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  1. My DD does not fit the willowy body shape. You learn this pretty quickly. One choice is to stay away from the elite schools until ...later. From what Lusodancer writes, there are many accessible summer programs that have great teachers in the UK/Europe. Similarly, in Australia, there is fantastic access to high quality teachers and big name schools/stars also come through regularly ( to the main centres) offering intensives. It strikes me that top vocational schools can pick a class of 15 girls that absolutely look the part (and can dance). Their job is done if 2 of those have become exceptional by graduation and enter their affiliated company. If you have say an athletic body and great talent then you may be rejected early and often! If you can get through this and develop the grit to keep on pushing and developing yourself - then maybe this is the ideal training for professional life. Our goal is to try for the elite schools at an older age, when everyone needs to show exceptional ability not just potential. Beat them on the dance floor I say.
  2. I haven't seen an update on the ENBS website for this year I was looking at the ENB joiners, promotions, leavers this year (1 joiner from ENBS) and ENBS graduate destinations last year http://www.enbschool.org.uk/news.php?ref=graduate-destinations-2018
  3. If her studio is ok with it she could try a trial of Progressing Ballet Technique https://www.pbt.dance/ The benefit of online programs is that they can constantly update -as in the case of this program. More variety in exercises and more targeted.
  4. So only 1 student from ENBS is joining the Co. this year. I believe it was 4 last year. I heard someone say that it would be a particularly difficult year for graduates of the school - as dancers might be reluctant to leave the Co. this year when there is the excitement of the exciting home at London City Island.
  5. A friend’s daughter who went there at 16 found them very good. Be aware that the assessments, at that stage anyway, are very... shall I say blunt.
  6. If your DC can not easily access more hours but feels they are not doing enough....I would recommend seeing a dance physio and getting a series of daily or regular exercises to work on at home or through other activities/sports. This can really help with strength and flexibility. It is also a great way to have measurements of progress and to set tangible goals.
  7. Some good advice here! It is so hard when young dancers of 10, 11 ,12 years are told one thing by their parents and then see who is selected for associate programs, summer schools and vocational schools. Society has very gradually made some impact on the modelling world and choices made for magazine covers. Progress is slow in the ballet-world.
  8. I think you have summed this up perfectly! Seems a shame (to me) that some extremely talented dancers will be overlooked if they are not an exact fit to the criteria. Do they think that diversity - and the benefits it offers - is for other people/organisations? Maybe but just seems a loss. Oh well.
  9. My DD and I went through this a few years ago when she did similar auditions. She has the ability to pick up choreography quickly and her strength and flexibility are very advanced. This came from a lot of hard work and determination! Her body shape however does not fit with what they wanted! Not really the message you want to send as a parent of a young girl - agghhh. After a series of rejections we decided to stay away from this scene for a few years to see how she develops over time. Of course her hip bones will not change!
  10. One outcome from the RBS Spring Intensive in Hong Kong this year... There were a number of students that were invited to become 'international scholars' i.e. access into the White Lodge summer school and short stay opportunities over the next few years. I guess this was foreshadowed by earlier threads i.e. RBS not attending YAGP this year and encouraging interested students to attend RBS summer schools and/or the international Intensives instead.
  11. David McAllister the AD of The Australian Ballet Company will step down at the end of 2020. An amazing dancer and an amazing AD! https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/dance/australian-ballet-artistic-director-david-mcallister-to-step-down-20190524-p51qtw.html
  12. I would go with the pbt online membership https://www.pbt.dance/ as there are regular updates made with new exercises. Also you can look at free content on their facebook page videos or instagram in the meantime xx
  13. In Australia, it is quite common for young students to participate in local dance comps or Eisteddfods (same thing here). Given the cost of costumes and coaching I encourage my daughter to do a number of them a year. This also means she sees her improvement over time. She loves it and I find the culture to be very positive and supportive.. Her placing or comments from adjudicators can vary a lot which makes it even more important to do a number of different comps in order to get a more valid idea of how you are doing (on average) and definitely softens the impact of any one person's opinion. I see it as training for facing more important auditions and for life as a professional dancer. Things go wrong and she just deals with it. Stages are different sizes and she adjusts. Steven McCrae talks about his experience in this video from 'In conversation with...' At 6:45 he explains how he started doing solo comps at 8 At 19:25 he talks about the benefits he sees in participating in competitions
  14. Some new Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) tutorials are on their member site www.pbt.dance to give youan idea of content. Also, see lovely (hypermobile) Jenna in this ad - who is going to RBS in Sept.
  15. I understand that some of students attending the Finals came through video submissions or invitation following summer school/intl intensives
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