The Royal Ballet audition

There was a time when we thought it would never happen, but last week my daughter finally got her chance to shine in her audition for a Junior Associate place at the Royal Ballet.

The odds are MASSIVELY stacked against her. They audition around 700 children for only a handful of places, but we’ve only ever seen it as an honour and a privilege to even be considered good enough to audition. I’m so proud of my daughter and her talent, and grateful to her teacher for spotting that talent and putting her forward for the audition.

Her audition was at 10am on election day, a chilly, cloudy Thursday morning, in Birmingham. We got the train at just after 8 and only got very slightly lost on the way to the Royal Ballet. There were 19 girls auditioning at 10am, another 20 at 11.30am and no doubt another 20 at 1pm and 2.30pm. There was probably 80 kids auditioning that day, one of two auditions in Birmingham. Then there were all the kids auditioning at other venues around the country.

I was pleased to see the girls weren’t all tiny, skinny things. They were all shapes and sizes from tiny and skinny to tall and slightly chubby, with my daughter falling nicely in the middle.There were leotards of all colours and girls stretching, pointing their toes and doing the splits. It could have been showing off and attention-seeking behaviour, but, most likely, it was just a love of dance that they can’t control. My daughter does this at home. All. The. Time. She simply can’t stop dancing, although she is less inclined to do it in a public place. The girls all had numbers pinned to them, front and back, then took tiny little ballet steps off through a door, following a teacher and two judges. And they were gone.

I was pleased there was another girl from my daughter’s ballet school there. So I went for a walk with her parents to kill time (and help me get back to the railway station a less indirect route!). Before we knew it, the girls were back.

They skipped back through the door, every one of them smiling and flushed.

My daughter was happy and she’d enjoyed herself. The audition had been hard physically, but not technically. It was like a nice lesson, it didn’t feel like they were being judged. She did her best and she smiled. She told me about one girl who was way better than the others and a couple of girls who were nowhere near as good, but on the whole the others were of a similar standard to her.

Will the judges have seen something in her that they want to see again? Will she make the grade?

We’ll find out in a couple of months, but If I’m honest, I don’t think so and I’m not holding out any hope. I’m just happy that my daughter has had this experience and it’s something she can always remember and be proud of.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. “My daughter was happy and she’d enjoyed herself.”

    That’s what it’s all about, Sarah.
    Hope she gets the news she wants to hear. You must be very proud of her. X

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    • Thanks very much! You’re so right! I really am proud of her πŸ™‚ x

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  2. Well done to your little girl! You are so right, whether or not she gets in, is important now. The fact that she was deemed good enough for the audition says so much already πŸ™‚ Then again, crossing my fingers for you and your little girl, you’ll never know, she might just be in! x

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    • Thanks very much, that really would be amazing! But I’m so proud of her for even getting the chance to audition. x

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  3. Well done to her for taking it on so calmly. Great that she enjoyed it, I think that will show. Good luck for results x #LoudnProud

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    • Thanks very much! She did so well πŸ™‚ x

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  4. So happy to hear that your daughter had the chance to audition for the Royal Ballet… can’t wait to hear the results. Fingers crossed x

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    • Thanks very much! I’m so pleased she got the chance πŸ™‚ x

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  5. You must be so proud of her to get such a coveted audition. What a fantastic opportunity for her and I shall keep my fingers crossed xx

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    • I’m very proud! Thanks very much πŸ™‚ x

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  6. What happens if she gets in? What do Junior Associates do? Very excited for her! I well remember my own audition for the Dutch Ballet school… I was not smiling when i came out.

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    • Ha ha, that made me laugh! She would have weekly lessons in Birmingham and I would wave goodbye to watching my son play football for the year!

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  7. It was an amazing opportunity for your girl. You must be so proud.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her. x

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    • Thanks very much! It really is an amazing opportunity πŸ™‚ x

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  8. What a special memory and even if she doesn’t get picked, one to be proud of! My girls did ballet for years and enjoyed it but were never Prima ballerinas! Your daughter certainly seems to have the bug! x

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    • Thanks very much, she definitely has! She loves it and she has a real feel for it. I don’t think she’ll get in, but the fact that she even auditioned is something we can always treasure. x

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  9. As long as she enjoyed it, that’s the main thing. I really hope the call her back, but I am so proud of her for trying out xx

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    • Thanks very much, I really appreciate that. x

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  10. That’s brilliant sarah, I’m so pleased that she even got the opportunity. Fab attitude all round πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks very much, I’m so pleased she got the opportunity after a difficult start to the year.

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  11. What a wonderful experience for her, I’m pleased that her audition went well and I will keep my fingers crossed! Thank you for sharing with #loudnproud

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    • Thanks very much! It really was a wonderful experience πŸ™‚

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  12. What an amazing experience for your daughter and how wonderful to be considered good enough to audition for the Royal Ballet. I love how your focus is on enjoying the experience of auditioning and seeing that as being so positive in itself without any sense of pressure to get in. Keeping my fingers crossed for the results though and sounds like your daughter did really well and so glad that she enjoyed it so much.

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    • Thanks very much! I don’t want to set her up for disappointment, so we’ve just stayed focus on the honour of even being chosen to audition. She was happy with how it went and, whatever the outcome, she can always be proud that she was good enough to audition πŸ™‚

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  13. AMAZING! Oh my gosh this is something she will remember forever isn’t it? You must be so proud. But imagine if she got it?? EEK!!!! xxx

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    • Thanks! I hardly dare imagine how brilliant it would be if she got in! I know I’d be getting the train to your neck of the woods every week, though! x

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  14. WOW Sarah, just wow, your daughter must be so talented to get an audition. Sounds like she had a fantastic time, and that’s more important than anything else. Very best of luck xx

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  15. Gosh you must have been a proud mum, such an amazing achievement and brilliant to have had the opportunity even if she doesn’t get in.

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  16. What an incredible experience for her, and that it was one she enjoyed makes it even more special. It will be an amazing memory for both of you, and who knows what will happen next πŸ™‚

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  17. What an amazing thing to do and be able to say you have done. I love to watch ballet its so beautiful #SSAA

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  18. What a fantastic experience for her, you never know where it could lead. She could even dance for another ballet school/company in the future. My brothers Mother and Father in Law used to dance for the Royal Ballet, their other daughter teaches there. I had this confirmed so I could add it in my reply lol.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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    • That’s really interesting about your brother’s in-laws! Thank you for double-checking that for me πŸ™‚ x

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