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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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+.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Ds has been offered a place for Intermediate Associates. Just a word of encouragement - he applied last year and didn’t even make finals, worked hard and tried again this year and now he has a place
  9. I think York Dance Scholars would be perfect. It was my daughter’s first summer school, and 4 years later it was my son’s first (aged 11 and only been dancing for about a year). When my daughter went for a second time she took a friend who loved to dance but had no wish to be a dancer, and she loved it too. It’s very friendly and inclusive, and they are grouped by ability so the ‘top group’ can stretch the more aspirational dancers, whilst other groups are very suitable for newer or recreational dancers. My son is going again this year. Also heard great things about Tutugirl’s summer school, which unfortunately we have never been able to make.
  10. Hi Addyweese. Both schemes are very good. BB is more ballet focussed, with optional contemporary. YDS is more varied and gives equal weight to ballet, contemporary and jazz, with a 30 minute session of body conditioning as well. So the main reason to choose one over the other would be whether you want to focus more on just ballet or have a variety. It depends on age, but I think you would do about 2.5-3 hours ballet per session with BB, 1-1.5 hours per session with YDS. YDS is 30 sessions per year, BB is fewer (around 20 in London I think, but not sure about other centres).
  11. It is a bit strange that there is such a big gap between Associate and CAT auditions. You would think it would be helpful for them to know which of the candidates were accepted onto CAT before making Associate offers, so that they make the right number of offers. Another mystery of the audition process! CAT at Northern is a great scheme, but it is a big commitment. At your daughter’s age, 2 nights a week and all day Saturday, plus lots of holiday intensives (including 3 weeks during summer). They do not look kindly on absences for festivals (although I think you are allowed to ask for a couple of absences for this reason per year, so long as they don’t clash with important rehearsals). I would say to your daughter - try to be relaxed and enjoy the audition. There is very little you can do about the outcome now, so just go in there and do your best - whatever will be will be. My daughter was an Associate. She applied for CAT but was turned down. The next year she was offered a place on CAT. She did 2 years on the programme and loved it . Feel free to pm me if you want. Good luck!
  12. My dd always enjoyed festivals. We only did about 3 or 4 a year. Some schools do a lot more, but I don’t think we would have looked forward to them as much if they had been more frequent. She made lots of friends there and loved the whole thing of costumes and make-up and performing. There are usually separate sections for novices, and at that age several of the novices in the section will be nervous, forget bits or get bits wrong, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I would suggest arriving a couple of hours early if you can so that you daughter can watch some other sections and get a feel for how it works. As Tinks said, if she gets the bug it can become expensive - check out Ebay or ScottishBalletMum’s Facebook page for second hand costumes! Good luck!
  13. Same here! I identified the ‘key players’ and so followed the gist of the plot, and for the rest I just enjoyed the glorious dancing. The various duets, trios and solos were fabulous, but I would have liked a really exciting group piece and I think it lacked that. It’s a small thing, but I did really like the effect of the curtain swishing across the stage to separate scenes. David Nixon’s farewell speech was lovely - a fitting tribute without being too syrupy.
  14. BlueLou

    CAT schemes

    It depends on the level - which is loosely linked to age. Also, it is individualised to a certain extent. Last year I think most of the younger ones did 2 evenings (not Tuesdays or Fridays), and all day Saturday. For the older ones they do various combinations of nights depending on their strengths - e.g. some do Fridays, some don’t. But that could well change. The other thing to consider is the holiday intensives, which are pretty much compulsory - 3 weeks in summer, a few days at Easter, plus a couple of days during other October and Feb half terms I think. And extra rehearsals on Fridays and Sundays in the run up to the annual show. It is an excellent programme, but it is big commitment!
  15. May be in the order the auditions happened last weekend?? My Ds audition was 10.30am.
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