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I was wondering, how do these work? 

Given the latest developments (not sure how these would affect ballet schools) - and the fact that Ballet Boost have just announced video auditions for associate courses - I was wondering if others might follow suit? 

do you get one shot like in an audition or can they be re done over and over? I’m guessing that not many would know the answer to this as they are not common place? I did have a quick look at ballet boost but as this isn’t something we are actually applying to I am not sure I can find out.

 

also, RBS now seem to have put all their application dates for next year in their website 🤔 which is interesting given we still haven’t done this years? 

 

Anyone else wondering what might happen? 🤨

or just me 😂
 

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Speaking from the perspective of someone who receives video auditions every year (and is likely to have a lot this year!) it doesn’t matter whether someone does their video once or 10 times. It will still be enough to make a judgement on the candidates suitability. In an audition class we often repeat an exercise several times, with the students in groups or rotating lines etc so they always get a second shot at something so in that respect it’s not like an exam anyway.

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Central School of Ballet are also going ahead with video auditions for their associate programme. I have to say, I have 2 children on the programme and what they have offered their associate students online at the moment is fantastic. We have weekly zoom classes in place in ballet, contemporary, Pilates and an extra HIIT class which means they are still getting access to exceptional teaching and feedback. They also love seeing their friends! I have friends whose children attend other schemes who aren’t being offered anything at all or just a pre-recorded class. Can’t recommend this programme highly enough!

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Sounds great, it must be helpful and motivating to be able to interact with a teacher and see their friends.

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My DS has had Ballet Boost and home dance school lessons via zoom. He's really enjoyed them, particularly the interaction.  He also did two videoed final auditions for 16+ ballet schools and got offers for both. He said they were easier than the first auditions as he had less nerves!

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3 hours ago, Bolshoi said:

Central School of Ballet are also going ahead with video auditions for their associate programme. I have to say, I have 2 children on the programme and what they have offered their associate students online at the moment is fantastic. We have weekly zoom classes in place in ballet, contemporary, Pilates and an extra HIIT class which means they are still getting access to exceptional teaching and feedback. They also love seeing their friends! I have friends whose children attend other schemes who aren’t being offered anything at all or just a pre-recorded class. Can’t recommend this programme highly enough!

I second this @Bolshoi!! Highly recommend this programme. 
My DD goes to Central associates too, Can’t fault it-Love Central. 

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This is completely ignorant of me but how do you know what content to put in a video audition?  Thanks

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For ballet boost, they send you the content appropriate for age. I think Seniors was more suggested content but for younger ones it was pre recorded so watch and repeat. 

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Thanks SJBallet - since posting, I have also noticed that on RBS site that they give a list and times. Best wishes

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Has anyone completed the ballet boost audition videos and did you have teacher help? 

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Hello. We did the video auditions. We didn’t have teacher help to actually video but I did send them to be checked and following a few corrections re videod before submitting them. 
 

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55 minutes ago, Bluebird22 said:

Has anyone completed the ballet boost audition videos and did you have teacher help? 

 

On our list of things to do this weekend!

 

Going to attempt ourselves, mainly as not an associate scheme our teacher suggested.

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How do children go on who have no room to dance in their house?  I know we struggled to find a space to take audition photographs in our old house, never mind actually perform any kind of movement!

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I don’t know what age you are auditioning for but for the juniors you don’t need a huge amount of space. 
 

The centre adage needs the most movement but it’s not a huge amount. 

 

Is the garden a possibility? 

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14 hours ago, Bluebird22 said:

Has anyone completed the ballet boost audition videos and did you have teacher help? 

We did -got a yes which is really lovely news 

teacher helped with music as neither she nor my daughter appreciated my choices 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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How soon after submitting did you get a response ? Thank you! 

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1 minute ago, Bluebird22 said:

How soon after submitting did you get a response ? Thank you! 

Within a week 

very quickly -I was surprised 

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Ours was 3 weeks but we submitted ours quite early on. Friends had a response back within a couple of days. 
 

Good luck
 

 

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Fab News @Bluebird22 which centre have they applied for? DD is Hull and we’re now just waiting for time and classes etc. 

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Hello all - newbie here. I was looking for other people's experiences of video auditions and came across this thread. My DD applied for Ballet Boost Associates but we, perhaps naively, left it until the closing date last week as the email we had from them said explicitly that they wouldn't be making any decisions until after they had received and reviewed all the submissions, and would let everyone know by 3rd July. I'm now really worried that people have been accepted already after submitting the videos earlier. This doesn't seem fair at all. Does anyone have experience them doing this before?

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Thanks Jan! New to all this, so lots to learn and this is a huge help!

 

 

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I’m sure they’re all being viewed fairly. Ballet Boost have said in their Facebook and insta posts that they are viewing every single submission but they’ve had lots so it’s taken time. 
 

I know those that are current students have received their classes for next year. 
 

I’m still waiting to find out times and class for DD. 

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@fwr I wouldn't worry too much about it if I was you.

 

I doubt you will be penalised for submitting your application close to the closing date.  And you won't be the only ones to do that.

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Thanks both - I'll try not to worry! I'm sure you're right - bit annoyed that they said one thing and have clearly done another but hopefully there are spaces left.

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