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London children's ballet- advice please?

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On 04/12/2019 at 15:39, Dancing Kitty said:

Never give up hope of a place.  DD's friend was a no or waitlist until the very last year she could apply and then a yes for main company with a part.  By the time you get to finals it does depends on who they need for the roles.  The same applies with regards you place on the waitlist.  You may be at the top of the list for your age group but if someone drops out who is younger or older or a boy and you are a girl it wont happen for you.  Well done to those who have an offer and fingers crossed for those on the wait list.

 

Height is a determining factor too. You can be on the waitlist in an age group where for whatever reason a place becomes available but not be picked if you don't have the right proportions. Makes total sense as they will be wanting to fill particular roles at this point. It is slightly ironic for us as we pleaded with the team to allow my daughter to do her final audition in an earlier group on this one occasion, owing to the important commitment she (and we) had at the time of her age group's audition. She is the size of someone roughly two years younger than her actual age and we made the point that she would have to be considered alongside those younger girls for any potential roles. However, they politely explained that they absolutely do not allow dancers to audition in a different age group under any circumstances. 

 

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3 hours ago, MAK said:

 

Height is a determining factor too. You can be on the waitlist in an age group where for whatever reason a place becomes available but not be picked if you don't have the right proportions. Makes total sense as they will be wanting to fill particular roles at this point. It is slightly ironic for us as we pleaded with the team to allow my daughter to do her final audition in an earlier group on this one occasion, owing to the important commitment she (and we) had at the time of her age group's audition. She is the size of someone roughly two years younger than her actual age and we made the point that she would have to be considered alongside those younger girls for any potential roles. However, they politely explained that they absolutely do not allow dancers to audition in a different age group under any circumstances. 

 

 

Yes very true - we asked about auditioning on another day one year and it was a straight no.

 

We have had the same height issue but in reverse!  The first year DD auditioned age 9 we were on our way out as the older group (aged 11) were coming in and she pointed out to me that the girls were the same height as her and said quite earnestly that she knew she wouldn't get in and by the time we were out the gate started talking about the next audition she might be doing.  It was one of her first ever auditions and definitely her first ballet one and thankfully she just keeps on going with the same attitude.  Also now everyone has caught up with her and she is now just average height for her age so at least she is on a relatively  level playing field. 

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25 minutes ago, Dancing Kitty said:

 

Yes very true - we asked about auditioning on another day one year and it was a straight no.

 

We have had the same height issue but in reverse!  The first year DD auditioned age 9 we were on our way out as the older group (aged 11) were coming in and she pointed out to me that the girls were the same height as her and said quite earnestly that she knew she wouldn't get in and by the time we were out the gate started talking about the next audition she might be doing.  It was one of her first ever auditions and definitely her first ballet one and thankfully she just keeps on going with the same attitude.  Also now everyone has caught up with her and she is now just average height for her age so at least she is on a relatively  level playing field. 

 

Very good point!

 

The audition experiences available in dance are so vast and I think great preparation for what life throws at our kids in the future, as well as being enjoyable in their own right, so we always encourage our two to give things a try if they want to, even where chances of success/progression are slim.

 

As for height, DD1 was a full head shorter than her peers until she was over 15 and I think DD2 will be the same 😂

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On 29/11/2019 at 18:26, HopelessMummy said:

It's the nutcracker one. 7-9yrs and 9-12yrs

This masterclass was today. DD said it's by far one of the best masterclasses she's done. Very challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. Thoroughly recommended

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