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  1. This is brilliant, thank you so much! We’ve had the list through from RB, and they specify to bring waist elastics, but I can see lots of girls aren’t wearing them, which is good, as my daughter’s leotards don’t all have them. Will pack a few regardless, just in case! The soft shorts seem like a good call @Balletmum55 so might get her some of those.
  2. Thank you @BalletBear that’s so kind of you to respond! ☺️ I’ll check out those recommendations, thank you very much indeed!
  3. Good idea, I did see some with skirts, which was something I wondered about (as in ballet skirts over leotards).
  4. You are right of course, and I’m hugely proud of her! ☺️ It’s just for quite a while she’s only done private lessons, and she’s never done an intensive, so we’re a little out of touch!
  5. My 11yo daughter will be attending the White Lodge summer intensive this year. We have yet to receive a list of items to take, although obviously we can work out the basics. But in the interests of her feeling like she fits in with everyone, I’d be interested to know what sorts of things other children of her age favour, in terms of leotards, skirts/no skirts, shoes etc. Also in particular I’d like to know what sort of warm up gear they wear, as there are so many options! She already has Bloch booties, and I suppose it ought to be quite warm anyway, but would be great to know what’s popular at the moment! We’ve ordered a RB t shirt, so she’ll have that too. Many thanks!
  6. Thank you, that’s really helpful to know. I would have assumed by August it was a no go!
  7. Well done to those with offers off the wait list! I know they say the list stays open until 1st Oct, but realistically, when do we assume no offer is coming?
  8. SWL for London for my dd. To be honest it’s been so long since the application she’d almost forgotten about it all. Well done to everyone, a very difficult year to be doing all this!
  9. I asked our JA teacher (London), and she said end of April/beginning of May, but from these other posts, who knows?!
  10. It’s a painful wait isn’t it! Really hope it’ll be next week!
  11. It’s really interesting to hear everyone’s views on this. On the social media side, I’m sure others may have a different opinion, but personally the thought of putting my dd out there in pics wearing a leotard in front of hundreds if not thousands of followers does not sit right with me at all. I also notice with some of these girls on there that it’s all still images, no videos, and I think a false impression can be created with a photo. I think ultimately my dd not being chosen was the right thing, and I was not particularly happy at the idea of sending her off boarding at 11 in any case. But all this has made me think if the dance world is a place I want to encourage her to pursue anyway. I think for now we’ll focus on her just getting enjoyment out of it, and see where the next few years take us.
  12. I haven’t read all the replies, but I’ve been thinking exactly the same @Momapalooza My dd is a JA, and got to the WL finals this year, but it was a no. I feel now that perhaps I was naive in thinking they only look for potential (although this was what her JA teacher told me!), and have thought exactly what you said about the ones who got in looking ‘polished’ (although this is based only on the social media posts, as you say!). Although I appreciate that there may be others who don’t do social media, and may not be like this. My dd has only even done one show, and has never done a competition, so she won’t have the confidence in performance of others who are more experienced in this regard. I was a dancer myself, albeit only for a short while, but it feels like the whole thing is tougher these days!
  13. That’s interesting, I assumed the decisions were made by different teams.
  14. The MA audition is just the original video. As others have said, there are very few places available for MAs, so will be managing dd’s expectations.
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