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  1. I hear you... All dance schools are businesses, and unfortunately, where there is business, money talks. There will always be students who come from affluent homes who can afford more classes and have the resources to get all the latest gear and travel everywhere. It's an unfortunate fact of life that goes right to the top of the industry, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. There are also quite seductive narratives that can engender superficial bias in teachers - and jealousy from other students. Just be aware of these narratives can make it seem like preferential treatment is being given, when it might not be the case. If your child is wanting a career, getting the starring roles in the school is certainly no guarantee of success outside school. The key is whether your DC is progressing technically or not. And if they aren't, other teachers/schools are always available.
  2. @drdance, I know of the article you speak of and the situation that led to it. Setting up of a governing body that enforces best practice and protection standards is the best way to go. Make the body double-tier - either a school can be approved (regular inspections) or individual teachers can get a qualification that needs to be updated every few years. Raise awareness of membership with insurance companies who underwrite dance schools/teachers - so they offer much higher rates of insurance premiums for those who are not members (because they pose a greater risk to the insurer) Then there needs to be political pressure (both public and private) to make people who hire out rooms and facilities insist on the membership. (Addendum) Make it a requirement for schools to have membership before they can attend festivals and competitions. Simples.
  3. I see the complaining has begun.... Results must be out.
  4. Centre Pointe Dance studio in Denton. They have 3 excellent classical teachers. Caroline Wright (Principle) Sophie Robinson (Vice Principle) Simon Grey (Ballet Master) I believe they do private tuition.
  5. Year 7 has the whole year of places available, so the odds are greater of being successful. The finals themselves are over 2 days due to the large volume of finalists. Years 8, 9, 10 & 11 auditions happen over one day. There are very few finalists, only a few places available each year, and the school has to think very carefully about making sure they have dancers who have solid technique and can keep up with the rest of their year group. However, there are so many other intangibles that can affect your success - rate of growth, how early you started dancing, how experienced you are at auditions, etc etc etc... So I guess what I am saying is - it's up to the applicant as much as it is the conditions of the audition.
  6. Just dropping by to wish everyone "best of luck" for the auditions. 😎
  7. Audacity is a desktop app - so for size of files, you can use the biggest files that your computer can handle. When exporting the edited file for use, you can tailor the bit rate to as large or as small as you like - obviously, larger files are better quality: Medium - 145-185 kb/s Standard - 170-201 kb/s Extreme - 220-260 kb/s Insane - 320 kb/s Hope this helps.
  8. Thumbs up for Audacity - https://www.audacityteam.org/ Free to download and use on all platforms. I use it for all my sound/music file editing. It's great.
  9. Hi @Astrid My DD has moved dance schools twice. I faced a similar issue to you when DD was 10. From the age of 4, DD was dancing in a local town dance school that did not have any ambition other than the occasional show and review (i.e. no competitions, no support on career path). After one prominent setback, and DD's dejection, I explained that she needed better training if she was ever to get a chance as a professional dancer. She agreed and we reached out to a bigger dance school in the city. It was a tough step as it involved up to an hour of travel at rush-hour to get her there - a huge commitment for my Wife and I. All I can say is that I am so glad that she moved. DD flourished under the increased (healthy) competition and standards, and I have lost count of the amount of times I have kicked myself for not doing it sooner. There is nothing wrong with grass-roots participation in dance, but if your DD wants to be a professional, she must have the right coaching. There are some pitfalls to small schools that keep parents sucked in. Here are some warning signs: Approval from the teacher becomes too important, yet they do not make any attempt to formalise feedback. It is done spontaneously in class and you end up with an upset child to deal with. Approval from other parents is too important (this is a tough one - are you staying there for DD or for the social contact with other adults?) Your child resorts to youtube and social media to learn (teacher stops teaching and resorts to criticism instead that makes the child want to get answers elsewhere) The school encourages its own echo-chamber where there is no external competition to deal with. (i.e - When people leave and you get feedback from teachers/parents that you are not allowed to talk to them any more) I'm sure that in the end, you will make the right decision. It's a tough step to take, hope this helps
  10. I'm reminded of an internet quote that I recently saw: "If you fuel your journey on the opinion of others, you won't get very far" And there you have it in a nutshell. Your daughter is living her own life and her own truth. Neither you, nor her have to justify anything to anyone.
  11. At 4, my daughter came to me and announced that she was going to have a flat in London and dance for the Royal Ballet. "You're going to need dance lessons," I offered. "No," she replied, "I will be fine." "Tell you what," I asked, formulating a plan, "let's put on some music. I'll film you dancing and play it back. You can tell me whether you will need dance lessons" "OK," she beamed. When the music stopped, she studied her movements from the playback. Without looking up from my smartphone, she said.... "I need dance lessons!" And the rest is history!
  12. Wishing the best of luck to all who are starting their JA journey this weekend.
  13. richieN

    New Year

    Thank you Jane. It's DD's first week at WL. She seems to be doing fine. Good luck to all other vocational students, and their parents... I now know how they feel. 😊
  14. My DD wears So Danca canvas split soles.
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