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  2. AnastasiaBeav

    Nutcracker 2019

    Congratulations Anatrat.
  3. rane

    Nutcracker 2019

    Congratulations Anatrat.
  4. momof5dancers

    Nutcracker 2019

    Congrats Anatrat, she has to be so excited. That is such a neat way to do that.
  5. Anatrat

    Nutcracker 2019

    She got Clara understudy 😍😍
  6. stella929393

    Ballet Colleges?

    So im 17 and have about 4 months of ballet experience. I am in Ballet intermediate at my local ballet school and I am determine to make it as a professional dancer. Now I understand fully what it takes to even be considered at a company along with fellow competitors who have been dancing since they were born. Ballet means everything to me and I would do anything to dance more than 8 hours a day hurting. I am considering entering a college that provides a good Ballet program to be successful as a dancer since I may not apply for a pre-professional school. I know all the responses I may get beforehand about me not making it or how hard it may be to even audition for colleges like these but please try to help me here. This is my dream and I am giving everything for this.
  7. twinkleandturn

    Tights for 6.5 year old picky girl

    My daughter can be picky about the waistband of tights. The Mini Mindens from Gaynor Minden are really soft and she likes these.
  8. Redbookish

    Deciding between schools

    Good teaching is good teaching. The syllabus is simply a way of offering a gradual (graded) coherent syllabus, with appropriate for age developments. In very general terms, the RAD system is very clean and pure "English" style (but do not confuse it with the Royal Ballet), while the Cecchetti syllabus can offer a more "dancey" way of doing the same steps & graded learning. Both systems draw on a mix of the historical inheritance of the Italian and Russian master/mistress teachers. The difference between the 2 syllabi tends to be in nomenclature; in the more advanced grades (from Intermediate Foundation on) there are some differences in the traditions of set exercises. But if your child is gong to be serious about ballet in 8 years time (and how can you tell that!) then they will have learnt these differences anyway. THe moves are the same, in spite of what they're called in different traditions. Don't be glamorised by the difference between Grades 1 and 2 - at the age of 8, these things don't really mean very much. Training gets serious in 3 or 4 years' time and it's only after puberty that it will become clear whether a young dancer is going to carry it through to a serious pursuit, rather than an enriching activity for life. So what's your sense of the atmosphere of each studio? The ethos & attitude of the teachers? That is what is important for an 8 year old. Full disclosure: I did training as a teen in RAD and as an adult in Cecchetti syllabuses. Teachers in the US notice the "Englishness" of my dancing; teachers here in the UK have noticed the movement quality of the Cecchetti training.
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  10. balletfan

    Deciding between schools

    I would always say that it is about finding a great school and teachers - not which code they follow. In Australia many students are taught RAD and Cecchetti to a lesser extent. As teenagers they might learn another syllabus or be exposed to Vaganova through summer schools etc. They are expected to be able to adapt.
  11. magnoliasmom

    Deciding between schools

    Hello there, looking for some advice, please. Our daughter has just turned 8 and has completed 3 years in the ABT syllabus, most recently Primary C exams in June. We've moved and have located two schools. Both seem to be on par in terms of reputation locally. One offers the Cecchetti syllabus, and our daughter would be in Grade One. The other offers RAD, and she would be in Grade Two. Classes twice a week, exam at the end of the year. All things being equal, do parents here have a preference in terms of syllabus? Thank you for your help.
  12. rane, I never found the Prima Soft tights in our local store, I always ordered them from Discount Dance. I’ll post a link to them. I hope that’s allowed. https://discountdance.com/dancewear/style_101.html?skey=Prima-Soft-Tight&SID=1377352634&search=true&SortOrder=R I just noticed they come in seamed and plain. We never tried the seamed ones.
  13. MODERATOR HAT: And now let’s forego further comments about HSLDA and leave any further discussions focused on HSLDA for each to research, evaluate, and decide on own and return to the discussion that is the focus of this thread.
  14. popsicle1010

    Home School - Switching States

    labrador, I agree with you that a political discussion is not appropriate to this site nor this thread. However, I do think it is responsible to let people know that HSLDA has a strong political orientation and wields its political power along a very specific spectrum, in addition to providing information about homeschooling. Letting people know that they have a definite political agenda simply invites those who read about them in this thread and may not already be familiar with them to research the organization, if they so choose, to become informed about their politics. If no one mentions that HSLDA has a definite political orientation, readers may not realize that could be a consideration in whether or not the group will work for them as a resource related to homeschooling. In the spirit of BTFD, readers can do their own research and draw their own conclusions about what works for them. Best of luck to everyone on the journey!
  15. Anyone have any recent input into the dance audition process for SMU. My daughter will be a freshman fall 2020 and is just beginning the audition process. Any info would be helpful. Also, does anyone have any insight into auditioning at SMU vs some of the satellite auditions?
  16. Chibikko

    Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

    This was what ours looked like within 2 months. It was originally a Bloch aspiration.
  17. Victoria Leigh

    Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

    It would definitely depend on how much they are used, but also on the quality of the floors in the studio. If they are Marley, that should help the shoes wear longer than a wood floor that requires resin.
  18. skiptomylou

    Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

    Seems like they’d be unlikely to die if worn for a short pre-pointe class a few times a week, but it is possible for them to wear out. DD16 wears them for regular ballet classes (2 hour class 5-6 days a week), and they do eventually get holes in them!
  19. AdventurerMom

    Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

    Thank you for your response! I was hoping she would grow out of them before they went. 😅
  20. Ballet6706

    Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

    My DD is 13, but since no one answered ... my daughter wore her first pair at age 10. She wore them until she outgrew them - they did not die. I have never heard of pre-pointe shoes dying at amongst the kids/moms/friends at our studio - doesn't mean they don't. Hope that helps. ETA: The pre-pointe dancers only had class thirty minutes, once a week, on marley floors.
  21. Blanche

    Houston Ballet Academy

    From what we have seen there in general, they cap all classes at some point, but I don't know the specific numbers for the evening levels.
  22. My daughter had her first demipointe class yesterday. As she smiled and headed into class with her first pair of ribboned shoes in hand I was wondering, how long do demipointe shoes last? Google was no help at all, as it kept telling me about pointe shoes and how they lose support in the shank and box...but these shoes are shankless and they aren’t using them to go en pointe. She’s wearing a Bloch Tensus Demipointe shoe if that makes any difference. Thanks in advance!
  23. Esmeralda

    Elongating Neck

    Thank you! I will definitely work on it!
  24. Victoria Leigh

    Elongating Neck

    True, you can't physically change the length of your neck. However, you CAN do a couple of things to help. First, be sure your shoulders are down. Second, take a breath, exhale to drop the shoulders, and image you are very elegant, tall, and feeling you are being gently lifted from the top of the head. The way one holds...and USES...their head can make a huge difference in overall appearance!
  25. ManicOrganic79

    National Ballet School of Canada

    Thank you so much for this very helpful information, DanceMamma, and congratulations to your daughter and your family on her acceptance!
  26. DanceMamma

    National Ballet School of Canada

    ManicOrganic79, based on our experience, there are spots for kids age 13/14 however they are obviously fewer than the ones offered for the 11-12 year olds. You will not find hard and fast numbers as they are not available. Keep in mind that they already have a class in this age group but people do move and/or are asked to leave so that's why they have spots available. My DD was offered a spot in the full time program at age 11 this summer. NBS is a wonderful program (year round and summer) and if your DD is interested in top notch training, with academics as well, then NBS is definitely worth looking into. Of course, there are many more summer students accepted than there are spots offered to the full time program, but the summer itself is actually a great way to see if your child is ready for a residential program. Year round students and summer students take separate classes but they sometimes will share dorm rooms and are certainly eating meals at the same time. DD met several year round students, especially during the outings. Best of luck!
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