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22 minutes ago, 2dancersmum said:

Bethany,  the level 6 Trinity diploma is available for Professional Dance or for Musical Theatre - 2 separate qualifications. There are loads of colleges that offer professional dance - in this they are assessed on a minimum of 2 dance disciplines with another module being dance, singing or choreography based. The first link below gives you information on the qualification and colleges that provide it.  Your DD may well study ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap for example but in the end would be assessed on her strongest disciplines. Disciplines depend on the college. The 2nd link is for the council of dance , drama and mt training - quite a useful website.  They organise a careers conference each year that students and parents can attend (at cost). Colleges taking part vary each year as does location but it does give the parent the opportunity to talk direct to various colleges and get questions asked and answered.

 

Obviously neither of these include all options available for further training - nor does it mean that colleges not included are 'lesser' in any way. Dance training is a minefield with so many training options and different ways of funding with so many routes to becoming a professional dancer. Hope something I have said here helps and good luck

 

 

https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=270

https://cdmt.org.uk/

 

Thank you so much for this. 

Yes, definitely a minefield! We did go to some open days in year 10 to try to reduce time off school in year 11 but there is still so much to organise and think about 

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3 hours ago, Anna C said:

Does your daughter sing, bethany? Is she interested in Musical Theatre as a career, or purely dancing? 

 

If MT I would also look at Millenium (perhaps at the Foundation course for year 12, rather than the degree.  Tring Park offers A'Levels alongside the Dance course so that might be worth looking at too, as well as Urdang, Bird, SLP and London Studio Centre. 

 

There may be an issue with funding at Millennium next year (if funding is needed). I believe they lost their DaDa funding a couple of years ago & they had problems with Designation this year for the degree.  

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With regards to the schools you asked about.

 

I’ve heard mixed about Northern ballet. I know a couple of their current teachers who are excellent but I have heard rumblings of discontent. The students I know of didn’t complete the course One because of injury the other transferred elsewhere so I know a sample of two isn’t representative. 

 

I dont know much about  KS general dance course. I only really hear of the classical course. 

 

There is definately a difference in the amoaunt of ballet the different colleges offer. For example even though it’s not a classical course a daily ballet class is at the core of Hammond’s training & I have heard ballet is featured heavily at Laine. By contrast colleges such as Performers & Bird offer less ballet classes from what students there have told me.  

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13 hours ago, Picturesinthefirelight said:

With regards to the schools you asked about.

 

I’ve heard mixed about Northern ballet. I know a couple of their current teachers who are excellent but I have heard rumblings of discontent. The students I know of didn’t complete the course One because of injury the other transferred elsewhere so I know a sample of two isn’t representative. 

 

I dont know much about  KS general dance course. I only really hear of the classical course. 

 

There is definately a difference in the amoaunt of ballet the different colleges offer. For example even though it’s not a classical course a daily ballet class is at the core of Hammond’s training & I have heard ballet is featured heavily at Laine. By contrast colleges such as Performers & Bird offer less ballet classes from what students there have told me.  

Thanks for sharing your experiences. 

we hadn’t really looked properly at Laine, performers etc. Partly due to the cost and partly because of how hard they are to get a place. Laine and the Hammond both sound ideal for what she is looking for though. 

I don’t have any background in dance so it’s very hard to know what to do for the best! 

 

Anyway, thank you all of you for your help and suggestions. We both appreciate it 🙂 

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I recommend looking at Stageworks, their Audition Preparation course prepares students for auditions at 18 and has a 100% record for placing students at all the major schools. It has ballet, jazz, commercial , contemporary etc as well as singing and acting. It's a BTec Advanced course so is funded. The students are housed in shared houses/flats and the pastoral care is good. 

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1 hour ago, w445403 said:

I recommend looking at Stageworks, their Audition Preparation course prepares students for auditions at 18 and has a 100% record for placing students at all the major schools. It has ballet, jazz, commercial , contemporary etc as well as singing and acting. It's a BTec Advanced course so is funded. The students are housed in shared houses/flats and the pastoral care is good. 

Thank you. We’ve not heard of this but will have a look 

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Does anyone have experience of auditioning for any of the German schools?  If you have, could you please pm me if you don't mind?  Thank you :)

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For those that only know of KS Dance for their Ballet...

They have a really strong Dancer's Course to specialise for Commercial, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. 

Graduate Destinations include: West End and Broadway, Cirque Du Soleil, Friederich statpalaste Germany, and Las Vegas based shows.

 

All students have a grounding in ballet as it provides the lines that even commercial dance auditions look for. 

Graduates of Ballet Course have ended up in Ballet Companies... Grads of Dancers Course end up in Commercial Dance and Theatre. The choice is endless.

 

http://ksd-online.co.uk/dancers-course/

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Hello! I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm auditioning this year for upper schools! I have a large document with funding, photo requirements, audition dates and anything else (eg personal statement, doctors note etc).

 

im hoping to get everything sent off, photos taken after EYB which is next week. I'm wondering if anybody could help with the personal statements required by KS Dance and RCS? I'm guessing the KS dance one is much shorter? What exactly should I put on it? My mum is very experienced as I have lots of siblings, but not for a dance/performance course, so some extra help would be appreciated!

Also, does RCS have set publicised dates or do you just get sent one randomly when you apply?

 

Sorry for all the questions! I am applying for Elmhurst, Ballet West, Central, RCS, Moorland, NBS and KS Dance :) I'm both beyond excited and beyond nervous!

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Hi Arucaria,

 

RCS dates came out relatively late last year. You can get on and apply. First auditions were November in Glasgow if I remember correctly.

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16 hours ago, ArucariaBallerina said:

Hello! I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm auditioning this year for upper schools! I have a large document with funding, photo requirements, audition dates and anything else (eg personal statement, doctors note etc).

 

im hoping to get everything sent off, photos taken after EYB which is next week. I'm wondering if anybody could help with the personal statements required by KS Dance and RCS? I'm guessing the KS dance one is much shorter? What exactly should I put on it? My mum is very experienced as I have lots of siblings, but not for a dance/performance course, so some extra help would be appreciated!

Also, does RCS have set publicised dates or do you just get sent one randomly when you apply?

 

Sorry for all the questions! I am applying for Elmhurst, Ballet West, Central, RCS, Moorland, NBS and KS Dance :) I'm both beyond excited and beyond nervous!

Good Luck. My DD has just started at NBS this week so if you have any direct questions regarding the audition process I’m happy to help. If I can. 🙆‍♀️

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My dd applied to RCS, from memory her personal statement included, dance experience, styles, exams taken, ass courses, summer/ Easter courses, eyb experience, nyb experience, her dance ambitions and why she wanted to join rcs. She has just started at Ballet west so happy to answer questions about that.

 

 

 

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Just wondered if anyone knows what the photo requirements for Rambert and Central usually are. They don’t seem to be online yet. Or are they somewhere in this 52 page topic?!?

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2 hours ago, Piccolo said:

Just wondered if anyone knows what the photo requirements for Rambert and Central usually are. They don’t seem to be online yet. Or are they somewhere in this 52 page topic?!?

I answered this on a recent thread (audition photos Central and Rambert, I think). Out and on my phone right now so can’t link or copy, but a search should find it! 

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33 minutes ago, BlueLou said:

I answered this on a recent thread (audition photos Central and Rambert, I think). Out and on my phone right now so can’t link or copy, but a search should find it! 

 

You did indeed BlueLou:  

 

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Hi, I have 2 questions sorry! 

 

1) Could anyone recommend a really really good pair of ballet flats (preferably canvas split soles) to me? I love the shape of the so danca sd16, but I don't feel they support my feet enough - they can sometimes ache? I do really like the basic Bloch canvas flats, but they do tend to look a bit baggy. I would like a shoe that is comfortable, arch hugging, and good for turns 😃 I have medium-high arches, fairly strong feet and a very narrow ankle, widening to medium-narrow at the ball of the foot. 

 

2) What forms do Central usually require? I.e Will they want a dance or academic reference, a doctors note or a personal statement?

 

Thank you so much in advance everybody! X

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Both myself & my daughter have similar sounding feet/ankles to yourself & we really like the ‘Chacott’ canvas split sole ballet flats sold at Freeds & probably any Freed stockist. They are reasonably priced & come with elastics pre sewn in exactly right position/tension - big hooray!!! 

We both find Bloch have rather baggy fronts but these are nice & snug!

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11 hours ago, ArucariaBallerina said:

 

2) What forms do Central usually require? I.e Will they want a dance or academic reference, a doctors note or a personal statement?

 

 

 

Last year they required both an academic and a dance reference, and a personal statement. No doctors note though.

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I agree Bloch Zeniths are nice.....but must be our overly narrow feet as still bagged a little over top of toes for us....best advice to all is I guess try on as many brands/styles/sizes as you can in a good dance shop if you can visit in person!

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Question re references from vocational schools.......does anyone have any experience of how the academic and dance references work for 6th form/college entry when moving from vocational school?  Do you get to see copies? My query stems from quotes I have heard from vocational school advising they don’t want DD to go elsewhere for 6th form and so am wondering how they approach this challenge when many current students may decide to audition for a different school/college etc

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8 hours ago, Dancing unicorn said:

Hi

we never had any sight of any references for dd last year they were sent straight to schools and we didn’t get any copy’s either

hope that helps x

Thanks Dancing unicorn - wonder how that sits with GDPR? 

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On 30/09/2018 at 21:05, ArucariaBallerina said:

Hi, I have 2 questions sorry! 

 

1) Could anyone recommend a really really good pair of ballet flats (preferably canvas split soles) to me? I love the shape of the so danca sd16, but I don't feel they support my feet enough - they can sometimes ache? I do really like the basic Bloch canvas flats, but they do tend to look a bit baggy. I would like a shoe that is comfortable, arch hugging, and good for turns 😃 I have medium-high arches, fairly strong feet and a very narrow ankle, widening to medium-narrow at the ball of the foot. 

 

2) What forms do Central usually require? I.e Will they want a dance or academic reference, a doctors note or a personal statement?

 

Thank you so much in advance everybody! X

So Danca are nice and slim fitting and a pleasant colour too!

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9 hours ago, Picturesinthefirelight said:

I think that if the exemptions were not in place then many employers and educational institutions would be reluctant to give references at all.

 

 given that  even with exemptions  some organisations  solely provide 
-job title 

- start and finish dates 

- status on leaving 

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Just wondered if anyone attended the Upper school Elmhurst audition experience today? My dd really enjoyed the class, the teacher was lovely and am hoping she will feel more relaxed now having done this. I did wonder if many were already at vocational schools?

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