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  1. I'm heartbroken and gobsmacked, deeply concerned about the future for my own dancing child, with only a couple of years to go before entering the job market. The need to be in the EU for young British dancers seemed crucial. As previous posters have said, virtually no dancers who are good enough to be employed are going to be aiming for the RB or ENB and were instead looking towards Europe as their best chance of employment. Both DH and I work in a niche industry for a foreign-owned company in the UK and are likely to lose our jobs. We, unfortunately, have no Irish ancestry, but I know quite a few people who can and are investigating that option.
  2. So that's one to join the RB, and seven to join the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme. Any news about the other RBS students? It looks like students who were in the Aud Jebsen Programme the previous year have also been accepted into the company, so perhaps that is becoming a bit of a pathway in, though it's not been running long. I see also that Prix de Lausanne winner Julian McKay has now left the RB after his year's apprenticeship.
  3. My 16-year-old found it remarkably easy to get a part-time retail job (big fashion chain that is part of a nationwide department store). She said she wanted to get a job in a shop (wanted the staff discount) and I helped her draft a CV (not that there was much to put on it!) We made it clear she was still at school, put on her week's worth of work experience - in the local cinema - her GCSEs, the little bit of baby-sitting she'd done, anything else that would make her look good - like Duke of Edinburgh's Award and National Citizen Service. She went to the relevant shop, handed the CV in. They phoned her after a week, called her for an interview, and then phoned to offer her a job the next day. She'd only handed in the one CV at one shop! If only all job hunts were so easy! I was absolutely astonished. I'd been full of warning talk, like, "Don't get your hopes up too much. Maybe a bit of voluntary work first. Try a few other shops as well," etc. Now, whether she was just very lucky or the timing was right (she applied before Christmas) I don't know. We do live in London, so perhaps there are more opportunities. Also, perhaps shops might be keener on taking on younger ones because they don't have to pay them the same as older workers? I'm with the other posters - I don't think your son will be able to claim any benefits. But he has lots of work experience, even unpaid, with his placements, so that should stand him in good stead.
  4. Thanks, all Well, the wretched exams are done now, so we shall have to wait and see. I'm not actually so bothered if she doesn't go to university in a year's time, or even ever. She is definitely someone who wants to get out into the world of work. At some point she might change her mind and might be able to go later when she works out what she wants to do and what she needs in order to be able to do it. For now, it's just a matter of getting some sort of level 3 qualification, whether they be A-levels or something else.
  5. Thank you. BTEC, not BTech! (I knew there was Technology in there somewhere!) Part of the problem I think is due to the revamp of the syllabi this year, removing the coursework/ in-class assessment work in favour of final exams, and also the textbooks and revision books (for some subjects) hadn't even been written or published until well after the school year had started. Also, the exams this year have been brought forward by quite a bit, giving less time all round. We won't make any decisions until after the results are out and then we'll see. If she passes them all, she'll be able to drop the awful one for A2s, and then at least she'll have a choice. She has friends at local independent schools who haven't even been allowed to sit some AS level exams because they've been predicted a D grade in them, which I do find quite shocking. Mine is at a comprehensive, so has a bit more leeway. But at the moment she's adamant about not continuing.
  6. Opinions wanted! One of my children, now doing AS levels, wants to leave school. She's finding them tough and is in danger of failing one of them completely. If she fails any of the AS levels, she won't be allowed back to start Yr 13 for the three A2 courses. She's not very academic, but did pass all her GCSEs, nine academic subjects, with mainly Bs, but also three A/A*s. Even if she does pass the AS's, Yr 13 is going to be tougher, and she doesn't want to carry on. I had always thought that going down the BTech route would be a better one after GCSEs, but she wanted to do A-levels. Would it be better to pull out now after AS levels and start a BTech course in September at a sixth form college or hold out through the A2 Yr13 with some (probably not great) A-levels to her name (if she's allowed back)? She doesn't perform well in exams (she has chronic health issues for which she is treated in hospital and which seem to flare up at exam time) and she says she doesn't want to go to university - doesn't want to sit any more exams. The Level 3 BTech options I've looked at don't seem to be particularly appealing either. It seems quite common that children leave after AS levels (a third of children do, according to nationwide statistics) so I'm curious what they do next. A friend of mine's son left his school after not getting good enough AS grades to continue into Yr13, and then did an extended BTech Level3 at his local sixth form college instead and has now starts at a Russell Group university on the back of it in the autumn - so that seems a good outcome.
  7. This is a difficult one. The concept of "higher, faster, stronger" doesn't necessarily work well in ballet. You might find that dancer A can jump higher than dancer B, or dancer C has higher extensions than dancer D, etc, but that doesn't inherently mean they are better dancers. In fact, they may be worse!
  8. "Medical leave" could be anything at all. I wouldn't assume it had anything to do any pregnancy and I'm not sure we should be speculating!
  9. Are very small groups an upside, though? In some subjects, where you need to be able to debate, understand opposing viewpoints and argue a point, it can be a disadvantage to be in very small groups, so says a friend of mine, who is a secondary English teacher.
  10. rowan

    Hammond final

    I have to agree with Anna C's comments, too. Children who I know who were offered WL for Y7 in past years were only doing two ballet lessons a week - one of which was JAs - and no other form of dance, and had taken no exams as well.
  11. rowan

    Hammond final

    "Gymnastics" for ballet in countries such as Russia is specially developed for ballet, it's not normal gymnastics. That's just the word that is used to describe that type of lesson.
  12. There's lots of good suggestions above. I hope you're not frightened off, Ballet_Girl, if reading this makes you think, "DD is way behind!" IF your DD has the technique/knowledge to dance just at Grade 2 level and not at a higher level, you've still got time to improve things, if she wants. Remember, some will only be starting ballet at this age.
  13. Yes, I think Harwel is right. It will be hard to get a paid dance contract in the States without being a US citizen. I've heard of dancers who have been employed in European companies as soloists being unable to get a work visa for the States, even though they had job offers.
  14. Yes, the grades/exams in themselves don't matter, but having the technique and knowledge, etc, to dance at that grade level does give an indication of the track you should be on.
  15. You could also look at the Centre for Advanced Training for the East Midlands. They've got a taster day coming up, and there's also information on youth dance in Derbyshire specifically. http://dance4.co.uk/young-people/project/centre-advanced-training/about/centre-advanced-training/national-dance-cats
  16. Yes, I think that's right, as far as I understand it. You can read but you can't add to that particular thread. Only in very exceptional circumstances, such as breaking the terms and conditions of this forum, are some individual posts hidden so they can't be read at all.
  17. Do you mean as regards companies or ballet schools?
  18. I agree with LovetoDance and AnnaC, I think the ballet level should be higher, perhaps grade 4/5, even 6, for someone serious about ballet, though there's no hard and fast rules. The age your DD started dance doesn't really matter so much, as "serious" dance training doesn't really begin to kick in before age 8/9, and lots won't even have started before this age. There's some similar threads you might want to look at: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/441-rad-grades-and-age/ http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/860-istd-modern-gradesages/ http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/4283-idta-gradings-and-age/ http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/980-average-age-in-ballet-grades/
  19. A few people posted on a thread last year saying their children got 100% in the Intermediate exam. The thread's called Intermediate Foundation Hours Per Week, but has diverged onto other subjects, as is common! http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/7775-intermediate-foundation-hours-per-week/page-3
  20. The software has a part that is designed for "emotion recognition", which tries to analyse facial expressions to detect anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness or surprise. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/14/captionbot-microsoft-latest-ai-experiment-it-isnt-racist
  21. The expression "graded exams" would include both sets of syllabi, to my way of thinking! They are all "grades" in RAD terminology, whether they are from the Graded syllabus - from Pre-Primary to 8 - or from the Vocational Graded Examinations.
  22. Well, for this ballet picture, I got the message, "I think this may be inappropriate content, so I won't show it."
  23. I think Pups_mum's comment is more a lighthearted groan than a serious moan about her son taking ballet!
  24. rowan

    Room 101

    I don't mind the tense at all! It's called the historic present tense and is common nowadays. There was a debate on it a year ago with John Humphrys discussing Melvyn Bragg's radio series In Our Time, although both presenters actually didn't like the tense. But it's academics who want it, Bragg said. He added that academics on his show who did use the historic present tense did so believing that it brought their subject matter to life - and he was not going to act like “some lollipop man” holding up his hand to stop them. "I don’t think that’s my job to tell somebody at the top of their game in scholarship to stop using that tense." http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/it-s-a-tense-stand-off-as-melvyn-bragg-raps-john-humphrys-9633001.html
  25. This was fabulous. It's much more than a straightforward documentary. Highly recommended. It features Wendy Whelan and Natasha Oughtred, and a great deal more.
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