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Sqeee I'm so excited; DD has an audition on Friday

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KatyMac Tue 06-Sep-11 20:14:15

Goodness how sad do I sound

& she might not get through

elphabadefiesgravity Tue 06-Sep-11 23:48:58

Is it for the CAT scheme.

She just needs to do her best and also demonstrate a good, willing to learn attitude. They are very good at assessing potentil so those who have not had lots of training need not be at a disadvantage if they can see potential.

A couple of people I know go to the Birmingham & Manchester ones.

KatyMac Wed 07-Sep-11 07:30:16

we did:
"What will we do if she doesn't get in"
"What will we do if she does"
"What will we do"

It's a fair distance away and we are all gibbery about it

elphabadefiesgravity Wed 07-Sep-11 10:17:54

Plenty of people audition some get in some don't . They do a lot of contemporary so that stylke isn;t for everyone. There are limited places so it is no reflection if she doesn;t get in.

The audition process is often in the form of a class and can be a good experience in itself. I know that at the Birmingham ones there were then recalls.

KatyMac Wed 07-Sep-11 12:17:46

I know it's just scary

KatyMac Wed 07-Sep-11 21:34:18

DD has decided that if she can't continue with her other dancing she won't do this

Blimey she is stubborn (I don't know where she gets it from hmm)

KatyMac Thu 08-Sep-11 19:06:19

DD is fine

I am a gibbering wreak blush

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 08-Sep-11 21:59:10

Its always worse for the parent!

KatyMac Fri 09-Sep-11 11:26:29

Aha we found a fabric from Ikea

We are having white/cream/parchment bedding with a panel of fabric on
Fabric curtains or cream curtains with fabric tie backs
Feature wall behind the bed
White/cream/parchment walls

I think maybe

KatyMac Fri 09-Sep-11 11:26:50

Oh damn - wrong thread blush

Dunlurking Fri 09-Sep-11 17:50:06

How did your dd's CAT audition go KatyMac? When will you hear?

Did she find some intensive ballet classes/private lessons over the summer?


KatyMac Fri 09-Sep-11 23:02:19

It was tonight, we just got home; she got a trial

She got 2 private lessons and the teacher says she would be fine in the grade 5 class if she knew the steps so she has to do grade 3 to start with to learn the basics plus a few privets to get up to speed.

Now we just need to decide if she wants it

Dunlurking Sat 10-Sep-11 08:30:45

Well done to your dd. that's brilliant.

The NAPMer who posted about it also posts on, doing dance section (under the other name she puts on her NAPM postings). She might be able to advise if you're not sure, or there may be some other posters on the ballet site who know the CAT scheme your dd would be doing. I know it is a huge commitment in terms of hours the young people put it (and I guess you have to get your dd to the CAT classes on top of her home ones - so a big commitment for you as well!

Good luck!

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 08:33:23

They want her to stop doing ballroom & latin comps and I'm not sure she is ready to do that

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 08:35:31

Yes I am PMing with her about it all

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 08:38:04

This is what she will be doing (I am concerned btw)

Mon 7:15-8:15 (termtime) & 7:15-8:45 (termtime) alternate weeks Ballet
Tues 5:00-6:00 then 6:30-8:30 (termtime) Arts Award / Ballet & Modern
Wed 5:00-6:00 then 6:00-7:15 (termtime) Glee/theatre
Thurs 7:30-8:30 Drumming
Fri 5:15-6:00 (fortnightly) then 8:00-11:00 The other week B&L
Sat 10:00-11:00 (all year) then 1:00-6:00 (termtime) B&L/Ballet & Modern
Sun All day about once every 2 months or so B&L comps

Plus an average of 5.5 hrs dance a week in school Modern

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 13:17:42

Slowly getting my head round it all

Dunlurking Sat 10-Sep-11 13:59:35

That is a lot, but remember that the idea of CATs schemes is to allow young people living at home to keep up with those who are at vocational training schools on dance places, where they might be getting 20 hours a week dance training. It means that they stand a chance of competing with the vocational school trained children for the places at 16 or 18 at dance schools sixth forms/dance colleges. And it does work. They can get to those schools/colleges.

My ds was a Royal Ballet School Junior Associate for a year and was doing 8 hours a week of dance aged 8, and dropped out! He just does 5 hours of dance a week now, but does 5 hours of music lessons, singing, Band, Orchestra etc, and another hour drama, plus an associate scheme at one of the performing arts schools, plus holiday workshops/English Youth Ballet etc. Other Junior Associate boys were doing up to 15 hours of dance a week - aged 8! I guess they're the ones at the Royal Ballet School now!

Good Luck for deciding!

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 14:16:19

I guess it's always surprising when other people say how good your child is at something; almost a shock

Dunlurking Sat 10-Sep-11 14:27:57

Would love to see your dd's Latin/Ballroom. I think if there were any classes in it for youngsters around here my ds would let them takeover his life! He is obsessed by Strictly. Roll on tonight!

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 14:31:31

Where are you? she is at a comp in Cambridge tomorrow (along with hundreds of others)

Dunlurking Sat 10-Sep-11 14:35:40

North West England - waiting the gales, so I don't think we'll be travelling anywhere tomorrow. Just hoping we can make it to dd and ds ballet classes on Monday and that we're not flooded in! Wouldn't mind being flooded in after that - Tuesday and Wednesday at work promise to be tough.....

Is she on youtube at all?

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 14:39:29

No at least we haven't put her on; but lots of her pals are

Blackpool on the 5th Nov??

Dunlurking Sat 10-Sep-11 14:44:25

Hmmm possible. Not sure yet though as both dd and ds doing ballet exams the following week so there might be extra classes. Maybe I could PM you nearer the time if we could manage the date?

KatyMac Sat 10-Sep-11 14:47:21

Of course

I'm not sure what the deal is with tickets; but I should know nearer to the time

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