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  1. Thank you! I thought it would be odd if they'd all done it by year 12!! Not sure what the reasons are behind it 🤔
  2. Hi, not quite on topic but this is the closest thread I could find. My DD is starting sixth form at Tring and the teacher who does the saturday classes there advised that she do her advanced 2 before she goes to Tring. She's only been on the syllabus for a year, if that, and finds it really hard so she doesn't want to do it, and her teacher doesn't want her to do it. Basically she's not ready. Will this disadvantage her at Tring? Will most other people have done their advanced 2 by year 12? I thought she would be better to wait then she could at least be in a class with other kids who are going to do the exam (she's pretty much on her own at her school). It's so expensive to do the exam, and I think you have to get a very good mark or it's not worth your while doing it. Any thoughts? x o
  3. Thanks everyone, we went to see Sheila (didn't see that you'd posted on here Sheila before we came!) today at Just Ballet and she was amazing and was easily the best fitting we've ever had. She is trying the FR Duval and another pair of Grishko. Glad to find somewhere that will definitely remember us, and takes the time to get it right.
  4. I do really like the lady at Dancique, she's great, but we had no success there either
  5. We go to London for shoes (sounds fancy!!). Yes, I think it's the high arch and flexibility that make things very hard. I haven't heard of Russian pointe, is that a brand or a style? Where could we go to see them? Thanks for input all, really great x o
  6. Hi, My DD is 16 now and we have always struggled with getting pointe shoes to fit her feet. They are VERY flexible feet and it seems that there is not a shoe that ever seems to work for long. She is currently in Grishko I think, have had two or three pairs of Freed, at least two pairs of Gaynor Mindens. She is not at vocational yet, and we still only get about three weeks out of a pair of shoes doing minimal amount of pointe compared to what she will be doing. I have consulted all her teachers (mostly because they love to tell us that we have the wrong shoes, but refuse to come along to the hour long pointe shoe fitting to try to find something that works!) and generally it has been the consensus that at some point we are going to have to start having them made, and I think maybe we've hit that point. Her feet are maybe a few centimetres smaller when fully flexed and this makes her arch very hard for her to control when she's on pointe. She does lots of exercises to strengthen her feet, but because she doesn't feel supported in her shoes she is starting to hate doing pointe. My question, after a long winded ramble, is how do I go about finding someone who makes pointe shoes? I'm not a dancer, but from what I gather she has a tricky foot to shoe!! Thanks
  7. Hi Bean73, we have had an offer for sixth form this week (very pleased) with a wait list place for boarding. I think we got the letter on thursday so it was two weeks and two days after audition. Good luck!
  8. Thanks for replies, Bedes and Moorland are very far away, and probably too expensive (we get means tested out of any scholarships, but still can't afford them!). I don't think she would be interested in YDA, she has had some interactions with girls that have gone there and so I don't think she would be comfortable. I'm probably getting on for leaving it too late to apply to other places now anyway, maybe if we don't get Tring it's just the universe telling her to take another path for now! x o
  9. Thanks for that, I've never even heard of Russian Ballet School! I'll have a look x o
  10. Hi, My dd is in a bit of indecision about what to do next year as she really wants to carry on with A-levels and dance. We didn't get in to Elmhurst, waiting to hear from Tring. She is now saying she's not sure she wants to audition at Central or Rambert as they don't offer any academics. Does anyone have any experience of doing academic study at either of these schools and how to go about it? I don't feel very positive about her Tring audition and I'm really trying to keep as many doors open for her as possible for as long as possible. Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks, xx
  11. Thank you, I will try to get in touch with school. I know at other schools they are expected to be reasonably independent at sixth form. Plus she spends most of her time on her own in her room anyway!! xx
  12. Hi, I'm also looking at Tring for DD next year. She only wants to apply there as she sees it as the only place where she may be able to get A-levels and she has decided that that is important to her too. I don't think we can afford the fees to board, but we are just a bit too far to drive every day. Has anyone ever found any other option like boarding in the town with anyone, or even living on their own in a flat? I think that would take fees to around the £20k mark which is at least less than I earn (though only just)!
  13. Wow, this video has made me feel better about myself and the decisions that we made!! I took my dd out of Elmhurst in year 8 for a number of reasons, and posts like this make me even more certain that we did the right thing. The lovely Errol Pickford also supported us, as he thought that experiencing other sports and a normal life was very important too. I have always wondered what happens to those that start in year 7, how many of them go on to become dancers? Would be an interesting piece of research to interview some older people who have gone through the system and see how they think it affected their lives.
  14. She's doing GCSEs and she's a stress head, and we left vocational because I wanted her to focus more effectively on her exams so I feel I would be a bit hypocritical if I then did this. Never mind. Thanks for replies xx
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