The Royal Ballet, Elmhurst and rejection
May14

The Royal Ballet, Elmhurst and rejection

My daughter didn’t get into the Royal Ballet Mid Associates programme. I didn’t blog about it at the time. It was to be expected. They had only a handful of places and were holding auditions around the country. She was disappointed, though. We’d waited two months for the news and during that time there had always been that little glimmer of ‘What if?’. But it wasn’t meant to be. After she’d...

Read More
The Royal Ballet School Mid Associate audition
Feb08

The Royal Ballet School Mid Associate audition

The Royal Ballet School runs weekly classes for children at a small number of venues across the UK. They run Junior Associate classes for children in Years 4, 5 and 6, Mid Associate classes for children in Years 7 to 9 and Senior Associates for Year 10s and above. Regular readers will know that my daughter is a talented ballet dancer, so we were very excited when her teacher recommended that she audition for the Royal Ballet School...

Read More
Project 365 2017 Week 43
Oct28

Project 365 2017 Week 43

It’s half-term, but it hasn’t been a particularly fun or relaxing one. I’ve been very busy with work and the kids have done their own thing. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 273 – Sunday 22nd October – just three weeks after the Cheltenham half marathon, I decided to run another one! The Stroud half marathon went remarkably well and I was feeling on top of the world at the end, when I crossed...

Read More
The panto audition – here we go again!
Sep27

The panto audition – here we go again!

When I picture the coming autumn and winter ahead, one thing dominates my thoughts. The panto. I picture myself waiting in a cafe while my daughter rehearses. I picture her in her bright red lipstick and neat plaits skipping excitedly into the theatre. I picture her on stage, dancing beautifully and smiling fit to burst. I simply couldn’t imagine autumn and winter without the panto. I hate winter and I’m not madly keen on...

Read More
The panto audition
Oct05

The panto audition

For the last two months I’ve been unable to think about the autumn without thinking ‘we might be busy with the panto then’. But not really believing it. My daughter was auditioning for the chorus of a local professional pantomime for the first time and I knew it would be a big commitment. But would she get in? I had literally no idea. They needed 18 children – two teams of nine, so they alternate performances....

Read More