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15 minutes ago, Neverdancedjustamum said:

 
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.

I think it’s great when the younger ones see what the slightly older ones are doing alongside each other in the sane class. Personally, I think that’s highly inspiring and motivating. 

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I don’t know how other parents felt, but the audition was pretty much the ‘first day of term’. My son did plenty of zoom classes until they ended in June, and a short online intensive in July, but I genuinely gave him a ballet-free August, also whilst we moved house, and let him use the summer to adjust to a new life. I’m not expert, but he would have been a lot more ‘rusty’ and raw than, say, if the auditions had taken place in March or April when they’ve had a full spring term of tuition. It’s great they could hold a Covid-safe live audition, however late or limited some might consider. But everyone was auditioning in far from normal timing and conditions so should be extremely proud of themselves. 

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1 hour ago, BellaF said:

On the timetable sent, after the ballet class there’s a 45 minute session for ‘coaching/solos’ - can anyone already there she’s more light on what this is?  Thanks 😊 


This class is stretching and used to be repertoire, my daughter only had 4 sessions at CBA before lockdown but they were working every week on a piece (which I presume would have been demonstrated to us at the end of term watching week had lockdown not taken that luxury away!) I’m guessing they are moving to solos so that they will perhaps teach a set dance(s), but with the idea of performing it individually rather than requiring the children to be close creating a group piece. They also do stretching in that class. They did have two different teachers, one for the ballet and one for the coaching, and as I understand that will still be the case, it’s just they won’t move studio anymore. Hope that helps a bit😊 What group will your DD be in? 

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3 hours ago, PurplePirouette said:


This class is stretching and used to be repertoire, my daughter only had 4 sessions at CBA before lockdown but they were working every week on a piece (which I presume would have been demonstrated to us at the end of term watching week had lockdown not taken that luxury away!) I’m guessing they are moving to solos so that they will perhaps teach a set dance(s), but with the idea of performing it individually rather than requiring the children to be close creating a group piece. They also do stretching in that class. They did have two different teachers, one for the ballet and one for the coaching, and as I understand that will still be the case, it’s just they won’t move studio anymore. Hope that helps a bit😊 What group will your DD be in? 

 

Thanks that's really helpful. Also good to hear that we get to watch at the end of term though I guess things might be a bit different at the moment!

 

DD is in group 1 - although she's 9 she's not that advanced in terms of RAD grades.

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Yes, I can’t imagine we will be allowed to watch this term for obvious reasons, but as I understand it on the last week of term (in non-Covid times!) parents watch the ballet class then instead of the coaching class the children have a workshop in varying genres of dance so it could be contemporary/jazz etc, different each term. I *think* they’re also allowed to wear their own leotards for the final week too, although don’t quote me on that bit😆 We can’t wait to get back to Tring on Sunday, I hope your DD loves it as much as mine does! 

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4 hours ago, PurplePirouette said:


This class is stretching and used to be repertoire, my daughter only had 4 sessions at CBA before lockdown but they were working every week on a piece (which I presume would have been demonstrated to us at the end of term watching week had lockdown not taken that luxury away!) I’m guessing they are moving to solos so that they will perhaps teach a set dance(s), but with the idea of performing it individually rather than requiring the children to be close creating a group piece. They also do stretching in that class. They did have two different teachers, one for the ballet and one for the coaching, and as I understand that will still be the case, it’s just they won’t move studio anymore. Hope that helps a bit😊 What group will your DD be in? 

 

And for the top groups of girls, this session was for pointework.  

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3 hours ago, PurplePirouette said:

Yes, I can’t imagine we will be allowed to watch this term for obvious reasons, but as I understand it on the last week of term (in non-Covid times!) parents watch the ballet class then instead of the coaching class the children have a workshop in varying genres of dance so it could be contemporary/jazz etc, different each term. I *think* they’re also allowed to wear their own leotards for the final week too, although don’t quote me on that bit😆 We can’t wait to get back to Tring on Sunday, I hope your DD loves it as much as mine does! 


Thanks - she LOVED the audition so sure she will 😊

 

I’m pretty sure I read something in the info they sent out about wearing your own leotard on the last day. I probably should back and read properly 😂

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1 hour ago, Dancemum_2222 said:

Unfortunately my daughter still hasn’t received her result and we’re patiently waiting! Has anyone else from group 3 received there’s?

Out friend was in group 3 and her result yesterday 

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3 hours ago, Dancemum_2222 said:

Unfortunately my daughter still hasn’t received her result and we’re patiently waiting! Has anyone else from group 3 received there’s?

 

I'd probably email if I hadn't heard by now. Good luck!

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