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20 minutes ago, Mnemo said:

ENBS has never been residential. We were lucky in that we could commute in every day when my dd attended. 4 weeks staying in London could get very expensive and I am sure it will deter some applicants. A shame because its a fabulous ss.

Very true. The two week option is still available so may well be favoured by many for that reason. We got the impression that most of the dancers who had travelled (the majority in attendance) were doing two weeks this year. Dh did remark along the lines of: "just imagine how much dd would improve if she did a whole four consecutive weeks there" which I could not disagree with (although in practise I can't really see it happening for a number of reasons). The tuition we observed was exceptional.

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1 hour ago, MAK said:

I believe they can assist in finding accommodation but it's not like some of the "properly" residential courses where you can stay on site.

We were provided a list of hotels and b&b’s  in the area. However, as all of the hotels wouldn’t take under 16’s without an adult we sourced a private flat to rent through TripAdvisor. Both options still work out costly if staying within walking distance of the school. Such a shame as even when they move they will still remain non-residential. Not many parents can commit to 2 or even 4 weeks during the summer to chaperone their DC. 

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Dd did 2 weeks at the RCS summer school this year and loved it. Small classes, lovely facilities. She stayed in the Liberty Living accommodation, which worked well (you have to be 16+). 

 

Thinking ahead for next year - does anyone have any experience of more contemporary summer schools, especially abroad (NDT or similar)?

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National Dance Company Wales have an excellent summer school. Entry is by audition. Dd went twice and stayed in Liberty Living in Cardiff.

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6 minutes ago, Pas de Quatre said:

National Dance Company Wales have an excellent summer school. Entry is by audition. Dd went twice and stayed in Liberty Living in Cardiff.

 

The only thing I can find on their website is only for dancers who live or were born in Wales :(  It’s a shame because it does look very good. 

http://ndcwales.co.uk/national-youth-dance-wales

 

 

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12 hours ago, BlueLou said:

Dd did 2 weeks at the RCS summer school this year and loved it. Small classes, lovely facilities. She stayed in the Liberty Living accommodation, which worked well (you have to be 16+). 

 

Thinking ahead for next year - does anyone have any experience of more contemporary summer schools, especially abroad (NDT or similar)?

Rambert Senior Summer School is 50:50 Ballet and contemporary and aimed at 15-19 year olds. It attracts many vocational students from all over Europe and beyond. Again not residential but the school can put you in touch with 'Home stay' families. I spoke to some parents whose children had stayed with local families under this scheme and they had nothing but praise for the service.

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17 hours ago, MAK said:

There is no longer a one week option. Students are recommended to attend for four weeks but there is also an option to attend for two weeks (any two of the four). 

 

How on earth can that work, logistically? I can understand if they offered "first two weeks" or "last two weeks", but surely one can't pick weeks 2&3 (or indeed, two non-consecutive weeks) as they would end up with the wrong number of students...

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14 hours ago, balletbean said:

We were provided a list of hotels and b&b’s  in the area. However, as all of the hotels wouldn’t take under 16’s without an adult we sourced a private flat to rent through TripAdvisor. Both options still work out costly if staying within walking distance of the school. Such a shame as even when they move they will still remain non-residential. Not many parents can commit to 2 or even 4 weeks during the summer to chaperone their DC. 

You are right. The expense and the commitment of time is a very big deal, especially for families where there are other children. I also got the impression that only students doing the entire 4 weeks were eligible to take part in the work sharing - so a bit tough to give up 2 weeks and not to actually see anything of your dc's work. The other unfortunate aspect of doing 4 weeks, is that it can rule out experiencing other summer schools. In the past many aspiring US candidates have used the ss experience not only to improve their technique but to experience a taste of life at a school they are considering applying to (we certainly did ).

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2 hours ago, BlueLou said:

 

The only thing I can find on their website is only for dancers who live or were born in Wales :(  It’s a shame because it does look very good. 

http://ndcwales.co.uk/national-youth-dance-wales

 

 

It must have changed.  When DD did it there were many dancers from their Associate programme but also others from all over UK (and maybe even abroad).  I would second Rambert as a suggestion.  One of my pupils went this year and had a great time.  Laban also run a summer school each year.

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17 minutes ago, RuthE said:

 

How on earth can that work, logistically? I can understand if they offered "first two weeks" or "last two weeks", but surely one can't pick weeks 2&3 (or indeed, two non-consecutive weeks) as they would end up with the wrong number of students...

I'm sure they'll manage numbers though based on preferences expressed during the application process. This year, for the week DD1 attended, there were just over 80 students in total, and another 166 still on the waiting list at the time they closed it shortly before the course. 

It's obviously a new process for next year and they must have their reasons for introducing it but I can certainly see how it won't work for everyone.

DD1 would love to go again but she hasn't tried any of the other options yet so we'll have to see.

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3 hours ago, Mnemo said:

Rambert Senior Summer School is 50:50 Ballet and contemporary and aimed at 15-19 year olds. It attracts many vocational students from all over Europe and beyond. Again not residential but the school can put you in touch with 'Home stay' families. I spoke to some parents whose children had stayed with local families under this scheme and they had nothing but praise for the service.

 

3 hours ago, Pas de Quatre said:

 I would second Rambert as a suggestion.  One of my pupils went this year and had a great time.  Laban also run a summer school each year.

 

Dd is starting at Rambert full time this September, so was looking for something to complement that. Also heard lots of good stuff about the home stay, so that’s what dd is doing full time from September :) . Her current ‘dream job’ would be NDT, so we are considering their SS.

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7 hours ago, Mnemo said:

You are right. The expense and the commitment of time is a very big deal, especially for families where there are other children. I also got the impression that only students doing the entire 4 weeks were eligible to take part in the work sharing - so a bit tough to give up 2 weeks and not to actually see anything of your dc's work. The other unfortunate aspect of doing 4 weeks, is that it can rule out experiencing other summer schools. In the past many aspiring US candidates have used the ss experience not only to improve their technique but to experience a taste of life at a school they are considering applying to (we certainly did ).

Ditto here. DD completed two weeks last year at ENBS SS. I was invited to both reviews on the Fridays. The experience certainly helped my DD when it came to the audition season. 

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4 hours ago, BlueLou said:

 

 

Dd is starting at Rambert full time this September, so was looking for something to complement that. Also heard lots of good stuff about the home stay, so that’s what dd is doing full time from September :) . Her current ‘dream job’ would be NDT, so we are considering their SS.

Congratulations to you BlueLou and to your dd. Rambert is a fabulous school I hope she has a terrific time there.

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slightly off topic ... but i didn't know where else to ask! 

 

DD is off to Tring on Sunday for the musical theatre summer school, and as we've got a long drive, i'm planning on heading off early and stopping for lunch and then maybe having a walk /afternoon tea/cup of coffee before dropping her off at 5pm. Any suggestions for places to go to eat/walk/visit? 

 

Thanks x

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Wasdesdon Manor is not far - a National Trust property so free if a member. Or there’s Wendover Woods & the small pretty town which  I’m sure will have many places open. Ivinghoe prettt with a pub on canal I seem to recall....

In Tring itself The Akeman has always been good but pricey & more ‘young professionals’ than family in my experience on a Sunday...!

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Oh & in Tring the Natural History Museum (might be called something else?) is really worth a visit if open... Like a museum of a museum..... Look out for the wedding fleas!!! 

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Just thought I would drop in here. My DD is currently doing the Professional Dance Experience summer course in Leeds and she is absolutely loving it!!!! I'm so impressed with the organisation of the course, she is loving being in the studios of NSCD, and she says every tea her is approachable and give helpful corrections too. I'm really looking forward to the demonstration on Friday :)

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17 hours ago, sunrise81 said:

Just thought I would drop in here. My DD is currently doing the Professional Dance Experience summer course in Leeds and she is absolutely loving it!!!! I'm so impressed with the organisation of the course, she is loving being in the studios of NSCD, and she says every tea her is approachable and give helpful corrections too. I'm really looking forward to the demonstration on Friday :)

 

Ooo! Can I PM you about this? 

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On 05/08/2018 at 20:24, MAK said:

Very true. The two week option is still available so may well be favoured by many for that reason. We got the impression that most of the dancers who had travelled (the majority in attendance) were doing two weeks this year. Dh did remark along the lines of: "just imagine how much dd would improve if she did a whole four consecutive weeks there" which I could not disagree with (although in practise I can't really see it happening for a number of reasons). The tuition we observed was exceptional.

My daughter is currently at ENBss week 4- finishing tomorrow. We found a beautiful b and b a 3 minute walk away from the school. It's cost £250 for 4 nights for 2 of us which I thought was very reasonable for Chelsea. It's actually worked out the same price as a week's residential at RBS would have been. I'm watching the classes tomorrow. 

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2 hours ago, ImgyA said:

My daughter is currently at ENBss week 4- finishing tomorrow. We found a beautiful b and b a 3 minute walk away from the school. It's cost £250 for 4 nights for 2 of us which I thought was very reasonable for Chelsea. It's actually worked out the same price as a week's residential at RBS would have been. I'm watching the classes tomorrow. 

Would you mind messaging me the details as I am looking for somewhere to stay and that sounds perfect?!  Thank you 

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My 2 dds are just finishing the week at Rugby school with Kings International Ballet Academy. They have loved it and have been worked hard. They have had jazz and contemporary workshops alongside ballet. All of the faculty are professional/ ex professional dancers.

I was surprised though at seeing how many older ones of 16 plus there were. Usually there tends to be more youngsters. One for people to consider.

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Being cynical I wonder if the change to ENBS SS (along with the need to send a DVD for prelims this year) reflects their international intake?

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On 22/10/2017 at 21:07, Annasophia said:

http://www.mastersofballet.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Masters-Of-Ballet-Academy-578290265639441/

My DD really enjoyed the Masters of Ballet SS at the Sadler's Wells theater.  The teaching faculity, organization and the venue were fabulous.  I will apply for her to attend the SS next year. 

What were the class sizes? Do you know if there is any means for residential?

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That is such a shame about ENB eliminating the one week option!  We sent a student this year on scholarship for one week and she loved it.  We'll have to look for somewhere else to send our competition winner next year, as we can only afford the cost of one week.  

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On 28/08/2018 at 19:30, Lifeisgood said:

What are the class times please of the intensive at enb? 

They were there from 10am to 4pm this year. 

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To go back to ENB changing to only the 2 or 4 week options, what happens at weekends?  Are there any organised activities or outings?  Are there 5 or 6 days of lessons each week?  What happens about food during the day - is there a canteen?   I'd be very grateful for the info - it will help us decide if we can send a student or not next year. Thank you.

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8 hours ago, Dance*is*life said:

To go back to ENB changing to only the 2 or 4 week options, what happens at weekends?  Are there any organised activities or outings?  Are there 5 or 6 days of lessons each week?  What happens about food during the day - is there a canteen?   I'd be very grateful for the info - it will help us decide if we can send a student or not next year. Thank you.

As far as I understand, it will be much the same as choosing the 2 week option this year. Classes are Monday to Friday. You do as you wish during the weekend and there is no provision of a canteen. Packed lunch needed each day although I believe there is a fridge and microwave. Majority of participants were from abroad this year, staying nearby and wanting to sightsee over their weekend.

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If you are looking for organised activities

( the full package) then look elsewhere ENB simply use the empty studios during the holidays. 

 

RAD summer was the full package with accommodation, food, Coach to studios, outings etc that was a few years back though so you will need to check 

 

One I know ran for 8 days over the weekend if you would prefer an intensive but that doesn’t have accommodation although there’s a cafe on site. 

 

My DC  always researched where certain qualified teachers were going to teach so we’ve tried a few different ones over the years. 

 

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