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  1. I was just reading this thread from way back at the beginning thinking the whole time how much I miss @Anjuli_Bai! then got to the last couple of comments and was happy to see that I’m not alone. I do really hope that @Anjuli_Baiis keeping well and just enjoying new interests but I do miss their wit, humour and wisdom
  2. I believe Birmingham is in an area of ‘enhanced measures’ ( my words not official because I can’t remember the official term). Which may explain why Public Health England insisted on such a swift and robust response to what I believe was two cases ( one lower school and one upper school)
  3. If I’m honest I have to say that smoking is a real pet hate of mine and I would also feel disappointed, let down and saddened. Unfortunately I’ve learned through experience ( 4 grown children) just how much this can happen as our offspring grow up and start to make their own choices which may not align with our values. overeacting? No. I’d be feeling similar. On a hiding to nothing? Probably. Your dd is experiencing certain freedoms for the first time and finding out more about who she wants to be. She isn’t doing this to hurt you or to spite you or because she doesn’t care about dance or a healthy lifestyle. There’s a lot of change in her world and new influences. If you want her to stop smoking she will need to figure that out for herself because (in the nicest possible way) she’s unlikely to do so because it’s what her mother tells her. Boy, this parenting lark is not for the faint hearted is it?! btw I’m sure there are plenty of professional dancers who smoke, not that it excuses it. Hopefully it’ll be a short lived experimentation. Virtual hugs
  4. I believe Chichester university has a fairly well respected dance department but can’t offer any insight as I don’t have personal experience
  5. A huge thanks from me to all the moderator team, and also thank you to all the regular (and less regular) contributors who have offered a wealth of expertise and advise over the years (11 years for me personally). 😘
  6. That’s exactly what I was wondering, probably wishful thinking but it was on my mind
  7. Quick update- leo arrived yesterday ( 9 days earlier than the predicted date according to the dispatch email). No problems at all and no extra charges. 😀
  8. Thank you for the info! That’s a great help
  9. Thank you for your help I’ll look into that
  10. That’s what I thought originally too, not sure why
  11. Thanks peony but I believe lulli are based in Israel ( is Israel in the eu? - slightly ashamed of my ignorance)
  12. Does anyone have experience of ordering from this brand to the uk? I’m interested in ordering a leotard but am a little worried how long delivery will take and how much I might potentially be charged in import tax. I’d be interested in hearing of people’s experience
  13. Heading off for a hotel stay the night before one of dds final auditions for lower school, I thought it would be nice to buy her a new fleecy onesie - they’d become all the rage and I’d seen a few girls arrive at auditions in them which seemed really sensible as the auditions were in the late winter. I thought it was a nice little treat and would take her mind off her nerves. what I hadn’t allowed for was that it was really, really fluffy! We carefully coiffed her hair, put on her new tights and her favourite leo and off she went in her onesie feeling quite the part. When we arrived at the school and the time arrived to warm up, off came the onesie and to my horror she was covered, neck to foot in fluff! Not the look we were going for!
  14. Plenty of people join vocational school for upper school ( post 16 ) so it is most definitely possible ( and for some maybe even preferable but that’s a whole other thread!). With regard to “how good you need to become” I wonder what experience you have had outside of your local dance school? Summer schools, masterclasses etc can be helpful along the way to give an idea of the kind of standard to expect but I would always encourage a young person to have a go if it’s something you think you might enjoy. You just never know if you don’t try and at worst, you’ll have had a lovely class in a great studio with a live pianist and a good teacher! Do your homework on the schools you decide to apply to but go with an open mind, you may end up preferring a school that started off further down your list! best of luck
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