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  1. I watched 'In conversation with Natalia Osipova" by Dancersdiary this week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2DPBv58890 At 12:35 she explains that after her first year at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy half of the girls were assessed out. This happened again at 13/14 years old when 18 students were reduced to 5! The process may have changed since then but you get idea. A lot on the topic of assessing out has been discussed on this forum. I think it is fortunate that we can read through other people's experiences and then decide what is best for our own child and family as choices arise. My DD had some rejections early on that felt very important at the time. Looking back I think it was a very lucky thing. She learnt that she will have to work very hard if this is her chosen path. She has also seen how one's body can change dramatically through puberty - your DNA destiny but and also the impact of hard work 😀
  2. Yes, students who did not go to a vocational lower school school can get into the upper school. In fact, when you read through relevant threads on this forum, you can pick up on some of the frustration from parents who see so many lower school students assessed out in favour of international dancers who followed different training regimes. Maybe there are cost savings that come from not boarding at a vocational school this year? Here are some of the things international dancers (who may not have access to a UK-type vocational school) do: - As already suggested, I would recommend quality private lessons to focus on your DD's specific needs. - Similarly, I would meet with a dance physio to establish exercises and goals that will improve the areas you mentioned - flexibility, strength, posture and balance. - I would highly recommend that you take your DD to a doctor / sports dietician where you can learn about her calcium and Vitamin D requirements. Most stress fractures in young athletes/dancers are due to insufficient diet given their physical workload. Diet and supplements have an important part to play in building a high functioning and resilient dancer's body. As you take this kind of action, you are showing your DD what it takes to have a goal, do your research and to then go out and work for it. Priceless! All the best xx
  3. also....I'm sure others have some resources to suggest but here are a couple of articles on warming up and dynamic stretching😀 https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-warm-up-2530531861.html https://dancemagazine.com.au/2014/01/stretching-truths-2/
  4. Yikes! Muscles shouldn't be passively stretched. https://dancemagazine.com.au/2019/09/why-the-australian-ballet-dancers-quit-stretching/
  5. Clearly your family were prepared to go the extra mile this year, Whiteduvet. Another option to consider is to stay put and look into private lessons for your DD with a top coach. This is something that can start online and move to face--to-face when conditions permit. There are many in the profession who might not otherwise have been available to you but now have the time and would welcome the $$. Just a thought!
  6. I don't understand your reasons for looking to move your family to Europe for your DD's ballet at this age. If the move is for other reasons then I would expect that you would select a country that works for your family's needs and then find a ballet school in that country. I think I am missing something here (?) Most students that I know who have moved to Europe for training do so at an older age and without their families. The difficulties you are already seeing in your research will explain why! The European School of Ballet , Amsterdam, take students from 13 years old. This is a great place for English speakers but naturally more expensive than Germany.
  7. I think dancers competing at YAGP would view the awarding of places and scholarships as the key element in a school 'participating' in the competition! Remember this letter from RBS in 2018 on the dangers of competition culture? https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/2018/11/07/ballet-competition-culture-are-we-putting-young-dancers-at-risk/ The RBS did not attend YAGP that year. YAGP has increased the age requirement/recommendation for when soloists dance en pointe. Maybe that allowed the relationship to rekindle.
  8. I expect it will stay there as students and past students will want to replay. Dance schools in Australia were shut down today. Some will use Zoom and the like. In the state of Victoria they were due to go on holiday in a week anyway. In New South Wales there was 3 weeks left before the Easter break.
  9. oh and another one has been added with younger (13ish) part time students
  10. The Tanya Pearson Academy live streams are also on YouTube and saved for viewing anytime. First one started today. Taught by Ms Lucinda Dunn (ex-principal The Australian Ballet) and kicks off at 20:00 into the video (as just setting up action before that) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVtLyQQz-L1ss2g9b8n8HQ
  11. Yes! I was firstly a bit disappointed that an Australian woman was not selected. I can think of three worthy possibilities without much effort. However, one of those ( I was recently told) is very happy with her current success & impact (through her students), her work/life balance and being her own boss. So maybe that is another way to look at it.
  12. I also understood that Li Cunxin was not interested. He has done great things with Queensland Ballet using his ballet , financial and management expertise.
  13. I think, as Peony says, different schools have their own ethos. At many of the top (private) ballet schools in Australia the hours are longer than many UK vocational schools. Distance Education and home-schooling allow more flexibility around the academic hours i.e. when you choose to get your work done. Also, you can get through some subjects or school years at a slightly slower or faster pace than in mainstream schools (within reason). As a parent, one has more control over your young dancer's training and wellbeing! For example, you have input into who works with your child for any solo or special event training. You can ask for a change in your child's schedule if they need to catch up on academics, a lesser load or time off for injuries or if they are going away for: a competition, an audition, an intensive or family time. So, you are paying for it (!) but as a parent there is a lot more levers to pull - than national and some vocational schools allow - in order to determine the path for your individual child.
  14. Thank you for posting that Ingrid. The stories of Hannah Park and Denilson Almeida were an eye-opener!
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