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  1. Indeeds that's what I'm looking into, I might try out the Scottish Ballet adult ones, see how they are, as when I looked they are the least out of the way in terms of getting there from where i'd be going to University, although I still have a while to look until then. But also as said before I know they are over subscribed so I'll make my mind up before the summer. But thanks anyways, I think grades are just too late for me, as in adult classes do not do grades so it is unlikely to be accessible for me. So I will just try out the intermediate/improver ballet classes. And I will have 5 years and 10 semesters to try out different schools if needs be.
  2. Yeah, it is interesting seeing everyone's responses, just to clarify (although no one is disputing it), I want the more graded/set work to broaden my vocabulary so-to-speak, so that if i do end up going into an amature ballet company in my spare time I will be 'fluent' in anything and everything, although there is always time to learn and improve. I do agree that expression is also very important, but then again this is a fine balance between technique and expression. An expressionless dancer who does the most spectacular moves will probably still get a round-of-applause from the audience, although if it was done with expression it would probably of had a better response. I know the essence of dancing is expression through movement, but Ballet also has that technical side, well all dancing does but Ballet in particular, and that's why in this case I want this side, expression will come with the familiarity with the steps. But overall I agree after listening to everyone's replies that it doesn't really matter what board I go with or what class necessarily, as long as the teaching is good and I enjoy myself that is most important. ANd in Grades anyway (for ISTD at least, I expect RAD as well as it is more 'expression') you get marks for expression and 'performing', so doing exams wouldn't put you aside from needing to express now and then.
  3. @BeaverElliot Indeeds it should prove challenging which is what I like, although I have moved a little off wanting exact grades as my Grade 6 being close to the 'end', I will look for the intermediate ones. I never thought that I'd have to start from the beginning, but yeah the terminology will be different and that is what I'll have to get to grips with, but that is part of the learning curve. Anyways thanks for all your help, I now know where to angle my research, hopefully I find something that ticks most of the boxes if not all of them.
  4. Thanks for everyone's replies, although I have been doing ISTD for some time now I never actually realised it only went up to grade 6 , but thinking about this it actually makes sense as there was a girl in a higher class that was doing intermediate, but none doing 'grade 7 or 8' as I guess they never existed. So yeah this does sound interesting, and the RAD stuff sounds okay but I don't really want 'dancy' ironically I love technical activities, stuff I have to really try hard to perfect and perform, but the intermediate adult classes seem to be the most promising out of the lot. @BeaverElliot Thanks for your reply especially, I will comment on each thing in your form: 1. You have made RAD sound very promising, especially with the vocational path, ISTD do indeed have lots of male orientated work I think as early as grade 2 (where it was probably one or two set work and the dance), As I went up the grades I had more and more that differed for the female counterparts, emphasising on strength and 'power', but also balance. A lot of the male orientated set work is a lot faster, or includes a greater amount of grande allegro. ALthough for my Grade 5 exam I did do the female dance, just adapted the arm positions to be more masculine, especially for the intro (only ISTD dancers would understand 😃). But yeah I will investigate the RAD intermediate. 2. Yes I indeed will need to research this about what the adult classes involve, but with the knowledge that there isn't really any more grades, excluding intermediate then I really do not have much to worry about, I just do not want to go to something and not learn much, I have a thirst for knowledge it must be met, although if I do go to a different dance authority e.g. RAD then I probably will have to learn the 'basics' of that form, although I'm sure they'd be quickly picked up. But my research into whatever school/class I choose will give me the answers on this. 3. Hmm, I do kinda want to perform, never really had much thought on it, but yeah performing I am interested in, and also with pas de deux I wouldn't mind learning that or at least attempting it, but I don't know where to start this outside professional colleges/schools. As I do enjoy watching ballet at the theater and duets are some of my favourite things and it'd be nice to at least give it a try. I wouldn't mind performing even if it's amaturly. 4. Indeed University groups do sound good, as previously said I wouldn't mind performing. And it would be nice to be taught by students, and it'd also perhaps allow me to learn different steps/phrases from RAD or other forms, and I could teach them about ISTD. Also with my breadth of knowledge of steps I probably could help choreograph some of the performances, although I'm sure that there will be a good few there that will have more experience than me as I started ISTD fairly later than the usual person. And they might be able to suggest schools, I'll definitely look out for them in freshers fair. And it is a method of making a few friends, even if the are probably all female, not a problem with that. 😊 But yeah again thanks for everyone's replies.
  5. Pretty sure it is imperial, I've never seen the word Cecchetti on any of my certificates/anywhere else before. Is Cecchetti similar?
  6. Disclaimer: I understand there is many threads on topics talked about here but I just needed to collate them, and I do not know exactly where I was meant to post this, or what tags...Just chose two which would prompt the best outcome (an ISTD adult class in Glasgow). Hi, I am a 17 year old male, (well would be 18 when this is relevant) anyway, so I'm currently doing Grade 6 ISTD (will be doing the exam this summer), I have been dancing since I was 7 doing grades 1-2 with RAD but started ISTD at 11 with a different teacher as I did not like her. But I do not wish a career in dance, so I am going to university to study in september. However I want to continue ballet as a hobby and I hope to get the grade 8 at least or even intermediate during my 5 year course, as I do really enjoy it, I'm just too introverted to become a performer/do it professionally. The problem is I will be going to Glasgow to study, from Cardiff, and I do not know why but I cannot seem to find any ISTD teachers/schools there, I have looked at the Scottish Ballet's classes but like I said I would like to grade in it (unless anyone can suggest one). There are however quite a few RAD schools so I was wondering (and I know there are lots of posts about this but I had multiple questions and this just saves time) If it would be easy enough to go from Grade 6 ISTD and starting Grade 7 RAD straight away? As I do enjoy the technicality of ISTD as to me it is quite academic needing to know every step by step by it's name and the teacher just blurting a load of french and you just knowing what it is, that is fun. How different is it to RAD? Another point is that there are few 'Adult' classes, as I indeed will be an adult, well at least for grades, I have not asked any school that does adult classes whether grades are possible, as I do not just want to do ballet, I want the grades, I want the set work, what should i do about this? I could get private lessons, but as I will be a student I want to bask in the small but meaningful price difference of group lessons, and I also enjoy the camaraderie of group lessons, especially if the teacher isn't too strict, like spend 50-55 mins dancing and the rest having a little bit of fun now and then. Anyone/anyone's children received lessons in Glasgow area? Or can answer my two questions? I could in fairness do more research but this is a start. Thanks....Oh another thing is that I have considered joining the dance society at University as they do Ballet, I also do a little contemporary. The problem is with my knowledge is that it is all if not 99% female, and a male of my age doing ballet as a hobby is almost unheard of, so should I join? I do not mind the stigma that might come of it, just wondering people's views?
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