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  1. I have no personal knowledge or insight (other than from news reports) into the most current, dreadful situation, and do not feel that I can offer anything other than the expression of sadness and horror (and an element of relief that my dd made the choice she did). I am very surprised that there are no forum members out there who feel the need to say something about this. Open and honest dialogue, within the forum rules, is one of the most valuable aspects for members. I do feel that in the 9 years I have been a member, sadly, the debate about more controversial topics has diminished and some
  2. I’m guessing you already have the generic email administrator@thehammondschool.co.uk but if not, it might be worth a try. They are usually very helpful at passing things on.
  3. This is interesting to me - I had a telephone conversation with my GP at the start of lockdown and he called me 2 weeks later to say that he had been thinking about our conversation and felt that he should have given different advice at the time.
  4. Since my previous post mentioning the lack of auditions, dd has just received the first opportunity of an on line audition from her agent! Maybe a small glimmer....?
  5. My dd is graduating from the Hammond - so sad that after 8 years there that this is how it has ended for her. We’ve heard there’s going to be a video conference prize giving/ graduation, but no details yet. The Hammond has been proactive in supporting graduates to be taken on by an agent and zoom classes will continue for this final half term. From September dd will have to source her own classes to keep audition ready - goodness knows when auditions will start again - I’m thinking probably not until close to the end of the year.
  6. I bought a Darcey Bussell for a ballet friend at Christmas and it has just produced its first bloom. You might find that the plants are only available at certain times of year. Good luck in your search.
  7. ‘Devoted to Dance’ has some great contacts and is very generous in sharing these. DD has had school based classes, so has not been able to join in, but there are some fab opportunities.
  8. Congratulations to your dd - great to hear positive news
  9. Becky at The Dancer’s room in Lichfield is fab and they definitely stock GMs as my dd has them from there. Dd used to have a special order, but Becky found her a more standard pair which are fine and take less time to come.
  10. We move our living room furniture every day to create a space for class! We live in an upside down house and my office is underneath the thuds from contemporary and jazz. Thank goodness tap is yet to go on line😀
  11. This comment is not coming from any ‘insider knowledge base, but if my child had been offered a place without MDS funding, I would contact the school in question and, regardless of any information previously given about potential fee support, ask what they could do at this time for my child. Over the 8 years that my dd has been a full time vocational pupil I have heard of many families who have asked questions, challenged decisions, asked for audition tapes to be reconsidered, negotiated payments etc etc and received a response that was different from the first one. I
  12. Balletbean, not sure where you’re located, but careers folk are still working and your son’s school’s careers guidance person should still be available by phone or video link to talk A level choices. If you are struggling, please pm me - both my husband and I are qualified careers advisers. I am running on the same fuel as you, btw! 🍾
  13. Bex, have sent you a pm, but delighted to say that tonight dd has received an offer from a second agency
  14. DD has received her first offer of representation from an agency after submitting her show reel and a Skype interview. More Interviews to come, but a fabulous start and she loved the agent and his attitude, so it might well be this one!
  15. Hammond has cancelled graduate showcase performance (open to public) and agents’ performances in Chester and London. They may be rearranged if possible in future. Message from school said that the decision had been made to cancel ‘some’ events.
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