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  1. I find it really frustrating and disappointing that no comments are given in exams. A bunch of numbers doesn't seem good enough feedback for exams that dancers work years for. My DD has nearly always been given the same mark out of 10 for all of the different sections and it has made me wonder how this can be an accurate reflection of her abilities when I know that she is stronger in some areas and weaker in others.
  2. Thank you so much, that's really helpful.
  3. Thank you. Is RBS the only school where everyone automatically gets MDS? I've heard people talking about funding auditions for other schools, such as Tring and Hammond I think? Not sure what the position is for Elmhurst.
  4. I've tried to find the answer online but can't find anything that says it clearly. Do all White Lodge students get an MDS grant that covers their tuition fees? I know in some schools they do an additional round of auditions for funding but I can't quite figure out what the position is for White Lodge. Many thanks.
  5. I've seen both sides of this. One girl is very talented and her ability is far above her age group so she is put into classes with girls 5 or more years older than her. Some of the other dancers/parents perceive this as unfair favouritism and other parents ask that their child is moved up classes as well (based on their age and not ability or level of exams taken). Often the teachers cave in and do this, in one case because the parent is friends with the teacher, but in most cases because the head of the school doesn't want to lose their custom, especially in these difficult times.
  6. Thanks. I know these things are really complicated and I do have some sympathy for government. But, on the other hand, I don't think the government has done a good job in terms of clarity of information and communication. They give out information bit by bit and do not explain it clearly. Perhaps they should set out some FAQs.
  7. Thanks @LinMM that's really helpful. What I'm not clear on is that it says that participants can't travel between tiers. Does this include U18s? We would have to go from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for my DD to attend her associate classes.
  8. DD just means daughter and DS is son. The other thing I like about my DD's Zoom classes is that I get to watch and see what she's learning and have an idea of the corrections she gets. Otherwise I'm just a taxi service and spend hours sitting in cold car parks!
  9. I have to agree with this. I won't mention any names but my DD had a lesson with a professional dancer who, to my knowledge, doesn't have any teaching qualifications, and it really didn't go very well and wasn't tailored properly to her age and experience. In fact, there were some elements that I didn't feel were safe and my DD ended up with a minor injury from pushing herself too hard. On the contrary, her lessons with her local teacher on Zoom have been excellent in the circumstances and I think being able to see herself clearly on screen from every angle has helped her self-corr
  10. Well done to the yeses! @BellaF that makes me wonder if the analytics aren't actually very accurate as I'd be so surprised they would give out a yes after having watched less than 10% of the audition. So pleased for you.
  11. I agree, it seems odd to me to stipulate a particular brand/style of shoes when feet are so different!
  12. Thank you so much. Very relieved! Took me years to find a style that actually fit her!
  13. Thanks, I think the teacher is Miss Krapf. There were no specifics about shoes on the uniform list, just some suggested shoes that you could order but not obligatory. I can't imagine that one brand would fit all students?
  14. Can I ask about ballet shoes please? My DD will start in London JAs in Jan. They just say leather ballet shoes, is split sole with cross-elastics OK or are they very strict? My DD has feet that don't seem to fit most brands so I'd rather not buy the ones they recommend as they are really unlikely to fit her.
  15. Yes she just seemed to have some sort of magic to her when she danced that drew my eye to her every time. Interesting to have discovered that she started as an RBS JA then went to WL then straight into the company. Surprisingly, there don't seem to be many that manage such a direct route.
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