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Young Dancers Academy - associate scheme?

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Does anyone know if the young dancers academy have an associate scheme? Have looked on their website but there is only info on full time courses which we could not afford as appt there isn't funding? Dd would be auditioning for a year 7 place. Thanks

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If I remember rightly, their Associate equivalent is the West London School of Dance, run by Anna duBoisson on Saturdays: http://www.wlsd.org/

 

There is no official info to say that WLSD is the YDA Associate scheme but I'm pretty sure that it is their equivalent.

 

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WLSD is the after school dance school which takes on kids from 3 and a half to 16 and is mostly non vocational even though there are some very serious dance students in that section. YDA is the full time school affiliated to WLSD which takes kids from 11 (year 7) to 16 and is a vocational school with academics up toGCSE. Additionally there is an associate scheme which Im pretty sure is still running but you'd have to call them and check.

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YDA used to offer burseraries as I know that my dd was offered one. It was a few years ago so maybe things have changed.

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YDA Associates are on Saturday afternoon 12-3pm and the ballet class is taught by Anna Du Boisson and then the reportoire by another teacher. The scheme is very good and definitely worth audtioning for. It runs alongside the school terms.

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Have tried emailing young dancers academy about associate classes but haven't had a reply, is it better to phone them? Would just like to know when the auditions are held.

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Hi Balletjack,

Both my daughters have attended YDAAC whilst being JAs at the Royal. It's a lovely school with brilliant teachers some of whom we knew from the RBS. WLSD(part-time school) offers after school and weekend classes for children up to age 16 although they accept by audition if the kids are 8+. YDA associates are mostly the ones who have attended at least 2 WLSD classes to be considered to audition. As far as I know YDA Associates are in two groups but I haven't seen anyone older than 11, as that's when everyone auditions for Vocational schools. They obviously don't need to attend the Associate class once they've started full-time training.

Hope this helps a little and good luck to your DD.

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Thanks for that info, have received an application form, was hoping they have an associate scheme for ages 11+ as dd is a year 6 ja.

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I believe that do have 11+ now, as clearly not everyone ends up vocationally training after 11. Best to check with them though. Good luck with it. I cannot recommend YDA highly enough.

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