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  1. Yes you do get shoes covered by MDS funding at our school but we just fall out of the uniform allowance . It’s a real struggle.
  2. 🤣 Definitely definitely not!! The reality is very different from the myth ...even the wee ribbon for the hair is charged at 50p...& we will never forgot the error on our first bill in which they had charged £50 for it instead😂! Anyway I expect dd was just very unlucky having very strong feet which do not suit the quiet’ performance’ brand insisted upon.
  3. Trust me the level of bespoke depends simply on what’s available in stock as they have a real problem with supply and demand ( my dd has had to wait up to 12 weeks for shoes during term time and often has to simply go with me into the shop like any one else to get a pair of shoes. Even then the shoe does not suit... well only if you think that a pointe shoe bill of £500 every half term is acceptable- oh boy I wish they were free to the wearer!!
  4. Just to add my experience of my dd going on pointe... her ballet school wanted her to start pointe at 9 years old . I took her out of the school believing that was such dangerous advice even though I knew nothing about pointe. Fast forward a year and I had her associate teachers and new school demanding to know why she hadn’t started pointe yet.. so we bowed to pressure....at just 10 she started.... she is at voc school has had no problems - yet- but I still feel very uneasy with tHe decision ... Incidentally she doesn’t bother darning her shoes now as she can go through a pair in one le
  5. They definitely look at children who were on swl last year if they have applied again for the current year. ..as my daughter got a yr 6 JA place after a no in yr 4 and swl in yr 5 . Her teacher was told this when we asked for feedback in yr 5 . If they see a child is making huge progress from year to year it’s another indication for their suitability.
  6. Could not agree more Canary ! mydd did LJB and she maintains it’s the one associate program that was most like her voc school. The last year she was there ,3 students got into yr 7 WL .
  7. Hi , I know a lot of people’s plans for SS have been cancelled so I just wanted to share what my dd is doing - a SS for 13 years upwards with Sarah Toner. I think quite a few people ‘s dc on here have worked with her- ex BRB . She’s offering online SS all through August - classes capped at 8 students . Classes include classical, classical solo, contemporary solo and audition work and private coaching session. Parent watching feedback at end of week. You pick yr week . I’m sure many of you are sorted and I don’t want this to be an advert , I just wanted to help anyone , particularly d
  8. Artistic director - yes we have just received an email as parent of full time student which confirms one of the measures they are taking to prevent the spread of virus in which he states that ‘’We will take the following precautions until the Easter Holidays during which we will consider what we will do for the beginning of the Summer term should Covid-19 still present a problem. 1. Limit access to our buildings to all but essential staff. This will include: (a) No audiences at internal school events (b) Limited and checked visits (c) The cancelling of Associate classes at Upper
  9. The AD has also cancelled all associate classes at upper school too.
  10. As many on this forum have commented already it’s not just about the quantity of hours a dancer does but also about the quality of teaching and training they receive.
  11. IMHO and personal experience it reflects the training they receive at WL.
  12. Any dancer outside of WL stands as much chance, if not better, of gaining an upper school place.
  13. Err.... in my DD class at WL height makes no different to quality of pointe work or indeed to jumps . At 5’8 (& she’s not the tallest !!)It seems my dd will definitely be seeking work overseas rather than U.K. purely because of her height... at the moment. However , this might change as it depends what dancers are in the company; the opinion of the AD etc..
  14. Hi Yep my daughter got a place in JAs even though she didn’t have a high arch at all...& interestingly she also got a place at WL too.... the teachers there felt with a lot of work she would develop better looking feet / arches etc and her other strengths outweighed this weakness.... so like every one says on here it’s always worth trying.x
  15. Hi Just to say that if anyone got a waiting list place .. my dd got a yes but cannot attend so there will be a least one free place to reallocate .x
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