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...

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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...

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‘The costume’
Apr21

‘The costume’

My daughter loved her new ballet class last week and her teacher said she did really well and listened well. But all my daughter can talk about is ‘the costume’. Not the uniform, the outfit, the kit, the gear, it’s the COSTUME. ‘When can I get the costume?’ This would be the costume consisting of leotard, ballet shoes, ballet socks, ballet cardigan and ‘practice skirt’. The...

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