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  1. Last years induction day was as described above. Brief introduction in the theatre and kids find out which class they're in, brief run down on rules etc. Parents free to leave then. Yr 7 students spent day in school but rest of yr groups went to boarding houses for activities. We all met back up at school late afternoon with chance to meet form tutors. Stardust was there for uniform but it was crazy, I just ordered via email instead.
  2. @CruelDance yes they are still off, school reopens Wednesday.
  3. Congrats to everyone who has gained an MDS, some exciting and emotional times ahead. Those on the reserve list be patient, my dd got a place from reserve list last June. Just a quick note with regards to MDS, its advisable to maybe save a little extra each month to cover unexpected bills at end of term. Taxi fees, boarding activity fees etc can mount up especially if your child has physio/GP appointments. Also the dance uniform allowance seems generous but my dd used hers up by February, a combination of growth and exams means she went though a fair few pairs of pointes and demi pointes.
  4. Elmhurst JA for the north east are held on a Saturday morning at CitySpace in Sunderland Uni. They take school year 4-7. My dd attended for three years and loved it. Once she finished JA she started at Newcastle CAT which is for children aged 10 and over. We'd highly recommend trying both schemes.
  5. Move dancewear own brand are great for wider feet. My dd loves the so danca ones though. Capezio just don't look nice on her at all.
  6. My dd was seen by the CAT physio last year and he was brilliant. He's based in Darlington if you can't find one closer to you. Darlington Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic (Francois Lewis Physiotherapy).
  7. Thanks everyone. My dd has been looking at the Mary Jane DM. The other issue we have is that she is only a size 13 (just) so choice is limited as so many are very young looking 🙈
  8. Are there any rules with regards to school shoes and bags for the girls? Is it just black leather shoes? Can they be ballet pumps or do they need to have a buckle/lace fastening? Am I right in that it's black bags for school (one for dance and one for school)? What do the other girls have currently.
  9. Thankyou @Dancing unicorn. My dd can't get away with bloch ballets, she loves the fit of the so danca split soles. She was worried she'd have to change to a different brand.
  10. Can I check if there is any preference for ballet flats at hammond? Do they have to be full sole? Any specific brand?
  11. Hi my dd is due to start at Hammond Sept as a yr 8. She's been speaking/mesaging some of the current yr7 girls. We are unable to attend the show this week but she wants to send a card to the girls. Are they boarding at Clovelly? Does anyone know which boarding house they will be in next year also. Can I just say to current parents of girls (and boys) how amazing the kids are. They've all been in touch and made her feel at ease about starting.
  12. My dd was number 17. We had been told right at the start that there wouldn't be enough movement for it to affect her. We had been fundraising but it was slow progress. My dd is still bouncing with excitement today.
  13. Absolutely delighted to say we had an amazing call from Hammond yesterday to say my dd has an MDS!
  14. I chanced another order from here a few weeks ago and stocked up on lots of tights plus a few pairs on pointe shoes for my dd. She's a tiny size 13 and we struggle to find a decent shoes to fit and i thought at £2 a pair it was worth the risk.Typically they are the most perfect fit for her feet and she's found them to be the most comfortable ones she's owned.
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