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  1. Open to offers. Trying to clear out some space before Christmas.
  2. Mirella camisole stripe lace bust leotard, purple bird skirt, navy butterfly skirt and Pirouette surgery book have been sold.
  3. Don't know if I'm allowed to suggest myself but I sew ballet wrap skirts on etsy for people of all sizes (it started out as I was struggling to find ones long enough) - the largest I've made is a 48" waist so far - and would be happy to make you one to fit your measurements. I currently only have plain chiffon options available on my shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/601772920/womens-ballet-skirt-custom-size-choose but do have lots of other patterns available - more fabric examples, facebook page I keep meaning to get serious about it. advertise more and turn it into a proper business because I am fed up that as a tall size 10 I am often an L/XL and almost sized out of dancewear despite being relatively on the small side of adults who dance so want to make things that fit everyone.
  4. I had to change studios at the beginning of this year as my old one decided it wasn't going to continue teaching vocational grades any more. Thankfully, despite living in the middle of nowhere, there were at least 6/7 other studios within driving distance all of whom said they would accept me in their classes. I did lead with my previous exam results and stressing I knew the syllabus and was happy to wear the uniform. I don't know if that helped. I came across more problems with studios unable to switch to a PAYG pricing structure (I work shifts) and wanting to pay for a term before I'd even stepped foot in their class. Fortunately, I have found an absolutely wonderful new teacher and am over the moon I switched studios. I definitely wouldn't stay dancing anywhere I was unhappy but it sounds like you don't have a lot of other options available to you locally. Could you contact the RAD to see if they could suggest any registered teachers nearby?
  5. Having a major clear out of all my dancewear. All sizes are for adults - I'm a UK size 10. Postage is £1.50 for 1 item, £3 for 2+ items and £5 for international. Please contact me if you'd like more details/photos. Nylon/Lycra Leotards - £9 each, 2 for £15 Mirella camisole stripe mesh back leotard - size L - blue - £9 Mirella camisole stripe lace bust leotard - size L - blue - £9 Mirella camisole lace side panel leotard - size L - blue - £9 Bloch camisole lace back leotard - size L - pink - £9 Mirella halterneck zip back leotard - size L - purple - £9 Bloch capped sleeve plain leotard - size L - green - £5 Cotton/Lycra Leotards - £5 each, 2 for £8 Bloch rouched front tank leotard ("Adagio") - size XL (fits like an L in other colours) - black Bloch rouched front tank leotard ("Adagio") - size L - royal blue (rouching has come unstitched) Bloch rouched front tank leotard ("Adagio") - size L - burgundy Bloch cap sleeve leotard ("Cavalier") - size L - burgundy Bloch plain tank leotard ("Ballerina") - size L - purple Bloch plain tank leotard ("Ballerina") - size L - navy Katz cap sleeve leotard - size 5 - black Chiffon Handmade Wrap Skirts - £18 each, 2 for £30 All to fit 28" waist with generous wrap-over Other Handmade Skirts Various sizes & prices Books Darcey Bussell's Dance Body Workout - £3 Darcey Bussell Pilate for Life - £3 Dancing with Cuba - £3 Pirouette Surgery - £10 Character Dance - £7 New York City Ballet Workout - £10 Other Items Bloch Belle Practice Tutu- Size P/S - Black - £30 Camisole leotard dress - Size L - Burgundy - £20 Little Ballerina exam chiffon skirt - 26" waist - £15 Next Black Sports Bra - Size M - £4 Next Blue Sports Bra - Size M - £4 Black Leather Split Sole Ballet Shoes - Size 4 1/2 - FREE with anything else Tesco Blue Leggings - Size 10 - £5 Tesco Grey/Pink Leggings - Size 10 - £5 Mark and Spencer Cropped Leggings - size 12 - £5
  6. I'll be using the CD for my grade 7 at the end of the month. I wouldn't mind if character were to be slowed down a smidge. There are ways of altering the music digitally to play at a different speed but my teacher's told me to suck it up and do it properly. I love dancing with a live piano - for example, if I were taking a workshop - but unless I'd been working with the pianist for a while who knew what tempo I like to dance at I wouldn't want to take any chances in an exam for them to adjust the speed. I know musicality is an important part of dancing but there were several exercises in my IF exam where the pianist played much slower/faster than I'm accustomed too and I didn't appreciate having another thing to think about.
  7. Congrats Viv. I'm sure you've done fabulously. It's so easy to come out of an exam and remember all the things that didn't go perfectly or could have gone better rather than thinking of the positives. Fingers crossed for you. A couple of questions for you all: Has anyone successfully thinned out the sole of demi-pointe shoes/made any other modifications to make your feet look nicer while keeping all your fingers intact? When doing a battement lent on my left leg, why does it look like I have perfect turnout when my turnout is actually far from wonderful? My teacher's checked I don't have tibial torsion and I'm not twisting or lifting my hips or doing anything else weird with my posture.
  8. I started pointe a little over two years ago (am now 30). I was scared to take my hands off the barre, very reluctant to do anything in the centre and my brain shut down any time I tried to do anything new. Part of it was mental but I was also in a lot of pain and didn't want to hurt myself (or experience discomfort) in any way, shape or form. I got to the stage where I was struggling to do anything at all and could see myself regressing. I didn't want to be the person who blamed her shoes so blamed myself. I tried working on my technique and my strength and got really hardhearted and frustrated when I was still useless.Turns out I was in the wrong shoe. Got a narrower shoe and it was like a flip switched on. The change was immediate. I was comfortable and felt secure, supported and was in control. I'm still a very long way from being good but now I'm not sinking into my shoe and I can balance, I'm much more willing to attempt things I can't do and knowing there are definitely things I can do now that I couldn't before builds confidence. I do have a very rambling series of videos on youtube of me complaining about my pointe shoes and my slow progress if you're interested.
  9. FIngers crossed for a speedy recovery for the pair of you. It's always so hard to cut back on dancing even when common sense tells us it's the right thing to do.
  10. Coleman - yes, for grades 6 and 7 you just pick one from classical, free or character. Sophie - congratulations on your merit, distinction and upcoming wedding! You sure are fitting a lot into the early part of next year. I completely agree about how much nicer grade 7 is to dance than the vocational stuff, even if I'm currently sporting a lovely bruise on my foot from kicking myself with my character shoe. I hope to take Intermediate early next year - my technique isn't where I want it to be but I've been working on it for so long I want to get it over and done with before I get completely bored with the syllabus. I've also started DR classes again recently so maybe an exam or two of those late next year. I don't know if any of you have heard but RAD are changing (or at least thinking of changing) the mark scheme so 55-74 which is currently merit would be split into merit and high merit (65+) and similarly 75+ would also be split and have distinction and high distinction.
  11. Thanks The_Red_Shoes, you explained it all very well. If it was right at the start of pointe work I can now understand why it was so limited. The Danes might be masters of mime but the second they started doing allegro I was like "yes, this is more my cup of tea - you are fantastic dancers after all". It was also very strange hearing the music and matching it to the exercises. As for character, I'm pretending it doesn't exist at the moment. Both the cabrioles and retires exercises are so quick that I rush through them and don't think about any technique/epaulement/performance and just try to get to the end without dying. I struggled with character for grade 6 too and shortly before the exam it clicked and I ended up getting a 7 so I'm hoping the same thing happens this time round. How are you finding the rest of the syllabus? I love the centre work and thank to private lessons I've recently started my teacher's really been able to pick me apart and make it look so much better - it's amazing the difference relaxing my shoulders and changing my eye-line achieves (she tells me off for both regularly). Have you picked a dance? I'm ether doing the classical dance which I do okay but has a lot of running which I'm bad at (I like to hunch my shoulders) and is knackering or the free movement one which I've only just started doing again (it's the one I chose when I danced as a teenager) and has moments where I look great and then moments I look god-awful but I love doing it so I'll see if I can iron out the rough spots.
  12. I have my grade 7 exam in a few weeks so my teacher's got me to watch Le Sylphide (Royal Danish Ballet version) for the style, arm and posture etc. I'll hold my hand up and admit complete ignorance in regards to ballet style and history but I thought it was awful. It felt like it was at least 80% mime and the corps did hardly any ballet at all. Is that just of its time/Bournoville choreography/I've spoilt myself with flashier clips from other ballets on youtube? I watch ballets for the pretty dancing and not the plot but why did James accept the scarf from Madge and why was Effie so keen to marry Gurn 30 seconds after she thought she'd been left?
  13. I wear bifocals and can't say they've ever caused me any issues dancing (albeit not professionally). I've been wearing them so long I don't even notice switching between the prescriptions when looking up/down, it happens automatically. I do struggle to spot but I don't think I can blame my glasses for that.
  14. Here's a youtube playlist with some of the music
  15. The Ballet Retreat's corps de ballet day is all booked up which is a shame.
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