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  1. Hello! A question for anyone who’s already submitted their application: Do they ask for a student’s height and weight? Just want to make sure I’ve got all the information before I start filling it out. Thank you, and good luck!
  2. My DC is yr6 and so we will soon be embarking on the whirlwind of vocational school applications and auditions which if I’m honest, I’m a bit apprehensive of the rollercoaster ride of emotions I’ve heard it to be. im still unsure whether I’d actually want my DC to attend a vocational school even though they really want to if they were lucky enough to be offered a place. So I’m looking for first hand experiences of the good , the bad and the ugly of your children’s experiences of vocational training at one of those 3 schools (feel free to DM me) so that I can go into this all with open eyes before making informed decisions as we have no experience of vocational schools, what it’s really like living away from home from 11 , the schooling , the training etc so feel a bit clueless as to what we’d really be in for if indeed we were lucky enough and decided to take this route. I’m hoping that by hearing some of your honest experiences , we may have more of an idea of whether to actually even try to go for auditions or whether to decide as a family that it’s not for us. Thanks
  3. Received this today. I guess watch this space. https://mail.royalballetschool.org.uk/76ZA-30ME-0C9966EB387733C815GTJCF29A31C12A2D449D/cr.aspx Are you a recreational ballet teacher with a minimum of 3 years’ experience, or a graduate of a Royal Ballet School teacher training programme? Do you value: Innovation Versatility and diversity The need for highly trained teachers, with pedagogical study implicit in training The need for a holistic dance training? Then we have some very exciting news for you... More to come end of January 2022 – stay tuned!
  4. The Royal Ballet School have just announced “exciting changes” to their audition process. I can see that the dates have been brought earlier than they were this year, but it just looks like they’re reverting to the pre-Covid system of in person prelims. Am I missing something?
  5. Hi, I will be taking my daughter to audition at the Royal Ballet next month as a year eight. Does anybody have any tips for us? Thanks! : )
  6. I'm hoping for some impartial advice please? My daughter has been a JA since Year 4, and is currently in Year 6. We are working out what to do with regards to the auditions for next year. Realistically we cannot afford to send her to White Lodge, as we have two other children and a big mortgage! My question is this: if we only apply for the Mid Associates and not White Lodge - would her chances of getting a place in the MA be diminished because we haven't applied for WL? Or should we be applying for both? I'm hoping someone might be able to shed some light on the process as this is all new to me! thanks in advance
  7. I’m a year 6 ballet mum with young dancer who is about to embark on vocational school auditions on the advice of our daughters dance teachers , both local and Ja . Obviously I have a lot of reservations but my daughter is desperate to go especially to white lodge ( I realise this is unlikely)however I’d be very interested to hear from any parents with children studying there with regards to all aspects . Interested to hear experiences both good and bad so if the opportunity arises we can make an informed decision.
  8. The annual matinee was on Sat 10th July. The digital programme booklet can be found here https://royalballetschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Digital-Summer-Performance-Royal-Opera-House-10-July.pdf This also (page 15) gives a list of contracts for this years graduates, scattered across the world. Four ladies from the school join the RB Aud Jebsen programme. At one point it was announced that last years Aud Jebsen dancers would appear, as they had missed their graduation performance last year, but this didn't happen. It had also been announced that the performance would be upper school only, but they were able to include an appearance from White Lodge Year 11. A packed programme, over three hours in total, including a complete performance of Elite Syncopations. The Defile was a mix of virtual (screened) appearances from White Lodge mixed with the Upper School in person, ingeniously done.
  9. Just saw that The Royal Ballet School have launched their Online Summer Intensive again and they are now also offering Adult sessions. Cant wait! Here is the link to all the info if you are interested. Sounds amazing! https://royalballetschool.org.uk/train/dancer-training/intensive-courses/online-summer-intensive/
  10. Hi, I have a spare ticket for this Saturday's (26June) Royal Ballet School Year 3 students performance in the Linbury, Upper Circle A-27, £15. You'll be sitting next to me, I'm fully vaccinated and past the 2 week mark, regularly take the lateral flow tests. Thanks, Silke Programme according to ROH website: "The School's third and graduating year will perform extracts from Ben Stevenson's award-winning Three Preludes and Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote. A new work, created on these students by Ashley Page gives them an opportunity to perform classical pas de deux with a contemporary twist. To finish, students will perform MacMillan's joyful and ever-popular Elite Syncopations with music by Scott Joplin."
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    Hi everyone, I’m looking for some information regarding applying at RBS. It states on the website you pay relevant fee when applying, but I cannot see how much this is? Maybe I’m looking in the wrong section, but could anyone enlighten me to the cost. TIA
  12. I hope it's ok to start a thread for 2020 auditions for The Royal Ballet School. I see there is an Elmhurst thread and it's been lovely to read. We're on the audition circuit this year for year 7 and always find it helpful and supportive to find a thread with people going through the same thing. Good luck to everyone auditioning this year and big hugs to the supportive parents who ride the rollercoaster with them! X
  13. This is available now for streaming. Recorded about 10 years ago. Where are the students who appeared in it now ? I'm sure that some people out there will know. And, by the way, why do I have nagging memories of Martin Harvey in Peter and the Wolf ? An earlier version ? Seems like there was one back in 1995. Your memories please ?
  14. Hi Looking for experience please, would someone be kind enough to tell me what generally happens at the first auditions for Year 7 RBS and Elmhurst please. Things like do they need to do splits both types front and box, froggies, improvisation etc that sort of thing... do they take their shoes off etc. All this is new to us and I'm on a fact finding mission 😂 thanks in advance 😊
  15. Hi does anyone have any idea when the junior associate audition results for Totnes are out? Thanks!!
  16. Hi my daughter auditioned for the JA for Year 5 - first time we have ever done anything like this ? Did anyone else’s daughter audition? Does anyone know when you roughly hear back ?
  17. I don't know if this is already common knowledge but @MrsBBB has drawn this link to my attention, which sets out some details of the programmes. I've very pleased to see Flowers of the Forest, which is a piece I think works well for senior students (and which I thought might be coming up as we saw some RBS students rehearsing it in a recent insight evening). I also think Marriott's Simple Symphony is a great piece for the students.
  18. Hi my daughter wants to apply for the RBS spring intensive and summer school for 2019. She isnt bothered which one she attends if she is even lucky enough to receive a place (she knows its a huge long shot). Question I have though ....can we do one application and one application fee to cover all 3 options? Or do we do a seperate application for spring intensive and one for summer school? I have emailed and asked but no reply yet. Also has anyone applied and know when we will be notified of results? Is a week for spring intensive long enough? Has anyone had a child attend? thanks
  19. Auditions are coming up soon for Mid-Associates year 9/White Lodge lower school, and though by no means the main issue to consider, my dd had a question about make-up! On the info sheet it says no make-up. From anyone's experience, do the 13-year-old girls literally wear no make-up or can they wear subtle natural-coloured mascara and a little foundation, or how strict is it?! Any advice welcome.
  20. This was the programme on Thursday 28th June: Larina Waltz - Ashley Page (Upper School 3rd Years) Sea Interludes - Andrew McNicol (Upper School 1st Years) - new work Self and Soul - Robert Binet (Upper School 3rd Year) Napoli - Act III Pas de Six and Tarantella - August Bournonville (White Lodge Years 10 and 11, Upper School 1st Years) Bach, Multiplicity Forms of Silence and Emptiness - Excerpts - Nacho Duato (Upper School 2nd and 3rd Years) Aurora's Wedding - after Marius Petipa * (Upper School 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years; and White Lodge Year 8 for Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf) * Just in case anyone doesn't know, this is the SB Prologue Fairy sequence combined with a version of SB Act 3. However, the principal couple's pdd coda was replaced a Russian dance by three men. The staging was by Anthony Dowell, no less. Although I have the outline programme for the other 3 shows, I wasn't able to attend these so I think that it's best if others post the details here (just in case I get it wrong). I was extremely impressed with what I saw. The dancers who shone the very brightest for me were: Daichi Ikarashi and James Large (both now 1st Year Upper School but familiar faces from their White Lodge days), Marianna Tsembenhoi (also 1st Year US) and graduates Amelia Townsend, Yuki Sugiura and Yu Hang.
  21. I can't be the only one who was at the RBS showcase this evening, surely? I only started attending RBS events a year ago so am a bit green and don't feel qualified to comment in detail, but I found it absolutely strong throughout. Varied repertoire, no weak links, dancers who consistently engaged with the audience. Though it was a "mostly Upper School" showcase, I actually probably enjoyed the one White Lodge piece (Erik Bruhn's "Here We Come", danced by boys from years 10 and 11) most of all. For me, the standout among the Upper School boys was - as it was last year - Harrison Lee. Many strong dancers among the ladies but I was particularly taken with Yu Hang (the pas de deux soloist in Concerto). I spent the interval chatting with Mike Volpe, OHP general director, who (having watched rehearsals) picked out Nadia Mullova-Barley as having particular star quality (for the record, last year his similar pick was Arianna Maldini).
  22. Very sadly, I missed out on getting a ticket this year, despite a mix up with my very early 'friends' application. I wonder if anyone has a spare ticket?
  23. Opera Holland Park have just announced that they will again be hosting the RBS end-of-year performances, as they did in 2016. Booking from 20th March. http://www.operahollandpark.com/royal-ballet-school-2017
  24. From the list in the Linbury performances programme: Reece Clarke The Royal Ballet Calvin Richardson The Royal Ballet Gina Storm-Jensen The Royal Ballet Grace Blundell The Royal Ballet Young Dancer Programme Grace Horler The Royal Ballet Young Dancer Programme Alexander Bird Birmingham Royal Ballet Edivaldo Souza da Silva Birmingham Royal Ballet Maud-Hélène Treille Bavarian State Ballet, Munich Adam Russell-Jones Stuttgart Ballet Drew Nelson Royal Danish Ballet Samuel Rees ` Royal Danish Ballet Mica Bradbury Royal Ballet of Flanders Fiona McGee Royal Ballet of Flanders Minoru Kaneko Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse Madeleine Dowdney Zürich Ballet Kieran Brooks Zürich Ballet Giordana Gallo National Romanian Ballet Alessandro Audisio National Romanian Ballet Ross McCaw National Romanian Ballet Barnaby Rook Bishop National Romanian Ballet Giorgio Garrett National Ballet of Canada Hannah Bettes (2nd Yr) Boston Ballet Samuel Zaldivar Boston Ballet Lily Howes Sarasota Ballet Barny Sharratt Sarasota Ballet Erin Holloway National Ballet of Uruguay Dianyu Wu Singapore Dance Theatre Apologies for the format. I've pasted it in from a Word document but the spacing seems to have gone awry!
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