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  1. not at all. Strong and flexible feet is completely enough. There are sooo many aspects of a good dancer. If she can articulate her normal-looking feet and use her other best sides and musicality it will be all fine.
  2. That I have to ask her :-) But as an outsider eye, the slim look of 2007 is there in box 2 as well.
  3. finally... she is wearing her gaynor mindens. The sizing was perfect, even though she did not have a chance to try them on before ordering. She is happy with box 2. They are sleek fit and yellow (the shank color).
  4. junior and intermediate are pale pink, uppers are black. The leotards are better be quite simple with no sleeves, not too much add one with a skirt as well. You'll receive an email where they explain the dress code.
  5. Noooo.... still waiting, incredibly slow delivery.
  6. Crystal Pite's Body and Soul was breathtaking in my point of view. The repeating narrative that accompanied the dance; the versatile abilities of the dancers... the unity of the costumes. Whenever I make it to Paris I always try to see a performance of POB. I suppose this was one of the best I'd seen from them. And it is such a good feeling to see a contemporary woman's work; very inspiring for my DD who is just 14 and tries to adapt Paris on her own to be a dancer and choreographer one day as well.
  7. While she did a fitting they said sleek is better for her as well, as th sides were empty as u described. She is not living with me, but in Paris. But once she receives and hopefully tries, we'll let you know as well :-)
  8. My DD wears Grishko 2007 XX and sometimes XXX, she did not fit in a 3 box in GM, we ordered a 2 box sleek model, we are waiting to receive it since it is difficult to find box 2 easily.
  9. juniors and seniors most probably, in the competitions the candidate nos. are 100 (j) and 300 (s) for girls 200 and 400 for boys.
  10. I think it is a better way to look at the school more than the nationality of the student, since most schools are multinational these days.
  11. Can you please expand what you mean by not being ready for int. students? I know there is no dorm either. Communication, friendship etc? My DD is having a difficulty in France as well, since there are few international students. But dorm is settled, since they have been working like this for years. Her major issue is lack of friendship and communication tools. I suppose your DS is in Hamburg now. Is he happy with the training as well there?
  12. Thank you for the support. My daughter is used to a full time training. But as you say, changing the country, being alone, being friendless is upsetting her. She still is not sure whether the classes will be enough for her or not. This will I suppose take a few more months to clarify. Munich was an option for her as well but since she is 14, we said no cause there was no boarding for that age. I am glad that your son enjoys her new school.
  13. Thank you Afab. Of course it helps. Funny to say, but my DD says the class is quite crowded -14 girls- (they are PREPA and I suppose they take more to see how they will evolve and eliminate in time) and she says the level is not as high as she expected. Again maybe it is because they call it Prepa. The want to bring them to a homogenized level. For the nurturing, I guess as you say most well known schools have this issue, because there is a pressure on teachers and kids to be their best. Ballet is a harsh world anyhow... When I look into things and when it is said Germany will not be very much different, I guess it is our best to wait and see how things will develop within the year as she practices the language more. The option of staying in her home country is always gonna make things more difficult to spread abroad when she is around 17-18. I see that year by year chances of doing classical ballet is decreasing but contemporary and neoclassical is preferred in many companies. This brings the need to learn how to be a versatile dancer. And this is something difficult for her to learn here in her own country. Ps: Lately there are no POB left girls in the school just 1 or 2. But again almost everyone is French :-) This is a basic culture shock for DD.
  14. Very helpful indeed, thank you. I am thinking about this "the thing" issue myself. And try to let her put down a list of likes and dislikes and re-write it from time to time, to see how things are evolving. I trust the director. Not very much sure about teachers, they are sure capable but at least for the time being we need to wait and see if DD is in good contact with her current teacher. That 'click' you know sometimes is not there. Perhaps changing a technique is a reason. But as you said, all is very new and patience is sometimes all needed.
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