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  1. Feels like it’s more aligned with Tring Park in terms of dates, with preliminary auditions being this side of Christmas.
  2. Yes, @Lily Craggs our grouping is maybe just for Birmingham which seems to have been divided into 3 JA classes. I only discovered the other day that Birmingham will be putting all boy year groups together (JA2), whereas other centres sometimes have a dedicated Y6 class for the boys.
  3. I believe JA1 will be a combined class of Y4 and Y5 girls. JA2 will be a dedicated boys class for all years, 4/5/6 combined. So JA3 is presumably the Y6 girls class.
  4. Received it this afternoon too. Just curious if there is more than one boys group and more than one girls group during week 1. I can see my DS is in ‘Blue Boys’ and ‘Windsor Dorm’, but wondered if there are other boys groups and other boys dorms.
  5. My DS will be in the same group. You’re welcome to DM 😊
  6. Unfortunately I don't know the Y4 times yet, just Y6. Hope they don't keep you waiting too long for confirmed information.
  7. Which year will he be starting? My DS will be going into Y6, which is every Saturday (32 sessions) 12:45pm to 15:00pm. The classes are returning to Birmingham Royal Ballet studios, as they were moved to Nicholson School of Dance whilst BRB was closed.
  8. My DS will be Birmingham Y6 too, but boys are now in their own class 12:45pm-3:00pm
  9. I can see that Birmingham have now set up a dedicated boys class from September, which is a new development.
  10. I hope PCR tests are a little cheaper now. It’s my DS’s 10th birthday the day before they go on the Sunday. He will be super annoyed if his main birthday present is a PCR test 😂
  11. Thanks so much for this @Lara Eschleras I know others were wondering too. Regardless of the requirements, hopefully testing is less expensive now, and more easily accessible, especially as week 1 is a ‘regular week’.
  12. Just a practical query for anyone who attended spring intensives.... what covid testing was required for attendance? If they (inevitably) push back the lifting of covid restrictions from 21st June to at least the 20th July, the first week register on the 18th July to start on the 19th. Will any paid for testing be required?
  13. This was exactly our experience for Y4. It was recommended by a good teacher that we apply, and this was pre/before any kind of meaningful ‘research’ or even knowing about this forum etc. When I turned up on the day and we saw at least 50 boys (2 auditions crossing over) in London, we realised immediately that the number of applicants was vastly greater than the number of spaces available. Some research after made me regret that we had applied to London, and wished we had applying elsewhere. But I then realised that that would have been more a case of hedging bets and ‘chasing odds’ rather than just letting my son try his best and be satisfied in that, regardless of the outcome. As you mentioned, and as I realised, the knowledge of ‘numbers’ simply helped manage expectations and rationalise any disappointment. In a live audition you get a visual experience of how many are applying. In a video audition, you don’t ‘see’ those numbers.
  14. Being a bit of a numbers geek, before my sons first audition for London, I looked at all the annual reports easily accessible online. You could see year on year a steady increase in the numbers applying. Equally you could see how more and more boys are applying. The older reports used to break down applications and spaces allocated by centre, so you could actually work out the percentage of male and female applicants that got places. In the early days, you might have (eg) 8 boys auditioning for 5 spaces at Eastleigh. They’ve stopped breaking it down by centre as you can easily work out how the ‘odds’ vary greatly from centre to centre. I worked out that if boys had a 1/10 chance in London they might have a 1/7 chance in Birmingham. But the other side of that argument is that if the child has what they’re looking for they have a 1/1 chance. But for this year, it’s clear that if centres return to ‘normal capacity’ its a very favourable year to apply.
  15. I found myself in the situation of having to accept things due to different deadlines, and later turn them down when other results came available. As annoyed as some of those programmes were, they reluctantly understood, and it certainly wasn’t the first or last time they had that happen. I think a terms fees as ‘penalty’ hovers between £90-£120 depending on the programme. It’s not an insignificant amount of money, so annoying to lose it. But only one programme demanded I pay it.
  16. I quote Birmingham as it’s the centre my DS goes to. There are currently only 2 Y4s I know of, both girls. I don’t know the number of Y5s over both groups but I know there are only 3 boys, and i think there are 4 Y6 boys. So from 18 boys in 2019/20 there are now only (I believe) 7. When my son auditioned for London in 2019, there was a group of around 25 boys who were presumably Y5 who came out before his audition group, and he was in an audition with 25 Y4 boys. So of the 143 boys who auditioned nationwide I think it’s safe to assume 50 of those boys who audition were Y4 and Y5 in London.
  17. For those interested in data and numbers, the Royal Ballet School 2019/20 annual report has just been released. It came via email but is probably online. This was the year of applications Pre-covid, so probably represents ‘normal’ numbers. Here is a small snapshot re: Junior Associates: 2019/20 annual report Applying to JAs: 1173 girls 143 boys Actual JAs: 231 girls 93 boys Birmingham: 44 girls 18 boys
  18. Depending on the next government announcement, its not impossible that more spaces might be offered. If I understand correctly, numbers are still limited this year as its residential-only, where as in the past I was under the impression it was open to both residential and day students. Even if all restrictions are lifted, they might decide to 'play safe' and keep it residential-only, but regardless of what happens, its really positive and inspiring to see wait-list places turning into actual opportunities
  19. Interesting, haven’t officially been given confirmation yet in Birmingham (as far as I’m aware).
  20. My DS is a Birmingham JA. I don’t believe we’ve been given any communication yet asking if we would like to continue into Y6. Though assessments were only last Saturday, and there is one more class before the end of term. Not sure if we will be asked to confirm or if it will just be presumed as you have to give a terms notice, so that opportunity would already have passed. The only communication regarding Y6 from September was sent in March, asking if our preference would be for 24 or 32 sessions, as they are hoping to return to the pre-covid structure, which would mean longer classes and possibly the ability to have bigger groups. It didn’t explicitly ask if we would like to keep our place, like other have said I think it’s presumed you’ll keep your space unless you advise otherwise. This is presumably the purpose of the SWL. My DS got SWL in 2019 and I’m sure they said it stays ‘active’ for the first few classes of the new academic intake, as some people might start then drop out for whatever reason. But if you don’t hear by around mid October then presume it has closed.
  21. Nothing yet. I have a feeling drop off and collection times will be staggered, as I queried pick up time on the Friday, and was told ‘some time between 3pm and 5pm’. Maybe we will know after the next government announcement re: road map etc.
  22. Yes, I’m imagining (from what I read about spring intensives) there will be multiple groups/bubbles, and staggered drop off and pick up times. Just hoping this information comes sooner rather than later.
  23. I asked recently as it’s my partners 40th that day, and wanted to book theatre/dinner etc, and needed to roughly know what time we could be back in the West End. I was only told ‘pick up is some time between 3pm and 5pm’ so hoping that we don’t have to wait too much longer for formal/fixed timings.
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