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  1. Hi everyone! I am thinking of auditioning for the Hammond lower school dance to start in year 8, so I was wondering what type of exercises you do in the ballet and modern classes, what type of solo to prepare, and what they do to test your flexibility? It would also be helpful if you could tell me what kind of ability/grade they expect you to be at so I can see if I am ready for this (it’s a big jump from just dancing for fun a few times a week, but I have been thinking about it for a while). Would you also recommend doing a few extra classes to prepare for the audition? Thanks and sorry this is so long!
  2. Evening my DS Has just been places on the waiting list for the Hammond MDS but I am interested who has in the past been offered a bursary, when were you informed about it etc as unsure if to continue with paying out if it’s not worth it a specially in this uncertain climate 😢. Also who many in the past have been on the reserve list but then have gained an MDS thank you
  3. I have 2 tickets for the Hammond’s senior school show on Friday 13th March, Row D, 13 and 14. I bought them for family who are now concerned about travel from Europe, so not coming. If anyone would like them, please let me know and I can give you the confirmation before the show. its the first time for a number of years that the Hammond has split it senior and junior performances, and it will be interesting to see how it works out.
  4. Sorry for starting a new thread but I didn’t want to post in several and am interested in hearing about all vocational schools. What are the chances of being offered a vocational school place into Year 10? If you are not successful for scholarship funding (or are ineligible) can you still be offered a place if you can pay fees?
  5. We are just at the very beginning of this journey and I was wondering if anyone could advise on the best age for vocational school? Year 7 seems very young but are you less likely to find a place in year 9. Cost would be a major issue for us and my initial feeling is the later the better but I don't want my daughter to miss out if the potential is there, a big if I realise
  6. My ds has been offered a place at the Hammond for YR10 entry. He could only go if he gets a funded place or a scholarship but as these are harder to achieve further up the school this is not likely. He also has final auditions for 2 other vocational schools both of which would be preferential as they seem to specialise more in ballet/contemporary whereas at Hammond the dance curriculum is broader and he would have to do tap which he has zero interest in. In order for him even to be considered for funding at The Hammond we would have to pay a £150 registration fee and I have to say this has really put me off the school. Essentially we could just be throwing away £150 which is not something we are in a position to do. Ds is currently at a very good academic school although it is hard for him from a balance and a social perspective. He is also progressing well in dance having come to it relatively late. I just don't know what to do. I resent having to pay £150 just to register to be put forward for funding. Part of me thinks if he doesn't get offered anything from the other two then it is only two more years and then it is a different arena post 16. The other part of me worries that if we don't explore all opportunities for him now we are limiting his chances of success in the future. Does anyone have any insight? Thanks
  7. Discovered yesterday that DD's backup tracksuit bottoms are now swinging around her knees (she's finally grown - hurray!) so are up for sale for £5. Suitable for a teeny year 7 - I think 24 waist and 26 leg. They have been used but still got a bit of life in them - ideal for having as a spare pair.
  8. Can anyone help tell me more about Hammond upper school? I’ve seen lots of posts about it and read the website but would love some more informal feedback. I’ve found this forum to be a treasure trove of lovely people and useful supporting information, so thank you to everyone who posts! I am doing research on upper schools. Happy to share whatever I learn about dates and so forth.
  9. I have 3 front row tickets for sale for the The Hammond 'Inspirations' show on Thursday 11th July. 1 x adult and 2 x concessions. £39 We had a last minute diary clash so I've had to buy more for the next night instead.
  10. A few forum members have very kindly offered their advice re attending the Hammond, and as my DS is about to join year 7 - I thought it best to ask all of you (in the know) rather than aim lots of questions at any one person ???? Here goes : • do the boarding houses have Wifi ? • is it advisable to take a small laundry basket for his room? - not sure how laundry is collected. • are iPads / phones collected in at a certain time in the evening ? • do all boarders go home/leave the boarding houses on exeat weekends - or do some stay ? • are the children allowed their own snacks/tuck etc ? The list could go on ........ Sorry !! but DS has been asking a few questions & thought it would be nice to find a few answers for him (& me) and perhaps other slightly daunted DC & their parents. Thanks to anyone who can offer some pointers.
  11. I can see that some people have already received news that their child has been awarded an MDS for Hammond. I haven't heard anything yet and I'm now concerned. Has anyone else not heard?
  12. Hi I’m new to such forums but the dance world is very complex in deed, no matter what the level, vocational or non vocational and all the other variables! So I’m looking for anyone with any advice or experience on day students at the Hammond. Thanks
  13. Hi I have the following available: 3 sweatshirts 34 inch x2 £3 each age 11/12 £4 2 tracksuit tops 34-36 inch £3 (zip pull working but tab replaced with metal ring so works) 32 inch £4 coat 32 inch £8 (slight cracking to 2 popper casings and one missing but all poppers work) black drama zip up hoodie £3 XL youth Postage at cost.
  14. Hello everyone My delightful pupil starts at the Hammond in September . she would love to hear from any other girls doing likewise . PM me if you prefer and I can make the link kind regards tutugirl
  15. These will be available at end of academic year- Y10/11: black dans-ez cap sleeve leotard. Medium x 2. Good condition £7 each All years (I think) RAD leotard Wear MoI Titania black XS. Good condition £5 28/30 inch tracksuit bottoms. Good condition £7 32 inch tracksuit top good condition £8 32 inch? Tracksuit top. Good condition except zip pull has come off so has key ring pull on. £5 2 x 34 inch school jumpers. Good/fair condition £5 each Coat 32 inches. Good/excuse condition except casing cracked on one popper and missing on another. Poppers all work. (They barely wear them) £10 Year 10/11 pink modern leotards x2. Wear Moi size S. Barely worn. £10 each Tie £3 Postage at cost. Thanks!
  16. Hiya, I'm looking to buy any spare/grown out of Hammond uniform suitable for a small Year 7 girl ( just checked her present school skirt and it's age 6 -7 so I think I'm going to be doing a lot of alterations!) In particular: Ballet leotard Tap/modern leotard Blazer Dance tracksuit Coat (is this compulsory btw?) Thanks x
  17. Hello my DD has just been accepted into the Hammond. She is going to the call back audition, aiming to achieve the scholarship. On the open day we were provided with a sliding scale to get an idea of what the cost would be, but I can’t find it. Would anyone have a copy or know where I can obtain one before I have to request one from the school please? Thanks
  18. Morning ladies, just wondering if any boys are heading to the masterclass on Sunday. My DS will be one of the youngest. Hope he can keep up! He’s planning a mammoth packed lunch...😄😄
  19. Hi! What happens at other schools at this time of year? Hammond seems to abandon dance for the last 2 weeks of term in favour of Carol service preparation !! Just not ideal preparation for auditions for Y11s!!!
  20. DD has just had her first Lower School audition today at Hammond. She woke up with a runny nose and sore throat, and even though she had a fantastic day, burst into tears after I collected her. She's distraught as she feels she messed up most of the dance audition. In the ballet she couldn't spot properly in turns as her nose was running and she fluffed some basic steps😔. In the modern section she froze and forgot a sequence of steps too. She's used to auditions, and has had both positive and negative outcomes, and taken the 'nos' well, but I think this is the first time she's felt she's not done her best. I've never seen her like this, she's heartbroken. The school and teachers seemed so lovely which made it worse. Any advice or words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thank you x
  21. I have six Hammond blue Arabesque leotards for sale of varying amount of use - a couple practically new, in sizes 2, 2a and 3. Please contact me if interested.
  22. Hi I have 2 full and 1 concession ticket available for the Saturday 1.30 show. All seated together. Selling at face price full £20 concession£15. Thanks.
  23. Hi , I'm very new to this and after a little help/support? , my Dd has been offered a place for year 9 at Hammond , but is on reserve list for funding , anyone know if this ever happens ??
  24. Hi my daughter starting Hammond 6th form in September and wondered if any one can pass on any information regards Accomadation , not had a list from Hammond as yet but sure it won't be long before we do , if anyone has been through the process of having to sort out Accomadation for Hammond any info will be great thanks
  25. Hi, Just wondering if people can give me the low down on the paper/academic exams pupils have to do for The Hammond, Trying etc. Are they just to get an idea of where that pupil is or do they use them in their decision of acceptance along with auditions? We aren't there just yet but not that long until need to consider our options. Also is it really hard to get in or you just can't tell what they are looking for - dance skills alone, vocal skills, acting abilities, all of it?! Finally, do 11 year olds cope being away from home so young? With thanks in advance
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