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  1. Perhaps we can hold festivals to account, as they sell tickets to the general public.
  2. Good luck to all applying for JA's this year. It takes me back to when my DD was applying... She didn't make it to JA's and was placed on a waiting list. She kept re-applying and place was eventually found for her in mid associates. Since then she's gone from strength to strength. So please don't be disheartened if you aren't successful first time around. When children are developing, no may often mean "not now".
  3. Just echoing the other comments. I personally know a young dancer with extraordinary spine flexibility who had a straight "no". I do not know why they turned her down (her parents did not seek feedback), but it wasn't because she couldn't achieve the flexibility tests.
  4. @Mrs Brown Yes, some very long sections - particularly C modern, which was HUGE!. You're right, a break is necessary. There were times when a popular dancer might have 10-15 people coming in 2 dances before they're due on stage, then all trooping out immediately after the dance is finished. Very off-putting for the children dancing before and after. There is generally an eroding of the standards of behaviour in theatre. People messing with phones, taking photos/video and talking quite loudly. My DD says she blocks it all out, but it might be harder for other children. I find it hilarious that many people can't walk in and sit down without talking. I did find the general atmosphere to be much more calm compared to normal local festivals. I think it's because when you get to this level, everyone knows how to prepare and just gets on with it.
  5. My DD is about to go into vocational training, so this is her only regional and national finals she will attend.BBut I would like to see the following changes: Transparent scoring for all competitors. Stage to be swept between each session. Entering and exiting auditorium to be banned mid session. Judges to be seated closer to the stage.
  6. I often think the judges marking criteria should be more transparent. Perhaps like gymnastics or ice skating, where they have criteria like artistic impression and technical merit etc.
  7. Hi @Eowyn Congrats on getting the SWL. Mid associates start at 10:15 on a Saturday morning and finish at 12:45. Some of the girls get there for 10:00 to start warm-ups early.
  8. Good question: Insurance companies could tighten up the requirements for dance insurance. But there are market forces at work (chicken and egg scenario) - the premiums are required to be kept very low due to the low profit margins of dance companies, and adding extra layers of admin will drive up the cost. So I cannot see insurance companies driving up standards until claims start costing them a lot of money. Currently, the "no win no fee" world is pointed at car accidents or injuries at work. If they were to change tack, they might make the insurance companies tighten up their standards. But unless dance injuries are profitable for legal companies, (high volumes or high sums involved), things are unlikely to change. **full disclosure - I used to work for an insurance company**
  9. Its Mental Health Awareness week soon. This is a great article about the dangers of unprofessional conduct. https://www.dancemagazine.com/bullying-teachers-2581811648.html Most of these points are obvious (as we've probably all seen them on the playground as children), but there are some good red flags for DC's and parents alike to watch out for:
  10. @HowMuch!, If you live anywhere near the Manchester area and your DD is serious about ballet, take her to Centre Pointe in Denton (if you're not going already). If you want to keep her in the existing school, consider "The Pointe", which is like an associate programme, but it has Ballet, Contemporary and Classical Repertoire.
  11. For the questions about measurement - the evidence is there: Just take a browse through Instagram under hashtag #ballerinasofinstagram. You'll soon find some pretty extreme flexibility in pelvis and spines on show. I think a lot of it is coming over from the "modern" dance world, which is picking up gymnastic techniques. Try the hashtag #stretchitoutladder. The schools that encourage it have videos on their facebook pages of violent and excessive stretching - often in modern dance classes. I'm not putting them up, but they are there. Other schools are starting to speak out against it - I believe that the festivals are starting to crack down on too much "acro" appearing in routines.
  12. Hi @glissade, I agree with you 100%. And when you have an artistic dancer it is SO hard to keep them focused on that aspect. There is a whole periphery of social media industry, which is definitely pulling attention away from what matters. There are now "ambassadors" - children with large followers, who are being given free clothes so they can model them on line. There is definitely a trend towards hyper-flexibility in dance generally. I know some young dancers who value this attribute very highly. This is where our cultural architects like the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet have to stand firm (which I hope they do).
  13. I echo this sentiment. Their standard of training is outstanding. After 20 months with Centre Pointe (coupled with Mid Associates), my daughter has now been offered a y9 place at White Lodge.
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