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  1. I was frustrated for ages too!! The first time the heart stayed in place was a major event - I'm not sure my family appreciated my delight ....! Anyway - happy to have been able to help πŸ™‚ x
  2. I had that problem too! Eventually, I realised you have to click on the heart twice - once, to make it jump up; a second time, to confirm that you like the post. Hope that helps! X
  3. So it's like saying .... there are loads of painters in the UK, but we've got a chapel ceiling to paint and we want Leonardo Da Vinci to do it ... and there's a shortage of Da Vinci's in the UK
  4. I agree .... that's what the article is saying. And it's precisely that reason that's the annoying part of it all - why not just be honest and make an immigration rule that says, "Creative industries are exempt under the same terms as those on the shortage list because they require freedom to attract worldwide talent" ...?!
  5. Thanks for the link πŸ™‚ From the article: "He added: β€œIt’s not really a shortage; it’s about talent.”" - I wish people would just be honest about this instead of spinning it as a shortage. It's the cover-up that's infuriating, not the search for worldwide talent.
  6. Ah. Then yes, questions need to be directed there then.
  7. I think it's the disingenuity here that is so maddening. If the inclusion of Classical Ballet dancers on the list of jobs requiring immigration is purely to allow dancers from other countries to continue to be employed in the UK when they otherwise would fail to meet the salary or points-based threshold, then it is wrong for the government to hide this behind the implication that there is a shortage of classical ballet dancers in the UK.
  8. From my own perspective, individual stories and experiences do indeed help when I am asking for information to address a personal, specific situation. I wouldn't like to assume that isn't the case for anybody else asking questions also .....
  9. I've been a member of several forums (fora?) over the years, many of which have been constrained by legal implications. It incenses me, I have to confess, because I hate being censored and I absolutely detest having posts that I've spent time writing being deleted! I really can't emphasise that enough - I HATE being silenced!!!! However .... I have also come, over my aging internet years, to appreciate that I don't always have the bigger picture, and that the legal constrainsts of the world in which I find myself play out online as much as they do offline. I don't like that. In fact .... did I say this yet? ... I HATE being censored. But ......... here's the big BUT. Living in the UK, I believe that in most instances I do have freedom of speech. That right is precious to me and I would HATE even more to be living in a country that denied me this in even the most basic of positions. I have also learned to appreciate that, on this specific internet forum, when we are told, "You can't mention such-and-such a school", it isn't because the moderators/forum have taken that stance for themselves - but it's because the schools themselves have said that they don't want to be mentioned. Taking that perspective, I understand it as the schools in question saying that they would rather not be talked about at all than to take the risk of receiving either good or bad publicity in these forums. I hope this is helpful, pictures ..... as I have also appreciated your posts greatly and would HATE to see you disappear from this forum right now when you still have so much that I want to talk to you about ..... xx
  10. Mammabear - could your daughter have said what she said in the spur of the moment and now feels that she has to stick by it? If so, is there a way you could help her to change her mind without losing face ....? I sometimes find that staying cool, unemotional and logical works best. Perhaps it might help her to write down a pros and cons list of quitting dancing at this stage. Sometimes, seeing things laid out in black and white brings a bit of clarity, especially if the 'pro quitting' side of the page contains little more than 'to spend time with a boy' ......
  11. I think a major influence has been the promotion of static poses as images over an appreciation of the expression of movement between these positions. An arabesque is beautiful because of what comes immediately before and afterwards ... how the position is reached and how the body transforms fluidly into a different position after moving through the arabesque. Instagram shots of high extensions, over-splits etc don't capture this artistic quality. Instead, they celebrate the gymnastic contortion and extreme flexibility of the dancer's body. I think backtracking on this is likely to be extremely difficult, not least because there seems to be a genuine trend in vocational pathways of rewarding young dancers with extreme flexibility and high extensions. It is highly possible that the most successful students also have artistic expression and an ability to communicate through the art form ..... however, I'm not so sure that dancers with those two latter qualities would get very far in today's ballet world if they did not also possess outstanding flexibility and high extensions .... Perhaps the horse needs to be put before the cart - ie. audience taste will only change if dance schools and companies are actively seen to be not only encouraging but also promoting safe practice and an appreciation of ballet as an art form instead of a gymnastic display.
  12. "She amped the look up further by adding a turquoise scarf that had stars emblazoned over it ..." I wonder if she was aiming to blend in with the Elmhurst logo?!
  13. Thanks, Kate - yes, I've clicked on the tags that Alison included and they have also been very helpful! And I'm very grateful also to the parents who have messaged me directly to share their personal experiences. It is exactly this sort of information that is most helpful at the moment - something that goes beyond the marketing and generic information on websites etc, and provides an insight into the lived experience of the options available. I fully acknowledge that these experiences are as individual as the people living and recounting them .... however, I don't think that hearing these stories is in any way counterproductive. My daughter's school runs a careers advice programme in which they invite professionals and uni students into school to talk to Years 10 and 11 about the paths they have taken in their chosen career and the choices they have made. My asking for information here from the wisdom of people in this forum is in this vein .... I'm not intending it to replace the advice we have already received from my daughter's dance and academic teachers, but to supplement it ..... which it has done greatly, so thanks again to all who have taken the time to share their experiences!
  14. Many thanks again for all of your replies. I have found them all thought-provoking and insightful, and I'm very grateful. I think that balletbean hit the nail on the head in describing the way she and her daughter explored the options available to them .... thanks for posting that info, balletbean! And the info about diplomas from 2dancersmum is extremely helpful too - thanks, I'll look into that! My daughter has been a member of both the RBS and Elmhurst associate programmes since being a JA, and has many friends who are now at vocational school. She has quite a realistic appraisal of her own abilities in comparison and is clear that she doesn't want to (or would be able to) pursue a career in classical ballet. We're not looking for an appraisal of her abilities or potential at this point - just some clarification on how the different options from this point forward could possibly pan out. I was hoping to find some general views on the options available for her, including specifically what life would look like if she continues to dance as an amateur rather than a professional whilst studying for an unrelated degree at University. 14 is a tricky age .... a turning point in many ways, and yet still on the cusp of adolesence. My elder daughter, at a similar age, found enormous help in being able to talk to a diverse range of scientists in her area of interest. Their willingness to talk to her about their own areas of expertise in relation to other fields of study enabled her to clarify her ideas and opt for pathways that inspired her. Perhaps that is largely a feature of science-related study (especially in the drive to encourage girls to take up STEM subjects) and I'm being naive in hoping that anyone could give such an overview of the dance world.
  15. The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown - theatre, not specifically ballet ... but it was one of my daughter's favourites
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