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Hi, I live in Machester, England and have been attending classes for the last 2 years.
In that time I have improved but now want to find something that will allow me to
achieve a higher level, something more comprehensive/intense than drop in classes.
But I'm clueless as to how to go about it, I've heard of things like "summer incentives" but have no idea what they are or where/when any are available. So I'm
asking for advice on what the appropriate next step is

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Hi BWT, Welcome to BT4D!

 

It's great to hear you've improved your ballet over the last little while. It sounds like if you are looking for something more serious than drop-in classes, you might need to research some schools in your area to find out what suitable classes or programs they have available. Not knowing what you do now I cannot suggest anything, but you could head over to the 'Career and Dance Education' boards and start your hunt there - there is a whole lots of information on training and programs. There is also info on specific schools in the pre-professional schools board here http://dancers.invisionzone.com/index.php?showforum=147

 

"Summer Intensives" as discussed on this forum tend to be in the United States summer, I don't know what the UK summer is like or if they have intensives. I'm sure there are some teachers from the UK floating around BT4D so hopefully they might have some ideas too!

 

Good luck :)

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Welcome and good for you for wanting to go further. The school below seems to be one that might suit you. They have ballet classes and a whole range of other dance genres. The other schools that I found in Manchester don't seem to be for adults, but might allow you to join classes.

 

www.kntdanceworks.co.uk - "An adult ballet class that does what it says on the tin, letting people who have grown up enough to pay for their own classes take ballet as seriously as they want. KNT Danceworks is a dance school based right in the centre of Manchester at ‘The Dancehouse Theatre’, home to the prestigious Northern Ballet School by day. Our evening classes are open to adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds."

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Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, BWT. And thanks to Hamorah for finding the link to the adult ballet classes in Manchester. It's great to see that programme, as I think it's quite new. And I know we've had various north west based posters here over the years (I used to live quite near Manchester).

 

If you try the programme, BWT, it'd be great if you'd report back -- it looks like a really welcoming studio for adults!

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Welcome and good for you for wanting to go further. The school below seems to be one that might suit you. They have ballet classes and a whole range of other dance genres. The other schools that I found in Manchester don't seem to be for adults, but might allow you to join classes.

 

www.kntdanceworks.co.uk - "An adult ballet class that does what it says on the tin, letting people who have grown up enough to pay for their own classes take ballet as seriously as they want. KNT Danceworks is a dance school based right in the centre of Manchester at ‘The Dancehouse Theatre’, home to the prestigious Northern Ballet School by day. Our evening classes are open to adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds."

 

Hi, thanks for all the replies.

 

the problem with the above link is that those are also drop in classes and i'm

looking for more of a "structured programme."

 

I've searched and I know that what I'm looking for isn't available in Manchester, so if anyone could reccomend or describe a programme outside of Manchester (but still in England) it would be perfectly accptable, I'm guessing that London would be the best place to look. There must be people on this board who live in England who can reccomomend something or at least provide some information.

 

I should clarify that my problem isn't "I can't find what I'm looking for" but rather "I don't know what I'm looking for". I just need to find what

training would be best for me having done 2 years of "drop in" classes. There'sa lot of stuff out there but it's confusing as to what is appropriate for me.

 

Here are some links I've found, if anyone could get back to me on what would be best it would be greatly appreciated.

The below links all seem to be only one class a week, which is actually far less than I've been doing

http://www.rad.org.uk/article_pink.asp?id=119&realCat=138 -classes/levels(aprox 13 weeks, one day a week)

http://www.ballet.org.uk/classes/ -classes/levels(aprox 10 weeks, one day a week)

http://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/aeccourseoutline.php -classes/levels

 

The below links are all listed as "summer schools/incentives" but again, I'm not exactly sure what that means

http://www.rad.org.uk/article.asp?id=400 - summer course(5 days, 3.5 hours)

http://www.invitationtodance.org.uk/#the-course - summer course(5 days, 6.5 hours)

http://www.istd.org/courses-and-training/courses/national-summer-school-northants/?preview=true - summer school

http://balletsummerschool.de/info/ - summer school

http://www.thedancesummerschool.co.uk/gpage4.html - summer school

http://www.swindondance.org.uk/summer-schools/ - summer school

http://www.theplace.org.uk/17646/short-courses/summer-intensives-2013-mon-5-fri-23-august.html - summer incentive

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They're not incentives, they're "Intensives" - meaning they are intensive training courses that are typically full time during the Summer months when most regular curriculum schools are closed. Summer Intensives are meant for students who would otherwise not be able to receive ballet training during holidays (when their school is closed for break) to be able to get the same if not more training during the holiday months. Let's make a list, 'cause I love lists.

 

Summer Intensives are for:

1.) Students who need to continue training during holiday months/long breaks. Pre professional students cannot take 2-3 months Summer Holidays without dance, it would be extremely not advantageous for them to take a long break, so an intensive keeps them dancing.

 

2.) Experiencing full time training similarly to a professional, but still in an enforced student environment.

 

3.) getting acquainted with a new pre-professional school that you may be interested in attending or auditioning for in the upcoming fall school year.

 

4.) learning or getting acquainted to a new methodology or style that that particular school may offer.

 

5.) taking classes from a famous guest teacher that is hired temporarily by that school to teach during their Summer Intensive.

 

6.) Intensives are also good for young pre-professional students to get noticed and meet or network with other students, teachers, or professionals that are also involved in those programs.

 

7.) Intensives are also good for pushing students to the next level if they feel they are plateauing - for various reasons, more hours of training, different atmosphere, different students to be inspired by, and different teachers that can tell you the same thing (7 different times 7 different ways from 7 different people.)

 

I hope that helped. Please start calling it "Intensive" instead of "Incentive". Not to be rude, but it's like nails on chalkboard for me... rather like when people call "Chassé" "Sashay".

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