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2 hours ago, BalletBoyMumma said:

Yes, it’s just over 2hrs of travelling by trains each way for us (about 70 miles).  I don’t mind too much as Covent Garden is lovely but it does take up a whole day and we are pretty knackered by the time we get home again in the evening. 

Yeah that's alot of travelling but going to Covent garden.. wow! DD is doing the Covent garden workshop and can't wait haha 

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2 minutes ago, Crazylifecrazykids said:

Yeah that's alot of travelling but going to Covent garden.. wow! DD is doing the Covent garden workshop and can't wait haha 

Oh it’s lovely there. You’ll enjoy it! Loads to see. Does get a bit expensive though trying to occupy yourself in the time they are in. 😰 The shops are all really expensive (if I look, I tend to buy - oops!) and I find sitting in a coffee shop trying to make one hot chocolate last as long as possible a bit painful. 😂 

 

The art galleries in Trafalgar Square are great though (and free) and the British Museum is not too long a walk away. ☺️ 

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On 05/02/2020 at 15:49, BalletBoyMumma said:

Thank you. 🙂 

 

So there’s a mixed yr4 and 5 class, an all boys yr5 and 6, and then two others for juniors. I think. 🤔 

There is an all girls class (I think y5 and 6) after the all boys class  taught by the same teacher.  

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It looks like it so far @Lara Eschler - we've not heard anything about JA classes being cancelled at DD's centre yet - but I think it is inevitable that they will be at some point. Such a shame re. the spring intensive, however much it is the right thing to do it's still really disappointing for everyone who was due to attend that. 

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On 08/02/2020 at 11:12, Lara Eschler said:

There is an all girls class (I think y5 and 6) after the all boys class  taught by the same teacher.  

Hi @Lara Eschler. 

I hope you are all well. :) 
My DS has been offered a JA4 place now (yay!) - can I just check the class times with you? I feel a bit silly that I didn’t check this before so thought I’d ask you before going sheepishly back to ask admin. Oops! 
 

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1 hour ago, BalletBoyMumma said:

Hi @Lara Eschler. 

I hope you are all well. :) 
My DS has been offered a JA4 place now (yay!) - can I just check the class times with you? I feel a bit silly that I didn’t check this before so thought I’d ask you before going sheepishly back to ask admin. Oops! 
 

Hi @BalletBoyMumma, it starts at 9:30 but they prefer to have the boys at 9am and some people get there at 8:30-8:45. They get out at 11:45. Looking forward to seeing you there and hopefully all will be back to normal by then 😀

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28 minutes ago, Lara Eschler said:

Hi @BalletBoyMumma, it starts at 9:30 but they prefer to have the boys at 9am and some people get there at 8:30-8:45. They get out at 11:45. Looking forward to seeing you there and hopefully all will be back to normal by then 😀

Thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 

 

Gosh! That was my fear. We’d have to leave home via train at 6.30am. And that’d still be ‘close’ time wise. Eek! But on the plus side it does give us the rest of the day and he doesn’t miss lunch (he always comes out absolutely starving despite eating before going in at 11.30). I really should have asked this before putting it on the form. Oops!

I guess it’s just for one year. 😬😁 

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On 01/06/2020 at 19:19, BalletBoyMumma said:

Thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 

 

Gosh! That was my fear. We’d have to leave home via train at 6.30am. And that’d still be ‘close’ time wise. Eek! But on the plus side it does give us the rest of the day and he doesn’t miss lunch (he always comes out absolutely starving despite eating before going in at 11.30). I really should have asked this before putting it on the form. Oops!

I guess it’s just for one year. 😬😁 

 

 

Hi, another JA4 mum here, where are you heading in from? Our journey also starts around 06:30 as well, and we get there for 08:55 ish, upside is Covent Garden is so quiet, it is wonderful.

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On 07/06/2020 at 17:08, Sarahitaly said:

 

 

Hi, another JA4 mum here, where are you heading in from? Our journey also starts around 06:30 as well, and we get there for 08:55 ish, upside is Covent Garden is so quiet, it is wonderful.

We are coming from Seaford on the south/east coast. It’s good to know it’s doable and we won’t be the only ones needing to travel so early. 😊
 

Have you all seen today’s email? It’s thrown a huge spanner in the works for us. :( 

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1 minute ago, SJBallet said:

Yes it didn’t have any info about our centre at all. The email started well and then nothing 😢

Oh gosh. :( I hope yours will be better than ours. 

 

Ours means Zoom classes (which I’m not sure I can bring myself to do as DS really dislikes them and I don’t want ballet to become a battle, which it has been a bit during lockdown) or having our younger daughter give up her associates class (elsewhere) so DS can attend on Sundays (which is really unfair on her) and then travel, it takes us over two hours by train and Sunday service is appalling where we are.
 

I really appreciate the lengths they are going to to make things workable though, it just might not be doable for us. :( 

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I think DD will do the zoom classes if it comes to it especially if it’s her usual teacher, she didn’t enjoy the pre recorded though. 

But I wonder what will happen with fees as they won’t be getting the full 2 1/2 hrs! 

 

I'm hoping that, as another parent pointed out, the fact that our centre wasn’t mentioned, might be good news. 

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Have to say I am glad DD has come to the end of her JA journey. We were not impressed at all by the lessons she was sent, and still wanted 50% fees. If she had another year and it was by Zoom I dont think she would be doing them!!

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5 minutes ago, sunrise81 said:

Have to say I am glad DD has come to the end of her JA journey. We were not impressed at all by the lessons she was sent, and still wanted 50% fees. If she had another year and it was by Zoom I dont think she would be doing them!!

I think it’s so sad to hear this. 
 

I agree the lessons were poor. As DD is only. Year 4, soon to be year 5, I suppose I feel it’s just a blip and we’ll get back to normal soon and continue our journey as a JA x

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@BellaF - It’s all depending on individual venues and any local lockdowns that may occur, but in part, yes, and day changes for some centres too. 

 

My DS wasn’t keen on the recorded lessons either but did them and didn’t want to do hardly any of the tasks in the weekly newsletter (he has spent most of this time upset at the loss of social dancing so can be a bit stubborn - lots of talk of quitting ballet and many tears shed from him ☹️) but we were very grateful for the lessons/resources - it was good to have something, even if it wasn’t ideal (everything else stopped for us). DS did read through every newsletter and enjoyed looking at artwork and recognising names of classmates on the lovely pieces in the ‘students corner’ section of the newsletter but he didn’t want to submit anything himself. So the effort that went into it all was definitely appreciated. The end of term Zoom meeting was much needed too. ❤️

I can’t imagine it is easy to provide something of particularly high quality to be done at home and in such short notice AND still manage to pay overheads hence I understand them asking for 50% of the fees (I felt awful about submitting the refund form but had to and we’ve also had to think long and hard about being able to afford another year’s fees). 

As I’m sure everyone is, we were desperately longing for some sense of normality, the high quality training we’ve come to appreciate, and had hoped that JA classes would give us all that again. But I do understand the difficulties they are facing so no criticisms from me - I’m just not looking forward to having to make difficult choices about where we go from here.
It could be much worse (I have to keep reminding myself of this). 

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Hello all. Newbie mum here for a year 6 JA come September. 
 

A question-do we still have to apply for WL like non-JA’s or is it assumed that all JA’s will want to apply and so preliminary assessments are done in class? 

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4 minutes ago, Whiteduvet said:

Hello all. Newbie mum here for a year 6 JA come September. 
 

A question-do we still have to apply for WL like non-JA’s or is it assumed that all JA’s will want to apply and so preliminary assessments are done in class? 

Everyone applies in the same way online. You can apply for White Lodge, Mids, or Both. It does ask if you are a JA on the form. Everyone has to attend the preliminary auditions. Then onto finals at White Lodge if chosen. X

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