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  1. Such a lovely post. I wish you and your son all the best and please pass on my congratulations on making such a brave decision to take his final bow and then go on to secure such a fantastic position. A job he’s obviously destined to succeed at. Xxxx
  2. I think sometimes we should be the ones wearing headphones!! Heaven forbid if you even offer a compliment on their appearance. 😂😂 Don’t we just love ‘em all 🙆‍♀️🙆🏻‍♂️😉🥰
  3. Absolutely Anna C I couldn’t agree more. My eldest DC and I had attended an open day at a well known MT college to which she wanted to audition for. I kept the smile on my face and upbeat approach but remained quiet on my thoughts. I just didn’t think the place matched her personality and dance focus. Audition day arrived. I went for a walk and was unsettled all day. Just kept the upbeat approach when DC finished. Only later on did she admit whilst the day went well she disliked the place intensely. Had I made my views known at the beginning or even stopped her applying, I could see a full scale ‘what if mum had let me’ thrown back at me in years to come. There are times in life for parents where less is more. Less opinion & conversation even if we feel we are only ‘trying to help’ and more silence. Ps. Headphones is a fabulous idea. Let them get into their own little zone.
  4. Hi. How fabulous. My tip is. - don’t say anything. Let your DC take the lead. Be there in body and spirit but just keep shtum Because it will be like most teen/mother relationships. Stressful time brings out the worst in both. Even down to a genuine question the outfit worn can bring out the worst reaction!. Keep calm just make sure they are where they need to be on time. Don’t overthink the situation. 🤞🏼 Ps keep the wine and ice for the evening. Good luck.
  5. Fantastic. Exactly the same for my DD not that we lived in London. I dislike it so much we people really believe that teenagers decide to dance because they aren’t very good academically. Never further from the truth. They are focused disciplined and highly intelligent. Using their time very wisely.
  6. I only know of one young lady who entered RBS straight into US. But that was about 11yrs ago. Worked professionally with different ballet companies for about 8yrs. Now at Medical School. Once a dancer always a dancer. Just swapped a performance theatre with a surgical theatre. But still takes ballet classes in her spare time and teachers Pilates.
  7. I concur. I couldn’t put it better myself as I was just trying to type a response. We were fortunate (compared to other stories on this forum). My DD attended a local school. Fully supported by staff generated mainly by just one very understanding tutor who happened to also be Deputy Head Teacher and a past pupil of the same ballet school . Every little helps! Attended local ballet school every hour she could. Literally an 8 min walk from the school. Ballet classes could be as few as 5 pupils in senior classes. Just one ballet teacher who celebrated 60yrs teaching ballet at the same school. It just all fell into place. Incl access to festivals and Am Dram productions. Now settled in US. But with so many variables it’s so hard to say which way is the right way. It’s what right for the child/parent/siblings. Just remember the reality check list. 1) Mother Nature. - What may appear the perfect ballet body (whatever that maybe) may not still be there at puberty. What happens next? 2) GCSE’s. Something none of us can escape. Teens need to ‘bank’ the best grades they can possibly gain. In the widest range of subjects. They are after all just one serious injury away from a career change. 3) Assessed out. A phrase no one ever wants to consider that it will happen to their child. It does and be prepared. What next? 4) Finances. Can the family maintain the financial commitment (yr7) not just today but tomorrow and long into the future. Without jeopardising the siblings and their future. Funding is there but it’s the hidden costs that need to be factored in. Travel uniform insurance etc. 5) Family dynamics. Self explanatory. Very fascinating topic
  8. Thank you. I think it will be at school but my eldest who trained at a MT college travelled into London with one other pupil for her exam so I am prepared for a day trip. 🚞. Tiring but then can’t do much about it. 😉
  9. Speaking with first hand experience. NBS in Manchester follow the RAD syllabus but also offer pupils the opportunity to take ISTD Adv1 & 2 ballet exams.
  10. Best wishes to your DD. I haven’t heard if my DD will have to make the journey down south. It’s quite a trek. There’s just 3 pupils taking the Adv1.
  11. Thank you for the clarification. I presume it’s only a small minority that actually are able to attend RAD HQ for their examinations compared to the sheer volume of pupils taking exams. Familiar studios (if possible) is always more comforting can’t say the same about the bell, that same feeling occurs no matter where you take the exam! 😉🛎
  12. My device will only let me like just one post so as not to offend anyone please accept my generic thank you for your responses. I will try and source answer on RAD. DD is also taking 2 x ISTD this season. Hence the screaming cheque book 😫. Bless ‘er.
  13. balletbean

    RAD Adv1

    Just a general question. Is is there a standard set fee for RAD Adv1 exam? And do many find they are charged over and above the entry fee to cover additional exam coaching classes? Be that 1-2-1 or for the class as a whole? Exam season rapidly approaching and the old cheque book is beginning to scream in disbelief! Lol. Thank you.
  14. I should add on from my previous about regular senior schools. If your DC can maintain or even improve their academic standards along with homework/projects submitted on time then there’s very little leeway for teachers to decline a request. They lose the argument about that missed lessons will impact on their grades. Nobody said it would be easy but a DC tends to rise to the challenge as dance is their true love and will do anything to ensure they follow their dream. They are very aware of time management. Better than the average teenager. They would rather sacrifice the odd party or social gathering in exchange for catching up on school work if it means they can live and breath dance at all other times.
  15. Having been entrenched in the local dance scene for more years that I care to remember I have learnt so much. Not one child locally (due to our geographical location) has ever been a JA. However we have a very long list of children that have secured places at all the big named vocational schools not just US but also LS and MT colleges over the years. Only within the last 4yrs have pupils started applying and obtaining places for the mainland top SS’s. As long as you can source well established and qualified teaching within your local district the lack of JA place should not impact on any future plans and ambitions. Whilst acknowledging the level of training available through the JA programme it’s not a deal breaker if not successful to succeed later on. Good Luck and best wishes. Ps. I should have added. That nearly all the successful applicants came from just one dance school. The oldest dance school in our area in the oldest building you can imagine but loved by all past and present pupils.
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