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Thank you for the response afab. It sounds like your daughters had a great audition experience with LSC which puts me at ease for Friday, I look forward to it more now. Hopefully my experience will be similar and will too come out happy with it. Thank you for the information and the support!

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Kate Simmons pastoral care seems very good. She gave feedback on the day which was very useful and very constructive. I didn’t disagree with anything that she said. After 2nd audition she said she had wanted to see if my DD had adddressed the issues. 

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On ‎01‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 00:50, WillowBallerina said:

Hi all,

 

I have been reading this forum for a while and have finally made an account so that I can get advice for you'll. I'm 17 and auditioning this year to university dance courses and those at vocational schools which means that I am applying to 10 places! Crazy, I know!

 

Anyways I was hoping that anyone with experience of either the auditions for or actually attending any of the vocational schools I am applying to could give me any advice on them or just a bit about your experiences with them that would be really gratefully appreciated. I am applying to London Studio Centre, Rambert, Northern Ballet School, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Ballet West.

 

Oh also I have to wait till February to have my Ballet West audition due to my mum only being able to get time off work to go with me then and was wondering if when you have your audition for them affects your chances of getting in as I read early in this feed that someone has already got an offer from a November audition - will places be mostly offered by February?

 

Thank you all for your help, I have already had three of my University auditions but my first Vocational school one is next week and I am terrified that I'll be rubbish and rejected as I don't feel like I can face my dance teacher if I have to tell that at the end of doing all my auditions I haven't got an offer from anywhere.

 

Thanks again,

Willow

Hi Willow, I can offer some  advice on Northern as my DD auditioned there back in November. The audition consisted of an intro talk and tour with parents. Then a ballet, pointe and jazz class. Followed by an interview and a physical assessment. She loved every minute of the day and I felt very comfortable with the school and the accommodation for the pupils. There are about 35 per year group so the school is small compared to others. Family feel as everyone knows each other across all the year groups. As well as offering RAD and ISTD exams they also offer the DDI qualification which is due to have a name change shortly as it will also incorporate the DDE. We waited just 8 days to hear of a confirmed place for this Sept. All schools are very personal to the pupil auditioning. No two schools appear to offer the same so it is hard to do a like for like comparison. It has a lot to do with your future career choices and the obvious location issue. Universities will offer less studio time compared to a vocational school. But then they offer a degree rather than a level 6 diploma, which by all accounts is the equivalent qualification anyway.  PS At the Northern audition there were 14 girls and the vast majority would be in yr11. But the mix may change as further auditions take place. You may well find the same at Ballet West as they focus on classical ballet rather than ballet, contemporary and Jazz. Funding is also another issue that may help you with your decisions. Universities, Conservatoires are funded differently to the Vocational schools but then I presume that your parents have looked into this matter. It is so hard when reality has to be included into anyone's dreams and aspirations. 

Good Luck. 

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Hi Balletbean,

 

Thank you for the information on your experience with Northern's auditions, it's really useful to hear - appreciated. It's great to hear that your DD found it really comfortable, that makes me feel better about mine and I like the sound of a family feel as I come from going to fairly small community based primary and secondary schools so that it what I have experienced in my education so far.

Yep I've looked into the different ways differnt places are funded - quite a headache as everywhere seems to have slight differences!

Thank you again for all the help and well done on your DD for getting an offer from NBS - that's awesome!

 

Thanks,

Willow

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Hi all!

 

I had my London Studio Centre Audition yesterday and I think it went well - fingers crossed! I still ache from it and have a few bruises to remember it by until they fade ;D

 

Anyways I have a blog and wrote a post on my experience on the audition and thought I'd post the link here in case it would be of any use to anyone else applying there if you are wondering what the audition is like. Here's the link: https://dancemoredances.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/london-studio-centre-audition.html

 

Hope that comes in useful for someone <3

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I'm happy it went well WillowBallerina... The blog is a great idea and I'm sure it will be useful to someone. Let us know how things went when you get the results...

 

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On 01/01/2018 at 18:09, Shellz said:

Hi, my daughter enjoyed it. She is 15 and felt she held her own. She also auditioned st Kate Simmons and gif idfered at both. She went back to Kate Simmons did a nursery audition and had been offered funding which we were surprised at. She has another in Feb so still deciding  

My DD now at KS and it’s the best decision we made. She is so happy there, teaching and care is outstanding.  Feels like an extended family which was important to us as DD a very young 16 (August baby!)

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Hey

7 hours ago, SwaybackSapphire said:

My DD now at KS and it’s the best decision we made. She is so happy there, teaching and care is outstanding.  Feels like an extended family which was important to us as DD a very young 16 (August baby!)

Hey, is your daughter doing the classical route or general dance. My daughter is worried whether it’s too classical as she is more of an all rounder xx 

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On 07/01/2018 at 11:19, SwaybackSapphire said:

My DD now at KS and it’s the best decision we made. She is so happy there, teaching and care is outstanding.  Feels like an extended family which was important to us as DD a very young 16 (August baby!)

Hi

 

do you know if the nursery offered with Kate Simmons is for each of the 3 years or do you have to reaudition ? Thanks 

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Hey guys quick question - loads of the upper schools' auditions include a physical assessment and I was just wondering if anyone could share their experience of what that tends to include?

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21 hours ago, WillowBallerina said:

Hey guys quick question - loads of the upper schools' auditions include a physical assessment and I was just wondering if anyone could share their experience of what that tends to include?

Hi, The physical assessment for NBS lasts no longer than 10 mins if that. 

Consisted of the a flexibility test, lying on the bed and pulling each leg in turn up to face etc . 

General turn out. Hip rotation, Spinal examination (for curvature) and a discussion on injuries sustained and general health. 

Prior to the audition, unlike other schools you have to submit a GP certificate to confirm good health so it really is just a minor assessment. Nothing invasive (touched), it was completed without the parent being present. She was rather apprehensive before hand but at no time did my DD ever feel uncomfortable, over in a flash and very relaxed feel given off by the staff helped. 

Hope that helps you.  

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Well that's first round auditions over for us as Dd has decided to withdraw from two auditions (the local btec back up & a school which although is a good name on further investigation doesn't seem to offer what she wants & has no DaDa funding anyway).  Bit of a cat amongst the pigeons situation at one college who turned her down for MT snd offered her Dance instead so lots to think about.

 

So roll on March & April for funding recalls. Good luck for those still on the rounds.

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Love these curved balls life throws at us ..  is the funding/costs  the same for MT and Dance ?

 

You can tell which way my mind works.  Money money money (and no, I'm not proud of it).  Have just sat down with No. 3 child and shown a spreadsheet detailing accommodation costs, living costs, expected student loan, money she can reasonably expect from us, expected travel costs etc.

 

Oh, and another spreadsheet detailing the annual cost per annum of all halls in her expected city of residence along with distances from main building an other main hall of residence (which is eye wateringly expensive).

 

Why did it take me until No. 3 to go through this?

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Funding/costs are exactly the same.  In fact there were far more candidates auditioning for the Dance course than the MT course.  We had the opportunity to be given feedback which we took and they were very open and frank.  Said they could have offered Foundation MT but that would not have been in dd's best interests dance wise.

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20 hours ago, balletbean said:

Hi, The physical assessment for NBS lasts no longer than 10 mins if that. 

Consisted of the a flexibility test, lying on the bed and pulling each leg in turn up to face etc . 

General turn out. Hip rotation, Spinal examination (for curvature) and a discussion on injuries sustained and general health. 

Prior to the audition, unlike other schools you have to submit a GP certificate to confirm good health so it really is just a minor assessment. Nothing invasive (touched), it was completed without the parent being present. She was rather apprehensive before hand but at no time did my DD ever feel uncomfortable, over in a flash and very relaxed feel given off by the staff helped. 

Hope that helps you.  

 

Okay thank you for that information - it definitely helps as I know have an idea of what it will be like! All sounds very reasonable.

Thank you again balletbean! <3

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I thought I would just let you'll know that I got a recall from London Studio Centre and I couldn't be happier! I opened the email on the train home from dance on Saturday and cried as I had so much doubt that I would get a recall. I have ballet tonight and can't wait to tell my teacher. I still have five more auditions left (1 uni & 4 vocational) before it's recall season - fingers crossed that the others go well too!

 

Congrats to those who have already got offers and/or recalls, you are all awesome people and good luck with everything! <3

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53 minutes ago, Picturesinthefirelight said:

Funding/costs are exactly the same.  In fact there were far more candidates auditioning for the Dance course than the MT course.  We had the opportunity to be given feedback which we took and they were very open and frank.  Said they could have offered Foundation MT but that would not have been in dd's best interests dance wise.

 

Wow, sounds like a very positive day!  Good luck to your DD wherever she ends up.

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2 hours ago, WillowBallerina said:

I thought I would just let you'll know that I got a recall from London Studio Centre and I couldn't be happier! I opened the email on the train home from dance on Saturday and cried as I had so much doubt that I would get a recall. I have ballet tonight and can't wait to tell my teacher. I still have five more auditions left (1 uni & 4 vocational) before it's recall season - fingers crossed that the others go well too!

 

Congrats to those who have already got offers and/or recalls, you are all awesome people and good luck with everything! <3

Well done Willow! I'm really happy for you! I remember this feeling of getting a recall even though it was my DDs and not me and it's wonderfully exhilarating... Enjoy!

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3 hours ago, WillowBallerina said:

I thought I would just let you'll know that I got a recall from London Studio Centre and I couldn't be happier! I opened the email on the train home from dance on Saturday and cried as I had so much doubt that I would get a recall. I have ballet tonight and can't wait to tell my teacher. I still have five more auditions left (1 uni & 4 vocational) before it's recall season - fingers crossed that the others go well too!

 

Congrats to those who have already got offers and/or recalls, you are all awesome people and good luck with everything! <3

Well done that’s great news ! Has anyone auditioned for Bodyworks ?

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38 minutes ago, smallbythesea said:

My dd auditioned for bodyworks last week.x

Hi Smallbythesea

 

How did she find it ? We’re there many there and what was the standard like. I believe it’s a 3 weeks wait now ?

Would love to hear all about it 

shelly 

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I believe there was 18 in the audition ranging from 15 to 20 years old.Got a very good feel for the place. Standard varied as you would expect from an audition, however the students were of a high standard and very hardworking. My dd watched a class whilst she was waiting for her singing solo and said that there wasn't one person in the class not giving 100% and they were being worked hard. 3 weeks is a guideline. Dd had an audition yesterday which quoted 2 weeks and she found out today.x

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17 minutes ago, smallbythesea said:

I believe there was 18 in the audition ranging from 15 to 20 years old.Got a very good feel for the place. Standard varied as you would expect from an audition, however the students were of a high standard and very hardworking. My dd watched a class whilst she was waiting for her singing solo and said that there wasn't one person in the class not giving 100% and they were being worked hard. 3 weeks is a guideline. Dd had an audition yesterday which quoted 2 weeks and she found out today.x

Thank you for that. Where did she audition yesterday ? I hope it was good news. A very tense time for all. Good luck xx

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Congratulations to your dd for Abbott's Bromley! The other one is a bit of a curved ball but at least you have some choices!!

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