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  1. Are you talking about being accepted for WL yr 7 or other years? They are very different things. To be accepted for yr 10 you would need to have been doing a significant amount of quality training both in ballet and body conditioning, which, as has been discussed in other threads, is very difficult ( but not completely impossible) to do in UK without being a vocational student. Hence the high proportion of international students being admitted higher up the school. At yr 7 they will still be looking for potential although admittedly, many students at age 10/11 already have had plenty training/ associates etc.
  2. Just to be clear that purity of ‘line’ has absolutely nothing to do with overstretching and contorting ones body into unnatural, hideous positions which may lead to both short term and long term injury. It is about balance and harmony from the core radiating through every part of the body, fingers, toes and beyond.
  3. Agree with Anna C that working safely within your own physical facility is the most important element of training and key to success. Any improvement of your lines must be done within those boundaries.
  4. Totally understand that LinnMM and when it is too exaggerated, I don’t like it either! I think it’s where the subtleties of ballet come in. Tiny degrees of detail that make a difference.
  5. Just another thought, better to practice your arabesque line en l’ air. Hate to see students pressing and squashing their toes into ‘fish’ on the ground when the weight is supposed to be over the ball of supporting leg.
  6. I understand completely where you’re coming from and if you’re teachers have told you that your lines need work then that’s something to be taken seriously. Aesthetic lines are so important in ballet. Anyone who has watched company class ( ENB, SAB, RBS etc) will appreciate that the lines they create are REAL and certainly not doctored by photography!! Made with bodies specially chosen for the job whose owners have slogged for many years to create! Most pros have sway backs ( plus all the negative issues that go alongside) and the beautiful feet that go with them but certainly not ALL dancers which proves it is possible to work on your lines without having that natural facility. I wouldn’t suggest that there are any safe exercises you can do though to change your physical makeup in the areas you’ve highlighted so please don’t try. Extra rotation in the ankle joint will only lead to problems and injuries because it becomes more difficult to align the knee over toe especially on landings. As will pushing back your knee into a ‘too straight ‘ position, which will damage your knee, also affect the placing of your weight. What you can do is study pictures of how you want your lines to look and visualise this each time you do it, especially in front of a mirror. If you can be very focused, you will notice your legs become straighter and your ankle lines ‘finish’ the end of picture you are creating.It takes time and focus. At the end of the day, whether it is fashion or not, this is where we are now, in 2019, how ballet adapts and changes and what company Directors want, which seems appropriate to take into account if you want to end up with a contract and working in Classical ballet ( maybe you don’t but you obviously care enough to note the importance of detail) Lines and aesthetics have been important since Balanchine brought them to the forefront and long before that!
  7. Yes, definitely more MTs are day students than dancers but not sure how numbers of dancers compare to MT students overall.
  8. About a third of pupils at Tring are day pupils but as sarahw points out, boarding places are in great demand as are mds’s. It is possible to be a weekly boarder. Classes on a Saturday start in yr 9.
  9. Yes, it’s definitely an option! You can change about with a mds at the end of a school year as long as you give plenty notice ( a term at least). My Dd had an mds and chose to be a day pupil. We were told that it was fine to change our mind. Tring is a great school to be a day pupil as there are around 65 or more day pupils ( dance and mt) so plenty of people to hang out with. Because there is such a large number of day pupils, they are catered for very well with their own house parent and changing facilities. Correspondence from the school always includes special circumstances for day pupils should it be appropriate ( eg timetable and pick ups) which is more than can be said for other vocational schools!! The downside is that day pupils are kept separate from boarders when they are not in classes ( academic or vocational) which can feel a bit weird. Everyone is different in what suits them but being able to talk to my child every night ( car journeys are great for this) and for them to unwind, have a quiet bath and offload in their own time (without the pressurised ‘phone call home’) was valuable, as was providing a nutritious diet! I guess travelling becomes more of an issue in yes 10 and 11 with the work involved in GCSE’s.
  10. Apologies balletbean. I misquoted you re assessments. Sincere apologies.
  11. All students shoes are personalised by the fitters at WL, eg tucks taken in at the heel, vamps lengthened a minuscule, extra support in the shank etc. Much time and care is taken to make the students happy and comfortable with makers adjusting them as needed. As an ex-teacher and whenever I’ve seen classes, I haven’t seen anyone wearing ill fitting shoes! To arrive at the conclusion that students may have been assessed out because they can only wear Freeds is frankly ridiculous. Students are assessed out in years 8 and 9 when pointe work is still a very small part of the assessment. I agree that students will want to experiment with other shoes in time and I believe that is being introduced in yr 11 once the technique is fully established.
  12. My Dd is at WL so I know the rules!
  13. Not sure how wearing Freeds determines wearing the wrong shoes!!
  14. She may not be going to vocational school in Turkey.
  15. At White Lodge only Freed is allowed. There is a huge range available and most people seem to adapt ok. despite wearing Grishko/ Russians etc beforehand. C pro specials are a lovely shoe but everyone has their own very special requirements so Beth at Freeds would be the person to see.
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