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Hi everyone, I'm new hear and would like some information/help.

We are on the Gold Coast of Australia where my daughter studies fulltime ballet. My partner is Scottish and we decided to apply to schools in Scotland to further our daughter's ballet journey. After viewing her audition she was offered a place in both Ballet West and the new Edinburgh Festival Ballet. We need to decide and being on the other side of the world would appreciate any help. We have found quite alot about Ballet West but was hoping to hear about anyone attending Edinburgh Festival for their new fulltime school. Anything else that may help would be awesome.

 

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Peter Schaufuss on Wikipedia

 

Hi Chrissy.

 

Here is a link to a short biography of Peter Schaufuss.  He was one of the top male dancers internationally and has had a stellar career.  Although the school, Edinburgh Festival Ballet, is new, I would make it my first choice.  The quality of teaching, and the contacts Peter Schaufuss has, will make the chance of a successful career for your daughter much higher. 

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Just as long as Schaufuss' teaching performance is rather better than his more-recent artistic director one ... :) 

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I was chatting to a dancer recently who had spent some time with the Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark.  He said he loved Peter Schaufuss' classes.  I don't know what the school would be like.

 

Would location be another consideration?  Edinburgh is such a fabulous city with lots going on.

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Have heard from a student who has recently been at the school’s open day classes that Peter  Schaufuss has a remarkably different approach to teaching and that treating dancers as individuals is a high priority. As it’s a new school it’s hard to comment any further.

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14 minutes ago, valentina said:

Have heard from a student who has recently been at the school’s open day classes that Peter  Schaufuss has a remarkably different approach to teaching and that treating dancers as individuals is a high priority. As it’s a new school it’s hard to comment any further.

Don’t all artistic directors tell prospective students and parents they treat the ‘dancers as individuals’? Once they’ve hooked you the reality is ‘you have to fit in’ 

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On 12/07/2019 at 08:56, Jane said:

Don’t all artistic directors tell prospective students and parents they treat the ‘dancers as individuals’? Once they’ve hooked you the reality is ‘you have to fit in’ 

Yes. I never heard of an Artistic Director/Vice Principal who wasn’t super nice to prospective parents. This is usually said to you just after they tell you about the fantastic new dance studios they would like to build.

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On 11/07/2019 at 13:48, Chrissy said:

Hi everyone, I'm new hear and would like some information/help.

We are on the Gold Coast of Australia where my daughter studies fulltime ballet. My partner is Scottish and we decided to apply to schools in Scotland to further our daughter's ballet journey. After viewing her audition she was offered a place in both Ballet West and the new Edinburgh Festival Ballet. We need to decide and being on the other side of the world would appreciate any help. We have found quite alot about Ballet West but was hoping to hear about anyone attending Edinburgh Festival for their new fulltime school. Anything else that may help would be awesome.

 

I have no experience of either schools, but depending on your daughter's age, I must say that  the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (as mentioned by taxi4ballet) seems to be a good bet regarding teaching faculty and graduate employment. Good luck !

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I have nothing to add to topic but wanted to say crystaltips comment made me laugh.  

As our dance journey progresses I find myself getting more & more cynical about the dance world. 

I found myself saying at a recent dance school pta meeting that the pta needs to start recruiting younger kids parents before they become jaded like the rest of us 😀 next year is audition year so I’m expecting thi ha to get worse 😱

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On 13/07/2019 at 16:21, Crystaltips said:

Yes. I never heard of an Artistic Director/Vice Principal who wasn’t super nice to prospective parents. This is usually said to you just after they tell you about the fantastic new dance studios they would like to build.

And how their pastoral care is second to none, when there's actually none. Some schools need to be given a wide berth and don't just listen to the owners of the school - talk to past pupils and parents - they'll give you the true picture. 

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I cannot comment on Edinburgh Festival School as a full time course but my dd attended a recent masterclass and believed that Peter S teaching was among the best she had ever received . She currently attends WL. 

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