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  1. What about Trinity Laban? their BA Hons is in Contemporary Dance but includes Ballet.
  2. Yes,.it was awful, because of course everyone was talking about it too. I think she is now a dance teacher and fitness trainer
  3. There was a girl from DD's dance school in Australia who went there but she only lasted about 10 days. This would have been perhaps 6 or 7 years ago. I believe she was very homesick and they were not happy about her weight so she felt bullied and returned to Australia. It was a very strange situation and may be more a reflection of the girl's readiness to leave home and move to the other side of the world rather than the school itself.
  4. Hi Moeri, These are some of our favourites: https://www.luckyleodancewear.com https://www.elevedancewear.com https://www.grishkoshop.com https://www.yumiko.com/us_en/ The first 2 are based in US and have lovely ready to wear and custom options. Grishko is in Russia but ships everywhere. I'm sure you are already aware of Yumiko, as you are from Japan, but they are lovely. both in the US and have both custom and ready made options
  5. Does the young reader version tone it down though? (I would assume it would.)
  6. If looking for fiction what about Noel Streatfield - Ballet Shoes - and I think there was another one Ballet Shoes for Anna? or something like that.
  7. Misty Copeland's autobiography "Life in Motion". Michaela de Prince "Hope in a Ballet Shoe" Li Cunxin "Mao's Last Dancer" All of these come in Young Reader editions. I love David Hallberg's book Body of Work but that might be better for older readers.
  8. There is also the European School of Ballet.
  9. My daughter was advised to wear them by her ballet teacher to eisteddfods (competitions). She had a very flat instep (narrow, bony feet) which didn't have the right look, even though she was a beautiful dancer and had lovely artistry and technique. She did so many exercises and her feet were strong, but nothing she did would make them look good. Funnily enough, after she started doing full time vocational dance her feet did finally improve. It really was a handicap for her for a while there.
  10. Kate I am talking about girls who do have turnout, flexibility, beautiful feet, every aspect of physical facility you could wish - except that they have muscular legs and visible boobs. Then other girls who also had good facility but could not dance (either quickly or in time to the music), forgot choreography, made mistakes etc but were leaner got all the offers. Very happy for them but the fact remains that it was obvious that body shape was being valued over talent. Yes it is hard for all of them to put themselves out there in a leotard and tights to be judged by audition panels, teachers,
  11. Sounds like you have nothing to worry about! Good luck with the new school!
  12. But this is exactly what the problem is. We are not talking about "fat", but kids who are being turned away because they have muscles or boobs. A friend of my DD is a brilliant dancer - lovely (and highly awarded in scholarship competitions etc) performer, high 90s in her vocational exams, awarded her solo seal - but can't get a school to take her because she has muscles and boobs (she would be maybe a B cup at most). She is very slender and has beautiful lines but schools will not look at her. People have tried to get her in their companies and junior companies (but she couldn't accept becaus
  13. The reference might be a character reference too - for effort and behaviour.
  14. Oh that's a shame. Still, good to get to the final round.
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