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  1. My daughter attends two local dance schools. The ballet school closed today until further notice but the modern/tap/contemporary school is currently still open.
  2. Hi TKT, I have experience of this scheme as my DD was one of the first batch of associates. She thoroughly enjoyed her year there but I would say (having read one of your other posts) she was in a completely different situation to your daughter in terms of opportunities at home ballet school. My DD started at TLBC having only ever done 1 hour ballet class per week. No competitions, no festivals. The TLBC style of dancing if very creative and contemporary-like if your DD likes that. I would enquire as to the class sizes as I know the year after my DD left the size increased significantly (over 20). Picking up on Anna C's comment about teacher qualifications, I never did find out what formal teaching qualifications had been gained. My DD left after a year because it was too much of a commitment both financially (significant fee increase) and time-wise (often a 3-4 hour journey each way due to rail engineering works). Perhaps had we lived nearer, and were able to attend the non-residential Easter Intensive that's now included in the new fee, she may have continued as an associate.
  3. This was certainly the case in my dd's grade 3 class. A mixture of 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year olds. My dd did her Grade 3 exam with a 14 year old girl who had been learning ballet for almost 2 years (she started in grade 2 before moving up to the grade 3 class without ever taking the grade 2 exam). Two of her year 8 friends started ballet this September in grade 3 (ISTD), and I know of another girl who started learning ballet in grade 4 (RAD) whilst also in year 8. This.
  4. I understand your fear about putting her forward for an associate scheme. But do remember that at your daughter's young age they will be looking at potential and many schemes only start at age 8 anyway. If distance is an issue, depending where you are, could a monthly or fortnightly scheme be an option? My dd's first associate was monthly, and it was just what she needed at the time to improve her confidence. She now attends a different fortnightly one which works well for us. Glad you're looking into alternative local schools and I hope you'll reach a decision that works well for all the family.
  5. I don't post often Moonbeam but I had to reply. In your shoes I would definitely seriously consider a change of school. My dd was in similar situation to Streetdancer and we moved schools 3 years ago and haven't looked back. Initially my dd didn't want to leave her original school but trialling some classes elsewhere helped her change her mind! She moved from a RAD school to an ISTD one after learning RAD Grade 2 for more than a year. With no exam date in sight she started losing interest because she just wanted to do more ballet (which wasn't possible at her original school) and felt she knew the syllabus better than children who were scheduled to take the exam! She moved age 9 and although she spent more than a year in Grade 2 she felt stretched because of the new exercises she had to cover in ISTD that she didn't do in RAD and also due to the un-set work. Most importantly she has been allowed to attend more than one grade at a time to help her 'catch-up'. (She started ballet at age 5 , took primary exam at age 7 and grade 1 at age 8.) It doesn't sound like your dd's school is working for her right now. I wish you the best of luck in deciding next steps. Is an associate scheme an option?
  6. Chelmsford Ballet Company do monthly company classes that non-members can attend. My daughter has attended a couple and she has thoroughly enjoyed them - though found them quite difficult as she is at the lower ability end of the range. South East Ballet Scholars offers weekly training but may be too far south? They're based in Essex near Brentwood. It's a real shame DanceEast in Ipswich doesn't have a significant ballet content. Oh and EYB is in Norwich every couple of years. Not an associate scheme I know but still an opportunity for some extra ballet training.
  7. I'm a parent whose daughter benefitted last summer from her summer school. My daughter is gutted that this years is cancelled (due to sickness) but I hadn't known until reading here that it's Ilsa that's poorly . Wishing her well too.
  8. I also think you need to rest and give your body a chance to recover. Both at work and my daughter's schools there is much sickness around. If you're also feeling stressed it will sap your energy, vitamins and minerals. If you haven't had blood tests recently it may be worth discussing with a sympathetic doctor. When I've been anaemic and vitamin D deficient in the past I've had aches, pains, tiredness...the list goes on and I don't even dance! If you were my daughter I'd be telling you to rest Hope you feel better soon
  9. Hi anon, good luck with the blog (and the course!). I'm impressed you have so much contact time
  10. Hi junedancer, I've gained much inspiration from reading your thread as this is something I'd wondered about myself. You are doing the right thing. Her teacher has suggested it without you asking, and as you've seen from on here it is common! The teacher wouldn't have suggested it if didn't feel it was appropriate for your dd. Could other dance mum be jealous?
  11. They are an add on - no audition is necessary, and not obligatory (but dd feels left out). Friends in rl feel it's way of bumping up fees but they are non-ballet people hence me asking on here if it's usual. It really does seem that the big companies do help out with travel expense costs etc so maybe if dd is lucky enough in the future to get into RBS associate scheme or similar it would solve this problem.
  12. Perhaps it will come to that in the new year . I did ask to pay the fees in installments (I felt brave enough to ask that after reading a thread on here!). However, I don't like to be "that parent" who's always asking for special treatment
  13. Thank you for all your replies. Just to answer a couple of questions and to also clarify my original post. Hi sarahw, I don't wish to disclose which scheme but will say it isn't a big one. It wasn't my intention to make it sound like I'd be paying for dd to perform as that isn't the case - it's more subtle! It isn't compulsory to take part and certainly I'm not feeling any pressure from the company director. Just that dd would love to take part and is feeling left out and upset that she can't as it would mean additional travel and ticket costs. And no is wasn't mentioned up front. I'd just thought any performing would be the parents watching a class at the end of term or similar! sarahw, on 24 Nov 2016 - 07:28 AM, said:
  14. Hello, is anyone able to advise on what additional costs are reasonable for associate schemes? Bit of background, my dd has recently started attending a scheme and whilst I knew it would be a stretch financially I had factored in cost of sessions, travel and uniform. Unfortunately, what I hadn't factored in was performance costs (mainly because perhaps naively I hadn't realised there would be any performances!) i.e. additional travel and purchasing tickets for the performances. Is it "usual" for associate schemes to have performance opportunities? I've searched the forum and seen that RBS JA do performances however do you "pay to perform" or is it the case that if I wanted to watch I would simply need to buy a ticket. However if I couldn't afford to buy a ticket that wouldn't prevent my dd from taking part?
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