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  1. Interestingly I have just been reading a thread elsewhere about highly selective academic schools and it seems that there are similar issues. I suppose that the bottom line is that whenever there are a lot more people wanting something than the "slots" available the provider has the upper hand. "Do you know how lucky you are to be here - we have 20 applicants for every place and could replace you tomorrow" exerts enormous pressure on both the student and their parents. It means that individual parents have little leverage - even if they are paying huge sums of money for the place - and the hi
  2. Ah, I remember your previous post I think @Twinkletoes22 In all honesty, in your shoes I think I would move school completely. As I said earlier, I think that there can be some very valid reasons for teachers being cautious about where else their students go, but to be so adamant that only RBS JAs is good enough is frankly, ridiculous. Does this school actually meet your, and most importantly, your DD's needs? There are no shows ,which your DD misses, the timetabling isn't a good fit for you and the teacher sounds rather inflexible - what are the good points that are keeping you t
  3. I used to think that this was very straightforward - you are the paying customer, and the parent so do whatever you think is best. However, over the years, I have come to see it as not quite that black and white. One thing is that the standard of teaching varies enormously from school to school, so a teacher may have good reason not to want his or her pupils attending some other schools. There's also the potential for conflict of interest and timetabling. That's not likely to be an issue if you're just doing classes, but if the young dancer takes part in competitions or there are shows
  4. I'm retired too! Though as my DD is teaching now (well, not right now obviously, but hopefully she will be again soon...) I am a kind of surrogate ballet grandma. I get very excited hearing about her pupils' progress and find that I can still be useful. I've had several calls asking things like "Where can I get such and such online with overnight delivery?" and "How did you make that prop I had in my character dance when I was 10?"🤣 And I've given a bit of (hopefully good) advice on how to handle...well...Ballet Mums! She never "made it" as a professional dancer but she is doing very well
  5. Belated New Year greetings from me, and thanks to all the Mods for everything they do. I'm kind of "retired" as a dance mum as my DD is now an adult so I don't have much to say nowadays. But I have been a member of this forum and its predecessor for well over a decade and it is still very precious to me. Having belonged to many forums covering different topics, I think this is the nicest, most supportive internet community I have come across. It is a credit to the mods and the members that that ethos has been maintained for so long even though people come and go. Long may it last!
  6. Another voice suggesting looking for another school. What is the point of learning to dance if you never perform. If its just about gaining grades it becomes an academic pursuit or a form of exercise. Of course dance is those things as well, but its heart is performance - self expression and bringing pleasure to an audience are key elements in my humble opinion. Also, whilst I do have some sympathy with teachers not wanting their pupils going here there and everywhere, and wanting to be sure that they are getting a good standard of tuition, to suggest that RBS Associates is the only accep
  7. I quite agree with Peanut. Foot strength and mobility can be improved with active exercises and there are specific arch exercises. Active foot exercises using your own body weight and, where appropriate, a theraband, under the supervision of a teacher or physio seems a far safer and more sensible approach than the use of any stretching device. Aside from the worrying risk of injury from actually using the device surely if an increase in foot flexibility is not accompanied by improved strength there is an ongoing risk of injury? I've no dance experience it's true, but I've got
  8. I think you could draw parallels with telephone/video consultations with health care professionals. A lot of "routine" stuff is easily and effectively dealt with that way, a wider range of work can be done remotely if face to face isn't possible, but there are some things that really can't be done well without the opportunity for physical contact. I also think that remote consulting is more successful if both parties already have an existing relationship. I've been seeing two different HCPs remotely during the pandemic, one of whom I had been seeing in person for some time but the other
  9. Whether it predates Covid or not, the timing of issuing/reissuing this is absolutely appalling. And just when I think this government couldn't sink any lower I discover that I shouldn't be worried about my struggling year 13 because he is going to get a whole extra 3 weeks in school to catch up before his A levels. Well that should do the trick. Not.
  10. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the systems in particular schools, I think the point that is often made on this forum is ever relevant- its the journey that matters. The destination is not guaranteed so it is crucial that the young person is on a journey that they enjoy and value for its own sake, and not tolerating unacceptable things because of the hope of something special at the end.
  11. Thanks @Kate_N. He had a really rough night last night unfortunately but I got very good service from our GP surgery this morning and he's now got some medication which will hopefully kick in soon. And the negative test meant my older son got to do his A level physics mocks today thank goodness. I know it sounds daft worrying about that in the current situation but with all the furore over grades last year, I really didn't want him to miss it and potentially have problems later. I should apologise to the OP - this thread has taken on a life of its own and strayed a long way off topic. I
  12. Good news for us - just had a text saying the test was negative. He is still really quite unwell but at least its not that. I can now send my other son in to school do his mocks tomorrow and go for my scan with a clear conscience. And if the poorly one is no better tomorrow I can call the GP and they won't just say "Sounds like Covid". Hope your DD is soon on the mend @Kanangra It must be hard for you both with her being away. No matter how grown up they get its natural to want to be at home when they're ill. 😢
  13. No experience of this particular brand sorry, but I have bought lots of stuff from outside of the EU over the yeas. It seems to be quite random whether you get customs charges or not. I have had plenty of packages that have just been delivered with no questions asked, others that have been held until extra charges have been paid but not opened(you get a card through the door a bit like a failed delivery card telling you how much andd how to pay) and one or two where the package has been opened to see whether it actually is what the label says it is. One was a tutu which they had then seriousl
  14. Congratulations to the yesses and the SWLs and commiserations to the nos. Its nearly 15 years since my DD was at this stage but I remember how difficult it was, so thought I would share a few thoughts. 1) Nos remember that you are in a big majority. Only around 10% of JA applicants get a place and that seems to be fairly consistent over the years. On forums like this, you can sometimes get a bit of a skewed perception as naturally, people are more likely to share good news. But be assured, you are not alone. 2) The children that audition for JAs are on the whole the strongest da
  15. Thanks Fiz. I hope so. He was complaining of feeling dizzy earlier and not being able to hear normally, so maybe its an ear infection. Another aspect of the Covid fall out is that of course any pyrexial illness is Covid until proven otherwise now, so I know there is little point in calling the GPs until I have got the test result. Hopefully I will get it back soon then know one way or the other and can get a doctor's appointment if its negative and he is still poorly. I know I was super lucky to be able to get a test quickly given the problems many have had so I am very grateful for that.
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