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1 hour ago, TBG said:

Crazylifecrazykids - my dd aplied for yr7 but was poorly and not successful, so applied for yr 8 and did get a place. If you are worried about the cost of an audition then you really have to think if you can afford vocational school. The funded places are means tested ( look on Elmhurst website to work out roughly how much you will pay per year), in addition there are house funds, trips, pocket money, school uniform (and the uniform bursary doesnt go far once they are getting through Pointe shoes and demi-pointe shoes quickly). They also have leave out every 3 weeks, so once per half term, so will either need collecting Friday 2.45 and returning Sunday, or catch trains - all this is additional cost. So without putting a grim outlook on it all, it is an amazing experience for the dc, but it isnt cheap. Make sure you go in with your eyes wide open. It isnt fair to dc to go through the audition process if you cant afford to follow it through.

 

Normally all who apply get prelims, however, i am sure due to covid they have to be more selective. There are places in year 8,9 and 10 but only when children leave, and they leave because they want to go to another school, dont enjoy the reality of living away, or fall out of love with ballet. 

So my dd is now applying for 6th form,  so we are not just looking at UK, but also Europe, again there is a cost, but some European schools are cheaper than UK. Just a reminder to all that the rollercoaster you are on doesnt stop once they get a place at vocational school, it gets even more stressful with assessments, injures etc.

 

On a positive note, my dd absolutely loves it and we wouldnt change it. For her Elmhurst is where she wants to stay, but one school doesnt fit all, just like all schools.

 

It is definitely - if at first you dont succeed try, try again, it may be a no for now but they grow and change so quickly that every year is different.

 

Good luck to all those applying. I hope this post has been helpful.

 

Xx

 

Thankyou all very helpful. Its not the cost of the audition or the school as such, we have done the calculator on MDS and what we'd have to pay to top up.. seems OK on paper but there are other costs as well I'm sure x

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6 minutes ago, TwirlyWhirly said:

Just got an email about preliminary Elmhurst audition! Yay! But yet another video submission -  Oh no!  Has anyone else heard back?

 


We’ve got a prelim audition too 🙂 Not looking forward to another video though x

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7 minutes ago, ponklemum said:


We’ve got a prelim audition too 🙂 Not looking forward to another video though x

Brilliant! Another Video nightmare though...my terrible IT skills will yet again be stretched to the limit! 🤣Interesting timing as well, coming the day after the audition experience day...I wonder if decisions were made by looking at that? Or maybe everyone who applies gets to submit a video. Already overthinking this!

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1 hour ago, TwirlyWhirly said:

Brilliant! Another Video nightmare though...my terrible IT skills will yet again be stretched to the limit! 🤣Interesting timing as well, coming the day after the audition experience day...I wonder if decisions were made by looking at that? Or maybe everyone who applies gets to submit a video. Already overthinking this!

From what I can understand, they are screening for preliminary audition. Originally we were going to find out after the closing date of the 11th.. very suprised to get email today but of course relieved DC offered preliminary but yes another video! 🙈 reckon the way our filming has gone we could start our own carry on movie sequels 😂😂 Good luck everyone x

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We also got a preliminary audition via email today but we didn’t attend the audition insight day. I also wasn’t expecting to hear until after December 11th but pleased to know! Thankfully there is a lot of crossover with the White Lodge video so hopefully shouldn’t be as tricky as doing that one!

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23 minutes ago, Lara Eschler said:

We didn't attend the insight day either, completely missed that it was happening and got the email today about the video requirements for preliminary. 

Was it a class for the children or more of an information session for the families?  

Both there was an audition class going through some of the exercises they may ask your child to do as part of a usual audition with tips etc.  This was similar to the RBS insight lesson in half term and then a separate Q&A for students and parents.  They said at the Q&A that everyone who applies will now be asked to submit a video audition.

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29 minutes ago, Ballet Dreams said:

Both there was an audition class going through some of the exercises they may ask your child to do as part of a usual audition with tips etc.  This was similar to the RBS insight lesson in half term and then a separate Q&A for students and parents.  They said at the Q&A that everyone who applies will now be asked to submit a video audition.

Thanks for the clarification! We didn't watch the talk, just did the audition practice. That will be a big batch of videos to watch then!

 

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1 minute ago, TwirlyWhirly said:

Thanks for the clarification! We didn't watch the talk, just did the audition practice. That will be a big batch of videos to watch then!

 

I thought the same I don’t envy having to watch all of the videos.  The Q&A was really good the Head Teacher, Artistic Director, Head of Dance Training and  Deputy Head all gave an insight into the school.  It’s sounds such a lovely place I was very impressed.

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14 hours ago, glowlight said:

You are all going to be such wizzes at videoing by the end of this year :)

 

Feeling so relieved I dodged the bullet on this as being cameraman, lighting & sound technician & artistic director to produce a key decision making video for a DC fills me as a mum with extreme horror! My thoughts with all you supportive parents pushing through this to give your DC the best chances in these so difficult times....

Good Luck all & just think the relief when those videos are ‘a wrap’ & ‘in the can’. !!

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This probably isn't much compensation, but for some people the move to video auditions may mean that they can afford for their DC's to apply for more schools.

 

I know there is still the audition fee, but at least you don't have to take into consideration the costs of travel and accommodation which I know can be prohibitive for some applicants.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, glowlight said:

This probably isn't much compensation, but for some people the move to video auditions may mean that they can afford for their DC's to apply for more schools.

 

I know there is still the audition fee, but at least you don't have to take into consideration the costs of travel and accommodation which I know can be prohibitive for some applicants.

 

 

Right with you on this one! Much as I hate IT, the prospect of not having to do several 400-mile round trips and ask the boss for time off work has been a (limited) positive of all this. Just waiting to see if Hammond will now do the same and go online for their preliminary...

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5 minutes ago, Bunny said:

So now Hammond is a video too 😩 Nightmare! x

oh wow, we have not applied. Are the video requirements much different or can you re-use?  I think we are sticking to RBS, Tring, Elmhurst and YDA and then will apply for associates programs such as central school, etc. We got just an offer for a very good academic school, I am almost thinking of just focusing on associates programs. It really is a lot of pressure on the parents for video auditions. Is the Hammond deadline early January as well?  all the very best.  

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40 minutes ago, Raquelle said:

Aw I know my DD is gutted as we had just booked a hotel and planned a little trip there. What is frustrating is that all the schools have asked for slightly different variations of the dances...! 

We've booked hotel as well but We've not heard anything about video audition.. was this by email? My child will be gutted too x

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1 minute ago, ponklemum said:

Yes it was by email. They haven’t given a deadline either, not that I’ve seen anyway xx

Ahh thankyou... wonder why I've not received one 🤔 we had a date and itinerary for Jan.

What are the video requirements? I guess I'd better email them. Was it this evening you got it? Xx

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11 minutes ago, Crazylifecrazykids said:

Ahh thankyou... wonder why I've not received one 🤔 we had a date and itinerary for Jan.

What are the video requirements? I guess I'd better email them. Was it this evening you got it? Xx

Mine came at 5.40....videos are slightly different variations to the others; but some differences e.g. shot from the side, Flexibility vids all shot at once...allegro etc which I don't think are in the others...some jazz....x 

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3 minutes ago, Raquelle said:

Mine came at 5.40....videos are slightly different variations to the others; but some differences e.g. shot from the side, Flexibility vids all shot at once...allegro etc which I don't think are in the others...some jazz....x 

Thankyou. I will email them. Now I have to remember which hotel I booked so I can cancel! 

I think allegro was in Tring in the enchainment but I could be wrong... im pretty new to this ballet stuff. 

I'm a bit worried I've not received an email as DC was offered audition when I applied in October x

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