The Royal Ballet: The result

Last month, my daughter auditioned to become a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet – basically to have weekly lessons there. Even to audition was a fantastic opportunity and I was so proud that her teacher thought she was good enough to give it a go.

We knew the odds were massively stacked against her. There were around 700 kids auditioning for a handful of places.

She did her best and she enjoyed it. We didn’t get our hopes up. (Although of course there was a part of me, and I’m sure a part of her, that thought ‘what if?’ I was picturing how we’d cope with the weekly trek to Birmingham on the train.)

We were told the results would be at the end of June or the start of July, so I was surprised when the email came in.

It was a lovely email, but, as expected, she didn’t get in.

She took it really well. I know she didn’t expect it, but I still thought she might be upset. But she wasn’t. I’d obviously got managing her expectations just right.

There are other years and other dance schools. We looked at Elmhurst – another Birmingham dance school – but the audition clashed with the dress rehearsal for our annual summer show this week. I am already completed overwhelmed by June – two birthdays, Britmums Live, the dance show, my eldest’s French exchange partner coming over and my younger son’s school residential. I was kind of pleased when she said she wouldn’t do it as she didn’t want to miss the dress rehearsal.

So the Royal Ballet dream stays a dream for now. She’s had her audition, she’s good enough to have done that and nobody can take that away from her. I’m proud that she wasn’t upset when she didn’t get in. And she’s still, and always will be, a really beautiful ballet dancer.

We went to watch our first professional ballet the other day – Cinderella. It was stunning (and remarkably funny). Only two of the dancers had trained at the Royal Ballet.

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Mum of Three World

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Aww a big well done to her for doing the test. It’s sad she didn’t get in but I know you said it’s really really tough so to get to this stage is amazing. And like you said, that’s something she’ll keep forever!

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    • Thank you! It’s something she can always feel proud of.

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  2. Well done to her for doing well and getting that audition in the first place. And to have coped well Definitely something to be proud of and an experience as well. Hope her show goes well

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    • Thank you! I was so proud of her for even getting the audition. She can’t wait for the show now!

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  3. Well doen on getting this far

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    • Thank you! I’m really pleased with her.

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  4. Sorry to hear that your daughter wasn’t accepted, she did so well to get an audition though! Here’s hoping she continues with ballet for many years to come x

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    • Thank you! I’m sure she will as she really loves it 🙂 x

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  5. Well done her for taking it on the chin – it is a really important skill to know how to manage disappointments isnt it. And to also know that a no now is no reason to give up!

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    • Very true! I’m so pleased with how well she took it. Even though we were expecting a ‘no’, I thought she might still be upset.

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    • Thank you! So was I! She does sometimes take these things quite badly, so it was a relief.

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  6. This is SUCH a lovely post Sarah because it’s the ‘having a go’ that is your proud moment here. She’s done so well, as you say. What a little star! I’m sure she will get other chances but for now, she needs to remain a little girl and enjoy it.

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    • Absolutely! Thanks very much. It would have been a lot of pressure on her and the family, so it’s good that she can keep enjoying dancing close to home.

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  7. Aww! Well done to your girl for talking it so well! It was an amazing opportunity which not everyone gets. You have every right to be proud!
    Glad you had a great time at the ballet x

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    • Thank you! I would definitely recommend going to a ballet! I’ve never been to one before. x

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  8. We’ll done on giving it her best and getting an audition in the first place. Fabulous that she took the rejection so well, I know I’m rubbish at rejection (thinking of all the replies for jobs in the past saying I wasn’t successful!). 🙂 x

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    • Thank you! She’s not always great with rejection, as she’s highly competitive, so I was really pleased with how she took it.

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  9. Aw Sarah she did so well in getting an audition. You must have been so proud in how she handled the result as well. You sound as if you have a very mature daughter xx

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    • Thank you! That’s a lovely thing to say – she is very mature, but sometimes rejection or losing can upset her, so I was very proud of how she handled it. x

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  10. What an amazing achievement!,
    Well done to your daughter for getting so far 🙂 x

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    • Thank you! I’m really pleased with her 🙂

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  11. Sarah, what a lovely post. You must be so proud of your girl, not only for getting the audition in the first place but also taking the result so well. Glad you enjoyed the ballet too. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I really was proud. It’s not easy being turned down for something, but she handled it really well.

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  12. What a shame, but as you say still a great achievement. And very impressive to see the mature way in which she has handled her disappointment – that says so much about her character and the values you’ve instilled in her.

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    • Thank you! I think it does and I was really pleased with her reaction. Generally, she’s a very nice and mature girl, but she usually takes disappointment badly and over-reacts, so I was pleasantly surprised that she didn’t!

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  13. I am so proud of her for going for it and getting this far is such a wonderful achievement. Keep at it xx

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  14. A remarkable achievement and fantastic experience for her regardless of the outcome, she has done so well! Opportunity will no doubt knock again.

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  15. To get to audition is an amazing achievement and she should be so proud of herself. My goddaughter did not make JA at her first audition, but did the following year.
    Fingers crossed for her for next year if it’s what she wants.

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    • Thanks very much! That’s really interesting to know. I’m sure she’ll give it another go if her teacher thinks it’s the right thing for her to do.

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