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  1. Yes the names, schools and countries are up on on the Prix site. 2 of the 3 Australians come from Tanya Pearson Academy (TPA) Sydney Aust. On Facebook and Instagram TPA put up the names, numbers and Swiss time slots for performances by Morganne (202) and Levi (134) https://www.instagram.com/p/CKvmq6hASGs/
  2. No easy answers! I would just add that, in our case: it was quite emotional for my DD to be told by her studio that the faculty unanimously voted not to accept the RAD result she was given. They would appeal it, even though they knew nothing was likely to come of it. That was gold.
  3. I don't think you sound rude or ungrateful! They are not a charity, run by volunteers. This is a standardised global exam. If there is little or no variation in the marks for the elements between your students - and you know that there is considerable variation between them - then of course you are questioning the results. Ballet is an Art and there will be different opinions but if technique is not objectively discernible - at all - then what is this all about? All roads seem to lead back to this... the best way to get a sense of how you are doing is to participate
  4. Just as an aside...💖 You mentioned your students' physiques for classical ballet. RAD is examining technique, artistry and musicality. They are assessing against the set criteria. The students physique will play a part in how they are received - of course - but I do not see it as the examiner's job to judge this element. Do you? They are not assessing on behalf of a school or company and it's particular preferences or today's trends. Surely we all want to encourage students to progress through the levels, if possible. It is not the RAD's place, or stated objective
  5. I have been there - as a parent but I wrote the appeal submission. Here is my two cents worth: I believe you (or the parent involved) are best to consider this at the individual level. If that includes a number of students, then so be it. 1. Is the student's mark more than 10% away from what you could reasonably expect? So, for example, the latest mark compared to the student's previous RAD exam results. Anything less could be put down to the subjective nature of the process and is too hard to argue. There will always be a level of, large but acceptable variatio
  6. One random idea is to look at the ESB website: https://schoolofballet.eu/ The Tab: The School => Lodging, Supervision and Catering has a range of options and general info. The location of their suggested lodgings may not be of use but the general info may be useful Congrats
  7. I agree wholeheartedly with others here that ballet is a performing art. I know some people disdain competitions. In my experience, they are a key way to access performance opportunities. I have seen my DD develop her performance skills over many years of attendance at Eisteddfods/ Comps (same diff) in Australia. Of course she enjoys placing but over the years has also learnt to roll with the punches. Some adjudicators like her - some don't. This experience has also helped her deal with the variation in responses she gets in auditions and RAD/Cecchetti exams. We both treasure
  8. I think ESB take students at 13 yrs, maybe 12 for intensives. Highly recommend it.
  9. I am sorry to hear this is happening for you, Meetmeatthebarre! I do hope you have sought out clinical support. 💓 You have articulated the important points here so well. This is exactly what your teachers needs to hear, in order to do their job and to best support you. (As a mental health practitioner, I would say that attending the syllabus classes does affect others as well) We all have to pull back from commitments from time to time! You have found that dance and staying physically strong is important to you and your process - but only when you ha
  10. That is interesting, Alison. In many countries people are looking to see more representation of their community on stage. Of course every country, quite rightly, has a different context. Royal NZ Ballet went through a media furore in 2017/18 because so few of their dancers where New Zealanders. They realised that they needed to make 'better pathways' to ensure that kiwis could come through at the required level and that there was an NZ 'voice' in their works. Yes, many lead characters in classical ballets are required to be etheral - delicate and light.
  11. People talk about wanting more diversity in ballet. Government bodies and Arts Councils talk about linking funding to Ballet based on clear examples that they are taking steps towards greater diversity. Action must however start at a very young age! I see selections being made by big schools for training & intensives and by global comps, from the age of 9, that send a clear message to people with non-conforming body shapes - that they are not welcome. I know 2 teenage girls who are part Pacific Islander. They have curves - only if compared to others in the studio. They hav
  12. I would hope that is a rare occurrence. Maybe you have seen otherwise. My child and her peers seem to get quite a lot of audition, open class and stage opportunities so they are used to being watched and know (believe) that 99% of parents are very supportive of them. Children not wanting to be watched (or refusing to allow, their own parents to watch) when they are dancing, is a whole other thread! The parents I know are very careful if allowed to watch a class. Parents don't talk. There is a skill in watching of course! e.g. very limited focus for more than 3 seconds in any o
  13. I am very sorry to hear people said nasty things and targeted your sister - or any young student! Auditions are competitive situations and can be stressful. Directors are making selections based on their personal, preferred criteria. Of course. Different students have different advantages - in their facility, their body shape, their dancing, their looks, their height etc. I don't believe that commenting on where the preferences (appear) to lie, is necessarily a product of envy. People are looking to understand the selection criteria and what directors want. Ove
  14. Yes, I agree that companies want the best of the best - at 18 and older. I am seeing schools, PdL and YAGP however prioritising a certain low weight, very lean-look over talent- at the 16 and under age range. In Australia, unlike many countries, students can continue to train at a very high level even when they have been repeatedly rejected by vocational school/s. Often it appears that the rejection is about meeting a certain aesthetic. We get to see some of these students go on to win a place at top upper schools, comps or companies when they are 16 and older. S
  15. Hi Kate_N, I certainly understand why you question my statement: "some of the students chosen for vocational school are not gifted dancers" It may sound like sour grapes to you! No, I am definitely not an expert ballet teacher. I said this because I have asked for honest thoughts and feedback from some of the top ballet teachers in Australia and 2 AD's from top overseas vocational schools (US/Europe). These people have seen my DD for weeks in class through to many years. They have given me their appraisal of my daughters facility and dancing ability. They have told me of their
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