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Thank you Peanut and I know I initially took the no quite badly but in my defence I was poorly and just feeling a little sorry for myself, but thanks to all my lovely fellow forumers rallying around me I am back on track and looking forward to where the future may take us!! And there are soooo many beautifully talented dancers out there and so little funding to go around there are always going to be more no's than yeses and getting these knock backs now will hopefully help prepare dd for the many many more to come if this is the path she chooses to continue along, it's building her character and resilience which can only be a good thing!!

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My dc has secured a Y10 place with MDS this year at one of the Lower Schools. To offer hope my dc does not dance every day - would love to but can't. I'm not an expert but in our experience: gym not relevant (?even a negative due to posture issues) but limbering classes useful. Quality very important. Work hard to get as much ballet as you can but maybe think outside box. My dc did ballet classes below their level in addition to usual classes to help stamina. The child has to be extremely motivated and willing to make sacrifices. As you know the school work and travelling time issues are big ones.

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I disagree with the amount of hours my DD didn't start ballet until 8 and only did 2.5 hours of Ballet Rad and 1 hour of Tap and 1 hour of modern and got into 2 out of the top 4 for a yr9 place. She is now in a classical upper school on a Dada. It can happen. Incidentally on the application forms they ask how many hours they do,so I would imagine that was taken into consideration when assessing the child.x

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Balletmun20 I had totally forgot that I was waiting for them to call back!! Yes I'm interested to know if anyone has had a return call from The Hammond yet too, thanks for reminding me lol x

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I disagree with the amount of hours my DD didn't start ballet until 8 and only did 2.5 hours of Ballet Rad and 1 hour of Tap and 1 hour of modern and got into 2 out of the top 4 for a yr9 place. She is now in a classical upper school on a Dada. It can happen. Incidentally on the application forms they ask how many hours they do,so I would imagine that was taken into consideration when assessing the child.x

Thanks for this post miracle it's nice to hear from people with first hand experience of late entry (as in after year 7) and how many hours they were doing, it helps to show there is hope for those that can't manage excessive hours :)

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Lema I don't think you've taken anything badly - it's a very distressing situation as a parent. I've barely posted about auditioning in the past and didn't this year at all as too painful...

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Thanks everyone and Luckymum to me I took it badly, my response is normally oh well we know there odds are slim, better luck next time and all that (even for year 7 there are more getting a no to funding than a yes), this time I burst into tears and had a moan on here!! Lol :D

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And the support you get when you do have a moan is invaluable, I had lots of support and advice offered and it really helped me get over my little slump :)

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I haven't posted much but follow all your stories with avid interest. I think you've handled this amazingly Lema. As someone who's possibly teetering on the edge of the big leap into this world, I can only say if I deal with the ups and downs with half as much strength and generosity of spirit as you do I'll be happy! I hope your DD's dreams come true and that she enjoys whatever journey she takes along the way.

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I haven't posted much but follow all your stories with avid interest. I think you've handled this amazingly Lema. As someone who's possibly teetering on the edge of the big leap into this world, I can only say if I deal with the ups and downs with half as much strength and generosity of spirit as you do I'll be happy! I hope your DD's dreams come true and that she enjoys whatever journey she takes along the way.

Oh Elfin thank you for your kind words and lovely post. If I could give you any advice at this point it would be to go for it, if it's what your dc wants and you have the time, money and energy then absolutely go for it!! And post more on here, ask your questions and share your story because it really has been an invaluable tool to me and has certainly helped me along this roller coaster ride. I think I try not to take it all too seriously as to not let it take over our lives, drive us mad or wear us down but on the flip side of that I try to take it seriously enough to actually be supporting dd and helping her in her quest to try and achieve her dreams and I definitely follow her lead. As I told her on Friday when she was getting all upset and not sure what to do next I told her to do what feels right in her heart and makes her happy and not just what she thinks she should do, as that way if she never gets anywhere with it all then at least she has still been happy and enjoyed herself whereas if she does what she thinks she "should" do then she may look back and feel like she wasted her time and effort trying to achieve something that never happens, do it for the love and then anything else is a bonus!! Hope that makes sense and good luck to you at this exciting time :)

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Just my opinion but I disagree that children need to be doing intensive gymnastics in order to get a funded place at Lower Schools on courses which focus primarily on ballet. Especially not three gymnastics classes a week.

 

Enough good quality ballet training, being an associate, a great work ethic, but probably most importantly at lower school level, the right physique/facility AND the potential for the school in question to mould young students to their training style - that's much more important than gymnastics. And daily classes of lower quality training are not going to be of as much use as fewer hours with an amazing teacher.

 

Then you have to account for the relatively small number of funded places vs the number of students applying for them.

 

Sometimes, hard work and daily classes are not enough - there has to be an element of luck, excellent training, physique, and auditioning at the right time for your particular physical maturity, and at the right place.

 

No offence, but I think suggesting that daily ballet and intensive gymnastics is the key to getting a place is rather disingenuous and misleading.

Couldn't agree more. I'm aware that in some countries (eg. Russia and China) gymnastics is encouraged alongside ballet, this isn't the case with UK training.

 

I can see the benefits of gymnastic training if you are keen on street, acro, freestyle, Dance Moms-type dancing (whatever that's called!) and to a certain extent contemporary, but I don't think that ballet dancers would benefit in the same way. 

 

Perhaps it would be better to concentrate on quality ballet classes (with maybe contemporary & modern or jazz on top) combined with a good associate programme, & summer schools and performance opportunities such as EYB if your budget can stretch that far.  

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"Gymnastics" for ballet in countries such as Russia is specially developed for ballet, it's not normal gymnastics. That's just the word that is used to describe that type of lesson.

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Hi everyone, don't give up all hope just yet ....... we had a lovely phone call today with the offer of an MDS place for our DS (from the reserve list). He is the happiest we have ever seen him !!

We are so aware of how lucky he is to be given this opportunity and also know the feeling of being told no. We are really keeping everything crossed for all those children who've worked so hard but are still waiting to hear their 'yes' - hopefully there will be more movement from the reserves xx

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I have to agree with Anna C's comments, too. Children who I know who were offered WL for Y7 in past years were only doing two ballet lessons a week - one of which was JAs - and no other form of dance, and had taken no exams as well.

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Thankyou both , and yes balletmum20 ...... It has certainly been a roller coaster - 4 finals, 2 no's, 2 reserves and finally a yes !! Highs and lows and lots of wondering how we proceed in the event of 4 no's. Our DS had decided to just keep trying but I really feel for everyone still hoping for a place - Good Luck to everyone for further places & bursaries xx

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Well done Ballet4boyz I'm sure we will all get to know each other when they all go . It must be such a relief for you to finally get that 'yes'

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Fantastic news, just hoping Lemas daughter gets one too. Good luck to all the other children too.

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Lovely news ballet4boyz and a massive congratulations to your ds!! What a lovely turn of events!!

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Fantastic news, just hoping Lemas daughter gets one too. Good luck to all the other children too.

Aww thank you Tulip, we can dream hey :) xx

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Yay, got back from teaching to wonderful news from Ballet4Boys. Actually quite emotional having followed your journey. Congratulations, enjoy the current high of the rollercoaster! ( I'm getting off now...)

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