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  1. follow your dreams , ultimate dance showcase , british ballet grand prix, scottish youth ballet grand prix are ones i have found along with above ones the below FB group seems to advertise comps aswell ..... coming from an oz perspective dance comps here are massive and go from commercial to strict ballet board RAD/ceccheti ones plus we get YAGP comps coming here now . You can do a dance comp every weekend if you wanted to here ! A lot of schools will do groups ( by age ) at several local comps and then maybe a few kids from each year will do solos or duets in various genres . We started in groups then moved into solos aswell and now just left groups as not enough hours in the day . We love comps but they must be taken with a pinch of salt at times wrt results and not take over from solid claswork we have noted over the years . What they do do is give stage time-confidence/organisation /resiliance i have found for my child in the solo world ...however they empty your wallet aswell wrt extra lessons/privates /choreo -costumes-days off work -travel etc etc .😂 Our school does groups with weekly rehearsals and holiday blocks that must be commited to for at least 4 months of year . We had great times in groups as a lot of fun for kids x Dance Festivals and Competitions in the UK Public group
  2. the book 'little girls in pretty boxes' is a powerful but sad read about abuse in gymnastics and the ice skating world wrt weight/diet/physical and sexual abuse .......sadly dance is not immune to this abuse either x
  3. could look at YAGP scholarship/partner list list to see the schools that offer short term scholarships/summer schools etc - plenty in europe altho not all start at 11/year 7 and /or Prix de lausanne partner schools list is interesting and can gve an idea as to what schools offer what - just as a starting point to wet your appetite but a pretty big list of schools out there other than RBS or POB or Dutch national etc etc X
  4. now what we need is a table of all british dance companies and a breakdown of nationalities and schools breakdown of numbers graduating and numbers getting into companies from UK to fully understand whats going on in employment of british trained dancers ... a task that iam sure would be interesting and iam sure its been done somewhere by someone .... plus would have to take onboard tho all the kids who leave a school but didnt want to dance on stage but enter choreography or teaching etc and of course those injured and unable to take up a physical contract plus some ballet trained students go into 'commercial ' contracts instead ..... its seems very complex......luckliy we are not at this stage of looking for jobs or on the audition trail just yet ....... its a global market and kids have to be ready to move across the world is what iam picking up on at this early stage in our journey
  5. This is on Northern Ballet page that i noted when internet browsing and wondering why NBT struggle when they too have a school/pathway like RBS etc Audition We are looking for male & female dancers. You should be open-minded, creative & imaginative with strong classical technique and pointe work, exceptional partnering skills and strength. Closed audition, by invitation only, will be held in Leeds on Sunday 2 February 2020. Height Requirements Ladies - minimum 150cm & maximum 164cm Men - minimum 175cm & maximum 182cm 164 cm is only 5ft 3.8 inches i noted for NBT , as many girls are now getting taller then height / build still sadly comes into this whole career business, another topic in its own right of course ....... of all the dancing kids in UK the RBS only takes 12-15 girls a year and several of those are from overseas so the number of home grown UK kids gets smaller still and still not all them will go on into companies at the end plus many get assessed out and replaced with other girls / overseas students along the way .....i do often wonder at times what iam letting my daughter get herself into at times as lots of kids trying to get thro the 'pinhole' into 'vocational' schools' never mind then the even smaller 'hole in the door' of getting a contract directly from a vocational school ...... there seem to be plenty of auditions all over europe i note following a FB group but that all costs money to attend plus of course they may only have 1-2 jobs open so i suspect many must drop off after training and enter other careers ..... diversity if of course needed but as a parent i have to stop and have a reality check every now and then about how difficult it can be to get on stage with a company and encourage my daughter to get educated properly and think of all the other avenues for work just incase this one route of 'dancing with a company ' gets blocked ....keeping our kids diverse in dance and mind is becoming increasingly important ....
  6. here in oz its common for almost all elite girls/boys to be home schooled from year 7-aged 11/2 or from year 9 at latest , competitions locally and overseas are taken seriously with YAGP / asian grand prix prob biggest i think at moment looking at who is attending what . Plenty of other comps to go to in asia i note. The training is very tailored aiming to place these kids in overseas schools . We also have no problem here taking kids out of school to go to competitions or overseas ballet summer schools in UK or europe or exams which makes it much easier aswell- schools are supportive i have found . What is quality to one child/parent tho may not be to another and quantity obv depends on kids body/endurance/capabilities- what 1 child gets out of a lesson can be very different to another child . Elmhurst was at YAGP in Oz this year i noted along with lots from europe and RBS did asian grand prix this year again . Plus a youth ballet in every city pretty much aswell .......it all costs money tho of course ...... x
  7. aha thats good to notice-will have a look at the schools closer ! x
  8. ps iam a brit dance mum living in oz at present so follow both countries dance worlds ... x
  9. wow the list is out...interesting reading australia puts forward 62 candidates and they take 12 ( one from our dance school ! ) USA puts 60 forward and they take 9 Japan had 78 and they have taken 13 only 7 from UK put in an application and none selected ....... is this down to different training system in UK where most high level dancers already tucked away at royal/elmhurst so dont often compete at these big comps do you think ? .... which schools have the 7 UK candidates come from?...... 377 applications and took 76 in total .... love watching this every year whilst sat at work ( with my door closed of course lol)
  10. totally agree.... learning to use the body and move to the music is another area that always needs work on - sometimes the stiff exam classes dont help here thus we do solos and group work to try and loosen up . nothing worse than a face on a child that doesnt match music or body or OTT lol- a fine balance i feel x
  11. ps hope i dont sound like a nutter 😆 just we have had to work on my girls face and presentation a lot and still a work in progress so always on look out for tips to try and bring it out x
  12. hahaha i sound mad but i heard this term once given to girls side stage lol i think it meant when curtain goes up/u step on stage regardless how u feel or what u really want to do with your face / whatever mood you are in u must put on your acting/star quality face as you are performing at end of day ...... i suppose an actor in the wings is just joe bloggs but when he steps out on stage he must become another persona.... a phrase i quite like in a way a bit like fake it till u make it' ...maybe a bit crass and OTT but i sort of get this as a dance mum and trying to get my own child to step out of being herself ie become or try and become a perfomer this sometimes helps her if struggling .... even in an exam we all say smile for the examiner ..... its hard tho if child not a natural but i do think kids can learn and practice and as a mum it can generate a few little giggles to myself esp if goes OTT ..... a fine balance iam sure and one that takes years of practice iam sure .....x
  13. sorry by comp i met competition/festival/eisteddfod open classes are good aswell to gain confidence we have found esp if in other studios etc aha yes demi character is a lovely change from straight ballet solo and my daughter has really enjoyed trying to tell a story and connect more with audience/onlookers - she also loves the dressing up and props! x
  14. if you have access to other classes at your dance school we found musical theatre helped our DD a lot plus we told her that class was purely for fun unlike her 'serious' ballet and contemporary classes we also started a demi character solo for comps that meant she HAD to act and i have to say we have noted a big change inher face - she still can retreat to deadpan face - but i set small goals at each comp or open class to just smile/use eyes/show sadness or happiness in your demi etc - confidence has grown ..... if you have access to any comps or open classes they can be great for learning 'game face ' altho pressure of comps not always good for some kids so we try and just achieve one thing at a comp regardless of placings ie face/smile/eye line etc can be danger of overacting tho which can just be as bad ..... x
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