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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. our school offers lyrical for 2 years with grade 1 and grade 2 before they start contemporary alongside rad grade 3 at approx 9-10 = 1x class a week they cant do contemporary unless they continue ballet classes either x
  7. princess grace school in monaco , bolshoi summer intensives in europe, danish ballet school-european ballet school-dutch national all offer summer schools ... i think a lot of them want video submission ...x
  8. can i ask colour and is 12 A a child size age 12 or adult siZe 12 looking for degas to fit 12 yr old child x
  9. keen to try degas leotard for average size 12 year old child, no idea on sizing so thought 2nd hand maybe best ? ideally pale colour x
  10. DD attended RBS white lodge easter week 2018 and now a summer week 2019 aswell and also easter week in hong kong done totally loved it very well organised not one complaint i have to say from her or myself met loads of lovely new dancers, always made to feel welcome in class, encouraged and DD says teachers all just gorgeous ! x
  11. we are due to sit grade 5 today on 2 rad classes a week this year and exam intensive 5 day course over last holiday block ..... this is minimum to be allowed to sit exams plus girls expected to do few privates prior......... some girls will divert into grade 6+ for next year and some will go into vocational to do IF (we are RAD ) and then onto intermediate where it looks like a lots of teens drop out due to more classes / school pressures and pointe work expectations which isnt for every student these days ..... RAD provides graded route which is great to keep kids dancing into teen years . nearly all ballet girls at our school do contemporary class weekly and jazz and our teachers encourage the jazz - i think its great fun and does help with keeping them free i think as ballet can really cause some to become technical machines these days .... every school can offer different things to different kids who have diffferent aspirations/needs but a good school if they have the capacity should be able to offer both paths ideally yep i note intermediate for any rad teaching cert is needed i think ? our school offers 2 extra classes a week of open work to selected kids aswell - my DD does this aswell as weekly privates - we are in a big school with lots on offer and a timetable that puts classes back to back so kids go from one lesson to another making it easier for pick ups and drop offs and sos carpooling when needed lol
  12. capezio hanami - canvas or MDM canvas or bloch canvas pro elastic or performa all popular in my kids class now over leather shoes i note , all split soles x
  13. yep-we did the Hong Kong one this easter spreading wings around world , they did some stuff in usa last year i think aswell and coming to Australia aswell
  14. my daughter was boarding last year ( then year 6 at school ) and had great time-kept busy and from what here only down time was meal times and moving between classes, lots of social at night and made great buddies and had a total blast-going again this year in week 2 boarding again and so excited again, i didnt hear anything negative about the week from her and to be honest barely heard from her during the week apart from a few texts lol
  15. anyone got a child in week 2 at summer school white lodge in few weeks ? x
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