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  1. Thanks all - a nice walk and a Farmers Market sounds like the perfect way to spend a couple of hours!
  2. Hi, does anyone who attended last weekend's auditions have any tips for covid friendly Tring? We're staying at the Premier Inn the night before but of course, no food is available including breakfast. Did anyone get takeaways delivered and what did you do for the 2.5 hours of the audition with no cafes etc open? All tips gratefully received!
  3. We had an email with details on 1 March with timings and instructions - so probably worth getting in touch to double check!
  4. Hi, I'd be really grateful for a DM from anyone with a child studying vocationally at Kings with some feedback on their experience. Thanks!
  5. Thank you! Definitely something to consider - I'll take a look and see what they're offering. Even a zoom consultation would give some peace of mind.
  6. Thanks all - ended up at A&E where the xray showed no fracture - which I believe is common with a stress fracture so they think sprained ligament. Either way, we are going for ice, elevate and as little movement as possible. The only upside of lockdown is that at least she doesn't have to get to school. And if no improvement we'll pay for the scan. But she won't be back on pointe for finals (if she gets them) I don't think. It would be nice if the physio and hospital agreed though rather than telling us complete opposites. Will definitely drop NIDMS a line just to doublecheck. Thanks again!
  7. Hi My daughter has injured her ankle - she sprained it 15 months ago so I assumed it was another sprain and booked her into a local physio who she saw this morning. However the physio thinks it may be a ligament or a stress fracture but said an Xray wouldn't pick it up at this point and she will need a scan. However there is no point referring her to orthopedics because they are not seeing under 18s thanks to Covid. We will need to go privately and she can get us an MRI scan reasonably locally but she is seeing if a CAT scan would be better but doesn't know where we can access one. So, does anyone have an expert knowledge as to which scan would be best and if know anywhere preferably in Yorkshire where we can get these? We don't have insurance so I will be paying. To add urgency to this she is applying to Upper Schools right now. Any advice/recommendations gratefully received. The physio isn't a dance specialist or one we have seen before but was open, had availability and works with youth sports so with travel restrictions in mind we chose her. Thanks
  8. No, they haven't, but I wish they had! They all had switched to video before Christmas, but wanted different requirements as we went into lockdown and couldn't access studios. It's been interesting.
  9. How I wish there had been one agreed video to be used across all the schools. The literal sweat and tears involved in creating a different one for each institution, especially as daughter needed to use my laptop and I needed it to actually work on!
  10. Hi, do you have a picture? Definitely interested.
  11. No space for a studio here but a portable barre and a floor square from Harlequin. Those with yoga mats, Pilates balls etc will hopefully keep her in condition!
  12. I just received my cancellation email for Geisha: choice of donate, refund, credit or rebook tickets for Merlin. I chose the Merlin option. With Sean Lake, Geisha and Dante tickets likely to be cancelled I can't afford to just donate especially with train tickets for Sunday I can't use, but rebooking seems like a good compromise.
  13. Although state schools have all ensured contingencies are in place and some are circulating them, they have to follow the Dept of Education guidance which right now is business as usual with extra hand washing and I suspect they're hoping to get as close to Easter as possible before closing. As for Finals, I can't imagine those being cancelled without a direct government edict. These schools need to budget and plan for September and they need finals to do that so if they can hold them I am sure they will. But the uncertainty is very stressful and I feel for you all.
  14. Selfishly I am very much hoping for a bit longer of business as usual as I have amphi front row seats for next Sunday's matinee. A Sunday matinee is all that's doable for us in term time and they're pretty rare so I was thrilled to get these! And we have Geisha the night before as well... However, these are extraordinary times and there are far far bigger problems than ballet tickets obviously!
  15. I was being a little tongue in cheek although as I have no knowledge of how to use emojis it's hard to tell I admit! Although my daughter did say she thought there was only one professional in the Danceworks class she attended and that although the teacher is does teach company level most people seemed to be there for hobby/pleasure but the class catered for both levels. If we ever did get the fast affordable trans Pennine we have been promised forever then those pockets could be nicely joined up and a business model look more realistic...
  16. We live in York and although there are plenty of good dance schools I don't know of any that do drop in classes. Looks like Yorkshire needs a Danceworks/Pineapple of its own, if any entrepenerurial teachers are out there?!
  17. Thanks everyone! Manchester is a bit far unless a special trip sadly but will investigate all the Leeds ones.
  18. Hi We were in London earlier this week (to see Dancers at a Gathering/The Cellist) and as my 16yo DD has missed a week of dance thanks to a virus and was full of GCSE revision blues so I suggested she book into Pineapple or Danceworks for a class. She did ballet with Louise Bennett at Danceworks who she knew from NYB and came out glowing. She loves her training but it can be really pressurised. This was a mixed class of hobby and professional dancers and she really liked the option of taking a class for fun. Does anyone know of any studios like Danceworks/Pineapple in the north (preferably Yorkshire) where dancers can do drop in classes every now and then? It would be nice for her to have the option whenever she wanted to take a class for fun but crucially knowing the teaching was good as well? Thanks!
  19. As previously posted I'm very much a new ballet goer and as a writer I do like a discernable narrative! I brought my teenage daughter (in vocational training so knows a lot more than me) to see the double bill last night as a pre GCSE half term break treat and we both agreed that we did really enjoy Dancers, especially Nunez who was luminous last night, but it was 15 mins too long. Contrary to most people here (so far) we absolutely loved The Cellist. I was almost in tears at the end... But we've both seen Victoria and there are some similarities with the use of the corps as background/objects there so maybe it just wasn't such an adjustment as a result. We found it very moving and emotional with wonderful performances from the main three.
  20. Leeds College of Music was the first conservatoire to scrap audition fees this year recognising the barrier they can create. Next year when DD auditions I am fully prepared to need to spend upwards of £1000 of which at least £300 will be on fees. For that, and my time, I expect the audition panel to give her the respect of their attention during the process like any professional should. It's not a huge amount to ask no matter how many auditions they sit through.
  21. Perhaps, but if your job involves outreach and children come out of an audition feeling that they've been dismissed before they've even danced then maybe you're in the wrong job. Lots of UK children audition for RBS US having never been in their system at all, paying to do so. Auditioning them in a way that knocks their confidence may mirror the professional audition circuit but it's rude. They all deserve the illusion of a fair chance - or better a real chance!
  22. My DD is 16 and this year does Monday Tues optional Thurs and Fri, all approx 5 - 8 plus all day sat (11.30 - 6 I think). Intensives are: a day in Oct half term, 2 weekdays Feb half term, 3/4 weekdays at Easter and 3 May half term plus couple of Sundays leading up to the show. The year starts with three weeks during the summer. They do get the occasional weekend off in term time, 4 or 5 overall. Last year she did some work with the level 3s to build up her strength (that personalised timetable) and so was in on a wed. So if your child joins at level 1 and goes all the way through expect movement as to what evenings they do! As they get older lots who can use public transport do and she always walks to the station with other students, we collect when that isn't possible. She's made amazing friends, they often go out after class for birthday meals etc, they're a lovely supportive bunch. She is, despite being very tired esp as this is GCSE year, very very happy. And she has come on SO much in the year and a half she's been there.
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