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  1. Please could I see a photo of the 9502 Lagon? Thanks.
  2. Yes it’s 23-25 August - dd attended last year and really enjoyed it.
  3. Interested in the 9501 navy please.
  4. My dd is starting the pre-vocational associates at Kings in September. She did the summer school there last year and loved it, plus has been taught by one of the directors previously as part of a different programme. As @Macmacsays, in ‘normal’ times it is entrance by audition only, so definitely selective - I wouldn’t let that put you off. Dd is giving up another associate programme to move to Kings - not an easy decision but she feels it’s the right move for her. My experience of the teachers/directors so far has been really positive, it seems like a really ‘nurturing’ school, if t
  5. Hi Emily, I agree with the post above about how important fitness/conditioning/strengthening is for young dancers. The associate programmes my dd attends do a little of this but it is definitely very limited. It’s something my dd really needs to work on so perhaps that is informing my view a bit, but I think we would actively seek out a scheme where this was the key focus. That said, the travelling is more of an issue now - I think being forced to stay at home/local has made us realise how exhausting our weekends are in ‘normal’ times. Also our finances have taken a bit of a hit so we ar
  6. Thanks @Pas de Quatre, I’ve messaged you. @glowlightI don’t think there were any underlying reasons - she said she didn’t know anything about it - just that it isn’t well known compared to my dd’s current associates.
  7. Thanks Anna C. I don’t think dd has an issue with the ‘toughness’ of it in terms of how hard she has to work, and she coped really well with the vocational audition rounds last year. It’s more that this particular teacher seems relentlessly negative (to all of them, not just dd) and rather than spurring dd on to do better, this approach just seems to destroy her confidence even more. I am sure this isn’t the case for all of the students, and I totally agree that selective schemes have to be demanding and challenging.
  8. Thanks all - I think you’re right that I know in my heart what would be best for dd right now. It’s so easy to get carried away with the journey and lose sight of what’s really important. Her local school is ‘ok’, but she wouldn’t consider moving from there at the moment. But she does attend other classes with a really good teacher a bit further away so I think we’ll focus on those a bit more too.
  9. West Midlands - Birmingham is our nearest big centre (around an hour away).
  10. I’m looking for some advice please. Dd is in year 7 and has been dancing with a weekly associate programme at a well known ballet school since year 5. Although she always enjoyed it, it never seemed to do much to build her confidence (and often the opposite, as she frequently told me she felt like the ‘worst’ in the class). This year she moved up to the equivalent of Mids and this issue has seemed to get worse (I think her confidence and enthusiasm in general have been impacted by months of zoom classes, no performances etc). It definitely doesn’t feel like a particularly nurturing environment
  11. I know of a few girls who only applied for MAs last year and were offered places - it just meant waiting quite a bit longer for the results.
  12. @Daintydanceryes - I think in previous years the existing young dancers were ‘invited’ to move on to year 7 based on potential etc, but this year it was by audition.
  13. Hi @Dancingfeet Are either of the black leotards still available? Thanks.
  14. Just in case anyone needs one and they are out of stock, I’m selling an age 12 leotard that my dd barely wore due to lockdown. Please PM me if you would like more info 😊
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