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  1. Sorry - I meant the Quarry Hill one. It’s not NCP, it’s Council as you say. It is the closest to NB. I think i’ve paid to re-surface that car park over the years, but it’s still a bomb site. And the machines don’t work. And it’s expensive. But i’m lazy, so i’ll carry on parking there and moaning a lot 😂.
  2. If you’re going to park in the ncp next to NB make sure you have plenty of coins. The card paying option very rarely works and the machines don’t take notes. Not only is it expensive, they don’t make it easy for you to pay.
  3. I also loved this performance at Stanley and Audrey Burton theatre. My favourite piece was For an Instant. All of the dancers were superb, but if I had to choose just one that I couldn’t take my eyes off it would be Harris Beattie. The choreography in For an Instant seemed to suit him perfectly. I spotted you there Jan, and would have said hello but you were always occupied speaking to far more important people 😉.
  4. Last night, Sat 7th, was programme B. The stalls and first circle seemed to be full - I couldn’t see the second circle from where I was sitting.
  5. Also there last night. Amazing and uplifting performance. So much energy it infects the audience. Revelations (which is part of all 3 programmes) is particularly stunning. For me, a lot of contemporary performances are ruined by headache-inducing music, but that is certainly not the case with Alvin Ailey.
  6. It’s a lovely 20 minute walk along the river into Richmond, where you’ll find lots of shops, cafes, and a cinema. If the weather is nice there are lots of benches down by the river to sit with a book. Or you can hire a rowing boat! Some Sundays there is a nice little foody market. Kew Gardens is another 25 minute walk from Richmond, or just one stop on the tube.
  7. In my experience, some summer schools, associate programmes or workshops require a signature from the ‘regular’ teacher indicating consent. When this has been the case, obviously I have asked the teacher. However, if her signature is not required I usually don’t bother her with it. I know that she would be supportive.
  8. Advertised on Instagram and Facebook today. For dancers 16+ and in voc training or recentlly graduated, 10th August, at Sadlers Wells. Workshop 10-5, then a ticket to the evening performance. Maximum 30 participants. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matthew-bournes-romeo-and-juliet-masterclass-tickets-62301892638?ref=estw
  9. I think the problem for universities when looking at extra-curricular is trying to determine it’s true worth, hence why many people believe that they barely even read personal statements sometimes. The person in charge of admissions may well have no clue what goes into getting a black belt in karate, or a particular gymnastics award, or whatever. That’s where I think the tariff tables could come in useful, even if they don’t make points based offers - it helps to quantify certain non-academic achievements.
  10. My daughter (not the dancing one!) has a 120 point offer to study Primary Education starting this September. That equates to BBB. The offer specifies that at least 80 points must come from 2 A levels (i.e. BB or AC), but the other 40 points can come from anywhere. In effect this means that her third A level could drop to a D because she has 8 points from grade 6 Flute and 8 points from grade 6 Lambda Drama. If she had achieved a grade 6 in any dance discipline that would also have counted. It does very much depend on the Uni and course in question though. Most of the top academic universities still make 3 grade offers, although as Anna has said they still do look at the extra-curricular achievements and the tariff points must help them to judge their value - I’m guessing that your typical Oxford don would have little clue how much of an achievement a grade 6 in Ballet was if she didn’t have the tariff tables to give her some indication!
  11. HowMuch! I think your dd is a bit too young at the moment, but it’s worth having Renanisance Scholars on your radar if you live near Leeds. 2-5.15pm on Sundays, fortnightly, at Northern ballet studios, half ballet half jazz, optional add-on hour of singing 1-2pm and optional pointe add-on at the end some weeks. It is very good, but I think age 11+.
  12. Good luck with your logistics if you end up with one dd at Northern and one at York Tinks! Both great schemes though, with wonderful teachers.
  13. If she wants to study dance / MT and not classical ballet there is no rush to go at 16 and I would definitely wait and try again to get an offer from one of her top choices before settling for second best. Some of the top MT colleges don’t even accept under 18s. If she starts the level 3 course she could still audition for a couple of her top choices next year (assuming that they take under 18s), and then quit the BTEC half way through if she gets in.
  14. My impression from the pre-audition talk was that it is very unusual for Central to offer places to 18 year olds, especially girls. I think RCS are a little more flexible with starting age.
  15. No problem with student finance for BA courses for 16 year olds at Rambert, Central or RCS. 5 (or possibly 6) of this years 1st years at Rambert were 16 year old boys at the start of the academic year in September, so it’s certainly not uncommon. Most stay in Homestay, at least for the first year. Betty Laine loves her ballet, and seems to particularly like the ballet boys. Several grads into Matthew Bourne’s company. The other one that springs to mind as worth a look is London Studio Centre.
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