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  1. I think there have been a lot of presumptions made about future use of the internet. However, none of us in my house like zoom classes and we’re all totally fed up of internet shopping. We like the social aspect of actual interaction and getting some different scenery! the young dancer Instagram accounts seem to be mainly about getting free stuff and being an ‘influencer’.
  2. Coronavirus vaccine has been cleared from your body within a few days so I can’t quite understand what issue they are promoting? There doesn’t seem to be any mention of vaccines on the colourstart website and I don’t think there is any evidence that they cause skin sensitisation. I’ve never paid for a patch test at the hairdresser, £8 is an extortionate amount to charge for a blob of dye! I wonder if they’re on commission from the colourstart company.... I guess if you really like your current salon you don’t have a choice
  3. Perhaps the standards required now mean that it’s just not possible to take kids at year 7 stage if they aren’t at a high enough level. Perhaps to level the playing field the schools need to look at taking children at 10 like the Russian schools do. Or maybe increase the amount provided through their associates, which may be more easily achieved with some zoom classes. Some of the children starting year 7 will be 12 or near enough which I suppose is fairly late in terms of starting training?
  4. I think it’s become obvious in recent years that many, especially the girls have had extensive training and lessons. I think to some extent it’s gone that way whether it’s music, academics, sport etc. There are some exceptional candidates who will get through whatever. There are a lot of talented children with good physique etc and the ones who have had the top class coaching are more likely to get through. It would be nice is everything was just done on potential but I think realistically there are other factors. Some of the associates have bursaries for low income I think and you can work on
  5. I was told by the careers teacher all those years ago to think carefully because my chosen degree was ‘quite hard to get into because Asian families considered it a good choice for their daughters’ 🤯 it doesn’t seem to have improved since then!
  6. Can’t comment about ballet schools but I think schools in general need to up their game with careers guidance. As early as 16 you’re plotting your future course with a level choices and there is very little help and advice needed. I’ve discovered so many careers since I did my degree that sound amazing but I’d have to do the whole lot again, sure I’m not the only one who feels like this!
  7. That film was really difficult to watch, so brave and honest. There is so much denial int he ballet world. I’m sure it will be immensely helpful to many struggling in similar situations
  8. I must admit that I haven’t really bothered to look much this time and will just wait and see! The rule of six outside and end of ‘stay at home’ (continue to minimise travel) is 29th March rather than 12th April though I think?
  9. I just googled and couldn’t find any mention of an arrival, congratulations to them both!
  10. Can you get the correct line without a pointe shoe on Michelle? If you can it might be your shoes hampering it
  11. I’m not saying it’s based on anything other than wanting to provide for your child. The expensive associates, performance opportunities, summer schools etc largely did not exist when I was a child. The whole point of MDS places is to level the playing field, it’s wrong that parents are having to fund so much in addition
  12. I think there is generally a lot more pressure on parents to fund all these experiences and a lot more marketing towards young people nowadays. My goodness a trip to Everest would be the culmination of a number of years of working and saving and a once in a livetime experience for me, not something I’d fund for a 15 year old!
  13. Their flowers are lovely and last for ages too!
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