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  1. These were my thoughts too about her using YouTube. She’s in her ballet school’s ‘associate’ classes and has exercises from these but she’s quite forgetful. I’d hoped she could use a dvd for prompts. Not to worry, the summer is whizzing past so she can wait until she’s back in class in September. Xxx
  2. Hello, Does anyone have any recommendations for a ballet exercise dvd for my DD. She’s 9, Grade 3. She’s wanting something to guide her through strength, flexibility exercises, I was thinking a Pilates type dvd but wondered if anyone knew of any aimed at her age/level. I’m never quite sure of the suitability of youtube clips! Thank you! X
  3. Thank you! I’ll have a look and see if I can do anything with them.
  4. It’s the So Danca SD16 that she’s had trouble with. The elastic around the foot digs into her heel and going up a size made little difference. Perhaps it was the width fitting though, maybe the B was too narrow. I’ll get her to try loads of styles and i’m sure we’ll find the right one.
  5. This is a great list! Thank you!
  6. Thanks everyone! I think a trip to the dance shop is needed to try some on.
  7. Can anyone recommend a decent brand of canvas split soles? The So Danca ones with the elasticated edging dig in and going up a size means baggy toes! Are there any drawstring ones which don't result in ‘duck feet’? She has narrow feet and quite dainty toes 😂
  8. Thank you. That makes things easier with work!
  9. Does anyone have DC at Northern Ballet open classes? I was wondering if anyone can tell me if children move up classes during the year? My DD is 9 so starting in Ballet 1 but will be 10 before Christmas. Will she then move up to Ballet 2? (I only need to know so I can think ahead for work and class times etc) I would email them and ask but i’ve asked them so many daft questions already that I can’t bring myself to ask more! 😂 Thanks xxx
  10. Are there any Northern Ballet parents out there? My DD has been on the waiting list for open classes since December so we’re keen to get in quick once registration open this month. Does anyone have any knowledge or tips on when the registration will open (i’m assuming Monday?), and whether it’s best to apply in person at Northern Ballet or via email. I really don’t want her to miss out again! Many thanks, xxx
  11. Well done to your DDs @Tinks and @sunrise81 I’ll be watching out for how it’s all going! My DD will be old enough to audition next year! 😁
  12. After a big chat tonight, it’s looking likely that she’ll be staying put for the moment. I’d be interested to see what she’s make of an ISTD class though but maybe that’s for another time.
  13. Thank you for this. That’s really helpful. I’ve been going back and forth about changing her dance school - it’s lovely, supportive and she does well in the exams, but she’s very much the ‘serious’ big fish in the small pond of ‘recreational’ dancers. I also wondered recently, through my lengthy googling, whether children doing ISTD are better prepared for auditions than RAD dancers? I know very little about it all but my googling tells me that RAD is very much about perfecting steps in a precise way whereas ISTD involves putting more steps together, on the spot? I may be totally wrong on this? I just wonder if perhaps an ISTD dancer is more familiar with complex steps and sequences? 🤷🏻‍♀️ This might influence a change of school.
  14. I’ll add it to my ‘list’! Thank you!
  15. We've been busy scouting for opportunities. She’s luckily been offered an associates class at a dance school, invite only rather than audition which reduced the anxiety levels a bit! She’s very excited. So, in September she’ll be doing 3-4 hours of ballet a week which will do so much for her development AND confidence for next year’s round of auditions! Happy DD, happy mum! Xxx
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