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  1. Brava! So pleased to hear this! Congratulations to your DD (and you!)
  2. The article is 10 years old, and the research carried out was largely articles around another 10 years older again, with a heavy biais towards articles dealing with the difficulties/ negative aspects of hypermobility. Looking at the work and photos during training of today’s principal dancers, I doubt the veracity of the claim that 0% have hypermobility. Current vocational training has a strong emphasis on strength and conditioning to support the flexible joints and avoid injury. Hypermobility needs to be carefully supported with strengthening work, and should not be over-stretched as this is a quick route to injury. The encouragement of extreme stretching on social media or elsewhere is very irresponsible, and should be an alarm bell for any parent looking at dance schools.
  3. We have always approached this from the point of view that it’s a great opportunity, but only while it is working. DD is only fortunate and privileged to be there if it is right for her, and the rest is just spin. The children are indeed special and talented, and stepping back from vocational school wouldn’t make them any less so, but the set-up has to be right. If they are losing weight, or seem withdrawn and edgy, it is time to get to the bottom of it. If they seem quiet or worried when you talk to them, or just don’t seem right. DD hasn’t struggled with homesickness at all, so I wouldn’t be able to say how you can tell when this stops being an acceptable level, but i know that friends of hers have overcome homesickness with support (at school and at home). It is difficult to risk a setup that could prove to be wrong for a child. And parents stress hugely over which secondary school to send their child to, so how much more so when it is a high-pressure environment far away from home? The investment of time, money and effort involved in getting a child to the point where they are able to secure a place at vocational school brings so many other benefits in terms of their broader life. You can’t view them as an additional pressure to complete their training, otherwise the fear of an injury would be unbearable. It is so important to go into the school with the mentality that it is just a year (or a term?) at a time, and that stepping away from it isn’t a failure, just a change of direction. The stories of DC that have struggled are heartbreaking, and I really hope that they are now doing something that they love and that they have recovered from their experience. Children that dance at a high level often have personality traits that really increase the risk of anxiety and EDs whether they are in a high-pressure environment like a vocational school or not, but being in such an environment means things can get far more out of hand. This isn’t the case for everyone, or even most children there, but it is definitely something to have in mind.
  4. And this is it. For some it works, and the child thrives, and for others it doesn’t. But if your child is not thriving, you can bring them home. Children leave vocational school every year, and return to regular school. There is always lots of coming and going. And children in regular school are not exempt from bullying and mental health difficulties, sadly. We have always taken the attitude that DD is there for as long as it is working for her, and I monitor this carefully every time she is home. She is thriving at a school that other people upthread have been unhappy with because different children have different needs, and wherever your child is at school (vocational or not) you need to keep communication channels open to monitor how they are doing. It’s not a permanent decision, and for the vast majority of applicants not even a decision they will have to make. But it is important to be aware of bullying and mental health issues in teens whatever your child does for secondary school, and to bear in mind that competitive, perfectionist children are much more likely to have certain issues.
  5. DD didn’t do MAs, as she went to full-time vocational school, but I think the bow goes above the bun from what I’ve seen.
  6. Have you been told that Y6s should have a bun? Our JA teacher preferred crossed plaits all the way through. We made the bows on hair slides, so that could be added at the last minute before going into class and not get squashed in the car 🤣
  7. It was a while ago for us, but we always used to park at Eastleigh station and walk up to The Point. It’s only about 7-8 minutes, and there is usually plenty of parking on a Saturday. It wasn’t too expensive either, and I think I remember that the rate is for the day, so there was no panic if we overran (stayed behind chatting)!
  8. Ouch! The wording of this is incredibly harsh! The original poster said her DC was getting fed up because there were children messing about in class and not taking it seriously, and that frequent absence was making the whole class spend weeks repeating the same thing. She didn’t even mention wanting to have a professional career, unless I have missed something. OP, it sounds like your DD is ready to move on, and is looking for somewhere that she can take things more seriously. I would definitely echo what others have said about talking to the teacher, but also to start looking at what is available near you.
  9. It would be nice to see a greater attention given to home grown talent, of course, and ensuring that lower school training is in line with what is required to gain upper school places. As you say, with so much funding involved, it should be imperative, but also from the point of view of the eleven year olds that forsake so much in order to place their training in the hands of the AD. However, the employability of the upper school students is massively boosted by the international renown of the school. The prizes given at international competitions and the overseas scouting for talent to ensure that the very best are being offered places is an essential part of being known as a world class training centre. It is incredibly tough, especially when we are parents of vocational dancers, to look at the numbers of lower school children that don’t make it into the upper school. But I can understand why the system is what it is. For the students that make it to the end of upper school, it pretty much guarantees them an illustrious career. But this is because the school is known for being one of the best in the world, not just in the country.
  10. Turquoise and Viola leotards now sold. Eglatine still available (it’s a very dark pink… a lovely colour, but definitely needs googling unless you have a Farrow & Ball vocabulary of colours!)
  11. Hi, I have three meryl soft Degas leotards: very flattering and perfect for auditions! 9502 Eglatine 12a (excellent condition) £30 + £3 postage 9502 Turquoise 12a (excellent condition) £30 + £3 postage 9501 Viola 12a (there are tiny marks from audition numbers, but only noticeable if you look for them) £25 + £3 postage
  12. Hi, do you still have any T0 leotards, please?
  13. They discussed it at length with PHE, but were instructed to close. It was definitely a scenario they had tried to avoid, but with an order from PHE they didn’t have any choice. The narrative from Gavin Williamson about schools sending too many students home is infuriating. The schools are only doing this under instruction. It’s so sad for the students and staff who have worked so hard to get the show ready. And for everyone who was looking forward to watching. I’m not sure how much freedom we have gained with all these vaccinations if we are still cancelling events and closing schools.
  14. The artwork just explains the different aspects of the various LGBT+ flags. It doesn’t promote or discourage, it’s just a completely neutral presentation of the flags. RBS are acknowledging and celebrating the diverse community that forms their past, present and future. Your comments seem to imply that they are promoting a gender ideology, which is simply not the case.
  15. I have found last years MDS photos… you need your P60, March payslip, documentation to show superannuation and/ or pension contributions, self assessment form (if self employed), business accounts if appropriate, plus evidence of all other income, such as child maintenance, interest on accounts, pensions, dividends, unearned income of children etc. If you expect that your earnings will be significantly different in the coming year, you can fill in an extra page for a current year assessment. I have never been asked for evidence of child benefit, which comes under non-taxable social security benefits, presumably because it is standard for all families that are in receipt of it. I completed last year’s form on 25th June, and that was a year that it arrived late due to delays at the DfE, so this year is very late… I expect to have to have a fairly quick turnaround on it! You get sent a booklet along with the form, which explains how to complete it. It is fairly straightforward, but does take ages the first time you do it! Good luck!
  16. We had an email to say it was delayed because they are waiting for information from the DfE. If it’s the first time you have filled one in, you could get together your P60 and three months of payslips. That will definitely be required. A top tip is to photograph each page, as next year’s will be almost identical and it saves a lot of time! xx
  17. It is true that associate schemes are not necessary if your DD is planning on becoming a dance teacher. However, don’t rule them out completely, as they serve a wider purpose than preparing for a performance career. Associates are a good way of experiencing non-syllabus classes with a different regular teacher, good for networking with dancers from outside your immediate area, and can give a useful link to a prestigious institution, which certainly won’t do any harm on a CV or when attracting parents if she wants to open her own dance school one day. They are expensive, but if that is not a problem then there are lots of advantages to doing them. Intermediate is a vocational exam, which is required for teaching as a registered teacher. It’s often taken at around the same time as grade 6 or so. If she wants to open her own studio, being able to teach more than one style will make this easier, especially in the early days when she may be trying to teach all or most of her lessons herself so she can start to make a living. You don’t need to be able to teach all styles, but if there are big gaps in your offering as a studio you can risk having to share students with (and possibly lose students to) another dance school.
  18. Oooh they are pretty, but not quite the style DD is after. Thank you xx
  19. You could attach a photo to a post on here. That way others can see too
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