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19 minutes ago, Firebird21 said:

First session of ballet boost on Sunday and dd was happy enough !

My sons ballet teacher taught Ballet Boost zoom classes for the older students during lockdown. She told me that all the students were really talented and focused and it’s an amazing programme. I hope your DS really enjoys it! 

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10 minutes ago, BalletBoysDad said:

My sons ballet teacher taught Ballet Boost zoom classes for the older students during lockdown. She told me that all the students were really talented and focused and it’s an amazing programme. I hope your DS really enjoys it! 

Thank you !!

and all the best at Tring xx

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1 hour ago, Firebird21 said:

First session of ballet boost on Sunday and dd was happy enough !

My DD has been with Ballet Boost for 2 years now and loves it, nurturing, challenging and with 2 assessments a year -with excellent feedback to work with! She even had the opportunity to dance at White lodge with Emma recently,  which was amazing and an opportunity money couldn't buy! I really rate them and the teachers they bring in are fantastic, still working in the industry (performers) and current/relevant. Emma focuses on nurturing the love of ballet and encouraging the individual to grow into and understand their own selves and their own love of dance, whilst really understanding their physicality (They have to study the muscle book). With the added option of Rambert trained contemporay teachers (I highly recommend the contemporary classes). And don't forget they have the ABAs, which they feed into, taught out of Pineapple; smaller focused classes, with excellent teachers once again. AND, to top it off, the Easter and summer courses are amazing, the calibre of guest teachers is second to none! Your DD will do well there I am sure. One other plus is they don't mind you mixing in another associates, you don't find that territorial thing going on at all. Good luck to your DD, hope she continues to enjoy every moment xxxx

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16 minutes ago, Reachforthemoonhitthestars said:

My DD has been with Ballet Boost for 2 years now and loves it, nurturing, challenging and with 2 assessments a year -with excellent feedback to work with! She even had the opportunity to dance at White lodge with Emma recently,  which was amazing and an opportunity money couldn't buy! I really rate them and the teachers they bring in are fantastic, still working in the industry (performers) and current/relevant. Emma focuses on nurturing the love of ballet and encouraging the individual to grow into and understand their own selves and their own love of dance, whilst really understanding their physicality (They have to study the muscle book). With the added option of Rambert trained contemporay teachers (I highly recommend the contemporary classes). And don't forget they have the ABAs, which they feed into, taught out of Pineapple; smaller focused classes, with excellent teachers once again. AND, to top it off, the Easter and summer courses are amazing, the calibre of guest teachers is second to none! Your DD will do well there I am sure. One other plus is they don't mind you mixing in another associates, you don't find that territorial thing going on at all. Good luck to your DD, hope she continues to enjoy every moment xxxx

Thanks for the wonderful feedback 

we certainly know of the reputation ballet boost has and we are looking forward to a productive year there!!

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12 minutes ago, BellaF said:

Just heard now - a lovely yes for my DD 🙂

 

Sorry to everyone who didn't get good news. Really is a 'not yet'.

 

 

Oh I’m happy to hear your news 🥰

she must be ecstatic

well done  

 

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1 hour ago, Overmyhead# said:

We got a very nice not yet, with some detailed feedback. 

 

Actually saved us the trouble of deciding between other associates that we had already accepted so no bad thing!

 

Sorry to hear that, but like you say, it would have had to have been an either/or, and it’s amazing to be on another associates anyway.

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1 hour ago, MissEmily said:

We also received a not yet, but with personal feedback which is brilliant! No wonder they didn't get them all out in one day!

Sorry to hear that, but it’s lovely that they took the time to give personal feedback. That sounds like a rarity indeed. 

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I would be interested to know if everyone's "no" letters have this same paragraph:

 

"...we would like to acknowledge that that your dancing was of a good standard and that we still see potential for improvement.  It is for this reason that we feel that with further training, you might be ready at the next opportunity and would therefore like to recommend that you train hard and consider re-auditioning in the future."

 

Do they say this to everyone? Thank you!

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2 minutes ago, MissEmily said:

I would be interested to know if everyone's "no" letters have this same paragraph:

 

"...we would like to acknowledge that that your dancing was of a good standard and that we still see potential for improvement.  It is for this reason that we feel that with further training, you might be ready at the next opportunity and would therefore like to recommend that you train hard and consider re-auditioning in the future."

 

Do they say this to everyone? Thank you!

Yes & with the areas to work on...which I assume are different for each student 🤣🤣

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My dd was a not yet too. Just wondered how personal the feed back was? 
we were told her standard of dancing was good and she shows potential for further training but needs to improve ports de bras. Was yours similar? 
we will try again next summer 

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3 minutes ago, Ballet Power said:

My dd was a not yet too. Just wondered how personal the feed back was? 
we were told her standard of dancing was good and she shows potential for further training but needs to improve ports de bras. Was yours similar? 
we will try again next summer 


Our feedback was 

“correct posture with the pelvis realigned, articulated foot-work and refined port de bras.”  

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Tring CBA, from my experience, seem to have three letters. The “yes” one; the “not yet one”, and a very nicely worded “no” one (which can later turn into a not yet or a yes!). We had a “not yet” the first time round, followed by a “yes” at the next round of auditions, so the not yet really is a not yet.

The groups At CBA have had to be made smaller so there will be so few spaces available this time round.

Dont be disheartened, it’s definitely worth trying again and it’s a brilliant Associates scheme ☺️

 

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11 minutes ago, TwoDancers said:

Tring CBA, from my experience, seem to have three letters. The “yes” one; the “not yet one”, and a very nicely worded “no” one. We had a “not yet” the first time round, followed by a “yes” at the next round of auditions, so the not yet really is a not yet.

The groups At CBA have had to be made smaller so there will be so few spaces available this time round.

Dont be disheartened, it’s definitely worth trying again and it’s a brilliant Associates scheme ☺️

 

Thank you! That is good to hear. 

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1 hour ago, TwoDancers said:

Tring CBA, from my experience, seem to have three letters. The “yes” one; the “not yet one”, and a very nicely worded “no” one (which can later turn into a not yet or a yes!). We had a “not yet” the first time round, followed by a “yes” at the next round of auditions, so the not yet really is a not yet.

The groups At CBA have had to be made smaller so there will be so few spaces available this time round.

Dont be disheartened, it’s definitely worth trying again and it’s a brilliant Associates scheme ☺️

 

It’s all path of the course as far as I’m concerned!

audidtions...win some, loose some! 

we got spaces at 2 associates, so really can’t grumble at all! 
This is our second time of trying for Tring and dd didn’t raise an eyebrow when she said she’ll try again next year! 
It’s all part of learning and experience ❤️❤️

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I’ve seen a couple of variations of the “not yet” letter. One said something like “consider re-auditioning in the future” and the other said “consider re-auditioning at the next available opportunity on...” and this second one explicitly stated the next audition date month.  This is going back more than 3 years ago so perhaps the difference wasn’t material but I personally know that the child who got the second letter did get a place on her next attempt. Could be coincidence but it was definitely interesting at the time. 

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Probably one of the most unfortunate factors must be restrictions because of Covid. There is a recent post on the @classicalballetacademytring Instagram account and it shows a studio with 9 clearly marked socially distanced spaces for students. I don’t know how big the studios or groups tend to be, but it’s hard to see how the groups could have expanded much for a fresh intake/expansion of the groups. It must have put a really downward pressure on the number of spaces. 

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Absolutely, Balletboysdad.  Places at CBA are always in high demand and there are always more talented dancers than there are spaces.  Add to this the unpredictability and restrictions around COVID and they just won’t be able to offer more than a few spaces.

 

It’s unusual to get any feedback or personalised letters in auditions so people should try not to be disheartened or disgruntled if their letter was not as individual as expected - given the short timeframe I’m impressed they got the results out so quickly. 

 

Very well done to those with a “yes” and commiserations to those with a “no” or a “not yet”.  

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2 minutes ago, BalletBoysDad said:

Probably one of the most unfortunate factors must be restrictions because of Covid. There is a recent post on the @classicalballetacademytring Instagram account and it shows a studio with 9 clearly marked socially distanced spaces for students. I don’t know how big the studios or groups tend to be, but it’s hard to see how the groups could have expanded much for a fresh intake/expansion of the groups. It must have put a really downward pressure on the number of spaces. 

 
Class sizes have been capped at 15 student s.  CBA classes don’t tend to be big but one group has had to be split into two for this term.  Another lovely thing (I think, personally) is that CBA groups aren’t by school year. So a group can have someone in year 4 and someone in year 7.  During the dreaded time leading up to full time auditions, should your child be so inclined to pursue this path,  I find this set up dilutes the shared stress etc that sometimes comes with associates grouped by year.

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