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Some students won't learn according to an exam system so won't have a 'last exam taken/grade achieved' to confirm. Others may not take exams or every exam, for various reasons e.g. exam fees or inability to attend an exam session. I'm sure your DD's teacher can confirm at what level she is working and this can be entered on the application form. A friend of DD's had been unable to take exams after grade 4 because of financial difficulties in her family - they prioritised classes over exam fees - but her teacher advised that she was working at an Advanced 1 level for her application forms and this was no problem. 

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Do you mean the grade as in intermediate etc or pass merit distinction? 

 

I know students who have got merits and the occasional distinctions who have got places on top associate schemes. Similarly students who have consistently achieved the very highest distinctions that can't get places because they aren't the right build or they have always been lucky with examiners and very showy over danced exams have wound up with top grades that would make an audition panel cringe. 

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Thank you all for your replies. 

 

I must admit I thought it was based on Pass Merit & Distinction. I am obviously wrong. 

 

I watched the presentations at the end of the SS's as I was keen not to just watch my DD but also to see where she was pitched within her class and the rest. I felt that she held her own beautifully. However, as we all know the supportive words of a mum doesn't always work when it comes to teenagers and when they get something fixated in their mind no amount of reassuring words will work. They have to work it out in their own good time and way.

 

Your posts have been very reassuring and ones I will share to show DD, that it appears that even though the application paperwork plays some part it boils down to the audition and how they perform on the day. Just like an academic exam. On judgement day it can all go brilliantly well or pear-shaped. Fingers crossed. :huh:

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Before the end of term all year 10 parents were invited to a meeting at dd's current school to discuss imminent upper school/vocational college auditions.

 

In dd's year (Year 10 about to go into Year 11) everyone has achieved RAD Intermediate Ballet, some have achieved ISTD Intermediate Tap, some Intermediate Modern and some have achieved Advanced 1 ballet.

 

My dd has had to overcome some injury etc issues and she felt she was behind but we were told that having already achieved Intermediate she was actually ahead in what level the school would expect external candidates to be working at.  The implication was that they would expect most external auditionees to be working at or have achieved Intermediate by the end of Year 11 although they would expect most of their own students to be working at or have achieved Advanced 1.

 

Now that's only one conversation in one school, all will be different but all schools will be looking for trainability and potential.  Many, many students will not have done grades at all for various reasons.

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2 hours ago, ArucariaBallerina said:

Very sorry to interrupt, but are you expected to wear a belt to upper school auditions? I know it is approved for lower school (why is that?)

RBS seem to like it, apparently it shows whether your hips are square and you are standing level/using yourself properly. I don't remember other schools asking for candidates to wear one in their auditions.

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Mine didn't either, and I don't recall seeing any of the other candidates wearing one.

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I can't imagine that it woud have any effect whatsoever either way ..... but the belts are always too large for my daughter, so I cut them to size and sew them together again. I have zero talent in sewing, but it seems to work!

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57 minutes ago, ArucariaBallerina said:

Would it negatively impact your chances if you do not wear one? I've not found one that is small enough yet! Is it meant to go round the waist, or hips? 

No definitely not.

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8 hours ago, ArucariaBallerina said:

Very sorry to interrupt, but are you expected to wear a belt to upper school auditions? I know it is approved for lower school (why is that?)

My DD always wears a belt and never found one to fit either! Always requires a needle. cotton and pair of scissors.

 

She always wears one for Class, exams and SS and now Grade 7/Intermediate RAD. I wasn't too sure about auditions so I was pleased you asked the question ;)

 

 

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I would say belt wearers were in the minority at US auditions this year.

Not to say you shouldn't, DD took one with her to every audition just in case, but never wore one. 

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When my students audition we see whether the leotard needs a belt. Some leotards just look nicer with a belt, others mainly the low backed ones or ones with seam detailing look too busy with a belt as well. I think it's personal choice. 

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DD always wears one for her exams, sometimes she is asked to wear one in class. And another one  here who uses scissor, needle and thread to make my own. 

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Hi

 

Would anyone kindly be able to send me the Central audition photos please. I noted them all down from last years forms in preparation and now I need them as DD photos are being taken on Sunday I can't understand my short hand for one of them, and neither can DD, I've written " second position on full pointe " !!  Central website said yesterday application forms would be available today, but it's now saying 18/9. 

 

 

Thanks in Advance

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26 minutes ago, Loulou said:

Hi

 

Would anyone kindly be able to send me the Central audition photos please. I noted them all down from last years forms in preparation and now I need them as DD photos are being taken on Sunday I can't understand my short hand for one of them, and neither can DD, I've written " second position on full pointe " !!  Central website said yesterday application forms would be available today, but it's now saying 18/9. 

 

 

Thanks in Advance

Here's the link to the 2015 application form - can't imagine photo requirements have changed that much since then (and look familiar from our audition rounds last year.) list of photos on p2. 

Best of luck! 

 

http://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/documents/Senior School Application 2015-16.pdf

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On 9/11/2017 at 16:41, Loulou said:

Hi

 

Would anyone kindly be able to send me the Central audition photos please. I noted them all down from last years forms in preparation and now I need them as DD photos are being taken on Sunday I can't understand my short hand for one of them, and neither can DD, I've written " second position on full pointe " !!  Central website said yesterday application forms would be available today, but it's now saying 18/9. 

 

 

Thanks in Advance

Adding on to your question. Any news about how Central are to carry out the move to their new premises. All I've seen is 2018/2019. How will that work with accommodation for the pupils? As it has been reported Herbal Hill is not really practical location to stay once the school moves and if this is mid term I'm a tad confused what will happen. Does anyone have any more info. Thanks 

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At the Easter school they told us the walk from their current location and to the new one is roughly the same from liberty plaza where most of them live. No idea if this is accurate. 

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19 hours ago, Loulou said:

At the Easter school they told us the walk from their current location and to the new one is roughly the same from liberty plaza where most of them live. No idea if this is accurate. 

Thank you, having just googled the distances they are similar distance, about 45 mins walk from Liberty to old and same again to new address. Seems quite a hike for pupils after a long day in the studio and that's on a dry day!  

 

However, the distance between the old and new school building is just 26 min walk, due south across the bridge. 

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1 hour ago, balletbean said:

Thank you, having just googled the distances they are similar distance, about 45 mins walk from Liberty to old and same again to new address. Seems quite a hike for pupils after a long day in the studio and that's on a dry day!  

The bus is free with a Zip Oyster card, tube half price I think.

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21 minutes ago, taxi4ballet said:

The bus is free with a Zip Oyster card, tube half price I think.

Thank you, I didn't know that.

 

The Tube doesn't look like a good option (just looking at the underground map) but then I'm no expert on the city public transport. ;) 

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3 hours ago, sarahw said:

Central Application Forms are out

There is an error on page 9 of the application form  :unsure:

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On 9/17/2017 at 18:50, balletbean said:

Thank you, I didn't know that.

 

The Tube doesn't look like a good option (just looking at the underground map) but then I'm no expert on the city public transport. ;) 

 people get used  to zig zag journeys on the tube  , if the  interchanges are cross platform or  up/ down one flight of stairs / escalators  it can still be quick  as the speed of the tube train is considerably  greater than that of a  bus in  traffic  meaning  the overall velocity  / 'course made good'   is competitive ... 

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18 hours ago, balletbean said:

There is an error on page 9 of the application form  :unsure:

Is that the age on 1/09/16? I just answered it and hopefully they can manage the calculation if they meant 2017!!

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