ifnotwhynot Posted April 28, 2008 Report Share Posted April 28, 2008 Hi I'm posting here because I reckon people from many groups may have an input but please feel free to move if necessary. My daughter is 10 and as far as any 10 year old can be, is convinced that she wants to become a classical dancer. I know that there are the 4 main schools here in the UK (Royal Ballet, Elmhurst, Tring and Hammond) that take children at 11 but I am keen to explore other options for vocational training either at other boarding schools with dance schools attached or at schools that would allow her to stay at home. Her current teacher will be unable to to train her at the intensity that I believe she would need so we would have to make a change. Does anyone know of any other boarding schools here that she could attend? I have heard of Abbots Bromley, Hurst Lodge and Legat and would be particularly interested to hear from anyone with experience of any of these. I would also love to hear about any non residential dance schools that are able to offer the intensive training that is needed whilst allowing students to remain at ordinary academic school as well. We are based about half way between London and Birmingham (although I'm not suggesting that we could travel that far on a daily basis!). A final question. How realistic is it to expect to get into the upper school of any of the major vocational dance schools (those listed above plus ENB, Central, etc) without having trained at one of them up to that point? And, if it is realistic, what sort of intensity of training is normally required? I feel that it is a bit of a minefield out there and would be grateful for any comments that might enlighten me as to what the best options are! Many thanks in advance. Quote Link to comment
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