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  1. Oh. Bless your DD and thank-you for the warning. DD is also away and has her Adv1 exam next week. With all the additional lessons she has managed to suffer a broken blister on her little toe today. Doesn’t usually suffer with any kind of feet/skin issues.🤞🏼 Can’t even tape or plaster the small area. I was thinking, soak in salt water then leave open to air dry. Now I’m. not so sure. 🥺
  2. Blisters- The bane but reality of all dancers life, so I’m sure there are some fantastic home remedies out there that I don’t know about. Especially where it doesn’t require a trip to a chemist for supplies (not practical). Focusing more do on the type of blister that has already burst and raw skin exposed all within one lesson 😩. An interesting topic so I’m looking forward to reading your tried and tested, successful treatments. Thank you.
  3. Interesting thread. I know of two girls (albeit a few years back so now classes as ladies) entered yr7 at The Hammond & Elmhurst but sadly by yr11 only reached the heady heights of 4ft11/5ft on a good day. They are both now successful Principals of their own dance schools teaching ballet. Unable to enter the performing world didn’t stop them. They diversified. Another trained in MT. Upon graduation was able to fulfil some ‘child’ roles due to her height or rather lack of and her youthful appearance. As the years went on and she couldn’t qualify as a ‘child’ she reconsidered her career options. Another chapter to the book of life. At the other end of the scale, Non DS started a college course at 16yrs old, 5ft5 average height for his chosen career, graduated at 6ft and sadly had to reconsider his career pathway. Talent & skills are sometimes just not enough for one pathway but doesn’t mean to say there’s no other options. Ballet is therefore not sadly not unique or discriminatory. Just feels like it when directly involved. And to think academic students still treat all these careers as the soft option. They truly don’t understand how ‘easy’ a Uni education is. 😉
  4. Love stories like this. My old Principal sold her ballet school when she was in her 90’s. Still pops in to take her adult fitness class. Having just turned 98! My grandmother hung up her ballroom shoes in her late 90’s. Dancing kept her young. Passed away at 104. Never too too old to dance. You just get old by not dancing. 🥰
  5. Thank you. Very interesting. I would guess a pupil that that has gained a Diploma level 6 with a DaDa could be eligible for funding all thanks to the small paragraph at the bottom. Especially if special consideration is given for a dancer that’s had to change their career path on medical grounds.
  6. Oh I am so sorry to hear that. Best wishes to your daughter and whatever the future holds for her. ☺️
  7. I’m sorry to hear your issues taking so long to resolve. NBS have been brilliant. Whilst assessments are handed directly to the pupil, all parents (for those under 18) have the option to receive their own personal copy. Staff have also been happy to discuss pastoral matters over the phone with the parents. The staff acknowledge that they want the pupils to build on their independence and resilience but also understand some pupils young age. Even the accommodation providers ‘UniteStudents’ are excellent and most of the staff have received training in Wellbeing & Pastoral matters. They will even conduct ‘welfare checks’ on pupils within their blocks and call parents back. Keeping communications open.
  8. Hi. Sorry I’m a tad confused. A DaDa is a grant. A student loan is exactly that. A loan, so why can’t a student receive a DaDa then apply for a loan if they change their career path later on in life. A loan after all needs to be repaid. Thank you
  9. 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
  10. 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 🙆‍♀️🙆🏻‍♂️😉🥰
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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