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I think that they currently have a common first year for everyone with students streamed into the appropriate level classes for each dance style (streamed according to ability rather than year of study) then students get to specialise in either classical ballet, MT, jazz dance or contemporary.

 

When I was looking at vocational schools for myself, they did have a 3 year course that focussed on classical ballet from the beginning but as far as I know, this is no longer running and they have reverted back to the system they had before.

 

I am quite curious about this course as it used to be considered one of the best places to train (in the UK) but for several years they have not published a list of graduate destinations from the classical stream. They have a list of companies where graduates have secured contracts but not with the year of graduation specified and that list has not changed much in the last 10 years.

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I think that they currently have a common first year for everyone with students streamed into the appropriate level classes for each dance style (streamed according to ability rather than year of study) then students get to specialise in either classical ballet, MT, jazz dance or contemporary.

 

Yes the first TWO years are common with students being streamed in different levels. They chose their specialties in the third year. DD1 is there in 1st year. The 3rd year ballet students are not many. According to DD, the 3rd year ballet students are good but maybe not enough to become only ballet dancers. It's definitely not the right school for someone who is solely wanting to become a ballet dancer. I want to insist on the fact that it is a wonderful school and that DD1 is very happy there as she is a polyvalent dancer...

 

You can PM me if you want specifics...

 

Hope it helps!

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Years ago....they used to have a classical course. You had to be advanced (old grade) to audition and elementary level for Mt. Perhaps with new teacher they may have these types of aspirations again.

They still have a classical course... My DD is part of it.

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Hi Goldenlily, I'm afraid I can't help you as my daughters are in the BA course. If you have questions about it, I can help. Your question about the standard compared to Royal or ENBS lets me believe you're interested in the Ballet stream... Don't forget it's a school that does lots of other styles as well as Ballet and they are amazingly good at it but for someone purely Ballet orientated, I'm not sure it's the best school... For a start, even though they do Ballet every day, they wouldn't do as many hours as in RBS, Central or ENBS because they also have to fit Contemporary and Jazz as well as Singing and Drama for the ones who chose to do so... It is actually the multitude of options that makes LSC so good and put their alumni everywhere...

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Yes I suppose you could compare it to Tring with much older students... 

i have 2 DDs at LSC, one in 2nd year in the contemporary section, the second one is in 1st year and thinking ballet for the moment. 

The number of 3rd year Ballet varies. I think they were 6 or 7 last year.

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Do parents of past/previous students or others think LSC is worth the extra money. DD has an offer there for both Jazz and Contemporary, would love to accept with how they keep options for longer. Just not sure how we would find the extra. Does anyone know about how people do this, job prospects etc. Thanks

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LSC is a wonderful school. I believe the extra money is really worth it. Some students do work at the weekend/evenings but the timetable is so full that it's sometimes difficult to achieve. The alumni are everywhere. I really appreciate the way students are treated, the choices they are given with the many options offered. The reputation of the school is also very good which gives them opportunities to do different projects.

As you know, I have 2 DDs there and they have both grown so much not only in their dancing and singing but also in the way they see their professional future. LSC accompanies them in that journey. The overall feeling in the school is also very healthy and students can build long lasting friendships... I couldn't recommend LSC more even though there is very little money left in our wallet at the end of the month...

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Finding it hard as would so love her to go there. Already have an affectation for them as she has been doing associates there. She has done several Associate schemes at national dance schools, but this one has been easily the best for her in terms of bringing her on in dance and confidence. I love that they can keep more genres going in terms of future employment prospects. It's just the funding, especially as we have an older daughter we still need to fund for two more years at uni. 

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10 hours ago, afab said:

LSC is a wonderful school. I believe the extra money is really worth it. Some students do work at the weekend/evenings but the timetable is so full that it's sometimes difficult to achieve. The alumni are everywhere. I really appreciate the way students are treated, the choices they are given with the many options offered. The reputation of the school is also very good which gives them opportunities to do different projects.

As you know, I have 2 DDs there and they have both grown so much not only in their dancing and singing but also in the way they see their professional future. LSC accompanies them in that journey. The overall feeling in the school is also very healthy and students can build long lasting friendships... I couldn't recommend LSC more even though there is very little money left in our wallet at the end of the month...

Do you know if LSC take students at 17 or do they have to be 18?

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12 hours ago, arabesque1 said:

Do you know if LSC take students at 17 or do they have to be 18?

Both my DDs were under 18 when they started. They had to have finished school though... 

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On 2/18/2016 at 09:35, afab said:

 

Yes the first TWO years are common with students being streamed in different levels. They chose their specialties in the third year.

I want to change what I said before because a year ago it was the way it worked, but it has now changed and from what I hear is changing even more for next year...

Until 2015-16, what I said was right. Students had to chose prerequisites in second year that would allow them to chose their specialty for third year.

Now, 2016-17, students are picking their specialty at the end of the first year and instead of prerequisites, they have to follow a pathway (there are 4 of them) with the provision they can change it in the first weeks of their second year if it's not what they expected.

I have heard but I don't know if it's a rumour or not, that for the new 2017-18 intake, students will have to follow the pathway in which they did their second audition. To be confirmed...

 

I hope it's clear...

 

 

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1 hour ago, afab said:

Both my DDs were under 18 when they started. They had to have finished school though... 

Thanks afab. So do they need specific academic qualifications i.e. A'levels or equivalent? I assume that's not possible if they were under 18

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Yes they do need A'levels or Highers if they come from Scotland, hence the younger intake as the Scots finish at around 17. Or any international end of secondary school qualifications. In my DDs' case, they had to have passed their French Baccalaureate with a 60% pass minimum, which they did.

 

Here's what their website says 

"Applicants under 21 years of age must have obtained a minimum of two A-level passes*, plus three different GCSE passes of grade C or higher (or equivalent qualifications) including GCSE English, and have accumulated 96 UCAS points.

*A-Level Equivalents: Normally, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Access to HE Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers and Advanced Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Norwegian Vitnemål, German Abitur, Apolytirion. UCAS points from Graded Dance, Speech and Drama Exams will not normally form part of a formal offer."

 

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Trying to take final decision where DD goes in September! A few questions re LSC would be helpful to have answered! Do,parents think it's worth the significantly extra money? What happens about accommodation and docyou think we could still find DD someat this stage? Anyone know about the employability prospects afterwards and where we can find out more? Have to decide this week in order to cancel accommodation we've booked elsewhere! Thanks

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Hi Lilac, I agree with Sarahw. Knowing what you want to compare LSC to would be helpful. The extra money for example is because it's semi-private and it's similar to the price you pay at Laines or Urdang for example. It's only more if you consider Central and the likes. In effect, the comparison should be done only with similar schools, not in price but in dance style. If you're daughter is into pure ballet or contemporary, I'd say LSC is not for her. If she's a versatile dancer who wants to do lots of style, then LSC is definitely worth the money.

Accommodation wise, lots of them go to Chester House in Muswell Hill for the first year at least and then tend to share with friends for the remaining year(s). If you want her to go to CH, you have to be quick as they fill up rather quickly.

The employability prospects are great! You find their alumni everywhere...

Any more questions, don't hesitate. You can also look at the LSC thread on notapushymum.

Good luck!

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