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Hello @BalletBoyMum1 and congratulations! Hope you are all sorted for the exciting day at WL. Massive well done to your DS and don't worry if he's not got much experience so far, they must have liked what they saw in the videos and that's what has got him this far! 

 

As for activities, I'm not going to give my DS any technology because he'd probably leave it somewhere and we'd be half way home before he realised he'd left it in the building! 😂 Sticking to a book!

 

Good luck to everyone!

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I thought similar in regards to activities - book, cards, board game, drawing book, rubiks cube. Lets hope they get to play together and get to know each other.

 

I'll be finding a spot in the park, if nice, to either do some marking from the first week back at school or read a book in peace and quiet for a few hours. It's a shame it is still lockdown or we could have all met each other and had a chat.

 

My son is excited but also a bit apprehensive as this is the first time he is doing anything like this. I've just said to be yourself and enjoy the lesson, then they will see your happiness shine through. I'm just hoping he does as his fake smile looks like he's in pain (you know the one, the school photo smile!) 😂

 

We're quite relaxed about it all as we hadn't really considered he would get this far. 

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2 minutes ago, BalletBoyMum1 said:

Thanks for the warm welcome. I thought similar in regards to activities - book, cards, board game, drawing book, rubiks cube. Lets hope they get to play together and get to know each other.

 

I'll be finding a spot in the park, if nice, to either do some marking from the first week back at school or read a book in peace and quiet for a few hours. It's a shame it is still lockdown or we could have all met each other and had a chat.

 

My son is excited but also a bit apprehensive as this is the first time he is doing anything like this. I've just said to be yourself and enjoy the lesson, then they will see your happiness shine through. I'm just hoping he does as his fake smile looks like he's in pain (you know the one, the school photo smile!) 😂

 

We're quite relaxed about it all as we hadn't really considered he would get this far. 

As much as I would love them to be able to mingle... I can’t imagine them being allowed to sit close enough to each other to play cards etc sadly plus with masks on whilst they are waiting too they can’t even read each other’s facial expressions 😞. I hope I’m wrong but .... 

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3 minutes ago, The red shoes said:

As much as I would love them to be able to mingle... I can’t imagine them being allowed to sit close enough to each other to play cards etc sadly plus with masks on whilst they are waiting too they can’t even read each other’s facial expressions 😞. I hope I’m wrong but .... 

yes you’re right I hadn’t really thought of that. Best not to be left to their own devices to mingle too much anyway as  some kids can psyche each other out 😩 happens at festivals I can always tell when it’s happened to my DD as soon as she walks on stage! Best just to focus maybe 🤣

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2 minutes ago, PetitJeté said:

My daughter said normally in that situation, nobody talks to each other! 😂 Although she’s only going by the JA audition, I’d hope they might chat a bit this time! Guess they’ll be nervous! 

It’s going to be a weird situation for them especially with masks. I’m sure it’ll be the same kind of format as a JA audition. My DDs experience with the JA auditions she’s always been with me so hasn’t mingled and last year it was a video. So it will be a little different for them as we won’t be there. It’s definitely going to be more of a challenge as before they’d have us there to spur them on and send them in with confidence where as now we’ll have no control over it. As soon as they enter the studio we have no control anyway but I think we do big them up a bit before they go in usually 🤣 they’ll have none of that so they all may be a little more nervous unless they’re a super confident person naturally x 

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DS will chat to any and everyone, even the staff. I think he goes there TO make friends and doesn’t get the concept of how competitive it all is just yet (thankfully for him). 😅

He came out of JA auditions telling me about the friends he’d made - their names, where they travelled from, their interests. 😂 He was so super relaxed at that one though. 

 

My youngest DD did the same at her (other) associates class and was really sad not to see some of the girls again. My eldest (teenager) has done some bits and pieces and said it can feel rather daunting with everyone sizing each other up - they definitely mingle less as they get older. She’s super shy though so won’t approach anyone to say hi. My younger two are much bolder and will still attempt saying hi at least. :) 

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6 minutes ago, BalletBoyMumma said:

DS will chat to any and everyone, even the staff. I think he goes there TO make friends and doesn’t get the concept of how competitive it all is just yet (thankfully for him). 😅

He came out of JA auditions telling me about the friends he’d made - their names, where they travelled from, their interests. 😂 He was so super relaxed at that one though. 

 

My youngest DD did the same at her (other) associates class and was really sad not to see some of the girls again. My eldest (teenager) has done some bits and pieces and said it can feel rather daunting with everyone sizing each other up - they definitely mingle less as they get older. She’s super shy though so won’t approach anyone to say hi. My younger two are much bolder and will still attempt saying hi at least. :) 

Thats definitely a good thing for your Ds it means he will be less tense! My DD is not shy at all when she gets to know you but can be a bit shy at approaching girls to make friends. Once she’s done it they’ll be besties for life 🤣 but she can be a bit quiet just in certain situations. She’s not shy at all on stage and finds the back stage experience far more daunting than actually being in front of the audience 🤣 a couple of her school teachers have described her as ‘quietly confident’ which I like 😆 

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1 hour ago, Dancermom said:

It’s going to be a weird situation for them especially with masks. I’m sure it’ll be the same kind of format as a JA audition. My DDs experience with the JA auditions she’s always been with me so hasn’t mingled and last year it was a video. So it will be a little different for them as we won’t be there. It’s definitely going to be more of a challenge as before they’d have us there to spur them on and send them in with confidence where as now we’ll have no control over it. As soon as they enter the studio we have no control anyway but I think we do big them up a bit before they go in usually 🤣 they’ll have none of that so they all may be a little more nervous unless they’re a super confident person naturally x 

Yes very true about the masks, they do make communication more difficult, can’t even see a smile! At least they’re all in the same position, and I think sometimes not having us parents around can be a good thing! It’s just a shame we won’t get to tour the school, which I presume in normal times would be the case. 

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1 minute ago, PetitJeté said:

Yes very true about the masks, they do make communication more difficult, can’t even see a smile! At least they’re all in the same position, and I think sometimes not having us parents around can be a good thing! It’s just a shame we won’t get to tour the school, which I presume in normal times would be the case. 

Yes it’s a shame we can’t look around the school. Maybe they’ll arrange for the ones they accept into the school to look around with parents later in the  summer when everything’s a bit more normal x 

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3 minutes ago, PetitJeté said:

I think that would make sense @Dancermom, there was talk of a possible virtual tour, but I don’t know if anything came of that. Oh well, one step at a time, at least we can see it from the outside! 

Yes I’m looking forward to seeing it even from the outside 🤣

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I too think they must be planning on doing an open day or something in the summer for students who accept their place and parents to come and look around. I hope so anyway! If my DS was lucky enough to end up with a place I’d definitely like to look around. I’m going to just send my DS with a book, but tbh I don’t think he’ll read it I think he’ll be too busy watching everyone else dance and looking around as it’ll be so exciting for them! x

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2 hours ago, BalletBoyMumma said:

DS will chat to any and everyone, even the staff. I think he goes there TO make friends and doesn’t get the concept of how competitive it all is just yet (thankfully for him). 😅

He came out of JA auditions telling me about the friends he’d made - their names, where they travelled from, their interests. 😂 He was so super relaxed at that one though. 

 

I'm so pleased my ds is it the same group as yours. He is not competitive at all, just loves dancing. So now a bit worried about what he's going to be like if everyone around him is stretching etc.

 

His dance school is so friendly, there's only about 20 dancers and one other, older, boy who made him feel at ease from the minute that he started there.

 

Maybe I'm too naive, but I just want him to go, have a fun afternoon dancing, enjoy himself and see what happens.

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1 minute ago, BalletBoyMum1 said:

 

I'm so pleased my ds is it the same group as yours. He is not competitive at all, just loves dancing. So now a bit worried about what he's going to be like if everyone around him is stretching etc.

 

His dance school is so friendly, there's only about 20 dancers and one other, older, boy who made him feel at ease from the minute that he started there.

 

Maybe I'm too naive, but I just want him to go, have a fun afternoon dancing, enjoy himself and see what happens.

Your ds is soo lovely! I wish mine was a bit more driven, he likes ballet but sometimes can lose focus. But yes, so glad he will see your ds friendly face and meet others from all over.  They are too young to be too stressed abut it in my opinion. It is a big experience but won't define the rest of their lives either. And they have done so well already reaching finals. 

I think parents not being allowed in might actually help as we are probably more nervous than they are. 

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Just now, Lara Eschler said:

Do you know when the other boys are from your ds centre? 

I don’t really know them to ask. We moved from 24 sessions to 32 in September and then went into lockdown not long after that so haven’t t really got to know the mums but there is only 1 other boy who does the 32 sessions and I think maybe 2 in the 24 sessions . I’m sure there will be more ... just doing my usual panic as to why no one else on here has that time 🤣🤣🤣

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2 hours ago, The red shoes said:

I don’t really know them to ask. We moved from 24 sessions to 32 in September and then went into lockdown not long after that so haven’t t really got to know the mums but there is only 1 other boy who does the 32 sessions and I think maybe 2 in the 24 sessions . I’m sure there will be more ... just doing my usual panic as to why no one else on here has that time 🤣🤣🤣

I don't know about our centre either but I think there are 11 boys. So do the 3 audition groups somewhat overlap in time?

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I think they’ve time it that way so one group auditioning as other waits around for physio check then the ones who’ve had the check leave as the audition class finishes to have physio check and next group arrives for class? 

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34 minutes ago, The red shoes said:

I think they’ve time it that way so one group auditioning as other waits around for physio check then the ones who’ve had the check leave as the audition class finishes to have physio check and next group arrives for class? 

Yes, it makes sense. 

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5 hours ago, Lara Eschler said:

 

I think parents not being allowed in might actually help as we are probably more nervous than they are. 

 

I often thought my dd and her friends would be better without the parents around when it came to auditions.  I think your dc's will be fine and will have a wonderful time.  The staff will look after them. 

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7 hours ago, The red shoes said:

I would think so. There are 7 studios so I’m sure they will use one as a “ warm up” studio xx 

My ds was in the first group to dance last year so no time to warm up at all. Might be different this year. 🤞

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@Weloveballet from the email, it sounds like the lateral flow ones. What I’m a little confused about is, when you download the Test & Trace app, you have to say you are over 16, but presumably it’s ok to enter a test result into it on behalf of a child? I guess it just goes by the code on the test?

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