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  1. I too am starting to think about next year for my dd - (even though we are not sure if dd would be better to wait till year 11!) there are lots of pages already about auditions at different schools but I was wondering about people's experiences at these schools that are current? My dd is very academic also and I guess I'm wondering whether there is much difference between the obvious schools available, do any focus more on dance than academics, any more on classical ballet than others? Anyone who has recently trawled around these schools I would greatly appreciate any advice, many thanks (dd would not be starting as a year 7)
  2. I've applied for JA for my two daughters. Does anyone know when we get to hear dates and times for auditions? I'm just conscious the time is getting closer and I'm worried that I've missed something Thank you
  3. Does anyone know if the London SAs have had their assessment yet?
  4. Hope someone can help!! There seems to be two different sets of photos required for the audition application: One here (which the application sends you to) http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/photograph-requirements-full-time/ and one on the second page fo the form - not sure the link will work and cant post a photo (easy to get to by putting in name and dob tho) http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/junior-associate-audition-application-form/#gf_59 really confused!! x
  5. Hello - I have been lurking here for a while. I don't know ANYTHING about dance, but I have a ballet mad 8 year old, who after attending a JA associate experience day up in Leeds, is desperate to audition for the JA programme. Our nearest centre would be Manchester, but we could also do leeds. Can anyone help me with the Manchester class times? it says some would be on a Friday? how would this work with regard to normal school? does anyone know how many classes out of the 28 sessions would be on a Friday? I'm not keen on her missing school, hence looking at Leeds as well. With regard to the Leeds sessions, does anyone know what time on a Saturday these would be on? I don't think her dance teacher would allow her to miss classes to attend. feel a bit caught between a rock and a hard place to be honest, and I don't know whether to just put her off. After all, the chances of her getting a place are v slim anyway. Thanks in advance x
  6. Hello, I am new to this forum, and I am looking for some advice really regarding my daughter. Having never danced myself I am in a position as to not knowing what to do for the best. My daughter is 8 years old. She competes regularly at festivals and has won medals at the national finals /holds national titles etc so takes it all very seriously! Her ballet teacher suggested she should apply to JA programme and is very keen for her to do this. I then spoke to the school principal, who basically has said if she is prepared to say goodbye to festivals, other competitions and may have to miss some exams due to lack of attendance on a Saturday then fine. She feels that other children that have gone down this route have gone down hill once they have been on the programme, that the teachers aren't RBS teachers but outside ones, and that their performance level was not the same again. She feels that RBS make you commit to them being the most important focus and that the school commitments will become secondary. My daughter (seems to be) very good at ballet but is also doing well in tap, modern and commercial. At 8 she doesn't know whether she wants to go down the classical route and give everything else up, but at the same time I don't want her to ever have regrets not trying JA's! Is it possible to do both? Any advice/opinions gratefully received! I understand with her ballet teacher being an ex professional ballerina she would encourage this route, I also understand not being able to commit to Saturdays at the school for rehearsals etc but seems unfair to ask an 8 year old make such a big decision or is this normal in the dance world?! Thanks in advance for any help!
  7. Hi I've been trawling through old topics and posts much of the afternoon looking for hints, tips and advice on what to expect from final auditions and thought it would be easier to just start a new thread asking!! My daughter has got through to Elmhurst finals and we have no idea what to expect so would be really interested to hear from people who have been through it all at Elnhurst but also any of the other big schools as I'm sure others auditioning this year would love to hear and learn from your insight, thank you so much in advance ????
  8. Hy everybody, I need your precious help please!! My DD applied for full time training audition at White Lodge for year 8. In the application form we asked for London venue, so I suppose the audition date will be the 18th of january, according to their website. Once I sent the application, I received a confirmation email saying that further information will be send two weeks prior the audition. As we are travelling from Italy, we need to book international flights and I'm afraid that a last minute booking can be much more expensive. So I would like to know from someone who auditioned in the past: do I have to arrive in London the day before? What about departure (from London)? When do auditions finish? Do I have to stay overnight on the 18th as well? Thanks for helping!....You all know that this will not be the first and last question, don't you?!!!
  9. Hi. I know there are hundreds of threads on this forum about RBS JAs - I've read lots of them! However, I'm just after some honest thoughts from you lovely knowledgeable people. My dd (8) auditioned for JAs this year (for year 4) but was unsuccessful. She was very disappointed but coped pretty well with the knock back and is already talking about trying again next year. Her teacher has also already said that she should try again. Now, I have no problem at all with her trying again - she loved the experience and it was all very positive (apart from the 'no' of course). My query is whether it's honestly likely to pay off i.e. Do students really succeed in the auditions on second or even third attempt? The 'rejection' email was very encouraging and stated that dancers develop at different rates and that they would never discourage anyone from auditioning again, which I get. However, if they are looking for that certain 'something' which they spot in the few they do offer places to, I can't help but think they'd have seen that in dd straight away at her first audition. I'm a complete novice to the ballet world so I might have this completely wrong. I just want to try and get as full a picture of how it all works as possible so that I can help dd and manage her expectations. Thanks for taking the time to read!
  10. Royal Ballet School audition dates for 2015 entry have been published on their website: http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/training/auditions/audition-dates/
  11. My DD is coming to London to audition for Upper School in a few months time. I am curious to understand what exactly happens with Elmhurst and Royal Ballet school places. Are there extra places opened up for upper school or is there only filling of places for those who have been assessed out? I understand with ENBS and Central it is a whole new intake, but I would have thought there must be very few opportunities for a place in Elmhurst and RBS if they already have a full compliment of there own students which presumably are already of an extremely high standard. My dd is especially keen on RBS or Elmhurst but I thought as we are coming such a long way we should try for some others too. Are there other ballet schools that could be suggested for opportunities that perhaps we don't know about.
  12. Does anyone know when the letters come out for applications to royal ballet summer school?
  13. Hi Sorry if this post goes wrong, this is my first post and I don't know what tags are. I'm 12yrs and I've been dancing since I was 3. I'm applying for the ma at the RBS. I'm trying to find out as much about what they look for and what happens at an audition. From what I've gathered it's basically a class but is there any specific exercises such as touching your toes or something like that? Also how many places available for yr 8 and is the mid associates one class or is it separate for each yr groups? And for the ballet body I've got long limbs, longish neck,short torso, narrow hips but broad shoulders, hyperextension, but I've got flat, but very flexible, feet. In fact the lady who fit my pointe shoes thought that I had high arches because they were flexible. Is the only reason why they look for high arches and a high instep is because they want flexibility? I found out that flat feet tend not to be flexible. Thank you for reading this and I'll be grateful if anyone answers.
  14. I believe summer school candidates can audition for the Royal Ballet summer school on Wednesday, does this normally happen at this SS. My daughter won't be auditioning as she will be going into her final year. I wonder if this is more for the over seas students?
  15. http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/2014/06/congratulations-year-11-graduates/ RBS have just announced that 29 dancers have graduated this year with 20 of them continuing their training at RBS Upper School. This is many more than in recent years! The announcement also says that the others will continue their training at other prestigious establishments. Well done everyone!
  16. my youngest daughter has been recommended by her dance teacher to audition for rbs jnr associates. wondered what happens at the audition and how soon you find out if you have been successful. any tips will be greatly appreciated
  17. Hi everyone, My DS is going to summer school at Whitelodge this year and we would like to get him a mobile phone for when he is there. In our pack it says this is fine but the signal is not great in the park. Just wondering if anyone already staying there knows which network has best reception? I know he can use the payphone but we'd like to send him quick texts rather then him having to worry about getting money from the office to call all the time. Thanks in advance.
  18. Hi, are there any Junior Associate results out yet!
  19. Just saw a post about this from yesterday on the RBS website. The deadline for applications is tomorrow (13th June). From the RBS website: This innovative dance project is designed to link A Level and BTEC dance students and selected London Secondary Schools with young dancers of a similar age at The Royal Ballet School. The projects are creative collaborations for a group of pupils who will meet and work with Royal Ballet School students over a 15-week period. The project provides a creative insight to the art form of ballet and culminates in the creation and performance of a new dance piece by all the participants. No previous experience of ballet is required. http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/2014/06/invite-schools-take-part-collaborative-dance-project/ Yaffa
  20. who got a yes from RBS,ENBS and Elmhurst? and who from you got a yes from both, which one do you decide it to go? my daughter will do the auditions next year. please feel free to share your experience!! Congratulations to all of you!!!!
  21. Hello. Would anyone be kind enough to answer some questions I have about the full-time courses at the Royal Ballet School for ages 16-18? I'm actually a writer, and would like to know this in regards to a character I'm writing. It doesn't focus on her time at the school, she's not the main character, and most of these points I don't actually have to address in the work itself; but I would like to know them for my own understanding of the character, and I really like to get details right. So I'd really appreciate any help anyone would be kind enough to give me. Thank you very much!! My questions are: 1. It says on the RBS website that the courses at Covent Garden are three years long and begin in September. Is this the same as a university course, meaning it would begin in September 2014 and finish in summer 2017, with term breaks in the summer, etc.? If so, what month exactly does the course end in? 2. What sort of training background would someone need to have had to be accepted to one of the full-time courses for 16-18 year olds? Provided someone had been studying ballet from a young age and were an exceptional dancer, even if they'd had no training at anywhere prestigious before applying, is it possible that they could be accepted to the school? I would also like to ask if anyone knows how different procedure at the school was back in the mid-1970s? What I'd like to know is: 3. Were the full-time courses for 16-18 year olds still offered then, were they the same length as they are now, and did they give academic training alongside their dance training back then the same way they do now? 4. Were scholarships still offered then with the same or similar conditions as they are now? 5. Does anyone know what teacher training courses they offered back then – are they similar to the ones they offer now? I'm especially interested in the Course in Ballet Education Practice. In fact, any information about becoming a ballet teacher in the mid-70s would be really helpful, even if it doesn't involve the RBS! Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and I'd very much appreciate any help anyone would be kind enough to give me!
  22. Who'll be there on Saturday? We need to have a Balletco gathering! And also I was thinking it's strange it's only a "summer fair" again this year, I thought that's what it was last year, so this one would be an "open day". Can any WLers shed any light on it. I'm going with my ds to see who remembers him (and which staff are still there - quite a few of the house and academic staff have gone).
  23. My 9yr old has a JA on Tuesday - any hints and tips anyone can give me to 'help' him? He is very excited and a little bit nervous obviously I have explained to him to just do what he loves (and remember stretched feet haha) and let that love of ballet shine through - just enjoy the experience. Its many many many moons since I auditioned !
  24. Hi Has anyone had a letter with audition time yet? Thanks
  25. Hello all, Does anyone know when the MA auditions results will be out? My nails are vanishing at a rate of knots as I wait for the postman! Does anyone remember when they were out last year or in other previous years? Thank you so much. I've never posted before but have read some very useful threads previoulsly, so thought I'd be brave!
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