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  1. I just read reread the interview, yes I’m sure it was edited, but it was a car crash, and the subtext screams to me that ballet culture remains outdated and stuck in the past. Carlos Acosta made the ‘weight/line/shape issue’ explicitly about woman in ballet. Leaving the reader to infer that women must be the ones to stay in shape (lose weight) just in case ‘the guy can’t cope…if the girl isn’t light enough’ 😧 Right there he lost me his audience and created a social media furore. He also disappointingly swerved the issue of race and diversity in ballet suggesting it is now a non-issue; he also stated he had never been exposed to any racism in the course of his ballet career. Again leaving the reader to infer maybe racism doesn’t even exist in dance. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Weight Race Culture Sighs ☹️
  2. He’s also posted on Instagram today. https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/sf-ballet-isaac-hernandez-19503321.php
  3. Well we are having a reasonably serious discussion here. Social media can be a useful place to shine a spotlight on areas like this, it reaches a wide audience and allows people like here to take carrry forward the discussion.
  4. I believe someone as influential in the ballet world as Carlos Acosta is needs to expect that these are the kinds of questions that might be asked and for me they warrant a considered response. By suggesting there is ‘nothing to see here,’ Acosta unfortunately reinforced the agenda that is now trending. A missed opportunity.
  5. My DC is performing in this production and said that from watching all the company rehearsals that Ivana Bueno is ‘absolutely exquisite.’ How wonderfully exciting for her 🦢💓can’t wait to see the company perform.
  6. My child will be applying for US’s in the autumn. Their experience in LS has given rise for me to question the somewhat intransigent nature of the culture within dance training and wonder if it is possible that anywhere offers a progressive, nurturing training experience with teachers who are up to date with current training and developments in dance. Who meet the child where they are (within the obvious constraints of training) Can forum members with children either currently in or recently left US give me some positive feedback about culture, training, support, and all the things that they feel their children needed and received to progress through their training. What does the US do really well, what is it that makes a difference to your child? I don’t need to know about whether children are successful only that as they progress through their training do they feel happy and prepared for whatever they are going to choose to do next. I’m not looking for perfect, but I am looking for kindness, care, and support and all that this offers. Fingers crossed 🤞☺️
  7. We have always dipped in and out of Marquee TV ‘streaming the arts’ (£8pm can cancel anytime) and iPlayer has a very good dance section. My dancing teen and I saw Akram Khans Giselle on iPlayer and what a treat that was! When my child was young and not in full-time vocational training until Y9 they were fortunate to be able to perform in many full length classical ballets with wonderful companies and we availed ourselves of relatively cheap local theatre tickets to watch full length ballets by unknown touring companies each year. Then my child very much wanted to watch classical ballet. Not so much now. Now immersed in full-time ballet training and all that this entails, (which is ALOT), any mention of going to see a ballet is met with ‘no Thankyou’ , they want a complete break for all things classical ballet. Exceptions are contemporary choreographers like Forsythe (which we saw at Sadlers Wells as a birthday present) or any other dance genre. I believe when children are in full-time vocational training the school also has a responsibility to ensure that their students see at least one performance a year in a theatre. Also let’s not forget that all training schools put on an annual show for the public and students get to watch these as well as perform in them. For me families with a dancing child/children do what’s right for their whole family. I suspect there are probably no children in full-time ballet training that have never seen at least one full length classical ballet. At a guess the Nutcracker will be up there as No 1 😅 oh maybe Swan Lake 😊 I only have one child. If I had 3, but only one that was interested in dancing and 2 not at all this might mean that a family outing looks like a Christmas Panto, or the Barbie movie, or a trip to a theme park, or a day out in London to see the lights. Or going away on a family holiday. Hopefully if our children gain that elusive contract in their futures they can then immerse themselves in dancing in full length ballets all the time. ☺️ NB I just costed a family of 4 going to see MB’s Romeo and Juliet at the Mayflower in October, my local theatre. £70 for tickets (back of circle cheapest), train £25 and maybe interval ice cream/drink £20. £115 is a lot of money. If you are already paying for school fees, intensives, uniform and travel for your children; additional spending like this just might not ever be possible.
  8. Your post is very insightful and very interesting. with regards to the part I have quoted; would you mind sharing what you observed? obvs the school etc isn’t relevant, but I would be v interested to hear your observations on what the mismatch looked like. my own child’s experience with associates prior to joining full-time training at Y9; the Y4-6 associates really did seem to be offering good quality training with intention for the children to join LS’s. There was a feeling of investment. Y7-9 associates however was most definitely not the case, and the quality of training my child experienced was just ok. My child was bored and the intention and direction of the work was not clearly focused. (I understand what it is on paper which was attractive to my child). They left end of Y8. of my child’s cohort Y7-Y11 who remained with associates none progressed into the US. I do not want to name schools. The ballet world in the UK is extremely small.
  9. I won’t say where my child is training because I want as much anonymity for them as possible. They are at one of the main vocational ballet schools. They auditioned successfully for Y9. I did not want them boarding any earlier because than this. If I could have found a local alternative I would have left it until Upper School. Boarding full-time for vocational training (and this is my own personal opinion) with hindsight is not great, but….my child loved ballet ALOT. Having everything in one place has worked well for them, however it is not easy, but waaay easier than what went before with travelling and hunting down good quality training. Would your child like to board, what age are they?
  10. Hello, there does not seem to be much of a norm. For us initially my child and I got caught up in the excitement of it all, until I realised this is a marathon not a sprint, and a balanced life with all its component parts is key to a healthy happy child. I used to drive my child to vocational ballet training in London 5 days a week. 2 hrs each way. My child was Home Educated and it was absolutely exhausting for me as well as them. Exciting at first but after a while it was just too much. we managed a year and threw in the towel, it just was not sustainable for either of us long term. I found I was more exhausted than they were. I can only imagine how hard it would be with a full school day thrown in. My child is now in full time residential training, days are long and challenging but minus the travel. we found travel to associate programs at weekends RBS and Ballet Boost a breeze by comparison. They were a 2 hour journey each way. knowing what I know now, if I could have found a local school with a teacher that is up to date on their training and development in ballet teaching and could offer a non-syllabus style approach alongside the standard RAD classes; with parking and a coffee shop nearby I would throw myself and my child at it and stay there until Upper School if they hadn’t lost interest by then😁 your child might want it more than anything but we found that a healthy balance of fun, friends, school and dance makes for an all round better outcome for everyone long term 💗
  11. Thankyou so much @Ruby Foo
  12. Hello Am new to the forum. Have a boy Y10 vocational training. Needs help over the summer break with putting together his video for US auditions. can anyone signpost us to a reasonably priced classical ballet teacher (with a studio) who could help him put this together. He doesn’t want me to film it and we do not have access to a studio. He does not want to ask a teacher at his school. cost is an issue, so is location. So 100 mile radius from Hampshire. Can be a man or woman, but really solid experience in teaching and ballet is key. many thanks
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