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  1. Have you looked into KS Dance in Warrington? It is a 3 year Trinity Diploma course with possibility of DaDA funding. I have heard very positive things about this school and they still have another audition date (April 25) for entry this September.
  2. Hi. My daughter's left foot has always been a little bigger than her right foot. Now it is maybe a little more than a half size bigger than the right. Which is weird as she is 17 and I thought her feet had stopped growing years ago. In street shoes or flats it really makes very little difference, but in pointe shoes, she is either pinching on the left in her "small" shoes or stuffing up the right toe box in her "big" shoes. She had left shoe stretched (as much as satin can be stretched), not a great success. I am thinking of getting her different sized left and right pointe shoes and I was just wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't do this? Might it affect the hip?
  3. Hi Lusodancer, IAB is definitely on our radar.My DD won a scholarship to attend their summer school this year. Unfortunately, it was cancelled. They will honour it for next summer, but we would hope to have all applications and auditions completed by then. We may plan a weekend in Barcelona in September and see if we can look around premises and maybe DD can join in a couple of classes. I am unfamiliar with both PERA and the University of Malta dance course, but I am adding them to my research list now. Thankyou for that. Your DDs sound very disciplined, determined and creative! I'm sure you are very proud of them. Luck and patience are definitely what we need now (and an unexpected windfall?).
  4. Thankyou. The MT course in RCS looks great, a real triple threat course. My DD has been taking private singing lessons for the past year (minus 12 weeks of quarantine), but she really is a dancer who can sing a bit, rather than a singer who can dance a bit. She wants to do a dance course (degree or diploma) that also has singing and acting modules rather than a true MT or Triple threat. There are many that interest her : Laine, Performer's, SLP, LIPA and NBS. Urdang, Italia Conti and LSC too, although accommodation in London may prove to be just too far out of budget, especially if we have to cover fees. I await announcement from Scotland regarding EU and Irish student status for 2021 with baited breath!
  5. Hi Lusodancer, Thanks for your reply. My daughter will have completed Spanish Bachillerato (A level equivalent) by next June, so was looking into a BA or level 6 dance course. Top of her list would be Laine, performer's college or Urdang. It is interesting to see that your undergraduate musician qualified as UK student not EU, even without the residency. That gives me hope that my DD could qualify as Irish student, not EU. Do the universities/schools make that decision or SFE? I have looked into HE dance options in Spain, which are more geared towards ballet and contemporary. There are also a few private dance/musical theatre schools here, with BA degrees awarded by British Universities. This may be an option. Ireland has some fantastic private ballet and dance schools, but when it comes to HE, most Irish dance students go to UK to train. There are a some community colleges which do level 4 and 5, with a possibility of then doing a top up year in the UK. There is a good 2 year foundation course in Dublin in the College of Dance, but again, students tend to go on to full time training in the UK. The University of Limerick do a 4 year BA, but it is contemporary dance. I have also looked into Codarts and Fontys in the Netherlands. These 4 year BA courses are given through English. They are another possible option, but again, very strong contemporary emphasis. She is strong in ballet, contemporary and commercial, but her true love is Jazz, and with so many great options in the UK, that has been the dream. So, we are really hoping for student loan or DADA (or other scholarship). My dancing son is just 2 years behind her, but his focus is more ballet and contemporary, so I believe there will be more training options for him around Europe.
  6. Bad news for EU students planning to start 3rd level education in UK September 2021. It has now been announced that they will no longer be eligible for Home fees or student finance. This does not include Ireland, as they have separate agreement. My daughter has both Irish and Spanish nationality, but has resided in Spain her whole life. She should be entitled to home fee status, but I am not sure about either student loans or DADA, due to residency. I am desperate for a bit of clarity!
  7. My 15 year old son has been on pointe for about 18 months and loves it. His teacher believes it strengthens foot and also helps in understanding a female dance partner. Grishko 2007 are available in black as are Gaynor Mindens. They go up to GM size 13.5 (UK adult size 10.5, I think).
  8. Hi. Thanks for your answer.. Same situation here, husband is self employed too. And agreed, this forum is great! Congratulations and good luck to your daughter for September!
  9. Hi all. I understand that DADA funding is based on previous tax year records, for September 2021 entry, would be based on April 20/21 tax return. Is this correct? My question is, if you are tax resident in another European country whose tax year runs from January to December (in my case, Spain), do you use the 2020 tax year (Jan to Dec) or do you provide monthly records for April to April. I know there are some Irish mums on the forum and that Ireland also have January to December tax year, maybe you can help. I do realise this question might be theoretical as with Brexit this may not be an option for us, but until there has been an announcement regarding DADAs and student loans for EU students for September 2021 entry, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
  10. Thankyou. Sounds like fun! DD is 16 and DS will turn 15 in June.
  11. Congratulations!👏 Has she been before? Mine are not quite sure what to expect. Are there many groups? How many in a class? Are they grouped by age/level/or a combination?Are boys trained separately? What kind of masterclasses/activities are on in the evening? So many questions! Anyone?
  12. They did. It said unfortunately they could not offer scholarship this time, but were delighted to offer a place (or something like that). We also did application as well as attending scholarship.
  13. My 2 attended scholarship audition in Leeds. Unfortunately no for scholarship (no surprise really) but delighted to be offered place for both of them. They can travel together, so I won't have to (from Málaga).
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