Dds school have a lot of very committed dancers, and many go on to vocational schools. We had a girl go to Hammond last September at 11, this year we have one girl going to White Lodge (the royal ballet). We have several at Elmhirst in Birmingham too. Many of our seniors go away to vocational colleges and we get very excited when they come back for a visit! We have one girl who was Cinderella at Disneyland Paris, a boy in Starlight express and many many others.
As for classes, dd dances with a core group who range in age from 9-13 and seem to progress at a quite quick pace. Dd is currently grade 5 ballet/ Interfoundation ballet (she has 7 ballet classes a week. She is grade 4 modern and grade 3 tap. She started dancing at 2 and performs every year (15 months ) in the dance school show, every couple of months in festivals and also does panto, a local variety show and any other performance oppurtunity she can get. She is going into y6 in September. She also has an audition on Tuesday for Veruca in Charlie and the chocolate factory in London.
I think the non exam students still do get the attention during the saturday class, which is the biggest. During the weekly class there are fewer in the actual exam class, but not few enough during the lower grades. The senior and prefect classes are a lot smaller, some only have 8. The intermediates have around 15 or less in each class.
Sparkly Best wishes and Good Luck to your dd for tuesday, its a lovely part. My dd keeps wishing something like Annie might reappear. She wanted to audition for the last round of Matilda but when we received the info she was half an inch too tall to even audition . Singing is the stronger of the two.
Dd auditioned for Matilda about two years ago. She enjoyed the experience but wasn't what they were looking for at the time. That was her first big audition and things have been quiet since. We shall see...