Getting the first pointe shoes
Sep28

Getting the first pointe shoes

Getting your first pointe shoes is a really big deal for a little ballet dancer, and my daughter was no exception. Most little ballerina’s mums were also ballerinas and know this stuff themselves. Me? I failed a modern exam at the age of 7. Yes, I’m that bad. So I have no idea about pointe shoes, other than a lot of rumours. I knew they were VERY EXPENSIVE. Over £100. Also, I know that, at 11, my daughter has just started...

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Preparing for first pointe shoes
Sep21

Preparing for first pointe shoes

At the start of this year, my daughter started simultaneously working on both her Grade 4 and Grade 5 in ballet. Her Grade 5 class included girls ranging in age from two school years above her right up to a girl who could drive! Every week the Grade 5 (or Intermediate Foundation) class had an extra lesson preparing for pointe work, working on strengthening exercises. And in the spring, most of the older girls got their pointe shoes....

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From Grade 1 to Grade 5 – in a year
Feb20

From Grade 1 to Grade 5 – in a year

This time last year, my daughter was working towards her Grade 2 ballet exam. So, technically, she was still actually Grade 1. She aced her Grade 2 and went on to ace her Grade 3 later in the year – getting a well-deserved distinction in both exams. I was so proud of her, but I was left wondering, what now? Because at my daughter’s small ballet school, they do exams as a class. They don’t have big enough classes to...

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