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1 minute ago, PetitJeté said:

That’s interesting @Katniss The only thing I would say though is that year 6 JAs obviously haven’t had the chance to even visit WL yet, which they would normally have done this term, so attending an intensive would in my mind at least be a way of experiencing the place. 

All places at Wl will have been given out by the intensive 

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Congrats to those who’ve got places. Well done! 

 

Another waiting list place here (boy, current yr6 JA). Same as this year for summer (which didn’t go ahead). 
 

DS is feeling rather deflated lately, he thinks it’s him because he really struggles to train at home so his usual confident, happy self has turned quite sad and always questioning whether he can even do what is required - we are trying to keep his spirits up and remind him it’s really not and that everyone is in the same boat with a hit to their training at the moment. Stressful times indeed.

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2 hours ago, BalletBoyMumma said:

Congrats to those who’ve got places. Well done! 

 

Another waiting list place here (boy, current yr6 JA). Same as this year for summer (which didn’t go ahead). 
 

DS is feeling rather deflated lately, he thinks it’s him because he really struggles to train at home so his usual confident, happy self has turned quite sad and always questioning whether he can even do what is required - we are trying to keep his spirits up and remind him it’s really not and that everyone is in the same boat with a hit to their training at the moment. Stressful times indeed.

 

Sorry to hear your DS is feeling deflated.  Places on Royal intensives are few and far between in any year but with reduced class sizes they are even fewer this year but the wait lists are there in case they are allowed to put more students into the studios and boarding houses.  Having the decisions based on photographs is hard to take and we have had knockbacks based on photos and the following year Yeses for auditions.  I would love to be bale to say it gets easier as they get older and understand more but I am not sure.  All we can do is be there for support and encouragement.

 

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On 16/11/2020 at 14:32, BalletBoyMumma said:

Congrats to those who’ve got places. Well done! 

 

Another waiting list place here (boy, current yr6 JA). Same as this year for summer (which didn’t go ahead). 
 

DS is feeling rather deflated lately, he thinks it’s him because he really struggles to train at home so his usual confident, happy self has turned quite sad and always questioning whether he can even do what is required - we are trying to keep his spirits up and remind him it’s really not and that everyone is in the same boat with a hit to their training at the moment. Stressful times indeed.

When we had our answer back - they mentioned that they might be able to offer day places if Covid-restrictions etc change so apart from those who don't take up a place, there may also be more on offer. I also suspect that more than usual will not take up places - when we applied, we had day placement in mind so had to think again when only residential was offered. We had to think about additional cost (quite a lot) and that our DS is only 10 and not been away more than a night before. His excitement made our minds up for us but it was indeed a big decision. Fingers crossed for you!

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On 14/11/2020 at 20:55, PetitJeté said:

That’s interesting @Katniss The only thing I would say though is that year 6 JAs obviously haven’t had the chance to even visit WL yet, which they would normally have done this term, so attending an intensive would in my mind at least be a way of experiencing the place. 

This was the biggest kicker for me about the whole thing. My DS who was then Y5 was offered a place for Spring Intensive and I was hoping it would be a way to see if he really liked it there and felt comfortable etc so when it didn’t go ahead I feel a bit like we’ve gone into White Lodge auditions a bit blind. We didn’t reapply for Intensives this year as my thinking was if he was extremely lucky and did get a place for full time training he would have to go to Summer Intensive this year anyway, and if he didn’t get in would he even want to go to an Intensive quite so soon afterwards and be reminded of what he didn’t have if you know what I mean. 

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42 minutes ago, Lara Eschler said:

So according to the website both Spring and Summer 21 will be online again? Though I only got the email saying they won't invoice us yet. Feeling disheartened to see that it would be online from the website , will never get to see White Lodge...

Only to be expected I guess. Feel the same way...but there will be other WL intensives in other years (we hope!). Or maybe your DS will get a place at WL anyway and then he'll be seeing it all the time!! Here's hoping! 😊

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17 hours ago, Lara Eschler said:

So according to the website both Spring and Summer 21 will be online again? Though I only got the email saying they won't invoice us yet. Feeling disheartened to see that it would be online from the website , will never get to see White Lodge..

To my knowledge RBS are planning to run residential courses for both spring and summer . The on line one is short I think you misread 

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11 minutes ago, Lara Eschler said:

Hi, hope you all had a fab Christmas! I am trying to pay the Spring intensive invoice, and I pressed the submit button but it is just circling around. Anyone else had problems with the transactions?

Happy Christmas too! Yes same happened for us. It was just before Christmas so I emailed.  They said a few had reported same problem and they'd try to fix it - though probably not till after the break as office was about to close. Also said not to worry, DS's place was secure. I'm not going to try again till it's sorted. Hope this helps! 

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We had the same problem trying to pay for Spring Intensive - circle of doom! Glad to hear that it will be sorted. My understanding is that the residential places offered are secure so long as they can run. The on-line course runs alongside (a bit odd though as I didn't hear anything about opportunities to apply for an on-line course at all) - wondering if it is really 'back-up' - happy to be corrected?

 

My DS applied with a friend who didn't make it and was planning to be a day pupil due to his age (10 years) and so now nervous about not knowing anyone and it being residential. If it goes ahead and any other DS feels the same then please PM me if you would like to do introductions?

 

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas 🙂

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For anyone on the waitlist, I have just given up my DS place. Given the current situation with Covid-19 and travelling from Scotland to London I just don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m absolutely gutted as this is now the second time he has missed out due to Covid.  Best of luck to everyone else and I’m hoping that maybe he can apply for summer and have a better chance of getting down there. 🤞🤞

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5 hours ago, Niknik10 said:

For anyone on the waitlist, I have just given up my DS place. Given the current situation with Covid-19 and travelling from Scotland to London I just don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m absolutely gutted as this is now the second time he has missed out due to Covid.  Best of luck to everyone else and I’m hoping that maybe he can apply for summer and have a better chance of getting down there. 🤞🤞

Really sorry to hear this. My daughter also missed out on going last summer, but is on the waiting list for Easter. I can imagine it being cancelled yet anyway. Such a shame for these youngsters. 

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Just wondering if anyone applied for the summer intensive this week? It said in the confirmation email that they’ll send results by end of the next week, this seems very quick, is this going to happen do we think?! 

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43 minutes ago, PetitJeté said:

Just wondering if anyone applied for the summer intensive this week? It said in the confirmation email that they’ll send results by end of the next week, this seems very quick, is this going to happen do we think?! 

I thought the deadline was sometime early March ?

 

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18 minutes ago, Fairydust said:

I thought the deadline was sometime early March ?

 

I’m not sure, I hadn’t even thought about that, my email just said results for London summer will be sent week ending 15th Jan. I was adding the application to our existing one for Easter, not sure if that makes a difference? Oh well, just wait to hear I suppose. 

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56 minutes ago, Fairydust said:

Just checked RBS website; applications close 3rd Mar so hopefully won’t start issuing results until after that. DDs application isn’t in yet 😱

I think it must be an error then, but just double checked my email and it def says week ending 15/01/2021. It wouldn’t make sense to be before the closing date though. 

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On 13/11/2020 at 18:28, Lara Eschler said:

It seems like the yeses on the forum are mostly boys? 

I have a theory here (happy to be lambasted over it!!) that as there are sooooo many more girls than boys ‘in the circuit’ parents become increasingly wary of sharing information to protect themselves/DC’s a little? To ‘cushion the blow’ of a no, & yes, avoid the snide (firsthand experience of this from parents, pupils & im afraid some teachers....)side remarks - I’m sure most of us on here have witnessed on some level of the bitchier side of this ballet world....& also we have to accept that competitiveness & sometimes undermining the competition is likely to be a part of life going forwards! Let’s not sugar coat the fact that not everyone all of the time is nice! 

Also another reason to keep quiet is to perhaps not encourage ever more to apply thus increasing the competition & shortening the odds for their DC’s? 

And so often we can work out who is who & maybe parents quite rightly wish to protect their DD’s from the inevitable comparisons & questions (such as why her & not me? Why is X better than me?) Etc etc....all very disheartening that can lead to anxieties, depressions & worse - other issues such as extreme dieting etc when one DD perhaps compares her body types of a no against a yes....

Not all are guilty I know if all or any of these suggestions I make BUT we all know that places & funding are limited & especially where judgements are made merely from photos (always nuts & unfair IMHO but presently now only options for a while?) or videos (again, never going to be a level playing field as some can - we’ll pre covid - access  & afford to pay more studio hire time, & pay teacher time to guide & some are lucky with teachers who provide this free too - bravo...but again, I understand dance schools do have to run as economically viable businesses - so it’s never a truly as equal a playing field as them doing the same 1 hour auditin class can potentially be. More of my ramblings - sorry! 

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3 hours ago, Peanut68 said:

I have a theory here (happy to be lambasted over it!!) that as there are sooooo many more girls than boys ‘in the circuit’ parents become increasingly wary of sharing information to protect themselves/DC’s a little? To ‘cushion the blow’ of a no, & yes, avoid the snide (firsthand experience of this from parents, pupils & im afraid some teachers....)side remarks - I’m sure most of us on here have witnessed on some level of the bitchier side of this ballet world....& also we have to accept that competitiveness & sometimes undermining the competition is likely to be a part of life going forwards! Let’s not sugar coat the fact that not everyone all of the time is nice! 

Also another reason to keep quiet is to perhaps not encourage ever more to apply thus increasing the competition & shortening the odds for their DC’s? 

And so often we can work out who is who & maybe parents quite rightly wish to protect their DD’s from the inevitable comparisons & questions (such as why her & not me? Why is X better than me?) Etc etc....all very disheartening that can lead to anxieties, depressions & worse - other issues such as extreme dieting etc when one DD perhaps compares her body types of a no against a yes....

Not all are guilty I know if all or any of these suggestions I make BUT we all know that places & funding are limited & especially where judgements are made merely from photos (always nuts & unfair IMHO but presently now only options for a while?) or videos (again, never going to be a level playing field as some can - we’ll pre covid - access  & afford to pay more studio hire time, & pay teacher time to guide & some are lucky with teachers who provide this free too - bravo...but again, I understand dance schools do have to run as economically viable businesses - so it’s never a truly as equal a playing field as them doing the same 1 hour auditin class can potentially be. More of my ramblings - sorry! 

I think more parents of boys who do ballet might try to connect on forums as they might not know many other ballet boys locally (this is my case at least). So parents of boys might appear overly represented on this forum. I got no help or support from local dance school for applications and especially the recent video applications were very stressful and a lonely process so it was comforting to see other parents going through the process on this forum.
 

 

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58 minutes ago, Lara Eschler said:

I think more parents of boys who do ballet might try to connect on forums as they might not know many other ballet boys locally (this is my case at least). So parents of boys might appear overly represented on this forum. I got no help or support from local dance school for applications and especially the recent video applications were very stressful and a lonely process so it was comforting to see other parents going through the process on this forum.
 

 

You have a point there @Lara Eschler and I certainly come into the category of wanting to connect with people going through the audition process via this forum as it has been a lonely business, especially this year! I  also understand that the intensity of competition for those with DDs rather than DSs is very different and I sympathise with your situation @Peanut68.  It takes a brave person to post a 'no' result. I'm also sorry if you've experienced snide comments and so forth and sincerely hope it hasn't happened on this forum. Perhaps one issue with boys is that there are plenty of boys out there who would probably be good at and enjoy dance but who choose not to do it at all because of the out-dated but still common negative attitudes of family, friends or peers. For them, the 'nos', nasty remarks and off-putting comments have come even before they think about entering a dance studio. 

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agree with what has been said - a couple of other considerations regarding DSs.  

 

Many girls dream of being ballet dancers before even taking a class.  Suspect not the same is true of boys, so although the field may be slightly smaller, those who are there are probably of a standard to have a realistic chance of success.   You wouldn't put up with the "help" from your schoolmates otherwise.

 

I also think, based on my DS's experiences at vocational school and beyond, more boys who apply have families who work in dance (we didn't, not a clue!) so may come to auditions better prepared.

 

This is not a blanket statement just my observations.

 

 

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