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31 minutes ago, dancecrazy1 said:

thank you! yes Its a positive sign and i'll tell her its something to be proud of! shame it wasn't the live audition as i know she'd have enjoyed the experience far more but fingers crossed for next year! 

Who knows, there is the possibility that a space becomes free, we can always live in hope 🤞 But ‘next years’ auditions are only a few months away so hopefully that’s a live audition. 

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Congratulations to the yesses and the SWLs and commiserations to the nos.

Its nearly 15 years since my DD was at this stage but I remember how difficult it was, so thought I would share a few thoughts.

1) Nos remember that you are in a big majority. Only around 10% of JA applicants get a place and that seems to be fairly consistent over the years. On forums like this, you can sometimes get a bit of a skewed perception as naturally, people are more likely to share good news. But be assured, you are not alone.

2) The children that audition for JAs are on the whole the strongest dancers in their local school and this is often their first big disappointment. That's tough. They will be sad, and so will you. That's ok. But there is more to ballet than the RBS, more to dance than ballet and (sshhh...) more to life than dance. Allow yourself some time to be sad, then start looking forwards.

3) A yes or SWL is a "good sign" - well done! But a no is not necessarily a "bad sign".

4) Yes, SWL or no, the chances of any child, having a successful career as a classical ballet dancer is absolutely tiny. Whatever your JA news, keep that in perspective and don't let it become the only acceptable goal. 

5) Your child is just as talented, lovely and special now you have read that email as they were before. Nothing has changed about them, but they may well need your help to understand that.

 

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It’s a no again for my pupil, as expected. She was never going to shine in a video audition. I do feel, given the £50 audition fee, the least they could have done under the circumstances is send a proof-read email! My pupil is also currently in Year 5 but the letter mentioned auditioning next time for WL/MAs 🤦🏻‍♀️ Enjoy celebrating “yeses” and don’t let it bother you “nos”. JAs is far from being the only option out there 😊

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4 hours ago, Millicent said:

Got a yes for my DD. Still in shock! The email was about an hour ago so they may be doing them all at the same/similar times. 

 

Sorry for the no's, but as I kept telling my DD it will soon be time to apply for next year already! 

Congratulations! 😊💕👏

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So is that just the 1 yes from Group 1?! 😲 Sounds like it is harder than ever to get in this year. Amazing result @Millicent!!

We are group 4 so not even done the video yet.

Did anyone else have sound issues on the video? I checked it yesterday and can hardly hear it.

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Hi yes we did.  I used a Chromebook and it was very quiet.  Couldn't do the video where we have the big TV as wouldn't have been the correct flooring.  

 

It's not ideal but you can hear them.  Much easier to follow a zoom class but imagine that would have been very difficult for them to arrange.

 

Good luck for the audition :)

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@Ballerinamum thanks. 🙂 I agonised over whether to watch some of it first (obviously I will not let my DD see it), in the end I decided to test it as I know how many problems I have with technology! We have ordered some plug in speakers as it is so quiet on the laptop. Our TV is also in an unsuitable place.

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2 hours ago, Spamcat said:

@Ballerinamum thanks. 🙂 I agonised over whether to watch some of it first (obviously I will not let my DD see it), in the end I decided to test it as I know how many problems I have with technology! We have ordered some plug in speakers as it is so quiet on the laptop. Our TV is also in an unsuitable place.

Hope it goes well :)

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22 hours ago, Spamcat said:

So is that just the 1 yes from Group 1?! 😲 Sounds like it is harder than ever to get in this year. Amazing result @Millicent!!

We are group 4 so not even done the video yet.

Did anyone else have sound issues on the video? I checked it yesterday and can hardly hear it.

Yes we thought it was extremely quiet too. We used a Chromebook and could only just hear what the teacher was saying! 

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On 04/10/2020 at 10:02, Ballet_mum3 said:

They may have just skipped to the parts they are interested in?  There was a lot of standing and listening to instructions also. I am not sure they could watch every candidates 30 min video in full and get through them all? We are group 2 too, good luck!

Yes I knew they'd just watch certain bits of the recordings, some more than others depending on if they like what they see, and as you say skip through instructions etc 🙂

 

Now grp 1 are back - congrats to the yes children and commiserations to the not this times, its been a long process 😔 hopefully they'll move through the remaining groups efficiently over the coming weeks. 

 

Good luck to everyone else! 

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22 hours ago, Spamcat said:

So is that just the 1 yes from Group 1?! 😲 Sounds like it is harder than ever to get in this year. Amazing result @Millicent!!

We are group 4 so not even done the video yet.

Did anyone else have sound issues on the video? I checked it yesterday and can hardly hear it.

I played the audition video through the laptop, but plugged this into the TV via a cable so DD could watch a big screen. Sound not too bad. Then lost connection between the two, had a nightmare 🙈 then played the link directly via YouTube app on the smart TV. The last option worked the best; no lag and good sound 👌 

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On 07/10/2020 at 17:05, BillyElliot1 said:

Congratulations! 😊💕👏

Good luck to all the group 2s anxiously waiting. Our videos were watched for the first time on Tuesday night (about 12 mins in total) and they looked at all three. Now the wait....

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2 hours ago, In at the deep end said:

I played the audition video through the laptop, but plugged this into the TV via a cable so DD could watch a big screen. Sound not too bad. Then lost connection between the two, had a nightmare 🙈 then played the link directly via YouTube app on the smart TV. The last option worked the best; no lag and good sound 👌 

Thanks that is really helpful. I am thinking I may borrow a TV and do that using our firestick. Me and technology just don't mix!

Did you start again or did you send it in with the interruptions on the video? I just know something is going to go wrong, our Internet is so bad! 🙈

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5 minutes ago, In at the deep end said:

@SpamcatI sent the 3x videos as 3 separate links (took AGES to upload!) The connection disappeared after I stopped the 1st video, so the actual filming of each part was OK and the assessors won't have seen/heard me stressing!! 

Oh that is good, I thought you meant it stopped half way through a video, that would be a nightmare! 😬

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There are three separate sections to watch and so three separate videos to record on your phone. I think the longest was maybe 12 minutes? But I started filming as soon as I pressed play on the YouTube video so the first phone video has my daughter standing patiently listening for probably 3/4 minutes at the beginning. 

 

My honest advice would be not to stress about it too much. Hard I know! I kept rewatching my DD's videos on my phone after we'd submitted them and noticing all of the bits where she made mistakes/could have done better and getting stressed about how she didn't show herself at her best. But in the end none of that mattered and she got a place.

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6 hours ago, The red shoes said:

So do you send three separate files or film it continuously? 

Film each one separately. Upload each one to your chosen platform.  There are 3 boxes on the form to then paste a link for each video into. Good luck!

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18 hours ago, The red shoes said:

So do you send three separate files or film it continuously? 

Someone mentioned they did it in one go.  Depends what is easiest for you.  A warning it does take a long time to upload.  Good luck :)

23 hours ago, Spamcat said:

Thanks that is really helpful. I am thinking I may borrow a TV and do that using our firestick. Me and technology just don't mix!

Did you start again or did you send it in with the interruptions on the video? I just know something is going to go wrong, our Internet is so bad! 🙈

 

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