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  1. Swan Lake is a lovely ballet! My dd was a courtier at EYB's first ever performance of Swan Lake in Dartford, think it was around 2012. She did Swan Lake again a few years later and was a swan, such a classic part! Well done, they'll have a great time.
  2. Well done to your dd RachH. What's the ballet? Just wanted to add my dd has done EYB 5 times between the ages of 11-17 and has had a wonderful time at each one.
  3. Thank you so much. So it's ok to take the photos on a phone? Dd has an iPhone 7 which has quite a good camera I think.
  4. A quick question about photos - a lot of the colleges we've been looking at require photos. Where can I get these done?
  5. Thank you all, really good advice. Have been mulling it over with dd and come to the conclusion that she should apply to audition to colleges where she is in time and hasn’t missed deadlines. Her focus is ballet/jazz/contemporary (but not keen on pointe). Some of the schools we’ve looked at require singing too. She’s really not musical theatre. Any recommendations where she could apply to where singing isn’t a requirement?
  6. Thank you all so much for the really helpful replies. I will read again and discuss with dd. Lots of food for thought!
  7. Hello, I haven't posted here for a while. My oldest dd is 18 and at a crossroads. Brief background - she started ballet at 3 and picked up modern, tap, jazz and a bit of contemporary over the years. Dance has always been part of her life and it's extremely important to her. She did consider taking it further a while back but she didn't think she was good enough and lacked in confidence. She was at Abbots Bromley for Sixth Form which she loved. She got her BTEC with top grades along with A Level English and secured a place at Birmingham to do English, having decided not to pursue a professional dance career. The Birmingham place is deferred to this coming September when she is due to start. She is now having a gap year and has started classes at a local dance school where my youngest dd goes. This school has an attached full time college where dd is taking some classes and the teaching staff there seem to really like her. She is now having second thoughts about university and thinks perhaps she should pursue full time dance training. But it would be difficult to turn down a place at a great university and she doesn't know if she would be able to reapply as she missed her offer but was lucky enough they they accepted her anyway this time. She and I are both worried about competing in a crowded industry where there is no guarantee of success. I don't even know if it's too late to apply to dance colleges for this September, or which ones she should apply to or how competitive it is. What do dancers do if they complete a college course but then don't make it as dancer? I don't think she would want to teach. Does anyone have any advice please? This wasn't on the cards at all, it looked like she was doing English at Birmingham but this doubt has come in now and I don't feel very well informed. Thank you for reading.
  8. Thank you Bluebird, sorry should have said we are in London!
  9. My youngest dd (now 12) has followed in her older sister's footsteps and is loving her dance. She does ballet as one of her classes but much prefers other dance styles - modern, tap and jazz (and hip hop!). Does anyone know of any schemes that would supplement her usual classes? She's always keen to do more. Is there anything equivalent to EYB but for other dance styles? She's keen to try contemporary (too young?) and acro but her dance school don't offer those.
  10. Thank you all so much. Antibiotics are kicking in although they make her feel a bit sick 😞 Better with food. We should hopefully be covered privately for physio so will ask the consultant about that.
  11. Gosh LinMM that sounds so confusing! So the consultant we saw just after she did it said she could weight bear as soon as it was comfortable. He said as the fracture was horizontal, bearing weight would help the bone to fuse. For the first few weeks it was too painful to bear weight but after that dd started to put a bit of weight on it when she could. So I'm still not sure if weight bearing makes things better or worse!
  12. Thank you all for great advice and for sharing your stories. Since I last posted, we have been back to A&E! The top of dd's foot was red, hot and swollen this morning. After a 3 hour wait in A&E, she has been given antibiotics and told to rest. Some sort of infection/inflammation or cellulitis. No idea what caused that....
  13. Hello, I haven't posted here for a while but was hoping for some advice. My 16 year old dd has recently broken her ankle. She's been in a boot and walking with crutches for the past 4 weeks, they've said around 6 weeks for it to mend. She doesn't dance as much as her sisters but was hoping to start a modern class just before the injury. At her check up today, the doctor said it could take up to 3 months to heal completely and sometimes even longer. She's going to start physio in a few weeks to help with the movement. She's keen to get back to dance as soon as possible but I imagine it's risky going back too soon? Has anyone experienced this type of injury and is there anything she can do to help the healing process? Thank you.
  14. Can anyone recommend a bra that doesn't show under a leotard? My 12 year old dd is very self-conscious and needs a bra to wear under her black leotard. The leotard has quite thick straps but her bra straps show at the back and also the leotard is quite low cut meaning a bit of the bra cup shows at the front. Any recommendations please?
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