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  1. Would your daughter consider a BTEC as an alternative to A Levels? It's hard if you're academic and A Levels are the obvious route but you can get into good Russell Group universities with a BTEC.
  2. Thank you. It does make sense that the fees are higher than at other universities but it doesn't seem fair that students can't get the full amount of loan of £9K. Even with this, they still have a shortfall of £6K.
  3. Fees at LSC are currently around £15k/year (ouch!) Even though this is a degree course attached to a university, the maximum loan students can take out for the fees is around £6K leaving a huge shortfall. At other universities, as I understand it, fees are around £9K and students can take a loan to cover this in full and it's not means tested. Does anyone know the reason for this difference?
  4. Any other suggestions for summer schools that are less ballet focussed?
  5. Thank you, excellent advice. Dd wouldn't want to dance the whole summer but it would be nice to do a week or two. MBS does seem to be quite ballet focussed, dd not keen on pointe work! She mainly does contemporary and jazz.
  6. Thank you, international sounds expensive! And probably difficult this year with travel restrictions etc.
  7. What do vocational students generally do over the summer to keep up their training? Dd is finishing her first year. As of yet they haven't been given any guidance about this (busy with upcoming show). Dd has been thinking about a summer school but they seem to have an upper age limit of 18!
  8. Balletmom225, this is awful, your poor daughter! The girls and the MUMS are making comments?! It’s bullying. Get her out of there and fast.
  9. Is anyone else auditioning on 7th March for TPA? My 13 year old dd is very keen but I wanted to find out how competitive it is to get a place. My oldest dd was at TPA for several years and had a great time and found the training to be top notch. Little dd is probably less able than her older sister (generally gets Merits for dance exams) and I want to manage her expectations.
  10. Thank you for this really helpful information. They don't sound like a good idea at all! I have sent the info to dd, hopefully it will put her off the idea.
  11. Thank you, she's not on Instagram but uses Snapchat and TikTok. I have no idea where she heard about them from.
  12. When I said the school, I mean the school that the Cambridges' children attend.
  13. 13 year old dd has asked for a stretch ladder. Has anyone got one and are they safe to use? Where can I buy, a quick look online and everywhere seems to be out of stock!
  14. There is on street parking just round the corner, near the school. I can't remember the name of the road but if you come out of the RAD and turn right then immediately right again it's there. It's a residential road. We used to go on Sundays and the parking was free but I imagine it's pay by phone on weekdays.
  15. Our dance school has been fantastic throughout lockdown, providing zoom lessons from April onwards. I'm so grateful to them. But I really feel for anyone not able to dance 😞
  16. I heard MPs will be voting today. So it hasn't been officially confirmed yet? Think Boris made the announcement on Saturday because of the press leak.
  17. Thank you, I did think about the London Ballet Company - my oldest dd was an associate there some years ago....but their website is down and I'm wondering if they're still around.... I don't think dd is strong enough to get through the auditions at London Junior/Senior ballet but I will have a look.
  18. Does anyone have any suggestions for associate programmes that happen on a Sunday in or around London? Its for my 13 year old dd, she’s looking for extra ballet but also contemporary and maybe jazz to supplement her regular classes. Preferably something that isn’t too competitive to get in to! Thank you.
  19. Thank you. Dd isn't keen on MT and her singing and acting are weak compared to dancing, but she feels she should work on them to make her more likely to get a job.
  20. Just an update on my dd. She has now secured places at LSC and Stella Mann and is finding it hard to decide between the two. She initially thought it would be mad to turn down a place at LSC but after a visit to Stella Mann this week she likes the smaller size. She has made a list of pros and cons - one of the main cons of LSC is the size and also there is less focus on musical theatre. She is predominantly a dancer and hasn't had much MT experience but for future career prospects isn't it better to have some singing and acting in your repertoire? The course at LSC seems to offer more flexibility than Stella Mann. If anyone has any personal experiences of either college it would be good to hear. Thank you.
  21. Thank you, that's very helpful. I should have said that she will live at home as we live in London. The journey is a bit of a nightmare by public transport despite us living relatively close but dd is learning to drive and hopefully will pass her test soon. She was offered either a jazz or contemporary track which seems a bit early to decide! I presume there is flexibility?
  22. Thank you, she is over the moon. meadowblythe - yes probably. The good thing is that the course at LSC is a BA so she'll have a degree. However the fees are around 50% more than a university degree and I don't think we qualify for funding. But I assume dd can get student funding/loans etc.
  23. Hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Just a quick update - dd decided to apply to London Studio Centre, Stella Mann, Urdang and Momentum (small local dance college near us). She auditioned for Momentum before lockdown and got waiting list which is quite good news I think. Of course the other three will be video auditions. We've spent the past few weeks filming everything she needs for LSC which had the earliest deadline and she submitted it last week. Today - fantastic news - they have offered her a place on the BA Theatre Arts course! 😀😀
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