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Hello all! I am (finally) back after house move, no laptop etc etc. Hope I haven't missed too much!

Well, with all the STRESS of the last few months, I slipped up re applying for my daughter to have a summer school place. Hoping that she can at least do York..... anyone else going to be at week 1 at York just incase I can get her in?

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My friend who is living in Sydney Australia just emailed me this morning to say her daughter 13 has just been offered a place at the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School. She was offered an ENB place as well but they wanted The Yorkshire one so relief all round over there.Now they can book their flight at last. I've been following her DD's dancing progress for some years now, but as I only get to see them every 2-3 yrs it is always fascinating to see the leaps in progress. She seems to get a little more confident each time so am dying to see ow she is this time. I believe you can get tickets to see classes......don't know whether they do any little show at the end. Her DD is studying at Advanced level one RAD at her Sydney school. Good luck to all others hoping to get to this summer school or any other!! Just a thought as she will not be taking up the ENB place anyone on a waiting list for that could get lucky now!!

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I don't really understand how YBSS works as some people have been posting about being accepted there but from what I understand it is a SS without audition... How can one be accepted if it's first come first serve basis? Can someone explain it to me?

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Afab, there are auditions for YBSS this Sunday, but they are for those seeking a scholarship/bursary, of which there are several. If you don't need funding, you apply via photos and with a copy of your latest exam report (or, I believe, a letter from your teacher saying what level you're studying if you don't take exams).

 

I think there must have been a record number of applicants this year, as dd's friend got a "no" yesterday and she's at Vocational school. :-(

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My DD is also not attending the YBSS scholarship audition.I had an email saying that we would hear after May 6. ( i.e. after the scholarship audition).All the best to those heading to London tomorrow.

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My friend in Sydney was told by email(which she then sent to me!) that her daughter had been offered a place.....in her case I only know she had to submit photos but don't know whether her teacher had to write a report. There must be another condition as photos alone wouldn't really reveal that much. So maybe it s the level they're at too....I will ask my friend as soon as can but 12.30 am in Sydney so not right now. Also I got it wrong about what she is doing(emails were a bit confusing) but her DD is doing only one week at Yorkshire summer school.....the first week....and then a week at ENB which follows directly on(lucky girl) so she is taking up one of the ENB weeks but not both the Yorkshire ones. Again I don't know what she had to do to be accepted on the ENB summer school. She is not at a vocational school in Sydney but is following the vocational course at her ballet school there. I don't think she has been offered funding so they're all probably living on baked beans for the next two months.

Swan princess I have been following your ups and downs re summer schools and really was keeping fingers crossed for you about the Yorkshire one......maybe it's worth checking down the line as I'm sure a few people will not take their places(unforeseen circumstances and all that) but I hope you get a place soon!

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There must be another condition as photos alone wouldn't really reveal that much. So maybe it s the level they're at too....

Actually, photos must reveal a lot since many big SS (RBS, Elmhurst, Monaco...) use that to pick their international students without having to provide levels or letters from teachers...

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Well I am surprised at this I must say!! My friend sent me two of the photos of her DD but again I will ask how many she had to submit perhaps it was a bit more than two. I would have thought that the level of competition for these places would require at least a DVD of them dancing!! But if you're saying that not even the level they are at or a teachers report is required for some summer schools and its all judged from photos....perhaps they are just after a certain look then...haven't the foggiest! For me On this occasion....and nothing ro do with ballet I was amazed at the difference between her as an 11 year old to 13 year old!! I imagine this is another difficulty for schools and pupils alike.....children developing at different rates. But that's another story!

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What's even more amazing I thought, LinMM, was that when I saw the SS school girls dance last year at White Lodge, they all had extremely similar levels! The girls though, not so much the boys!

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What is the youngest age a child can apply for summer school by the way? My friends DD had also applied for RBS summerschool but assume she did not get offered a place there as she hasn't mentioned it. Ive emailed her to ask exactly what she had to submit to the schools she applied to. I know she applied a while back now though so don't know whether early application is an advantage or not.

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Yes just been to RBS site....my friend sent me photos 4and 5 I can see now. However on looking at the application form they do ask for levels reached, how long been doing ballet, and how many classes a week etc plus name of school attending. This probably does give them a fairly good picture as well as the photos.

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LinMM I thing year 5 age is the earliest you can apply for WL summer school but from what I understand its quite common for DCs not to get places until year 6. When DD applied we didn't hear until late May though we were not in the UK so those who are in the UK may have heard earlier.

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LinMM, the school the kids dance in don't necessarily mean anything to them. When DD applied and got in, there is no way anyone knew her school as it is a very small school abroad. She's never done any exam, no RAD qualification... The number of hours does give them an idea but only an idea...

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She is obviously very talented afab. I don't know whether with the younger kids (say 10/11) not having done any exams plays less of a part than it might with an older child. I'm sure the people running these ballet courses can tell a lot from the photos they probably get a feel for level of technique etc. I still don't think it could give you much idea of someones dance quality though which I feel is as important as technique but people do like different things anyway and maybe they feel the dance side will come later.( One of the reasons I myself like Russian style training is I think the dance quality is incorporated in the training earlier.) I suppose too that once having attended a summer school....say at RBS and a child has been seen who they think is good then presumably it would then be easier to get in the following year. Is your DD going to an SS this year afab? I'm sure my friend would have been delighted with an RBS ss place but she did think the Yorkshire one looked particularly good as well so is pleased about that.

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