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Statistics only go to further demonstrate the competitive nature of the ballet world. They 'compete' for entry into 7 when there are far more applicants than training places available.  They grow up with whatever physical and emotional changes that may bring.  Not every child who is ballet mad at age 11 still wants to continue at 16 or 18, regardless of whether they are at vocational school or not. They compete at 16 for upper school - against a much wider field of applicants and again for contracts at the end of their training.  Personally I think everyone of these dancers should be applauded, no matter what path they take in the future.  I don't believe in top and second best schools, nor do I believe in top companies and second best companies.  Each child is an individual and what suits one might not suit another.  Each will find their own path - be it in dance or not.  And to me a dancer who trains and gets the work they want to do is a success - there is no such clause as "even if its not with a top company"

Hear, hear. Couldn't agree more!

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I fully agree too.

 

Incidentally, I watched an RBS promo clip on Facebook in which a young girl said that the good thing about the school was "everybody is the best so you get to see the best". Yr 11 auditions must be a brutal experience indeed for many WLers if that view is encouraged...

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Statistics are correct as have lived through the ups and downs of this very turbulent 5 years with this group of children and I know very well how all the parents and children are feeling at the moment. In reply to Flora, many of the White Lodgers sadly do have this skewed idea that RBS is the only place to a train and anywhere else is second best. Sadly many of our group felt that if they were not offered RBS US then that would be the end for them. Luckily my DC feels the opposite and has decided to turn down the RBS place in favour of a place abroad, where we feel that my DC will be appreciated and nurtured, every child is different and I think it is more important to go somewhere with a positive atmosphere where you feel that you can learn and grow, rather than just going for the "Name" 

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Sadielou, good luck to your dc for the next stage in their dancing journey.

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Ohh Gollyrox I am routing for your DS and was thinking about you this morning, how many boys are attending the audition, could you see ? Have they said how many places ? I am keeping everything crossed for you both and hope he has a fabulous audition

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Thank you, there are 10 in his group, not sure how many places there are for boys, they have space for 45 in the accommodation for 2 year groups. After seeing the accommodation it has made him more desperate to get a place, am a nervous wreck!!

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Does anyone know how many of the current year 11's at Elmhurst are going through to 6th form, or have they not been told yet?

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We are here now and the boys have just gone in to change. Nerve wracking times!!!

I have just arrived in Birmingham with one very jittery dd !

Good luck Gollyrox and all the boys .

I cannot wait to get tomorrow over with then the dreaded wait ..., who'd be a dance Mum

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Is it just me or can anyone else not wait until the whole final auditions process is over and like Lisa said whatever will be will be ! I really would like my life back so heaven knows how are children are feeling !

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I haven't had a life for 4 years ! I've done 3 lots of finals now and have another year to go yet for Dd and Ds ! How did this happen ? Lol ! What is it about ballet that is so addictive ?

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I will be so relieved when it's all over and can get life back to normal, for a few months at least if he doesn't get in and we have to do it all again next year!!!

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Is it just me or can anyone else not wait until the whole final auditions process is over and like Lisa said whatever will be will be ! I really would like my life back so heaven knows how are children are feeling !

If she gets in, your life will never be the same again ;) Good Luck …. this is just the beginning #nervesofsteel

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Much as I feel your pain - I'd love to be doing it all again - I miss all the dance school stuff, yes even the auditions. Good luck everyone

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Remember it well (and the stress) DD was fortunate enough to get an upper school place and is loving every moment - but the next step (dreaded job word) seems even harder - and so we go on - good luck to all x

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Good luck to you all for Elmhurst, ENB and Central this weekend - one more year for us before we're in your shoes! Making the most of no auditions this year to do Phyllis Bedells bursary on Sunday.

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One of dd's friends is doing all 3 :o  That's a lot of pressure in a very short time!

 

Best of luck to everyone at finals over the next few days.

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For those auditioning in London this weekend and travelling by train/tube, please check for closures/delays/cancellations, there's a lot of engineering work going on and some planned closures, so leave loads of time for your journeys :)  :wacko:

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Much as I feel your pain - I'd love to be doing it all again - I miss all the dance school stuff, yes even the auditions. Good luck everyone

How is your son getting on Julie? Is he now with a company in England?

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70! That's a lot! Are the current year 11 girls auditioning today as well? Are they part of the 70 or did they audition earlier?

Do they have more spaces in upper school then lower school? Is it just for 6.1 or 6.2 and graduates year as well?

Turn out I know nothing about upper school auditions. I assumed there is similar number of places available so there will be 40-50 girls auditioning.

Good luck to all the girls at Elmhurst today

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When my dd auditioned last year, the current Y11's auditioned together with the other applicants, so it will probably be the same this year.

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The current Elmhurst year 11 were mixed across the 3 audition classes

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