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  1. @Waverley I wish I had found this forum early on. It really makes a difference if you go down the vocational route, particularly the RBS route. It is a very particular training institution one you only get a real sense of once you are in it.
  2. The actual number for this years WL Y7 intake was 11 boys and 11 girls. All 11 boys are existing JA’s and 9 of the girls are JA’s. I suspect this is probably hijacking the RBS audition thread, but it is in its own way relevant and interesting. I often wondered before my child was a JA how weighted the system might be in favour of those children already in training with RBS. It seems it matters a great deal. Once you are inside the system and realise how it is working, I found it fascinating if a little scary. i did say on a previous thread, there are always the exceptional child stories going straight in off the street to WL, but the stats bear out how unusual this actually is in reality.
  3. For the new Y7 WL boys, of which the intake is eleven, 6 I know are JA's. The remaining 5 might also be made up of JA's as well, but I don't know them personally. All 4 original Y7 MA boys places were offered to existing JA's, but two took vocational training elsewhere. According to my child's JA teacher, WL does take a higher proportion of JA's to WL than children who are not JA's, this is also borne by this years numbers and the stats in RBS annual report. The Y6 JA training from September through to Preliminary and WLF auditions focuses exclusively on what to expect in the auditions right down to the improvisation piece that the children have to do. It doesn't make any sense at all that any ballet school wouldn't have a vested interest in the children they are currently training on their existing associate programs in relation to either vocational training or ongoing associate training
  4. I wasn't comparing them, I was stating that RBS take a very high % of their existing associates onto both WL training and ongoing associates training programs. The exact figures are in their annual reports.
  5. My son was in this years WL final, he is a JA, and all the other boys at the finals, bar two were JA’s. Of the 4 Y7 London MA places originally all the offers were to boys that had been JA’s. I think your % is the wrong way around. In RBS annual report they take around 88-90% of existing associates through to WL or on to the next level of associate training.
  6. Well @Balletmamatotwo I too thought that perhaps there really is no exact formula, but actually from being able to follow my son’s progress from a JA last year, through Prelim, Finals and MA audition selection; there does seem to be a very specific formula. All the boys from my son’s JA class that were selected for the finals, and offered places at WL or MAs, except for a slight height variation had exactly the same body type, physical proportions and the same flexibility in their physical facility. I also met two Y8 MA boys on a recent Intensive and again they were practically identical physically to my son with the same level of flexibility.. Even the shape and size of their heads were the same. So for me IMHO looking at these Associate boys, RBS absolutely do have a very exacting formula. There are of course exceptions but I suspect they are very few and far between.
  7. Hello @balletboy8 my son auditioned for the first time for a Y6 JA place last year, and just hated the audition. He was completely overwhelmed by the whole experience, they covered the mirrors for the audition and this totally freaked him out. He also made lots of little mistakes from nerves, and was completely thrown by the lack of dancing. But much to our amazement he was offered a place. And he is now due to start MA’s with RBS in September. So you really never do know. 😁
  8. Just love that you have written this! I recently had an accident and was unable to take my child to ALL their many dance classes. So whilst I was convalescing at home they just concentrated on Pilates and mat work exercises that they had been given by their associate teachers and the barre work from their JA class. They also more importantly got out and about lots more with their friends to swim and climb and play, but mostly they had a chance to rest their mind and their body. My child is Home Educated and their wish has always been to enter vocational training at Upper School entry level, knowing they would not be able to manage before this. Up until my accident my child had been dancing at one place or another everyday. I thought in order for them to manage alongside their vocationally trained peers this was what was necessary. i was wrong, they were burning out, their little body was tired and sore, their brain was overloaded and they began to see ballet classes as a chore not something they absolutely ran out the door to get to. The only reason I could see this was because we were forced to stop. what you have written has also been repeated by their JA teacher when I had a conversation with them after Easter about what my child wanted to do. It is most definitely quality not quantity and by no means everyday. The teacher also said to do things that compliment ballet like climbing, yoga, Pilates, having fun, performing once a year if they can. No competitions or festivals until they are at least Y9, but they are not necessary at all. My child has never done them, but I had been considering it. When my child recently returned to their classes they were excited and dancing better. Their local teacher asked me what had changed as my child was dancing up a storm in class. I have completely revised their plans from September, they will be starting London MAs with RBS and a Sunday classical ballet associate afternoon also. Other than this in the week it will be their RAD grade classes, but just two. They had been offered weekday prevocational training with LRBS, but I have now turned it down. my Child is a better happier dancer when they aren’t dancing everyday. And I believe, but am no expert that it is absolutely possible to go on and dance without being on a residential vocational training.
  9. 2 SWL places have been given to Y7 boys. My son got a Y7 MA place in London and of the four spaces 2 were from his JA class and two went on to vocational training with other schools, so two spaces became available. The Y8 boys places in London are all full according to a Y8 MA mum I spoke to in April.
  10. That’s a really lovely thing to say @AuditionIngenu. All but one of the girls, (who has been offered WL) at my sons JA centre, are all on SWL. They are all have the potential to become beautiful dancers. For me the Associate program is most definitely about those children, like my son, who cannot undertake residential vocational training. 💕
  11. All boys Y7 results are out. It’s a yes for my son for Covent Garden.
  12. I am really glad that I saw this version first, it is so relevant and of the moment, but it has also made me want to seek out a classical production. I suspect this interpretation must be quite far removed from Giselle as it was originally intended.
  13. I am completely new to Giselle, so I thought Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo would be a perfect combination for this ballets introduction. I was not disappointed, I was transfixed. Act 1 for me was absolutely electrifying, I can only imagine what it must have been like live. The music throughout was stark and haunting, and the choreography was brutal and soft. Full of chiaroscuro. Jeffrey Cirio is a dancer new to me and his performance as Hilarion was breathtaking and exhilarating. I ❤️ Tamara Rojo. And I loved, loved, loved this ballet.
  14. @Tiredout as far as I’m aware from everyone who I know that attended the finals, the letters are already out. All those in my sons JA class have their Elmhurst results.
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