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  1. Does anyone have a dd at YDA Associates? Mine is joining this Sept and I'm looking at uniform. There are some optional items- warm up and tracksuit and I'd like to know whether most kids wear them? If they do I'd like to get them but don't want to waste money if most don't use them. And any tips on other things for a YDAAC newbie much appreciated!
  2. 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?
  3. Heard good and bad stuff about this school. DD didn’t get offered place at WL at finals. Wondered what Yda school is like as not boarding school but we have a flat in London we can use and I could live there and work from home while dd at school. Been told easy to get a place if know right people? Any views welcomed
  4. Age 10-12 white skirted Wear Moi leotard with YDA logo stitched on back. Only worn a handful of times as DD never properly grew into it. Very good condition - only thing is a small ‘pull’ in the skirt at the back but hardly shows. £10 + postage
  5. I've got 2 pairs of YDA embroidered black tracksuit bottoms (everyday uniform) which were worn for one term when my daughter started year 7. They are 76cm long, waist 60cm. Size Youth Medium. https://dancique.co.uk/collections/yda-uniform/products/yda-joggers?variant=22923025671 (She was on the small side for an 11 year old.) £10 +p&p for pair.
  6. It's around this time of year that leaver's destinations for y11 students come out. YDA have had another year of fantastic results. Of those who auditioned for classical schools many had multiple offers, with 5 being offered places at ENBS, all who went to Elmhurst finals were offered places at Upper school there, and the same with Central. One student is off to Rambert, while the students who auditioned for musical theatre upper schools have been offered funded places at Laines and Arts ed. For such a small school that does not get any government funding these are really fantastic results.
  7. Has anyone heard if they have got through to the next round of auditions?? The first audition letter said you would hear within 7 days, so thought we would hear today.
  8. Age 10-12 YDA Associates leotard. Excellent condition, £15 including postage.
  9. Does anybody have any first hand experience of this??
  10. Hello, I was just wondering if anyone's DC is auditioning for YDA Associates this weekend? If so, has further information (times, etc) been sent yet? I would be grateful also for feedback from those whose DS/DD has auditioned recently.
  11. Hi, I was wondering if anyone else have booked their DC/s for the Young Dancers' Academy Easter course this coming April, or if anyone else have had experience of it in the previous years? How did they find it? Amy feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  12. For parents with children auditioning for secondary schools this year who are not necessarily yet "in the know" I thought I would mention YDA in London whose 2015 academic results have been published by the Local Authority. YDA is a small private vocational day school but it has some scholarship and boarding places. 89% of last year's Yr 11s attained 5+ GCSEs at A-C compared with an authority average of 62.6% and a national average of 53.8%. YDA was also rated as outstanding in its last Ofsted and it has a strong and growing reputation for its training and great vocational results. Last year's leavers went to a range of top upper schools including ENB and Elmhurst. I should just say I have no interest in plugging the school other than my child attends and is happy there....
  13. Hello everyone! Sorry, I keep asking similar things! What I really would like to know (from anyone with experience of both) is which is the better associate programme, LJB or YDA? DD is at one and we have been offered the other. I want to make sure we are making the right decision if we change. She is 10, auditioning for vocational school next year. Would any of you advise doing both? (I don't think this is an option financially, but wondered what thoughts you experienced parents may have). Thank you all in advance :-).
  14. Am I right in thinking that the academic year of your DD you put down on the application form is the year they are going into in Sept??
  15. Hello everybody :-) Do any of you know how much the fees are for YDA accociates on a Saturday, and the class times? I can't seem to find the info on their website. Thank you.
  16. My daughter has got a place on the Associates course starting in September. We have had to leave our current dance school as their lessons are only on a Saturday. I have told our dance school we are leaving & they said they had never even heard of YDA & they don't think it will be as good as I am hoping! Daughter got SWL for Royal this year she is 9 she really just wants to pursue ballet. I have found a local ballet teacher who can teach my daughter in the week & seems lovely. Feel bad leaving her current school & now they have said they actually have a ballet class in the week which is for Grade 3 plus but my daughter has only done Grade 1. also they offer Contemporary & Jazz which they want her to do so she can do YDA & stay. The other ballet lady I have found teaches a Russian method is an examiner & seems excellent quite old school but gets good results & girls seem to like her. Feel sad, awkward to be leaving our current school but feel if my daughter just wants to do ballet then YDA would be great for her. Anyone got any experience suggestions????
  17. Is the YDA Associate course one worth pursuing? if offered a place is it worth giving up our regular Saturday dance classes.I know its meant to be in conjunction with your normal lessons but my daughters dance school only teaches on a Saturday.Any advice appreciated
  18. My DD has a friend who auditioned for YDA Associates on Sunday and has not heard anything yet. Wondered if anyone on here has had news?
  19. Does anyone know if the young dancers academy have an associate scheme? Have looked on their website but there is only info on full time courses which we could not afford as appt there isn't funding? Dd would be auditioning for a year 7 place. Thanks
  20. DD is currently in year 8 but would love to audition for a year 10 place at a vocational schools though my husband and I aren't to sure whether this is a good idea yet. I seem to hear lots about the top vocational ballet schools in UK on this forum and less about others so I was wondering what other vocational schools are there in the UK that take from year 7? (Ballet only please)
  21. If you have a DD/DS preparing for entry in 2016 this might be of interest. Just seen on YDA Facebook page Young Dancers Academy and West London School of Dance 36 mins · NEW!....NEW!....NEW!....NEW!....NEW! WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMME Preparing students for entry into full-time vocational college at 16 Programme Starts from Monday 20th April 5 Classes per Week More info and application form go to our website: www.westlondonschoolofdance.com
  22. I have just found out about this school, what are people's thoughts and opinions?
  23. Hi I've been reading posts on here for about nine months. DD is 9, year 5, and really keen on ballet. She was just doing local class last year but teacher suggested if she was interested to take a bit more seriously. I knew nothing about the ballet world but DD in fact came to me one day and said she really wanted to go to ballet school at 11 and train to be a dancer, so it has been led by her and teacher's advice. We applied last year for RBS JA but tbh don't think she was really ready. She felt very overwhelmed by being at their school in Covent Garden, bless her, and wasn't surprised when she didn't get a place. We did apply for Tring CBA as well and she really enjoyed the audition experience there and got a place. She has been going since September and loves it. We live in West London and someone suggested we look at Young Dancers Academy in Shepherds Bush as it was nearby and had very good reputation. I hadn't heard of it but we checked it out and she auditioned mid term for their associates and is really loving it. I am now considering it as an option for next year to audition for year 7, as well as the other bigger schools. I do like the idea she could stay at home and the teachers seem very serious but also caring about the individual child from the little I have seen. I just wanted to get some feedback and opinions from any parents whose children do go there to the full time school, as it would be really useful regarding such a big decision as which schools to apply for. Many thanks!
  24. Well done!!!! School report Young Dancers Academy 25 Bulwer Street, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 8AR Inspection dates 4–6 June 2013 Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1 Pupils’ achievement Outstanding 1 Pupils’ behaviour and personal development Outstanding 1 Quality of teaching Outstanding 1 Quality of curriculum Outstanding 1 Pupils’ welfare, health and safety Outstanding 1 Leadership and management Outstanding 1 Summary of key findings This school is outstanding because  Students make outstanding progress in most subjects and particularly in ballet. They achieve above average results in GCSE examinations including in English and mathematics.  Students’ consistently thoughtful behaviour and their developing self-confidence and resilience are outstanding factors in their successful learning.  Teachers’ exceptional subject knowledge and expertise inspire students to reach high standards.  The curriculum is exemplary in meeting students’ vocational and academic needs, interests and aspirations.  The academy’s leaders and managers are passionate in their pursuit of excellence in all aspects, including the welfare, health and safety of each individual student. They have improved on the good quality of teaching and learning in the previous inspection and are eager to ensure all students make outstanding progress in all subjects throughout the academy. Compliance with regulatory requirements  The school meets schedule 1 of The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, as amended by The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.
  25. Yesterday the Young Dancers Academy was awarded ' Recognised Dance Education and Training Status' by the Council for Dance Education. This is wonderful news for our teachers and students who all work so hard to make YDA an outstanding place to train!
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