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1 hour ago, Pas de Quatre said:

Could someone post how long it takes to get to London Studio Centre from Central London, e.g. Kings Cross. 

I'd say about 40 minutes. If you have any question about LSC, 2 of my daughters went there and graduated in 2019 and 2018. Don't hesitate and good luck!

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Can anyone help advise where I can find accurate graduate destinations for the last couple of years?  With a few funding auditions secured, we're wanting to dig that bit further should we end up with a choice.  We all know that graduate success is the thing to look out for, but I'm finding it very tricky to find the information for some schools, with some highlighting alumni who are deemed 'celebrities', who may have graduated some 5-10 years ago!  Any help on where/how I can find more information on students from the last couple of years would be appreciated.  Thank you.

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Don't most schools advertise this? I know my university department does, as it looks good and is reassuring to current applicants. Maybe ask the schools when you'r there for the auditions?

 

I've seen posts here in BalletCo listing where RBS graduates are going, for example. 

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8 hours ago, Princess dreams said:

Hi, no but waiting for 2 other schools on reserve lists, so feel your anxiety, hope things move soon, good luck x

You too, Princess dreams. It's certainly an anxious time. And in the midst of it all, DD is thinking about giving it all up. X

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Hang in there.... I suspect with this lockdown & lack of usual physical activity & peer & teacher engagement (what online provision they can/do access is great but in no way a like for like substitute...) by our DC’s there will be lots of mood swings/self criticism/motivation loss/negativity/self doubt (bit rnough about me....!!!!🤣)

Seriously though, they are in the middle of what year on year is an expected tough time for this year group but with the added intensity of ‘all change’; the oppression of just being home with the same people for company (who mean well bit let’s fsce it teen/parent relationships again are traditionally challenging!) & too much spent in just their own company with their own thoughts....

I think (hope) schools/colleges are anticipative of this & the added future needs for support our young people will need as they progress in their chosen training routes....

And also that they are truly aware of the anxiety where options are still not all firmed up & can swiftly move to make offers where they can so that families can have something to work with.

💜💜to all 

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Thank you, as always for your motivational messages x. Daily motivational talks in our household as I’m sure in everyone’s, trying to keep all , everyone on track. Hope everyone is keeping as well as can be and hope our DC stay happy and receive the places they so desperately are striving for, Good luck everyone xx

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On 18/06/2020 at 11:23, Princess dreams said:

Has anyone been lucky enough to receive a call from any upper school reserve lists yet? 

I think that Elmhurst contacted all of those who were on their waiting list and Central contacted many (but I don’t know if all). People were also offered places from ENBS waiting list but some are still waiting. 

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Thank you x. Yes, my DD was offered Central from the waiting list, but handed it back as it was not the right school for her. Still waiting on her favourite, but no call as of yet. Not expecting it now as it seems too far down the road after offers, there’s always next year ... x

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Does anybody have insight into Upper School final audition phases, and which schools might ask for actual medical records, dates of injuries etc?  My DD is concerned a recent injury, although not serious, may affect any acceptances next year due to how recent it is.

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I think most schools ask you to declare any injuries and the dates that they occurred, on their application forms from what I can remember. I even remember summer schools that my dd did asked for them too. I know that Northern Ballet School in Manchester ask for a medical form to be completed by your G.P. and sent with your application form. I’m not sure how they affect their acceptances / offers though.

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2 hours ago, MPatti said:

Does anybody have insight into Upper School final audition phases, and which schools might ask for actual medical records, dates of injuries etc?  My DD is concerned a recent injury, although not serious, may affect any acceptances next year due to how recent it is.


Most of the schools ask you to have a ‘physio’ type check as part of the process. I know lots who have been accepted into schools after having quite serious injuries.  She just needs to apply and declare it and see what happens. If she’s fully recovered it’s unlikely to affect anything. 

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This is a good time to research the schools policies on injuries, Students being allowed to access medical facilities and support given to student when injured. You may be surprised at what you hear, if you ask the current students about their experiences. Hopefully most schools are reviewing their policies in light of recent events, I’d be honest with the school. 

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6 minutes ago, TBG said:

My dd has found a new audition leo for upper school auditions. Can anyone let me know if the Grishco 1930 leo is suitable please, i am not sure it is. Many thanks x

Hi TBG I would say absolutely! It’s a classic camisole, flattering, elegant cut. I think most important that they wear a leotard that they feel very comfortable and confident in! 

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Sorry, I disagree, the deep V insert at the front to make it look like a plunge neckline might look great on stage as part of a costume, but is not suitable for a ballet audition. On RBS website in the audition information they have a guide to leotards, no lace insets, crisscross straps etc. Good advice wherever you plan to audition.

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19 minutes ago, Pas de Quatre said:

Sorry, I disagree, the deep V insert at the front to make it look like a plunge neckline might look great on stage as part of a costume, but is not suitable for a ballet audition. On RBS website in the audition information they have a guide to leotards, no lace insets, crisscross straps etc. Good advice wherever you plan to audition.

I agree. Plain simple elegant silhouette is the best option. My daughter chose a simple thin strap cotton Leo in deep maroon/burgundy. No particular brand. The Leo had a small  gather in the front with a similar gather in the low back, which wasn’t too low in case numbers had to be fixed. The fit was perfect. Finished off with a contrasting black belt. No knickers either. No lumps or bumps. Keep it simple. It worked. 
Quite surprised (& shocked) at some of the choices 😉
Ps unless it stipulates black, try another colour choice but still keep colour choice subtle for ballet.  
 

Good Luck to everyone. 
 

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13 minutes ago, Aklf said:

New year, new lockdown. As if upper school audition planning wasn’t tricky enough! 😩

 


I truly feel for you 😢

But my heart goes out to all those I have shared this forum with over the years who’s Ds/Dds have graduated either last year or this with little hope of employment 😖 Who could have foreseen that this is how their dreams would end 😢

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