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Sorry if I have missed a recent thread, I did search but didn't find one.

 

We are going to regionals for the first time in a few weeks. Any tips from those who have been before? My daughter is the first (and only) one from her dance school to do it and we don't really know what to expect. She has two dances, start and end of the sane day and she is really looking forward to dancing in a nice theatre. (Our qualifiers are in schools or colleges).

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Hi, well done to your daughter. They can be a great experience. Depending on the region the standard can be very good and they are very well organised. My daughter did all England regionals and finals from age 7 to 14 and enjoyed every minute of them. On the whole they are very similar in format to most dance competitions albeit a bit stricter. On the whole we found the adjudicators to be fair and professional and whilst they had high expectations they always gave constructive feedback and positive comments. I have heard some negatives from some regional competitions and not all of the theatres were lovely but luckily the ones we went to were a good experience. 

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10 hours ago, joyofdance said:

Hi, well done to your daughter. They can be a great experience. Depending on the region the standard can be very good and they are very well organised. My daughter did all England regionals and finals from age 7 to 14 and enjoyed every minute of them. On the whole they are very similar in format to most dance competitions albeit a bit stricter. On the whole we found the adjudicators to be fair and professional and whilst they had high expectations they always gave constructive feedback and positive comments. I have heard some negatives from some regional competitions and not all of the theatres were lovely but luckily the ones we went to were a good experience. 

Thank you. It is all a bit daunting. The South region is at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and it looks like a lovely "proper" theatre. Just hope she doesn't stand on the stage just looking at it!

We are expecting the standard to be very high, certainly one of her dances was a surprise qualifier and the other is national so is very much personal choice adjudication wise so for her it is just the experience of getting to dance in a nice theatre and another opportunity to perform her dances again. Just hope people aren't too competitive behind the scenes, it is hard when you are on your own without lots of friends around you from your school.

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My daughter did lots of different comps as an indep entry so was often the one competitor without dance school support. Mostly she made friends quickly and had positive experiences. The regionals and finals do tend to be a bit more competitive behind the scenes but nothing awful from our experience. My daughter experienced more not so nice competitive behaviour from her own dance school peers than she did from dancers from other schools so it very much depends on the schools performing so you never can tell what the atmosphere is going to be like. Hopefully your daughter will enjoy the experience and have a wonderful time. 

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30 minutes ago, joyofdance said:

My daughter did lots of different comps as an indep entry so was often the one competitor without dance school support. Mostly she made friends quickly and had positive experiences. The regionals and finals do tend to be a bit more competitive behind the scenes but nothing awful from our experience. My daughter experienced more not so nice competitive behaviour from her own dance school peers than she did from dancers from other schools so it very much depends on the schools performing so you never can tell what the atmosphere is going to be like. Hopefully your daughter will enjoy the experience and have a wonderful time. 

She does normally talk to people at festivals, just not sure how many will be in her section at this as we won't see a programme until we get there I assume. I suppose there will probably be quite a few as the only one in their section from their school so more opportunities to talk to someone new.

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@Mrs BrownWe're at the same regional finals. If you would like to, send me a private message with your child's age group and which sections she's dancing in and we'll keep our eyes open for you 🙂 It's also my students' first regional finals, and my first as a teacher rather than a volunteer, so you'll be in good company!

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27 minutes ago, joyofdance said:

I'm pretty sure that your dance school will get a programme before the comp. Ask the dance teacher. Are any of her dance teachers going with her for support?

Oh I just assumed because of the short timescale there wouldn't be any programmes until the actual start.

 

I am not sure her teachers will be able to go but she normally does festivals on her own as noone else at the school wants to do festivals so we are used to it being just the two of us. Her teachers come when they can to our local one but they often aren't free as they are very busy. We don't mind, it is our choice to do festivals and they are very supportive of her with the dances but I do all the entries etc.

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14 minutes ago, Mrs Brown said:

Oh I just assumed because of the short timescale there wouldn't be any programmes until the actual start.

 

I am not sure her teachers will be able to go but she normally does festivals on her own as noone else at the school wants to do festivals so we are used to it being just the two of us. Her teachers come when they can to our local one but they often aren't free as they are very busy. We don't mind, it is our choice to do festivals and they are very supportive of her with the dances but I do all the entries etc.

Oh I see. My daughter did them with her dance school support but on her own. She made some lovely friends at other dance schools and I met a few lovely parents who I am still friends with. I hope your daughter has a really lovely time.

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12 minutes ago, joyofdance said:

Oh I see. My daughter did them with her dance school support but on her own. She made some lovely friends at other dance schools and I met a few lovely parents who I am still friends with. I hope your daughter has a really lovely time.

Thank you. Yes I met a couple of very nice mums I am in touch with on social media but none in her section for this. We met them when she used to do a ballet solo. She a happy to chat to people if they are also on their own or only in a pair from their school but sometimes they are in big groups which can be a bit intimidating even if it is unintentional. 

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On 11/05/2022 at 18:37, Mrs Brown said:

Sorry if I have missed a recent thread, I did search but didn't find one.

 

We are going to regionals for the first time in a few weeks. Any tips from those who have been before? My daughter is the first (and only) one from her dance school to do it and we don't really know what to expect. She has two dances, start and end of the sane day and she is really looking forward to dancing in a nice theatre. (Our qualifiers are in schools or colleges).

Hi. How exciting for you. My snippet of advice is if you have chance try to watch a session before your DD is due to compete. This enables you both to get a feel for the place and watch how adjudication as they seem to vary so much and what to expect.  Children make great friends at these events but there’s always some interesting characters 😉 both children and adults who may be seasoned veterans.  Just remember they all were new at some point they just might have forgotten it. Enjoy and celebrate the achievement of reaching this far. Your DD’s hard work has paid off. Anything after that we always felt was a bonus rather than an expectation. 🥇🥈🥉

Not to say it won’t happen but if the pressure isn’t on, it can assist them in their performance if that makes sense. 
They learn so much besides their actual performance as they seem to learn so much not just within their dance but of themselves just by watching others perform. 
 

Good luck. 🍀
 

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1 hour ago, balletbean said:

Hi. How exciting for you. My snippet of advice is if you have chance try to watch a session before your DD is due to compete. This enables you both to get a feel for the place and watch how adjudication as they seem to vary so much and what to expect.  Children make great friends at these events but there’s always some interesting characters 😉 both children and adults who may be seasoned veterans.  Just remember they all were new at some point they just might have forgotten it. Enjoy and celebrate the achievement of reaching this far. Your DD’s hard work has paid off. Anything after that we always felt was a bonus rather than an expectation. 🥇🥈🥉

Not to say it won’t happen but if the pressure isn’t on, it can assist them in their performance if that makes sense. 
They learn so much besides their actual performance as they seem to learn so much not just within their dance but of themselves just by watching others perform. 
 

Good luck. 🍀
 

Thank you. Yes we had hoped to watch one before but she is in the second section of the day so it won't be possible as she won't have time to get into her national costume. I think she will enjoy I, just hope she doesn't get too nervous (and that we don't get stuck in traffic!)

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12 hours ago, Mrs Brown said:

Thank you. Yes we had hoped to watch one before but she is in the second section of the day so it won't be possible as she won't have time to get into her national costume. I think she will enjoy I, just hope she doesn't get too nervous (and that we don't get stuck in traffic!)

And breath……….  
As long as you know where you will park and methods of payment that’s one factor sorted. 
Eat & drink en route so you are fully charged up ready when you arrive to focus on costumes etc Food may not be permitted in certain areas. 

Pre arrange a pick-up point for afterwards. I always allowed some ‘freedom time’ after performing before meeting up just to allow my DD time to talk to other children or their teacher without feeling the need to rush off to meet me but obviously that’s personal to you and your DD and her age if you feel that’s appropriate. The only rule for this freedom time was she couldn’t leave the theatre/venue at all. 
Enjoy the day. ☺️

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2 hours ago, balletbean said:

And breath……….  
As long as you know where you will park and methods of payment that’s one factor sorted. 
Eat & drink en route so you are fully charged up ready when you arrive to focus on costumes etc Food may not be permitted in certain areas. 

Pre arrange a pick-up point for afterwards. I always allowed some ‘freedom time’ after performing before meeting up just to allow my DD time to talk to other children or their teacher without feeling the need to rush off to meet me but obviously that’s personal to you and your DD and her age if you feel that’s appropriate. The only rule for this freedom time was she couldn’t leave the theatre/venue at all. 
Enjoy the day. ☺️

Thank you. I have already booked my ticket, put the car park in my Google maps and paid for my reduced rate parking.

 

I am not sure her teacher can go and she hasn't got any team mates so she probably won't want any freedom time but I will suggest it to her and see what she says. In the absence of a teacher I will be her supervising adult so I guess I have to be with her pretty much all the time anyway. Thanks

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On 14/05/2022 at 23:07, Mrs Brown said:

Thank you. Yes we had hoped to watch one before but she is in the second section of the day so it won't be possible as she won't have time to get into her national costume. I think she will enjoy I, just hope she doesn't get too nervous (and that we don't get stuck in traffic!)

If you can't watch the section before, defo get her to see the stage she's going to be performing on and the auditorium so she can see where the adjudicators are going to be sitting. If you can't do that, Google a pic of the stage so your DD gets a general idea. E.g. tun wells assembly halls' stage is slightly raked

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8 hours ago, HopelessMummy said:

If you can't watch the section before, defo get her to see the stage she's going to be performing on and the auditorium so she can see where the adjudicators are going to be sitting. If you can't do that, Google a pic of the stage so your DD gets a general idea. E.g. tun wells assembly halls' stage is slightly raked

Thanks. You are right, I think we should see if she can poke her nose in the back of the audience to see the set up when we arrive. I looked up the size of the stage online and it said it was enormous but I have since worked out that I think that included the wings because there was then a smaller measurement for the archway bit. (I think a 16m wide stage sounds extreme?)

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