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by woody
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: Renowned dance school/companies
Replies: 8
Views: 8925

Re: Renowned dance school/companies

A small word of caution... A 45 minute drive each way doesn't seem a lot, but it will soon become a real bugbear when your dc is dancing several evenings a week. It also makes it difficult to fit in homework or a proper evening meal and it will also be very draining - for you as well as the dancer. ...
by woody
Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: Foot Flexers
Replies: 8
Views: 6354

Re: Foot Flexers

If your dd would really like to improve her arch then the best thing would be a theraband, and do exercises with that. The other thing that is recommended is strengthening exercises - tendus, and lots of them! Make sure she 'pushes away from the floor' and make sure she isn't clenching her toes as w...
by woody
Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: Foot Flexers
Replies: 8
Views: 6354

Re: Foot Flexers

Those hyper-flexible 'banana' feet that everyone seems to want are actually not a strong foot construction. They are a result of natural bone structure in the ankle joint and the shape of the bones in the feet. There isn't a whole lot you can do to change that other than to stretch the ligaments tha...
by woody
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: Foot Flexers
Replies: 8
Views: 6354

Re: Foot Flexers

Why does your dd want one?

It might be worth checking with her dance teacher - she's a bit too young to be using anything like this unsupervised and it could do more harm than good.

Maybe think about getting a balance board or a turnboard instead.
by woody
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Emil Dale academy and Bodem performing arts college
Replies: 6
Views: 6180

Re: Emil Dale academy and Bodem performing arts college

It would be pretty unusual for a performing arts college to not do ballet at all, have you checked with them?
by woody
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Can You Help?
Topic: Is a DaDA only for dance? Any info re Tring scholarships?
Replies: 10
Views: 6179

Re: Is a DaDA only for dance? Any info re Tring scholarships?

Perhaps the best thing to do would be to contact the school direct and ask?
by woody
Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: confusion between different boards
Replies: 36
Views: 29656

Re: confusion between different boards

As far as I am aware, Adv 2 (certainly for RAD ballet at least) is a Level 4 qualification, so you don't get UCAS points for it, it is too high a level.
by woody
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Reality TV shows
Topic: Stage School
Replies: 37
Views: 68181

Re: Stage School

Having read all your comments, I thought I'd better watch an episode.

Oh dear. I see what you mean.
by woody
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Dance section
Topic: confusion between different boards
Replies: 36
Views: 29656

Re: confusion between different boards

ISTD isn't harder than RAD, it is just slightly different and they have different grade boundaries. RAD goes up to Grade 8, and ISTD goes up to Grade 6, so the grades aren't an exact equivalent. The work covered in each grade differs a bit as well, and ISTD contains more unset 'free' work. Also, RAD...
by woody
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Can You Help?
Topic: *Newbie - First Time Post*
Replies: 6
Views: 5076

Re: *Newbie - First Time Post*

Hi there, no experience in the drama/MT side of things, but the main thing at her age is that she is enjoying what she is doing and having fun (and there is still other time left for family life and just 'being a kid')! When it comes to ballet, she's better sticking to either one syllabus or another...
by woody
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Can You Help?
Topic: Difficult situation - what do I do?!
Replies: 7
Views: 4841

Re: Difficult situation - what do I do?!

I think there are two completely different issues here. No 1 - your mum needs to get a better solicitor. She can't be forced into accepting a 50/50 split and she could well be entitled to much more than that. No 2 - you need to find out if you qualify for full student loan/maintenance loan if you do...
by woody
Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Italia Conti
Replies: 2
Views: 3150

Re: Italia Conti

How does your dd feel about the place herself? She will have had the chance to get an impression of what it is like there, and whether she feels like it is the right 'fit' for her. To be honest, her gut instinct would be the thing to take account of - when my dd auditioned in last year's rounds ther...
by woody
Tue May 24, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is dancing once a week good enough?
Replies: 16
Views: 10241

Re: Is dancing once a week good enough?

Perhaps you could ask your DD's dance teacher for advice, and to see whether there are any other suitable classes she might be able to join during the week?
by woody
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Training
Topic: summer schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9212

Re: summer schools

I think they have one-day workshops which might go up to 18, not sure of the dates though.
by woody
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: summer schools
Replies: 17
Views: 9212

Re: summer schools

Tring Park School has one, 7-12 Aug for ages 10-16. No experience of their MT courses, but the dance ones are very good.