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MVOBE it can take a while for some dancers to 'click' when it comes to dancing. I was a dancer myself, more musical theatre than ballet, and I also taught. I never went to a vocational school, I was very lucky to have a fantastic local school, but I worked for 10 years professionally with others that had been away since the age of 11 so it can happen.

 

I watched many dancers, who were good dancers, all of a sudden blossom overnight into beautiful dancers so hang on in there. He wouldn't be an associate if they didn't see something in him and he sounds like he is very keen doing his exercises, I have to remind my dd!

 

Dancing is a wonderful thing and I still love it to this day, although now I'm more of a taxi for my girls. I realise that if you want to go into a ballet company then the earlier you can start the better, but there are many more options available, who knows where it will take him.

 

Best of luck to him at Tring and you don't know what those other letters may say x

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Definitely be guided by your DS. If he still wants to dance it is still early days yet...he hasn't been doing it that long!!

If he is keen and works hard in the next few years who knows what may happen. If he didn't want to continue himself then that would be a different matter but try to encourage him through this bit of "rejection" if he doesn't get any offers just yet. Just because he doesn't get into Vocational school doesn't mean he should give up his dream of being a dancer! While he still has this dream I would let him continue locally.

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Sorry to all who had a no this time.

 

MVOBE I really do know how you are all feeling at the moment .Anyone who is familiar with posts about my girls ( I can hear you all groaning "she's not going to tell that story again is she" ) will know how upset I was for my younger dd when she didn't make finals, gosh can it really be 3 years ago, it feels like yesterday when I'm reading all your posts.

To cut a long story short dd was a JA for 3 years and after a very encouraging phone call from her teacher ,which made me think she was in with a chance ,my husband phoned me with the results whilst I was in the middle of doing a bride's nails, I felt like I could have thrown up and broke out into this cold sweat. I too had a cry to my Mum I just couldn't understand it as most of the class had also got through. It makes me feel emotional now just thinking about it.

No matter how many times I explained to my dd about how Royal like very arched feet etc she thought it was because she was rubbish.

As your ds is a JA you can ask for feedback via your local teacher as to why this time he didn't make the final . We did and it all became a lot clearer.

My dd followed her sister and is now in her 3rd year at The Hammond (that was another saga  ;) ).......Although every year she tries for Summer School  at White Lodge she only ends up on the wait list.

 

Keep going MVOBE and everyone else fingers crossed for the rest of the results..........now where did I put those Summer School forms  ;)

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Aah, i really feel for you MVOBE. I can imagine how unhappy things are in your house right now. But as everyone has said, this is just the first audition. Who knows what the others will bring. And even if he doesn't get a place in year 7, it is way to soon to think about giving up his dream. If he has good local tuition, which i image he must have to have got this far so quickly,he should carry on with that and look out for other opportunities like associates,youth ballets, workshops and summer schools. And just see what happens. If he loves dancing,just let him dance and see what that takes him.

I think all the children go through the "I'm rubbish/too short/too tall etc feelings when they get a "no" for anything, especially first time. One thing i have said to my DD in the past is that she is exactly the same person she was after opening the letter as she was before - the contents of any letter don't define her in anyway, they just mean she can't take this opportunity this time.

Try to keep positive. I look forward to reading happier news from you in the future. There is a lot more to dancing than the RBS and he is very young - don't give up.

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I just wanted to say never underestimate the healing power of a child being in their home environment with local friends and local ballet teacher. If your child's private dance school is a good one with good teacher/s it is amazing what can happen for the future. Full time at 11 is undoubtedly very convenient and right for some but for others can send them backwards. The nurturing environment of home and private training can be just as successful. My own teacher whom I work with was fantatic and at 15 I secured a full scholarship place at RBS US, lower school financially was out of the quedtion. Always keep trying, you never know, but when and if it is right for your child it will happen. In the meantime get them to good summer schools and courses and they will be a lot more confident in themselves, may even begin to shine brighter than their vocationally trained peers, I have seen this happen over and over again. The dream is for a career, it doesn't matter hoe you get there. Good luck :)

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Thank you to all of you for such kind comments and advice. Thank god I found this forum or I would have felt totally alone. I know what you are all saying is right and to be honest I am way more upset than I should be. I think it is because ds does not naturally have a lot of confidence and I am just worried that this no and possibly more no's will take him to the confidence level he had before ja's.

 

Don't laugh but how do a find a pm and is that personal message? Still getting used to this brilliant site! You are all so kind hearted.

 

Good luck to all awaiting results still

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Ahhh...she's probably a little conflicted - I think LinMM had some good advice on one of the threads today about making sure all our DCs know just how tough it is and how few places there are - especially when there are so many talented children out there.  

 

I think more than ever, children from every background have access to and aspirations for the best teaching in whichever their favoured discipline is...certainly far more than was available when I was a child so the the competition for these coveted places is so much bigger than ever before.

 

Has your DD done or got any other auditions for this year? Thankfully all my DDs first round auditions are over and she's just got funding finals to go now :)

x

 

Best of luck to your DD DTADMIN. No my DD has not auditioned for anything else, only MIDs and WL. I think that shows that she wasn't really ready to go away!

She has lots to look forward to here though, like Inter foundation thingy, exams, festivals and hopefully a summer school somewhere and of course moving up to her local senior school with all her friends. Good luck everyone :D

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Sorry to hear of all the nos at the moment and hope your children all bounce back quickly.  We found that in this strange world that is ballet there is always something on the horizon to look forward to.

 

MVOB - PM is indeed personal message.  When you are logged in there is an envelope symbol at the top of your screen.  Click on that and you will see your messages.  The icon next to it tells you who has liked your posts.

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MVOBE - dd auditioned for year 7 at all 4 schools - was offered 2 places but without funding.  We had never even heard about associate schemes before applying, She was only attending an hour of ballet classes a week at the local dance school - read about the RBS and wanted to go.  Her offers just made her more determined to apply for sixth form.  I have to admit I thought she'd grow out of it - but no! Spent the next five years driving her around the country to easter/summer schools and associate classes.  Also found her a fantastic ballet teacher, although this entailed a long round trip each week - we lived out in the sticks!

 

So basically saying - don't give up (unless ds wants to of course).  There are plenty of wonderful opportunities out there for them to progress out of full time training - and you get to keep them at home too!  DD was successful at her sixth form auditions and now thoroughly enjoying herself.

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balletqs (#66) is spot on. The only thing I would add is that wherever our DC do their training, success is usually born out of hard work. Good luck everyone.

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Thinking of all of you waiting for the post man today - as an unexpected letter came through the door - if it's not today or tommorow it's going to be a long weekend ........it doesn't seem a whole year since I was I your shoes and yes it was torture ! Wishing you all of the best????????

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balletqs (#66) is spot on. The only thing I would add is that wherever our DC do their training, success is usually born out of hard work. Good luck everyone.

If only that was all success involved. :-) Don't forget physique, musicality, turnout facility, love of dance to name but a few - and of course funds!

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I haven't contributed as my son did not audition at year 7. But felt I had to re giving up. My son didn't start ballet until 10/11. Didn't try for vocational until 16. Went to Elmhurst and has been a professional dancer for the last 5 years now with the Bavarian State Ballet. He worked so hard but it is possible. Some just aren't ready at 11 and some who do go at 11 never go into the profession. It is a strange route. If it is a no just make sure he enjoys it locally and gets the best teacher he can for him. He must keep the joy of dancing.

 

Good Luck and good luck to all those auditioning. It is such a tough time and agony for parents too. Just wait until they are auditioning for companies. lol Even worse as I'm sure  JulieW will agree with :-)

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That's a very nice post Julie 2 Milner! It's great to know that children don't have to start ballet at 3 as some would have us believe, to make a successful career.

 

I do not feel too stressed today about the Elmhurst letter. It will be here tomorrow and whatever the answer it cannot be changed. I am determined to turn each no into a positive experience and put our energies into looking into things that will help improve my ds's technique and make him better prepared for the audition round next year.

 

Big hugs and huge luck to every dc awaiting tomorrow's results

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Great news (and now I can feel the tension of others waiting for emails/the postman!) :-)

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yes for Elmhurst finals yr7 for friends ds. WELL DONE.Good Luck for everyone stalking the letterbox shouldnt have to wait much longer.x

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Congratulations to your DD, toomuchtalent and to your friend's DS, Theodore! How exciting for them! I shall be holding thumbs, in Fossil fashion ;-)

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It was ds birthday yesterday and I prayed like mad that the Elmhurst letter wouldn't arrive (possibly containing bad news) after the disappointment of White Lodge on Wednesday. Why oh why didn't it come yesterday? because it was a yes!!!!!!!

 

So very happy and ds is over the moon. All we both wanted was to get to the finals, any finals.

 

Phew!!

 

Big congratulations to everyone who had a yes, haven't read any no's yet, is that normal?

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