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  1. It is reassuring that this thread has now reopened. Please make sure that the itv details stay on the forum. Their investigation is completely confidential and they are very sensitive when talking to students. They are keen to hear about all experiences not just the current high profile investigation. It really feels a positive way to make these issues heard and change things for the better for future students.
  2. So are dance lower schools inspected by ofsted then Anna or another body iss are private schools ? Does this only cover academics ?
  3. I was lucky enough to watch the dress rehearsal as my daughter has been on work placement with the stage management team. What an experience that was for her and it was the best opera I have seen !
  4. While I agree with your above comment Anna C, I think this thread is very important as people are speaking out in a situation in which they do not feel threatened. I'm not planning to say any more as we are no longer associated with the ballet world. However, we did have issues regarding fees following a medical letter so if anyone wants advice re that I'm happy for them to message me. Wishing everyone all the best in whatever you do - mental health and happiness is the most important thing and life is long ! That's my pearls of wisdom !!!
  5. Dancermum2003 - we understand completely - I sincerely hope your niece gets the help she needs and a new future emerges for her. We were also too broken and exhausted to go in all guns blazing at the time. A lot of comments have been about upper schools so I just wanted to add that I was talking about a lower school (WL) where children are 12/13 when this is happening to them. Totally unacceptable and seemingly untouchable ( even with the strength of balletdadblog) . It is hard to imagine the effects of this until it happens to you. My advice would be do not be afraid to remove your child imm
  6. Sadly, from personal experience, I have to agree and sympathise with the comments in this thread by Sadielou, ribbons, taxi to name a few. I haven't followed this thread for a while, as we have now left the ballet world, but feel very strongly about these issues. The issue for us was not that the school chose to replace British students with those from overseas, but the lack of duty of care before, during and after the process. Many aspects of the 'balletdadblog' resonated strongly with us - same place, different time. My Dd was treated in an appalling manner - I understand that I cannot be
  7. Absolutely correct. I am waiting to see what the moderators decide to do as I also have comments to add but do not wish to do so simply to have them removed.
  8. Two pairs of freed pointe shoes from special order - new and unused. £15 each or £25 for both pairs. Other ballet clothing md equipment for sale also including high leg strappy leotards, ballet wrap skirts, the-footstretcher, pirouette master, Bloch ballet bag. Please message for details and for pictures. ,
  9. Dd has received an offer of a day place, invitation to scholarship audition and waiting list for boarding for tring sixth form. We know of others with similar offers. Obviously circumstances for funding are different this year with no Dadas available. I wondered if anyone knows of anyone with an offer of a boarding place for sixth form with scholarship audition ? Also any information about home stays ( costings, availability) would be welcome as we live too far from the school for a day place to be an option. Many thanks in advance x
  10. Looking for a pair of new Bloch Amelie 103 pointe shoes size 5.5 xx. Out of stock at suppliers til November and dd needs a new pair for a festival end oct.
  11. Bloch serenade SO 131 pointe shoes brand new, unworn, spare pair, selling due to change in size. Bought for £40, selling for £20 plus postage. Can e mail photo.
  12. Unworn pointe shoes with ribbons sewn on, immaculate, unwanted spare pair due to changing size. £49 new, selling for £25 plus postage, can e mail photo.
  13. Like lisadebs I can confirm there is no problem with staying at WL at weekends. My daughter stays most weekends as do many others. Only 2 or 3 girls in her year go home every weekend. We wouldn't be able to get her home every week due to distance and finances x
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