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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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˜†
  4. 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’•
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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˜†
  8. 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
  9. Hi there, Wondered if you had any advice. DS is auditioning for the Lowry CAT scheme this weekend, came as a complete surprise as the actual audition is in 2 weeks when we are in spain and theyโ€™ve said they will just watch him at the open day. Anyway, he gets really anxious at auditions, and wondered if you had any tips to chill him out before hand. One thing I havenโ€™t done this time is tell him itโ€™s an audition, well it isnโ€™t, technically! So heโ€™s going to a โ€œworkshopโ€ with his sister and Iโ€™d imagine lots of others.What do you say to your DC just before an audition? How do you get them to relax a bit and not be wound up like little springs? Heโ€™s a lovely little dancer and has improved no end in flexibility and musicality lately, Iโ€™d absolutely love it if someone would believe in him. Heโ€™s taken on more gymnastic type classes to improve upper body strength and the results are fab. Any tips?? xx
  10. I have a friend who went to RBS upper school from a little BBO school near home back in the 80โ€™s. Possibly different back then but still an achievement! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  11. Yes, great article and an independent body to investigate concerns would be a great idea. Weโ€™ve witnessed a few of these and also teacher-parent bad behaviours. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
  12. Hi guys, just wondered how you get on with taking your DC out of school for things. Primary school were ok with us, but now in HS, year 7, they seem to be a bit funny about us taking odd short days here and there for auditions etc. Thereโ€™s a chance that in year 8, we may have to finish early two days a week for dance stuff, and Iโ€™m wondering how to approach them. Also, how do your kids get by in HS without getting injured in sports stuff? My DS school play a lot of contact rugby, itโ€™s a very sporting school. DS hates it, but they have to do it. I honestly canโ€™t watch! ๐Ÿ™ˆ xx
  13. MrsMoo2

    CAT schemes

    The young man who won the contemporary section of the BBC Young Dancer this year went to The Lowry CAT scheme in Manchester. Talented lad, DS messaged him to congratulate him, man to man and he even replied telling him to keep dancing. Do think they are more contemporary based but def worth a look...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  14. Hi Cam, I studied A level Dance many years ago and remember my syllabus revolving around the work of Merce Cunningham. I remember it being much more difficult than people gave it credit for. Notation was the bane of my life! Lots of luck with it! ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m guessing they will be looking at the effect his style had on popular thought around dance at the time. He introduced dance to a very different audience and made it more reachable. Before this you could compare to the types of audiences who would go to watch ballet. Thereโ€™s a whole essay in there somewhere on demographics of theatre attendance in the first half of the 20th century! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ xx
  15. I totally agree, having a DS who is flexible but not particularly good at gymnastic type moves. It worries me that this hyper mobile extensions will damage the young dancers for the future. Legs are simply not made to go certain ways!! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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