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  1. Thanks Wildflowers, that was a very interesting piece. It does highlight, not for the first time, just how intense the training in some places abroad is, and the students have got so far ahead (whether or not you agree with the methods) of UK students by an equivalent age. I think most here agree we wouldn't want a regime of 5 hours sleep and dancing till midnight for our children, however, the relevant issue in some ways isn't that, it is that the school here, (in the article's case RBS) take those incredibly advanced students in and polish them up for entrance into the company. UK students who have been at their training establishment from 11 years old following their 'approved' way of training, will of course find it very hard to compete with that. Of course no one is saying adopt a regime equivalent to that the two students followed prior to coming to RBS, but there is a double standard at play here, and I don't know how we get around it.
  2. I do know someone who was assessed out of MAs a few years ago. It isn't common, but can happen. Again, this sounds like it comes back to a topic that has been much discussed on the forum, that the standard of training abroad is often higher than in the UK. It seems very unfair on UK students, what can they do if there is a different level of training internationally than in schools here? And why are the UK schools not achieving this level of training for local students?
  3. There was also the conviction of Stephen Beagley, ex royal ballet principle in november last year for sexual assaults of students he gave private lessons to over many years - he is now serving a ten year prison sentence. I agree Canary, the welfare of children and vulnerable young adults remains of paramount importance. We all trust the teachers we put our children into the hands of. Sometimes, this trust is abused. From what I learned reading the various newspaper articles about Yat Sen Chang, the magistrate has referred the case to the crown court, due to the serious nature of the charges against him, and the CPS have brought the case now after 3 years conducting their investigation and building their case.
  4. One of the things I felt would have been useful to clarify was age ranges. At first he seemed to be talking about pre vocational students, for which I am sure all would agree that limits on training can only be a good thing. Then it seemed to broaden out to all students later in the piece. There must be an age at which the level of training does need to increase in intensity and hours. I remember Claudia Dean posted a series of youtube videos discussing this a while ago. She had given specific age groups and amounts of training that were necessary/appropriate. So for instance by the age of 15 she was advocating students seriously wanting a shot at a professional career should have stepped up their hours considerably, but aged 11/12 the hours were far more moderate. There has to be an element of realism in any discussion like this I feel. And the reality is that internationally students who are training seriously pre professionally are putting in a lot of highly intensive and individualised hours, with a view to winning opportunities on the international competition circuit to gain entrance to the most prestigious schools. This is very different to the UK approach to training. Royal are no different from other prestigious schools around the world in that they do take in a lot of these intensively trained international students, usually from year ten upwards at Wl and obviously for upper school. Sorry edited to add - I do think that a balance needs to be struck, we all want dance students to train in a manner which looks after their physical and mental well being, but you also can't ignore the fact that the standards internationally are being set by students who are training more intensively than schools train in the uk.
  5. To clarify, extract from the elmhurst website says the MDS focuses on classical ballet training in the Lower School (Years 7 – 11) with continuity of means-tested support for the most talented children entering Year 7. Under present arrangements, these Aided Places are allocated to the most gifted and eligible children aged 11 years on entry to the school each September. Subject to successful artistic appraisal in Year 9, MDS funding continues until the completion of Year 11. Yes, you have to be eligible, and they are means tested, and they are awarded based on talent.
  6. ENBS results have been sent. I know students with offers. Have the Royal upper results been sent for non wl students? I have heard anywhere between 5 and 9 boys from WL got offers at upper school, and 5 girls.Happy to be corrected if this is wrong!
  7. There isn't any other physio check at Tring. At the funding audition they select a group who go for physio, the rest never get seen by the physio
  8. Eastleigh has less children applying so the ratio of those applying to places given is lower and therefore if you want to maximise chance of a place it might make sense to apply there. London JA centre always has the highest number of applicants and the highest ratio to places, something like one in ten will get a place, other centres it can be anything from one in four to one in seven.
  9. No, current MAs who had their assessments have been told if they can continue with MAs next year. The MA results for new applicants from auditions will be sent out before Easter.
  10. Hi Valentina, That is very good to hear about the UK students accepted into y9 last September. Thanks for sharing that. I was referring to students being told this year that international students had been given places for September start pre-assessment.
  11. Ballet Coach, sorry I wasn't quite clear - are you saying you disagree with the approach taken by international competition winners, and that the UK method of not allowing teachers to 'push hard' is in your opinion a better approach?
  12. As this thread from last year was resurrected I took the time to re read it all from start to finish. It truly makes for sorrowful and depressing reading. In terms of all the issues that have been raised in the personal and sometimes harrowing posts people made under this subject I would expect it must all feel very raw yet again at this time of year as some UK students and parents face the pain and bewilderment of having been told their child is 'no longer suitable' for the training the school handpicked them for a year or two ago. I personally know people affected by this. There has been a large amount of current students assessed out of various years at WL in the past few weeks, and from other vocational schools. In one case students were told in advance their places could be at risk pre assessment, as spaces had been given in an already full year to international students for September. This was also before any of the final auditions were held for potential entry to that year. At the final audition for that particular year there were a few UK students but a majority of international students. No Uk students were given a place. What message does this give out? For the students who have been asked to leave they now face the worrying time of trying to find a place to continue their vocational training in one of the other schools in the UK whose classes may already be full or close to. This is a problem which could be compounded by places at White Lodge being given to international students, meaning spaces haven't been made in the other vocational schools here in the UK. Once can only imagine that some of these very students may well have turned down places at the other UK schools for y7 in order to accept a place at White Lodge - and now find themselves in this situation. As Royal upper school have their final auditions this weekend it will be interesting to see a) how many non White Lodge UK students have made it to finals, and b) out of these and the current White Lodge students how many are offered places. I would like to hope it is a different story to last year, and that a large proportion of the original White Lodge cohort do get places, which might go some way to restore people's faith in UK training, rather than it be the case that the majority of places go to either international students (competition winners and otherwise) or International Students brought in for a year or two at the end of White Lodge.
  13. Sorry posting this here as well as on Tring auditions thread as I wasn't sure which was best. Just wondering if anyone knows how many spaces there might be on the dance course at Tring for y9 entry in September? Friend of mine who isn't on here has a DC who has funding finals (currently y8 at another vocational school). They are hoping to know likelihood of funded place. Thanks!
  14. Just wondering if anyone knows how many spaces there might be on the dance course for y9 entry in September? Friend of mine who isn't on here has a DC who has funding finals (currently y8 at another vocational school). They are hoping to know likelihood of funded place. Thanks!
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