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I'm not sure if I understood correctly, but is Tring training based on RAD syllabus? Do their Sunday classes look like a "normal" local RAD ballet classes? Or is it more than that? I thought that Tring has his own training " system" like RBS does but I just read that Tring wants their students to take RAD exams with them and not with the local ballet schools. I hope that someone can tell me more about Tring classical ballet academy. Thank you

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Ok, well Tring Park Associates and Tring's Classical Ballet Academy are two different things entirely. CBA is more akin to other schools' Associate Schemes, i.e. non-syllabus, specialist training. They do not take exams and there are around 6 non-syllabus Sunday classes a term.

 

Tring Park Associates, while audition entry for age 8 and above, are mostly syllabus classes (RAD ballet, ISTD tap and modern, plus some extra non-syllabus classes).

 

TPA is more like a very good "local" dance school and yes, they prefer you to take syllabus exams with them. You do not have to dance at TPA to apply for CBA, or vice versa.

 

The confusion with names doesn't help; I've long thought CBA should actually be called TPA!

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From what I hear, they are good classes, but my dd isn't at CBA. :-). She was at the old version of TPA, the Junior Conservatoire.

 

However, I do know Mary Schon, the Head of Associates (both CBA and TPA) and she is lovely. An excellent teacher.

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Following on from a recent thread I wonder if anyone has any helpful advice for the CBA auditions? My daughter is not especially flexible ie she cannot do the splits! And after reading the audition details that the groups are partially assessed on flexibility am I setting her up for a big disappointment ?

She is however a lovely performer and very confident for a 9 year old. She also loves anything to do with Tring Park. Any tips anyone?

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If she loves Tring Park it is worth looking at the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain - this is a two week summer school held at Tring with performances included in Kent and then at a big London Theatre. It's quite expensive for what it is and competition very fierce with an emphasis on lovely performance qualities especially from the younger dancers but it is a great opportunity to enjoy the school and it's lovely facilities in the summer holidays. They have a good website!

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My daughter is at the Tring CBA and I cannot praise it enough for its teaching and the lovely studios. The classes are organised more on ability than age, my DD is young in the group she is in but she is advanced in her grades so it stretches her.

 

She says (just asked her) that at her audition they didn't test flexibility but they do get them doing the splits on both legs with square hips at each session. Not all in her group can do it evidently (she can) but it is encouraged.

 

I wouldn't let it put you off auditioning if your DD/DS isn't especially flexible, all good experience. The audition date (18th Nov) for the pre Chrstmas auditon and application forms are on the website.

 

There were a number of students in DD's previous group that went off to Vocational school in September.

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Thank you all for your reply. I wonder how come they have an audition in the middle of the school year? Do they start a whole new class in January or do they have just a couple of places in existing class? Do they asses out or some children just drop out?

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I can only assume they have some places due to children dropping out/not taking their place from September. I know there was a huge demand for places at the May/June auditions.

 

From this year onwards they will be holding an 'assessment day' when students will be advised of their suitabililty to continue on the programme. We have been told that those struggling will be given assistance and by the summer term they will consider 're-allocating' places. Very much like RB Associates.

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I do know a bit about this as my dd has auditioned for CBA twice both unsuccessfully. First time, a couple of years ago, I managed to get some feedback. I was told it was mainly physical as dd is also not flexible and at the time we didn't realise how important it was. She then worked v hard improving her flexibility and auditioned again in June this year. Unfortunately (Mary Schon told me this), they were planning on expanding the CBA but due to various reasons it wasn't possible so that's why they only had 17 places available and over 200 auditioning.

 

Dd is now v busy doing 3 counties youth ballet, lots of classes and new festival dances etc so in a way the timing isn't right now anyway. I said she could try again for next September if she wants. I then found out about the November audition! So I'm now in a dilemma whether to let her try again now or wait till next year.

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Hi, my daughter is in CBA and auditioned last September. The had to sit in pike, straddle then splits with square hips on each leg for 20 seconds and then the same in side splits during part of the audition. The rest of the audition was based on a normal ballet class in front of the judges. I would suggest really working on flexibility before this audition as they seem to write in their 'no' letters that restricted flexibility is an issue. Hope this helps.

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Thanks all for your input. There is no way my dd can manage any splits at the moment. I don't think any amount of stretching before the audition is going to change that. However I totally agree that any audition experience is a positive thing so will try and remain optimistic for the moment. She is in the first group on the 18th November so perhaps we will see some of you there among the masses! I will also look into NYB as I hadn't considered it before. DD did EYB in Aylesbury during the summer and loved it.

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We received the letter today and my DD is in group 1 starting at 9.45. They said in a letter that they have huge amount of applications and very few places so I guess they won't start a whole new class in January but have just couple of places in existing classes. Does anyone knows/remembers what kind of photos are they taking on the day? They want to photograph all group 1 in 15min only so surely they can't go through all the positions required for RBS or Elmhurst?

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It is just a head shot to attach to the application so they remember who's who.

 

When we are there on Sundays, the boys group that seems to be for Yr 8ish boys upwards is very small, the top group is very small and the second from top group looks a bit thin on the ground. My DD's group and the two below look fullish but I don't know how many they accomodate in each one. I don't see the smallest girls, they are finished by the time we get there.

 

In my opinion Tring should be firmer (like RBS are) with attendance, there do seem to be some that only turn up here and there. There should be greater emphasis on commitment to these fabulous classes that are in very high demand.

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