year as he didnโ€™t feel like he was wanted there, as much as I love that he loves to dance, I love that at 12 he was brave enough to move elsewhere, and ironically other doors have opened to him because of it. Treasure your kids, they might think they know everything but trust your instinct. Never let them sacrifice their mental wellness for anything, itโ€™s one of the most precious things they have, and if theyโ€™re dancing round their kitchen or the Royal Albert Hall, as long as they are happy, go with it...๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
  12. I used Saint Saens The carnival of the animals, Swan section for my A level dance exam years ago! ๐Ÿ˜† When DS had to choreograph a solo he used instrumental music from The Hobbit. Took him an age to choose though and then we had to edit it to two minutes exactly. Thereโ€™s always David Plumpton...๐Ÿ˜† xx
  13. First of all congratulations on receiving offers for those excellent schools. I always think itโ€™s best to acquire as many qualifications along the way as we all know dance is a short lived career, even for the best. I completed a dance degree many years ago and it struck me how academic the thing was. We studied anatomy, physiology, Laban and Benesh notation, covered teaching, and performing and wrote more theatre critique than the Times arts correspondent! Alongside practicals every day, in many different styles, Pilates and Alexander technique. It is not an easy ride. Iโ€™d say sit down and weigh up the options as a family, finances are a huge consideration. I worked on a few independent contemporary projects but earnt most of my money from teaching. I went back to uni in my mid 30โ€™s and studied mental health nursing. At one point I owed the student loan company ยฃ24k! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ Donโ€™t tell the husband! ๐Ÿ˜‚ My classmates now work as accountants, on cruise ships, are primary teachers, chemical engineers and work on oil rigs! ๐Ÿ˜† Having said all this my DC dance and have always encouraged them, so it canโ€™t have been that bad! xx
  14. DS is 11, nearly 12. ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m actually a Mental Health Nurse so more aware than most. Not sure thatโ€™s always a good thing! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  15. Thanks guys, it was really nice, there were only 2 or 3 girls hammering the warm ups before we went in, so less daunting. When we got there we found out DS was the only boy! Heโ€™s used to that tho and quickly made some new friends. CAT as a whole sounds fantastic, big commitment though, every Saturday all day and twice in the week. For us itโ€™s a 90 minute commute with no traffic, longer if we get stuck. Both DH and I work full time so it would have to be a military operation! Cost isnโ€™t prohibitive, there is the MDS award for each participant, means tested but potentially could halve the costs. Lots to think about, seems a lot friendlier than other things heโ€™s auditioned for. Time will tell. Their official audition day is 8th June, when we are on holiday so will be refreshing e mails till then! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† xx
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