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  1. I didn't know Elmhurst and Hammond had gone this third party route. RBS simply allow fees to be paid monthly with no charge.
  2. 'Mums of boy dancers fill me with hope?' Aren't you yourself guilty of perpetuating gender stereotypes!? ? As the father of a DS who started dancing a couple of years younger than your son is currently I think he was always know by his peers as a dancer and never experienced bullying etc. Currently at RBS WL he regularly returns to his old school to connect with young boy dancers. You can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink, make it clear the option to do ballet is there for him and let him take it up when he feels he wants to. Would be my view
  3. I agree with both Primrose and Waiting, it really isn't that bad at WL!!
  4. I'm sure each child reacts differently to the environment, fortunately my child doesn't feel the pressure, it's just one big party. They also stay in contact and meet regularly with those that have left so I do feel that most have a balanced view on the whole thing. I would also say that it is not at all competitive, again in our experience, they are all very supportive of each other.
  5. Will the Dads still be down the coal mines ????
  6. Shall we just stick to commenting on forthcoming audition results rather than pouring over the circumstances of those that have been asked to leave!?
  7. I don't know about Hammond, but RBS has a calculator here: https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/information/fees/full-time-training-fees/fees-201617/ When my DC started in Y7 a couple of years ago, we were one of only four families across all years that paid 100%, no MDS.
  8. Later years are more flexible. For the MDS the child must be 11 at the start of the year - September (8 for music schools).
  9. Balletmomma. Fake news and misinformation from friends of friends is rife amongst the ballet schooling world.
  10. it's the same schedule for the boys, just interesting they can do them in one day. You would think running it twice for girls would be better, as otherwise presumably a lot of sitting around. Anyway I guess my child will be getting three days of trips this time as the current students are usually taken out during auditions.
  11. Very likely, and that is why I assumed they would be running girls audition twice rather than making all girls stay for two days. Especially as presumably they won't be able to stay at the school overnight as it's term time.
  12. That's interesting as the Y7 boys are done in one day
  13. If I'm interpreting the various comments about 2 days correctly, I don't the the audition will last two days, rather the audition (for girls) is being run twice. https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/train/apply/apply-for-full-time-training/
  14. No, first round is at Floral Street. Only the finals are at White Lodge.
  15. https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/train/apply/associate-application-faqs/ Have you read FAQs? Quite helpful.
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