Ballet exam do’s and don’ts
Dec03

Ballet exam do’s and don’ts

My daughter has done five ballet exams over the years – Primary and Grades 1 to 4. She has also done her Grade 1 tap, Grade 2 modern and Bronze jazz. So we’re getting quite good at these exams! I thought it might be useful to share some tips that we’ve picked up along the way, for families who are new to ballet. My daughter does the RAD exams, but I’m sure these do’s and don’ts would work just as...

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The distinction that wasn’t good enough. And then it was
Apr25

The distinction that wasn’t good enough. And then it was

It’s taken nearly two months, but finally my daughter’s Grade 2 ballet result is in. I’m pleased to say she got a distinction. Of course she did. I wouldn’t expect anything less of my super-talented dancer. But, when I looked at the percentage, I must admit my heart sank a little bit. Because it was ‘only’ 77%. I didn’t say anything, but I knew my daughter had clocked it. It wasn’t good...

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Grade 3 ballet fast-track
Mar21

Grade 3 ballet fast-track

It was during my daughter’s Grade 2 ballet exam that the teacher came to us four mums with a proposal. There are nine or 10 girls in their ballet class, but only four did the exam. Of the others, some are too new and therefore too far behind for exams and others just don’t like exams. They all move on together as a class, but the four girls who did the exam were edging away from the others. For a start, they’re the...

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Grade 2 ballet exam
Mar15

Grade 2 ballet exam

My daughter recently took her Grade 2 ballet exam. I had feared she would have to wait until autumn this year to do it, two years after her Grade 1, which felt like too long a wait. So I was very pleased when her teacher announced just before Christmas that a small group of them would be doing their Grade 2 in March. The girls were all given a CD of the exam music to practise at home. Once the panto and Young Voices were over, my...

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Project 366 Week 9
Mar05

Project 366 Week 9

It seems to be pretty much all about my daughter this week, with a lot of dance on the agenda. I’ve also had camera troubles, meaning I didn’t manage to get a photo on one of the days. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 59 – Sunday 28th February – work is continuing on our garden and this week my daughter joined in by painting the door of the shed. Day 60 – Monday 29th February – the Leap...

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