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  1. In regards to competition becoming fiercer, I suspect this is true. There are many, many more associate schemes around now compared with when my DD was younger, and this will cause many more to audition for the various schools. When my DD was young, there was JAs in London, and I think one other centre. There wasn’t even an Elmhurst scheme at all, I believe. I’d be interested in knowing if anyone can put dates as to when the various associate schemes started. In addition, forums like this and the internet in general make many more people aware that the various vocational schools a
  2. Boarding will not suit many children at age 11. I know one family who turned down WL because of this, and because they didn’t want a school where you were only guaranteed one year before maybe having to leave and then find another (academic) school.
  3. This is spot-on. I tend to think the vocational schools should not be referred to as such. It’s misleading and possibly unhelpful. They would be better regarded as normal schools with a specialism in dance - just like many schools have a specialism in art, or sport, or languages, etc - with many outcomes and pathways for pupils, only some of which may be dance related.
  4. I thought I would add a little more to the brilliant advice up thread. It is best to regard dance as a hobby, even a serious one. Do not expect it to lead to employment. That way madness lies. If your child can get accepted into an auditioned-for programme, that shows a degree of potential and talent. Bear in mind, though, that there’s a proliferation of such schemes now, lots more than when my child was young. If that gives more children access to good training, that’s great, but I’m slightly wary of it encouraging lots more to think dance careers are likely. There are lots o
  5. You need to be tall. I know of someone who auditioned and was a good fit -very tall, the right look, Russian-method trained, fluent speaker - and I think was with them for a few days doing auditions, taking class etc. They were clearly interested in her. But in the end it didn’t come to a job offer. I don’t know the exact particulars, though.
  6. I wonder if it could be the Lydia Kyasht company Ballet de la Jeunesse Anglaise. They were active in the World War II years performing in theatres in the U.K, and their advertising posters and programmes refer to the production as Russian Ballet.
  7. Lots of teachers actually won’t have these qualifications, especially not the PGCE, in the independent sector, and maybe not even a degree. And many teachers in both state and private won’t have a degree in the subject they teach.
  8. Thinking back, it might be that it was some sort of special school bursary but only available to someone in that borough, but I don’t think it was. I think it was a council thing. Pupil definitely did not apply to any of the main dance schools.
  9. I know of someone who was funded by their council - Hammersmith and Fulham, I think - for a lower school place. It was for Arts Ed, Chiswick, so not one of the main schools and no government funding, I think. This was quite a few years ago. There was only one piece of funding available - and it wasn’t just for dance - maybe it was for any type of specialist education - so there was stiff competition and stringent eligibility criteria. I don’t know if funding was available for just that school or if such a scheme still exists. Nor do I know if it was fully funded or topped up with other bursari
  10. It has already created problems for those I know auditioning this year, because (some?) auditions have been cancelled this spring. So that means whenever things get back to normal-ish again, there could be two years’ worth of dancers looking for jobs.
  11. In case some might not know, there is a large set of watchable archive programmes here. You can use the menu to sort by Collections. There are some very interesting programmes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive
  12. Cancellations in TV. Filming of EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors has ceased. Broadcast episodes now decrease from four to two days a week using footage already filmed. That will leave considerable gaps in the schedules, especially if added to the televised sport that is no longer going ahead.
  13. The change regarding the BBC licence fee for the over-75s has been suspended for a while. A small plus there. (I do not work for the BBC.)
  14. Just the political issues relating to it or the medical aspects of it on some parts of the forum, I think.
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