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No problem Fiz....we just want to keep the thread on its original track. 

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ReadyforCoffee, good luck with the move and everything. Making a home in a new country can be tough both logistically and emotionally.

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Thank you so very much for all of this fantastic information.  You have given me much to research including schools I hadn't heard of like the London Russian Ballet School and Masters of Ballet Academy.  A quick peruse of their websites leaves me feeling hopeful that there is a good match for my DD.  I am also researching academic schools for all of my kids (triplets), so there is much work to do!

 

Our kids have been to London twice in the past year and their dad and I have been many times.  I am also enroled in my final year of the CertHE at Oxford, studying History.  This is not a move that we are taking on a whim.  Of course, there are many things that must align first.

 

Thank you also for your wise words about safety in London.  Your point is well-taken, particularly about taking care not to have our daughters travel alone, at least for a while.  

 

I must say that this past summer when we visited, we arrived on the same day as our president.  When our Embassy issued warnings to US travelers, I was concerned about possible fallout from the political climate we find ourselves in.  I am very happy to report that throughout our stay, we encountered the most friendly, welcoming people.  Sure, the conversation came up a few times once folks heard our American accent, but we were received warmly.   

 

Overwhelmingly, our conversations ended up with a declaration about how it is PEOPLE that matter, as it is ordinary people who make true connections, not necessarily our politicians.  After mass one Sunday the vicar, who framed his homily around his concern for the changing times, asked us sincere questions while still making sure we knew we were as welcome as anyone.  

 

And here... my question quickly resulted in a flood of very helpful information.  THANK YOU!

 

ReadyforCoffee

 

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On 04/09/2018 at 06:29, ReadyforCoffee said:

Hi, everyone,

 

We might be relocating to London from the US next year for my husband's job and I am looking for recommendations for my my DD (15).  She currently attends a rigorous, competitive school in our town.  She is in their pre-professional program and trains 5-8 hours per day.  Many of the kids in this program do their schooling online as they dance during the day.

 

My DD attended the ENBS summer school this past summer and will audition for their year-round program but barring acceptance, she will need a new ballet home.  Her current school's style is mostly Vaganova with some Bournenville and a little Contemporary.  She is accustomed to training long hours.

 

I don't yet know what part of London we'll be in.  I am only just starting to research schools for my kids.  Moving half-way through high school is proving to be complicated as the school systems are quite different between the US and the UK.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good ballet school?  Are daytime programs available in the UK?  Has anyone made this move and can offer some advice?  

 

Many thanks!

 

ReadyforCoffee

 

The London Ballet Company School - http://www.thelondonballetcompany.com/tlbc-school/

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On 05/09/2018 at 07:29, ReadyforCoffee said:

Thank you so very much for all of this fantastic information.  You have given me much to research including schools I hadn't heard of like the London Russian Ballet School and Masters of Ballet Academy.  A quick peruse of their websites leaves me feeling hopeful that there is a good match for my DD.  I am also researching academic schools for all of my kids (triplets), so there is much work to do!

 

Our kids have been to London twice in the past year and their dad and I have been many times.  I am also enroled in my final year of the CertHE at Oxford, studying History.  This is not a move that we are taking on a whim.  Of course, there are many things that must align first.

 

Thank you also for your wise words about safety in London.  Your point is well-taken, particularly about taking care not to have our daughters travel alone, at least for a while.  

 

I must say that this past summer when we visited, we arrived on the same day as our president.  When our Embassy issued warnings to US travelers, I was concerned about possible fallout from the political climate we find ourselves in.  I am very happy to report that throughout our stay, we encountered the most friendly, welcoming people.  Sure, the conversation came up a few times once folks heard our American accent, but we were received warmly.   

 

Overwhelmingly, our conversations ended up with a declaration about how it is PEOPLE that matter, as it is ordinary people who make true connections, not necessarily our politicians.  After mass one Sunday the vicar, who framed his homily around his concern for the changing times, asked us sincere questions while still making sure we knew we were as welcome as anyone.  

 

And here... my question quickly resulted in a flood of very helpful information.  THANK YOU!

 

ReadyforCoffee

 

Masters....... have just reported high levels of graduate successes to RBS amongst many other US’s. 😊

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ReadyforCoffee - I am new on this board and found your thread because I am looking for a place for my daughter to train come January, or next fall. She is 16 and now in a pre-professional conservatory program and also doing highschool online (just switched over). I am curious what you ended up choosing.

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Danceworks Ballet Academy is a vocational, after school programme in London run by American trained Kim White. Fantastic faculty. Good luck! 

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Hi, Soltova,

 

Welcome to this fantastic board.  You will find the most supportive dancers and dance parents here.

 

We ended up remaining in the U.S. as it was too difficult to align the academic school options for all three of my girls.  My non-dancer daughters (they are triplets) would have found it difficult to prepare for GCSEs in only a matter of months.  My dancer daughter could have remained in her online academic school but her sisters wanted to attend a traditional school and we couldn't find any affordable options for them other than taking the GCSEs.  If they had been a bit younger they could have prepared for it but not at age 16. 

 

My dancer daughter was still able to attend the ENBS summer intensive and now wants to audition for the year-round program after she finishes high school.  

 

I wish you great success and synchronicity as you pursue this exciting path!  

 

ReadyforCoffee

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Triplets - wow!!! 

Congratulations on raising 3 daughters & best of luck to your dancer in the family!

Am sure if I were you I’d be called

Readyforsomethingstrongerthancoffee! 

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ReadyforCoffee - I am new on this board and found your thread because I am looking for a place for my daughter to train come January, or next fall. She is 16 and now in a pre-professional conservatory program and also doing highschool online (just switched over). I am curious what you ended up choosing.

Hi Soltova,
 
Are you specifically looking at London ? If your daughter is in home education under the High School system of the US, then you would have other independent  institutions outside of London offering vocational training courses with a variety of different methodologies, goals and qualifications  for considerably less than London prices . My daughter is currently in one in the Midlands and it costs me much less than is quoted above. She does full time vocational training , principally aiming at ballet as a career and does home tutoring in academic subjects. I pay lodgings with a local family as she is 16 now (but started at 15), but some of her colleagues are already living independently sharing accommodation.MY DD has been in a specialist vocational school since age 11 and has swapped a baccalaureate style European education with dance included at Junior High level for the High School, British A levels, but she is bilingual so has coped with the transition.  
 
What are the long term aims/goals/ strengths of your DC? Ballet; contemporary;  jazz/ showdance/ musical theatre? Because different institutions have mixed teaching but different outputs into  the professional arena. So it is important to analyse the the potential to meet the aim  before exploring the professional courses available. 

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13 hours ago, Lusodancer said:

ReadyforCoffee - I am new on this board and found your thread because I am looking for a place for my daughter to train come January, or next fall. She is 16 and now in a pre-professional conservatory program and also doing highschool online (just switched over). I am curious what you ended up choosing.

Hi Soltova,
 
Are you specifically looking at London ? If your daughter is in home education under the High School system of the US, then you would have other independent  institutions outside of London offering vocational training courses with a variety of different methodologies, goals and qualifications  for considerably less than London prices . My daughter is currently in one in the Midlands and it costs me much less than is quoted above. She does full time vocational training , principally aiming at ballet as a career and does home tutoring in academic subjects. I pay lodgings with a local family as she is 16 now (but started at 15), but some of her colleagues are already living independently sharing accommodation.MY DD has been in a specialist vocational school since age 11 and has swapped a baccalaureate style European education with dance included at Junior High level for the High School, British A levels, but she is bilingual so has coped with the transition.  
 
What are the long term aims/goals/ strengths of your DC? Ballet; contemporary;  jazz/ showdance/ musical theatre? Because different institutions have mixed teaching but different outputs into  the professional arena. So it is important to analyse the the potential to meet the aim  before exploring the professional courses available. 

Hi Lusodancer - I've sent you a pm :)

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