And failure to get into RBS can seem like the end of the world to a vulnerable young dancer, it can be a knock that is hard to take. The audition is a normal ballet class. She's 8 and way, way too young to set off on a blinkered path. Applications and auditions (including Insight Days) Public events School news Ways to support the work of the School *The Royal Ballet School operates in accordance with the Data Protection Act. The content varies slightly according to the centre you take it at and what the panel asks to see on the day. They are looking for the right body shape and potential rather than current talent. Or the Birmingham Royal ballet (Elmhurst). Many very talented dancers wouldn't be looked at twice at RBS, but can have very successful careers with other companies. I think a very small amount amount of Spanish too but no modern, tap or commercial styles. I was very shocked and didn't fully understand how huge it was (rather stupid looking back) I didn't make a big deal of it but I did discuss it with him and he said he wanted to audition and it went from there. You then do a port de bras, adage, 1 or 2 pirouette exercises and some allegro. RBS don't do any exams as far as I'm aware. Going there definitely puts all your eggs in one basket! It does make me realise how much of an alien world all this is to me though! My 8 yr old dd's ballet teacher has suggested that she audition for the royal ballet school junior associates programme. If your dad's dance teacher is former RBS she will know what she is talking about. I meant dd's dance teacher not dads. Thanks for all the answers! I would just try and make sure that I'd your dd does go down that route that she is aware they assess out regularly. There are other ballet companies that are very good, but RBS want a particular type and look of dancer, if you don't fit this it does not mean that you cannot be successful as a ballet dancer elsewhere. This is why I am so wary of it to be honest. so many people had said no you don't do pointe at preliminary auditions. Junior Associates Menu The Junior Associate course of study includes ballet, body conditioning, character and creative movement. They told us on the audition insight day that there is no pointework at the preliminary audition, only at finals. Why you think only young girls and not boys would be bothered by the yearly assessments is a very odd comment. Enjoy the experience and good luck. Going back to the OP- I would advise perhaps doing the JA for a day thing then seeing what her dd thinks. Has anybody got any experience of this? Thanks! It was the first audition she'd had at RBS. Welcome to the Forum, Balletlife. Whatever, all that seems a long way from where my head is at. My 8 yr old dd's ballet teacher has suggested that she audition for the royal ballet school junior associates programme. The Royal Ballet School runs weekly classes for children at a small number of venues across the UK. Do you know if this happens also at the SA only audition, the one that is not on the same day as the WL audition? I'm really not sure what to make of it. I believe they do a Q and A and it would give you some indication of whether or not your dd would enjoy it. Our Junior Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 8 to 10 who wish to take class with The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes. just wondered if you had had your SA audition yet and how you got on ??? Hi, have raised this on a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specifically on this topic. When you first go in you stand in front of one of the judges and do things such as plies and tendus and standing side on. I am talking at 16, not 11 pictures. Hope this makes sense. But it is not something to be entered into lightly and will certainly not be an easy ride. Take advantage of the Royal Ballet School’s Primary Steps program. Thanks everyone for all the help and support! What grade is your dd in? I'm really not sure what to make of it. Learn More The Academy of Balletic Arts (ABA) provides talented dancers aged 11-16 with a vocational alternative to Lower School. The sister of one of dds classmates goes there. Yes, DS was offered finals after only auditioning for MAs. The panel are looking for physique, good technique, flexibility but not super duper flexibilit, musicality and a love for dance. Letters also state no make up although some girls wear a minimal amount. After the barre you are sent into the centre and have to go down in right leg split, hold, turn into box, hold and then turn into left leg split. I still don't believe them to be meaningless though. Having watched many of our senior dancers audition they all take with them to auditions portfolios with latest exam grades and head shots/ full length pictures. And I think we paid £25 for the four classes. Presumably they to have the right body AND the talent. However, some auditionees will also be auditioning for full time training at WL and the audition is the same one. Hard work and dedication have paid off for 22 aspiring young dancers participating in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track scheme, with two being offered coveted places on The Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associates programme and 14 on the Elmhurst Ballet … They all learn several audition pieces too. Thanks for all the great answers and explanations! I think my situation was similar with my son except that he had only been doing ballet for a matter of months when he came home from his regular dance teacher with a letter to audition for RBS. I was talking about pointe work in RBS auditions only since this is what was specified in the thread title. It's easy! Theatre Streams & Videos The Royal Opera House is offering a programme of free online broadcasts via Facebook and YouTube of ballet and opera. Talent alone is clearly not enough.I'd probably tell your DD what the opportunity is, but without making a big deal out of it. Try to impress with your musicality and perfomability along with your technical prowess GOOD LUCK!! I would suggest a leotard that you feel comfortable in, they do prefer you to wear a waist elastic, tights and whatever shoes you prefer. She would not have enjoyed JAs, I am fairly certain of that. Looking back over this thread I can see that I have sounded negative about RBS. thoughtsplease I am not anti RBS, I reiterate I believe ds1 could be 'right' for RBS and will encourage him to explore his own potential, with the possibility of RBS. Sparkly mommy sorry but I disagree vocational schools do not take grades passed into account when selecting dancers for upper school. Of course many will have felt like this, but the majority not. Vocational school students don't even take graded exams though some have their students take the vocational grades mostly because you need them if you want to train as a teacher later on. Her daughter is very committed, very much for her ballet and her mother says that no matter how hard they work it is never enough. Minimal make up. Also what should I wear and what about makeup? The audition is a normal ballet class. Ds will audition for JAs, but has already told us that he plans to audition for Elmhurst at 11. Me and DSis pregnant. I'm wondering if I should take that as her answer to whether she'd like to go to the audition or whether I should tell her so she can make her own mind up. Hi Maisymoo. Remembering competition is especially tough for girls as there are so many applying. Mid, Senior and Advanced Associate candidates were this year invited to submit a preliminary video audition in late 2020 or early 2021. Hi, have raised this on a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specifically on this topic. Invoices for Associates classes are issued in August and December, with any uniform grants being applied to the first invoice. The panel are looking for physique, good technique, flexibility but not super duper flexibilit, musicality and a love for dance. It is this second audition where they look at the girls on pointe. You don't HAVE to be a JA to audition for the school. There were about 11 girls across both yr groups including many from abroad and a few boys. Junior Associate (8-10 years) audition dates 2021 It's also worth searching in this section as there have been many discussions about Associate Programmes. Associates Programme. Hair needs to be in a neat classical bun. Your local Associate Centre is: Dartington Hall, Totnes Applications close on 17th March 2017. Whilst loving her ballet she also enjoys all the other genres of dance not offered by RBS. Audition Tips for The Royal Ballet School Hi Odette Thank you for your tips on help and advice for auditions. And even if your assessed out by them, there are other schools and other companies. Dd often says that she loves her lessons but openly admits that she doesn't think she wants to be a ballerina and would prefer to just dance for fun. Shocked is an understatement! I can totally see how you would end up getting swept along with it all until it becomes the be all and end all. A friends dd did a taster day at BRB with a view to joining some new scheme - she hated it & announced she just wanted to dance a few times a week at her local school for fun. Experience of successful SA's is very varied so it is all about potential. Payments can be made via bank transfer, standing order, cheque or using a credit or debit card. I have never worn them before. Of course it is not all that matters, and of course they are ruthless they want the best ballet dancers that suit them. one more question though, what would you suggest wearing for the audition? I think the Royal Academy of Dance is a much healthier environment for ballet dancers. (they allowed us to bring water into the audition) It consisted of the 'judges' looking at you from different angles (front, side, back, first position and plié), a barre with plies, tendu, ron de jambe, and developpe and then there were simple stretches (chest to knees, right split into box split into left split), there was then a port de bras, adage, allegro some very simple pirouettes and lots of jumping including split leaps. Dds friend does enjoy the school, and whilst she has suffered from the odd spate of homesickness, she will make it work as she truly wants it. I am glad that dds school still do vocational grades (I believe RBS has stopped doing them) as it makes applying for a DDI or RAD teaching diploma easier & is another string to the bow. Hi, have raised this on a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specifically on this topic. Enjoy the experience and good luck. Her mother has said she wouldn't put another child through it. As I think I've mentioned in the past, RBS run a workshop called JA for a day which it would be worth taking your dd to. Everyone else will be nervous too, don't forget that xx. It is a good oppurtunity. She writes to dd regularly and has had a few times when she's wanted to quit. It is extremely disciplined. Royal ballet school junior associates (147 Posts) Add message | Report. The more I read, the more I think that this route would require a huge dedication that I'm just not sure we have. By Thanks. Try not to worry about the other auditionees, just go and treat it like a workshop. I'm just saying that its not the only thing that matters either. She probably would have got into JAs but didn't start dancing until she was 12. When ds auditioned they saw just under 1000 children and there were just under a hundred spaces available I believe ( figures quoted by RBS) so not great odds! Audition – Freelance Artist Call Out If you are a dancer and are interested in joining Scottish Ballet, then keep an eye out for any forthcoming details of auditions, which will be posted here. Default (Default) This can occasionally include children who were auditioning solely for SA's but who they see potential in for full time training. Our dance school head would never have got into JAs, let alone RBS, but was head girl at RAD. Royal ballet school junior associates (147 Posts) Add message | Report. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions and we will try to answer. I would stick to what you are used to. That said. I hope you enjoy the audition as it is a really good experience, Good Luck! x. Has anyone else had any experience of just ticking the SA box but then being offered a final audition for White Lodge because I really wish I had ticked both boxes now! Obviously if your DD is 'horrified' by only doing ballet then it wouldn't be the place for her, but really I think you should stop being so anti-RBS when it seems you have no first hand experience. I'm guessing they all have their merits and if you're serious about a career in dance and have the talent then you will find the right path. Prime Minister to make an announcement tonight at 5 p.m. To tell them to find their own way to the airport in a foreign country, To think we’ll constantly be compared now (SIL), Read what Mumsnetters thought of Cicaplast B5 repairing balm, Share your tips for keeping your children’s skin comfortable through the winter months, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Also do you have to wear soft blocks? Dd never auditioned & would never have got into JAs. Junior Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 8 to 10 who want to experience Royal Ballet School training alongside their regular ballet classes. Good luck with your decision. And do I need pointe shoes? Only 5 surprises me. Fair enough. The application process was so much easier than the Royal Ballet – just a short form to be sent off by post and two photos. The teachers are always lovely and everyone is encouraging and wants you to do your best. Say good luck to your daughter from me afab and good luck to anyone else auditioning for SAs. What is it like doing a childrens ballet audition in London? She's very academic. Dd was horrified when she said they only do ballet. She is a performer and does not want to go down the very singular route that RBS would involve. The most important thing is to relax and show that you love to dance. RBS used to do RAD vocational grades but recently stopped. I am kind of feeling a bit better about it now I know some of the details. Established in 1998, the Associate programme enhances the training of the many excellent dance schools in the north, giving students the opportunity to work in our vast studios with wonderful pianists, and to share a building with the Company's professional dancers. The program is free, and it provides training from professionals in the field. From across the world, not just the Uk. Don't go in stage make up but just whatever you would normally wear for everyday. It just feels a bit like a factory and I wonder if they are only picked if they are the right look and shape rather than showing real talent? It is a big commitment, but I would definitely not rule it out without speaking to your dd about it. She has never once complained to dd, but her mother has spoken about how hard it can be. This is page 2 of 6 (This thread has 147 messages.). For many children it is great, and even if they don't make it is have provided something very valuable to them. 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