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  1. probably not It's probably your toes that make the difference, there is a hack were you cut the toe seam leaving just a tiny connection between the big toe and the rest of the toes so the tights stay down, I saw it on one of Kathryn Morgan's ballet hacks videos.
  2. Children are always more flexible than adults, I don't think it's really possible in retrospect to say he could never have made it, he probably wouldn't have had good feet, but that's less expected of men, partly because they are naturally less flexible than women.
  3. Yes, I would think that in all dance forms the necessity of using the feet on the floor, means that whilst a gorgeous arch isn't required, you feet need to work and be strong and at least somewhat flexible. You hear a lot about using the plie for jumps, but you can't use the plie without also using the feet and feet are crucial for turns. The foot work in Latin dancing is actually very hard.
  4. I saw the same. I hope that rather than just not being tall enough that he was slightly off in his positioning so his arm was on a diagonal when it shouldn't be. They said they'd danced together before, just not in principal roles, so you'd think the AD would know whether he was tall enough or not. However, on to other things - that jump - I'd go just to see that.
  5. I remember doing this as a child, we had an especially big nursing home near to us, it was actually called a hospital at the time and some of the residents were on open wards. This did at least mean there was plenty of space for us to perform, I can't imagine trying to dance in the nursing home my grandad was in. It's wonderful if people can go into places like this and do any form of entertainment and I know lots of people do help out in this way. It does seem that homes for younger people with learning difficulties find it harder to get volunteers, a while back a group I was part of used to go and sing Christmas carols, we didn't rehearse or do anything fancy, we mostly tried to do familiar stuff and encourage the residents to join in.
  6. The important thing is are you taking regular technique classes - the Royal Ballet School doesn't do exams and the dance schools are looking for a solid foundation in technique, not showmanship and tricks (sorry if I seem down on competitions - blame Dance Moms). Depending on where you live you may find it helpful to find a big/reputable school and take some classes there. Some places have open classes or it might be possible to take a class with the associate program of a school which has one, it will give you more idea what things are like in the wider ballet world. There is DanceWorks in London and the Northern Ballet School in Manchester and there must be other places. You are both on the slightly late side whilst also being plenty soon enough, in an ideal world you'd have done an easter and a summer course this year, and had to turn down some offers, but you still have plenty of time to explore options and audition next year. You might want to think about what plan B is. If you'd like to dance in anyway you can, then you want to be at a school that has classical ballet but offers a wide syllabus either a musical theatre or a general dancers course. Or if you really want to throw everything in ballet then you'll want to look at schools that have a heavy focus on that, RBS, ENBS, Elmhurst etc. your plan B can still be dance, but maybe your plan B is dance teacher, or something completely different, so for some people being able to continue academics and do 3 A-levels alongside ballet is important. Good Luck
  7. Actually grade 5 to intermediate foundation is roughly what I'd expect, typically people branch to vocational levels after grade 5 RAD, mostly to intermediate foundation, some to intemediate, though with no age limit on intermediate foundation anymore, there isn't much reason to do that, but I know people do skip it.
  8. I shall have to tell my dad about Flirty Dancing, he's been enjoying The Greatest Dancer, which I've not watched yet, I keep meaning to watch it on iplayer and keep failing to get around to it. I did see one bit on youtube where a ballet dancer just missed the required 75%, he was good, so that was disappointing.
  9. This will give some people here a very good idea of her standard, given you said she got distinctions in all of them - I've no idea of the Cecchetti levels. I'm a little surprised that a different teacher is taking the pointe class (do later cecchetti exams involve pointework?), that's a class where it's even more important to have a good teacher, otherwise you're risking both acute and chronic injuries. You says she's in class 12 hours a week, so that's quite an investment and it really doesn't sound like you're getting your money's worth. I'd also consider dropping the acro, seen as she seems to enjoy ballet most, I always hear the mantra that gymnastics coaches liked it if you had ballet training, but ballet teachers don't like if if you take gymnastics - they do things like force extensions with no attention to technique, which transfers badly to ballet, you are just using your body in such a different way. Does she do competitions? How often does she have the opportunity to do performances? The vocational ballet world in the UK isn't a big fan of competitions and in my experience having a private lesson to work on a solo doesn't help you improve anywhere near as much as a general private lesson, or even just a regular class. It's good to have the opportunity to perform, but not too often, I was quite frustrated around your DD's age that even though my school didn't perform that often we'd spend so long working on the show numbers and there was very little regular class, I think most parents wanted at least that frequency of performance, but the ratio of performance time to rehearsal time was all wrong, especially when I was quite good at remembering choreography and other than for ballet I was often in the back row despite being as good as if not better as people who were given more prominent roles. Dance school politics can get a bit crazy.
  10. That's a big change from my student days, I went to some of their classes at Kelsey Kerridge and the non beginners class had only 2 girls (including me) who had every done pointe work, so it clearly wasn't going to advance my ballet skills, so I took up other forms of dancing. I shall keep this in mind, I'll have to check on blue badge parking, it's a long time since I've been in the West Road area - I did get a bit confused by it being adcticketing and it being at West Road not the ADC. West Road is bigger, but it's not exactly an ideal venue for ballet.
  11. To be honest with those aims I don't think you need an assessment. Clearly the current school is not big enough or serious enough if they keep adding new people, a mixed ability class is not appropriate for someone who has been dancing 12 years. 4 classes a week is about the most a small school can offer, most students aiming for vocational schools are taking extra classes in various ways. I was pretty similar to your daughter, a good dancer, wanting to take it seriously but not interested in professional or attempting to get into a vocational school. Fortunately my main dance school was a better starting point than you currently have, I was typically doing a midweek class at grade level and a Saturday class at grade level, separate pointe class and then depending on the time table I'd often join in at the back of either the grade above or grade below. So that's your first step, find a dance school that has graded classes, not mixed ability classes, if it's a different syllabus to what she's done they'll try her our in one class and move up or down as necessary. Your area is not familiar to me, so I'm not aware of any big schools that could provide a complete course for someone who wants to get the most out of their dancing, for me, my teacher knew I was serious and knew that as I was in the top grade she offered that she simply couldn't provide all I wanted or needed, so she was very happy to facilitate other opportunities. Mostly this was writing letters to other teachers to say she was happy for me to take their class - in general respect between teachers means you get permission from the main teacher. So I took classes at Northern Ballet School (highly recommend something like this if you can find an equivalent) and I also took classes at other local schools that my teacher hooked me up with. I don't think I hit two (1.5hr) classes for 6 days a week which is roughly what full time students are doing and about the amount vocational school hopefuls are doing, but I was doing something 6 days a week, some days a double class other days not and I was also continuing tap and modern at the one class a week rate I was used to which was the right pace to have me finish all the possible exams in the syllabus we used, so that also equals less ballet, though a lot of ballet course will do something like modern or contemporary.
  12. Very glad to hear he is doing better. Good luck to him in the upcoming auditions.
  13. As I mentioned in my post, the reason I wanted to put the word "labral tear" out there is simply because when it happened to me it took so long to diagnose, to the point where I was googling looking for the name of specific types of hip injuries and eventually went to the physio asking "could it be a labral tear?". I certainly did not mean to scare anyone and would not have mentioned it but for the description of "heard a sound". If it were my kid I'd rather a slight concern now that it could be something that often requires surgery rather than them go through years of pain and the possibility of further damage because no one spoke up with "could it be X". Also I note you criticise others suggesting a cause of the injury (which is incorrectly phrased, a labral tear would be the result of an injury), you then go on to offer another potential diagnosis, which to me sounds like something that would not happen suddenly, when the initial description seems to describe an injury taking place, not pain with no apparent cause.
  14. As of Tuesday evening it is displaying a login page requiring email and password. A shame as my local cinema had a problem with the RB cinema relay, so I got to listen to the first act music whilst I ate and then went home. I'd notice this in the schedule, but ended up not being able to go, though I wasn't sure I wanted to as I'd heard some awkward things about possible racism. Also I didn't know how it would be presented, I find I quite like the introduction and interviews you get with a RB cinema relay and I'm not familiar with La Bayadere, the RB relay was supposed to be my first time seeing it.
  15. There are things in the description that make me wonder about the possibility of a labral tear, so I would mention this to a physio as it's something they ought to be able to say is either unlikely or likely, diagnosis is not really their job though they are often very good at it. The reason I say mention is possibly paranoia, but I had one and it took a long time to get diagnosed, at first failure in primary care to refer to a hip specialist and then at least one specialist not testing for it. It's the hearing a sound that makes me wonder about this possibility, I hope it isn't, it probably isn't, but I want you to know about it know about it as it is an injury that is more common in dancers (and a few other sports) than the general population and is fairly rare anyway. Good Luck, I hope it is something simple that rest will help and that auditions will be possible even if not done full out - personally, I would inform the school tomorrow as if they do have a later audition date available you will probably want to take it and I don't think it will harm his chances if they know he has had an injury, injuries are part of dancing, though it is very unlucky this young.
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