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Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone has entered this years BBGP? I completed the entry form, made payment but haven’t yet received a confirmation email which should contain the variation music for the competition.  Just wondered if anyone else is in the same situation?

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Hi Dreamchaser - you night get more responses if you post in ‘doing dance’ section of the website. Good luck in the competition! 

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Might be worth emailing them. 

 

DD entered last year and when we had a query, they were quick to respond to email. Best of luck. It's a lovely competition

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Hi HopelessMummy,  My DD also competed last year and I agree communication was excellent.  
 

In the past 2 weeks I’ve emailed and used Instagram and the Facebook page to contact but no response.  I know they’re in the ‘off season’ but just wondering if anyone else has entered and received the music - hoping to start the choreography later this month but now worried the entry has been lost 🙈

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No plans to enter but had thought about going to see it this year so have been waiting to see the adverts but not heard anything.  They haven't updated anything on social media since last summer and I also noted that they never did announce the other winners from the partner schools and companies.  I was beginning to think it wasn't going ahead until this thread started.

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The dancers who competed in 2019 were offered early bird entry in July as its anticipated that there will be more interest this year.  The competition is now open to all to enter on the BBGP website.  The format has also changed; it will be a full week of masterclasses prior to the performance evening

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1 hour ago, DreamChaser said:

The dancers who competed in 2019 were offered early bird entry in July as its anticipated that there will be more interest this year.  The competition is now open to all to enter on the BBGP website.  The format has also changed; it will be a full week of masterclasses prior to the performance evening

 

Do you know if it is going to be possible to watch the masterclasses or just the performance?

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I think it's just the performance as the masterclasses take place at BTUK unless you have entered, in which case you can view from the waiting area. I thoroughly recommend the performance at the theatre. The standard is incredible. My DD got to watch for free; she didn't get through but was able to see why she didn't.

 

We're not doing it this year. DD is nowhere near the standard required. Last year, she was one of the youngest there because of the way the age is taken from May. This year, I think because of the greater international interest, the quality of dancing is likely to be even higher

 

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Yes as HopelessMummy suggests the Masterclasses will be held at the BTUK studios but I wouldn’t be surprised if they broadcast the classes on the internet as they do at the Prix de Lausanne etc...  My DD was lucky enough to go through to the performance in the junior category but this year will be competing with intermediates which in my opinion was by far the strongest category in 2019 - what talent!
 

Still looking for anyone who has entered and received music.....😊

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Dreamchaser, as the Ballet Grand Prix is a promotion for BTUK please note 

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So is the Grand Prix run/organised/is a commercial ‘product’ of BTUK &/or School of BTUK or merely held there renting the studios? 

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On 21/01/2020 at 21:37, DreamChaser said:

The dancers who competed in 2019 were offered early bird entry in July as its anticipated that there will be more interest this year.  The competition is now open to all to enter on the BBGP website.  The format has also changed; it will be a full week of masterclasses prior to the performance evening

I looked on the website for this but unable to see anything?

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Finding it really strange that I’ve had no reply in over 3 weeks.  The competition is open to enter on the BBGP website but unlike the email I received in July it doesn’t mention at all the change in format.  Really tempted to withdraw and see how the competition develops in future years.  My DD enjoyed it last year but it did feel odd that 2 members of the judging panel had a big cohort orphans dancers from their own schools.....

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There is no telephone number listed on the website unfortunately.  If you have got the postal address have you considered writing to them by registered delivery to ensure that your query has been received?

 

I think I would be very frustrated by now too.

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I’ve contacted PayPal to request a refund but unfortunately no protection after 180 days - entry submitted in July 🙁. Last resort, I’ve emailed the school that can’t be mentioned on here since it has such close links to the competition.  Really disappointing 🙄

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I do hope it’s just a case of time not quite close enough to be up & running with admin as hate the thought of parents worrying about payments made....🤞🏻🍷

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14 minutes ago, taxi4ballet said:

They're on Facebook - maybe try that?

Frustratingly I’ve tried all the avenues I can think of Facebook, instagram, their website contact sheet and the email address they used to contact competitors last year.....  An automated reply bounced back explaining that it was out of season so emails being checked once per week but that was almost 4 weeks ago now.  Without the music they’re supposed to email out we can’t make a start on the choreography and private coaching slots are booking up fast for the next 2 months 🙄

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I suggest you complete a Company House Check on the four businesses run by the same man who runs this competition. 
Im guessing this competition will go ahead to finance his other four businesses. 
I hope It all gets sorted out for you 

 

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4 hours ago, taxi4ballet said:

They're on Facebook - maybe try that?


They don’t appear to be responding to Facebook messages.  We know someone who wants to apply and was seeking some additional information.  We can’t make a full week due to exam prep so not for us this year.

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I suspect they are not going to send the music out until the closing date for the comp has passed, otherwise those who entered early would have an unfair advantage on those who enter later. Haven't they already published the lists of the rep for the older categories already? 

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I’m a little nervous of putting my school’s entries in now .

Entered last year with great success .

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1 hour ago, HopelessMummy said:

I suspect they are not going to send the music out until the closing date for the comp has passed, otherwise those who entered early would have an unfair advantage on those who enter later. Haven't they already published the lists of the rep for the older categories already? 

 

I think that is a very fair point with regards the music but the rep list is available so surely you can start working on elements of the choreo.  I do however feel the lack of response to contacts going back a number of weeks is of concern.

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4 hours ago, tutugirl said:

I’m a little nervous of putting my school’s entries in now .

Entered last year with great success .

It is a lot of money 

 

And I remember now, your one was stunning! 

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