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Hello and welcome from me too. I've added the tag "RCS" under the thread title - if you click on it, you'll see a list of all other threads with the same tag.  Hopefully they will be helpful. :)

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Hello! I’m a current first year at RCS! The final audition last year was just a standard class, at a higher level than the prelims but not super difficult. Involves a contemporary class too which I found harder than the Ballet but they understand people may not have done it before. Even some people in my year had never done contemporary before they came! It’s taken by a member of staff and Will be watched by all the other staff which is usually 4 people plus the teacher. Hope this is helpful! Any more questions feel free to ask :)

 

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Interview was pretty simple they don’t delve too much into why you want to dance and why rcs is the place for you too much! They just sort of asked about academic qualifications and if you knew anyone at RCS and a couple of basic questions but nothing too thought-provoking. The interview really isn’t make or break, they just want to make sure you’re a decent person!!

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On 16/02/2018 at 21:11, BadBallerina said:

Interview was pretty simple they don’t delve too much into why you want to dance and why rcs is the place for you too much! They just sort of asked about academic qualifications and if you knew anyone at RCS and a couple of basic questions but nothing too thought-provoking. The interview really isn’t make or break, they just want to make sure you’re a decent person!!

This school is one of the options we are considering, I’d love to know a bit more  about the school and if everyone here is really serious about classical ballet? 

Thanks 

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Hi,

Even though the degree is is “Modern Ballet” it is very much a Ballet School like all the others. Everyone is serious about Ballet as their first specialism but contemporary is also taken seriously and by third year some people do decide they want to go down a contemporary route or are happy to do that if that is the job available at the end of the day. Primary focus however is Ballet like everywhere else we have Ballet, pointe, coaching, repertoire, Pas de deux, show work etc as well as Cunningham contemporary in 1st year, release contemp, a “creative” class (improv/choreography), jazz, stretching, Pilates. Hope that helps! 

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Just to confirm BadBallerina's comments - just about  everyone in DS's year went the ballet route - 90%+ into paid roles/apprenticeships.  Year above roughly 80% contemporary 20% ballet.  Last year's graduates I believe predominantly went the ballet route but I only know a couple of individuals from that year.  One of them already being offered choreographing opportunities (paid!) with a pretty prestigious company.  From memory, different contemporary styles are studied in each year of the course. 

 

 

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Can I ask about the links with Scottish Ballet - I understand that some classes are taken regularly with the company, is this just for 3rd years or do 1st/2nd years also benefit from close links? Also, what other competition/ performance opportunities are on offer and likewise are these mainly for 3rd years or available to all year groups? 

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3rd years do class with the company at weekends on a rota so I think every two weeks. They also have the opportunity to perform with the company. Several of them were on tour with their autumn bill and got to perform at ROH for the MacMillan celebrations (and take class with Marianela Nunez 😍) and perform in nutcracker as well. It’s not the whole year involved, they obviously choose whoever fits their needs of height/costume etc. We have the rehearsal director take 2nd years for class every couple of weeks too and 1st years occasionally. Sophie Laplane (the resident choreographer) at SB has taught some contemp classes and will be creating work for the end of year graduation show too. 1st years do have less contact with SB than other years as they’re really trying to hone our technique before they sort of show us to the outside world but Chris Hampson watched all year groups at our Christmas demonstration which is held at the Scottish Ballet studios. 

 

Competition wise it’s very much up to the student to find and enter competitions they want. Staff will support with coaching but there’s not much time for it within both their and our timetable. Any year has the opportunity to do it but it’s your responsibility to want to do it and do your research. We’ve had quite a few people from 1st and 2nd year do YAGP this year and several are intending on applying for Genee (some have already been and are going again). Also depends what sort of background your from (RAD/Competition) so those who’ve done competitions have tended to keep doing them. The school I went to before was very much RAD but am intending on trying to do YAGP next year! 3rd years tend do be more worried with showreels/auditions at that stage as well as the choreographers coming in for workshops so actually tends to be less so them doing competitions! Hope that helps!

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Thank you bad ballerina ( although I suspect that is a very inappropriate name for you 😉) 

that’s  a very helpful and comprehensive reply. Just trying to gather as much of an understanding as possible as it isn’t an institution we are familiar with.  ‘dd’ came away from the prelim feeling that it had left a very positive impression on her. 

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