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  1. my daughter is pretty flat one way but not easily or over split and not flat the other side. Her box is not completely open and she is through to final auditions the splits was only one short part of the audition she said.
  2. We started with a list of general exercises that are supposed to be done 4-5 times per week. Then after a physio visit she was given a couple of personal ones to add to the list. My daughter started in year 6. The are kind of pilates style conditioning exercises and we were shown how to do them in the first lesson to make sure they are doing them right. The girls do them in their Saturday classes too.
  3. Joanne Bond or Adagio in Essex are very Ballet specific. May be too far for you though.
  4. No banana feet here and my daughter started as a JA in year 6 in September and has just been invited to the WL finals.
  5. Only final numbers on the latest one though not how many auditioned.
  6. I was assuming we would have to collect them at the end of Thursday and bring them back Friday morning. Surely they are not staying there?
  7. Yes I suppose so. She's slim but not a skinny rake but has long arms and legs.
  8. I'm a bit overwhelmed as my daughter received a yes to a final audition for WL. She was primarily auditioning for a MA place and really didn't expect to get through so she was shocked but pleased that she has the opportunity to dance again. Does anyone know anything about the finals? I noticed that it is over 2 days - is that 2 groups? How many do you think there might be? I feel a bit out of my depth as we just thought she'd give it a go and haven't even considered it as a serious option. I know some of the girls from her JA class have auditioned at other schools and we hadn't even thought about it - I'm now thinking I've maybe underestimated her! What do you think they are looking for? She is not the most flexible and says most of her JA class do gymnastics and are ultra bendy so she was a bit concerned about that. Her turnout is ok but not amazing and her feet are ok but not particularly special. When I put it like that I'm not sure what they saw!
  9. Sorry to hear about the negative experiences. My daughter is a JA at the London centre and auditioned there. She didn't find they treated the JAs any differently to anyone else at the girls audition. She only started in year 6 on the 24 session course though so still feels quite a newbie herself and as her teacher wasn't there she didn't know anyone else. Obviously being familiar with the studios was a benefit to her and the fact that a couple of the girls from her class were there too also put her at ease. It was obviously a nice confidence boost for the JAs to be able to wear their uniform - I was surprised they were allowed to - as there were a large number if you looked at the 3 audition groups we saw (the one before coming out, her one and the group warming up to go in) and I did think that the non JA girls could feel a little intimidated. I honestly can't remember who was on our panel but it all seemed very nice.
  10. Any London class 2 mums fancy a coffee today while the children are dancing? We weren’t there last week so not sure if anyone met up and went anywhere? X
  11. My daughter had a wonderful time. It was all quite overwhelming with the homework exercises for me though! I’m rather cross about this though. She splashed a bit of water on herself in the train home! 😡
  12. Gymnastics is bonkers I have a 6 year old who does 13 hours a week and an 8 year old who does 10 hours alongside its of dancing. Something has to give quite soon. In terms of ballet my year 6 JA just has her syllabus class 45min, a general ballet class 1 hr as well as a pre pointe conditioning class 1/2 an hour. She also does tap, contemporary/ jazz, modern and musical theatre.
  13. We are London year 6 too. It does say they will tell you on the first session about hair so what is everyone going to do until we find out? I was thinking of the plaits but if the general consensus is bun I’ll do that.
  14. We have to miss the second one due to being at centre Parcs that weekend. It was book before we knew about the JA result and I didn’t think she stood a chance anyway! On another note, has anyone received their invoice yet?
  15. How do you find out about the intensives? Do they tell you about these things when you start?
  16. The shoe rule is quite strict I think from what I’ve heard from a mum of a previous London JA. Leather full sole works the foot harder apparently!
  17. I think the leotard is just a weird shape. The crotch is too wide so looks a bit big across there. We’ve got a size 2 and my daughter is 11 in September and quite tall so couldn’t have a size 1 but she seems to think it is too big! I called the shop about the tracksuit and the measured the inside sleeve of the 9-11 tracksuit top as approx 48cm so we’ve gone for that one as it’s a little shorter than her current dance hoodie which is quite big for her.
  18. I’m thinking about just ordering the zip up jacket and buying navy leggings. I emailed and asked the shop and they said they are plain with no logo and at least she can try them on as I always have trouble getting bottoms to fit. I have got to measure her for the skirt before I send of the order. Will try to do that today.
  19. My daughter is worried about having to wear the knickers! She doesn’t usually wear knickers under leotards but I suppose given they are white!
  20. London year 6. I’ve ordered a leotard and knickers! #winning 😂
  21. Thanks. We normally do a bun for class and plaits for exams/ festivals but don’t want to turn up the only one with a particular hair do!
  22. I’ll go first. Hair. When they say hair up bun or plaits do they actually mean plaits across head? Does everyone buy the tracksuit? Ballet shoes - split sole or full sole. I’ve not bought leather since she was about 5 so is there a particular pair that is preferred/ nicer? I'm sure there’ll be more! thanks.
  23. I thought it might be nice to have a thread to ask ask the all the questions that are bound to crop up. Hopefully there will be some experienced parents on here to point us in the right direction. 🤞🏻
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