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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Tuesday, 26th June 2007

    Hi, I'm 14 and I do ballet, modern and tap, (been doing it for 9 years) but I'm only Grade 4 in all of them.

    I know very well that this is cus I only do it once a week. I wanna do it more but my dance school dont do that, and I wouldn't really have the time anyway.

    But I always get really annoyed when 11 year olds tell me there on Grade 7 and on pointe and things.

    Is anyone else in this situation and/or feel this way?

    Thanks, bye!
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    Posted by viv (U2085480) on Thursday, 5th July 2007

    hi
    it is tough but hey whats the rush - as long as you are enjoying it why do you need to speed ahead?
    PS I Love Depp too!
    viv

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    Posted by DANC3BAB3Y (U4914608) on Friday, 6th July 2007

    Hi,

    I Am In Similar Situation To You.

    It Does Get Very Annoying When Younger Kids Than You Get To Go On Pointe And More Festivals Etc But I Simply Tell Myself I Am Jealous And Focus On My Career And Not Theres.

    I Am The Same Age As You And Have Been Dancing For 11 Years. I Am Returning To Ballet In September Where I Will Go To Grade 4 Or 5.
    In Jazz, I Am Taking My grade 4 In November And I Used To Do Tap And Am Returning After A Break To Do Grade 3. I Also Start Contemporary In Spetmeber.

    In September, I Will Dance 4 Times A Week At My dance School Plus Rehearsals For The Musical At Our School . Also In September , A Busy Year Will Start : GCSE Year.

    What With Coursework, Rehearsals, Classes, Homework, Practise, School Etc I Will Be Busy Too. But I Have Successfully Managed A Schedule That Helps Me To Plan Everything Out Right Which I Follow So I Still Manage To Get Everything Done.

    A Bit Of An Essay I Know But To The Point , I Feel The Same Way As You But If I Focus, Perhaps People Will Feel That About Me!

    Good Luck

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    Posted by wannadance (U6981118) on Monday, 9th July 2007

    i know exactly how u feel!!!!! i'm 15 nd in grade 5 modern........ders lyk 10 year olds in my class nd dey do loads more festivals than me!!!

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    Posted by ballet (U8945064) on Tuesday, 10th July 2007

    Don't worry about being the oldest one in your class. I just started modern this year, I've done other kinds of dance before, and I was a 16 year old in a class of 11 year olds. I still had tons of fun and got to know some new people.

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Friday, 13th July 2007

    Hi ballet

    Just to say that I'm not the oldest in my class-actually I'm one of the younger ones. Everyone in my class is 14 or 15. The reason we aren't that good is because we only dance once a week-like I've said I'd love to do more but my dance school just doesnt seem to do that-it is a very small dance school and the teachers dont have the time or money to do more, or just dont want to. I have considered moving dance school many a time, but I do like my school-we may not move on that fast, but the teachers are basically perfectionists so everything we do do is done very well. And I have also been doing dance for about 9 years now. One of the big problems though is that my dance school only actually does one dance show every 2 years (apart from a few charity shows with other dance schools) but we do put a lot of effort into those so they're really good.

    Anyway, thanks for replying, even though you did kinda get the wrong end of the stick!
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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Friday, 13th July 2007

    Hi wannadance

    Glad to see someone kinda similar to my situation. It's still different to mine though-everyone in my group is the same age as me-I am not behind or anything, my dance school just moves slowly (mainly cus we only dance once a week). So it's not as if I started late and am in a younger group or anything. The oldest ones (about 17) at my school are only just over Grade 5. Wow, 10 year olds on Grade 5! The 10 year olds in my dance school are only about Grade 1!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Friday, 13th July 2007

    Hi viv

    Yeah, you're probs right. I should just enjoy it-I do dance all the time at home anyway, so it's not as if I'm missing out! Also, I do do a lot of other things so I probs wouldn't have the time to do more dance. It's just mostly annoying (and often on here) when 10 year old are going like I'm Grade 5 etc. and I'm just like Omg, and I get really jealous!

    Yup, I think lots of ppl like Johnny!
    Bye!
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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Friday, 13th July 2007

    Hi DANC3,BAB3Y

    Glad to see someon ein a similar sitaution to me!
    My dance school doesn't do festivals (in fact we only do one dance show every 2 years! but I get your point. Yeah, I mean, I don't actually want a career in dance anyway, so it won't really make much difference. I think the main difference between me and you is you have been away from dance-so have falled a bit behind, whereas my dance school just goes slowly (not that I need to-I pick everything up and do everything very well). Yeah, you'll progress quite quickly then, since you'll be doing it 4 times a week and I'll still be on 1!
    Yeah, my dance school is only a dance school so we don't do musicals or singing in it. Yeah, you will be quite busy, what with GCSEs!

    Don't worry about it being so long-it's good to hear someone's views in full!
    By the way-I'd suggest you stop with the capitals cus it can get quite hard to read!

    Bye!
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    Posted by DANC3BAB3Y (U4914608) on Monday, 23rd July 2007

    Hey

    Sorry about the capital thing!
    I stopped about a week ago lol as everyone said it was getting really annoying and then I was like omg I can't read my writing!

    I haven't been away from all my dance, I have danced all my life since the age of 3 but am just returning to ballet and starting contemp. I still do jazz, street and have done tap, irish, ballroom, disco in the last 5 years.

    We do a show every other year and we do charity events every year and we put on smaller shows at our dance school every other year too. We don't go in for many festivals, I think in my entire dancing lifetime, I have only done about 3 or 4, as my dance teacher thinks a lot of the schools are very competitive but we are entering for more now.

    Yeah, I know, GCSE's! I'm a bit worried but I know that millions of other girls over the world are going through the same thing as well trying to balance their social, academic and dance lives all at once!

    Anyway good luck to you

    =]

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    Posted by \\*DanceForever*// &lt;3 (U9084010) on Monday, 23rd July 2007

    hiya im 13 and i also do ballet tap and modern dancing. Im in grade 5 ballet an grade 6 tap and modern. I also do intermediate ballet which is where I do my point work. Do you do your major ballet exams or just grades? I would recomend joining a new dance school or asking your curent dance school if they would be willing to let you take some lessons for major ballet. For these exams you have to go down to the royal ballet, i have passed my first one and it was such a rush! If you really love dance then there is no need to ruch things, your dance teacher may not think you are ready to move up a grade or think you are strong enough for pointe work. Dont worry I thought I was behind when I started Pointe a few years ago things take time. Take critisism and work on it because that is the only way you can get better. Hope this has helped smiley - biggrin .x

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Wednesday, 1st August 2007

    Hi DANC3,BAB3Y

    Thanks for replying! Yeah, it does look better without the capitals!

    Oh right, I got the wrong end of the stick then. So you just went away from ballet. I get it now! wow, you do a lot of different types!

    cool, so you're dance school seems quite low key like mine too. yeah, some other dance schools enter loads of competitions (and so get widely recognised) while we never do, but the teachers like it that way, they like to keep it small.

    im going into yr 10 next year, so i will be doing gcses but obviously not the actualy exams! but most ppl that age find it fine-im sure youll cope!

    thanks! good luck too!
    bye!
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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Wednesday, 1st August 2007

    hi \\*DanceForever*// Ifaelia<*~@*!!

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    Posted by Hebe (U1291377) on Friday, 3rd August 2007

    If you're in the north you used to be able to do major exam rehersals at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. They stopped last season but I think they're due to start again.

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    Posted by toffee200304 (U5015091) on Friday, 3rd August 2007

    Hi,

    I'm in a similar possition but look at it from a slightly different light. Many of those 11 year-olds might not have feet that have ossified enough for pointe not to do damage that will show up when they're older. By waiting and going at a slower pace yes you may feel a bit bad when they're saying they're on grade seven and pointe but is their technique as good? Will they be causing damage that might not show up for years?

    Go at your own pace, if you practice lots at home you'll improve faster anyway and think of it this way Darcy Bussel was a late starter, bottom of her class at first and just look at the career she's had!

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    Posted by Hebe (U1291377) on Friday, 3rd August 2007

    I'm lead to belive by her biography that Barcy Bussell was still one of the bottom of the class when she graduated!

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    Posted by Hebe (U1291377) on Saturday, 4th August 2007

    Reposting the above because it makes no sense!

    I'm lead to believe by her biography that Darcy Bussell was still one of the bottom of the class when she graduated!

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    Posted by DANC3BAB3Y (U4914608) on Tuesday, 7th August 2007

    Hey Ifaelia = ]


    Good, yep writing is definitely better and a lot easier and quicker to type too!

    Lol, you sound a lot like me from your postings. This may seem random, though I am a v. random person.
    I don't do all those types now, but I did them fairly recent and can still remember a lot of the steps which can be v. beneficial to other styles that I do.
    ( I think that makes sense)

    By low key, do you mean as in not very well-known. Because if you mean that, then yes, our school is low key. It isn't a recreational dance school, we have had students from our school go on to be professional, so it is fairly good.

    Yeah, sure it will be good. Good luck to you tooo.

    =]

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Thursday, 9th August 2007

    Hi Hebe
    I've never heard of that place, but thanks anyway!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Thursday, 9th August 2007

    hi toffe200304

    thanks, you're the 1st person who's really given some practical advice! yeah, you're probably right-i know this girl who started pointe at 9-thats gonna really damage her feet! people can dance for years without stopping-well into their 40s, unlike other sports, so i could still do well. my only worry is that when im 18 i wont have reach a high standard-and you don't get many adult dance classes!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Thursday, 9th August 2007

    hi DANC3,BAB3Y

    lol, we may be similar-but one area where I fail is being random! i simply cant do it-i think it comes from being unable to be funny too! maybe i can learnt something from you!

    yeah, i think one ends up doing a bit of everything through most dance types-i have done a bit of disco, street and hip hop through modern.

    yeah, i mean not well known-but also purposefully-the teachers like to keep the "friendly, welcoming atmosphere" so they purposefully dont enter competitions or do loads of shows to keep the numbers limited.

    im not sure if any kids from my school have gone on to professional levels, but im sure a few have.

    good luck too! =]smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by DANC3BAB3Y (U4914608) on Sunday, 12th August 2007

    Heyy

    Ohhh -- lol randomness is my life! Thats just me, lol!

    Being random, you say things that are on your mind even if its not the topic of the conversation and if your thinknig something like I'm really thirsty when your talking about sankk
    Lol, you'll soon get the hang of it!!

    Hmm, I think my dance teacher doesn't do many comps because a lot of the girls and parents there came be pushy and proud or very competitive and my dance teacher doesn't believe in dance being that way, but after our last festival she said she was really proud so hopefully,,, fingers crossed.


    =]

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Saturday, 25th August 2007

    heya DANC3,BAB3Y

    yeah, i think i probably do have all this randomness inside me-im probably just not confident enough to let it out!

    its just never been suggested at my dance school-its just something thats never been done.

    see ya around!

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    Posted by beckyballerina (U10346105) on Sunday, 11th November 2007

    Hi,
    i did my grade 4 ballet when i was 10 and i only had 1 40 minute lesson a week (btw, i am only an average dancer, nothing majorly special), i am now studying intermediate foundation ballet (im 14 now), however i did my grade 5 ballet in between.
    Do you find grade 4 challenging or easy?
    Do you know if you are going to do inter foundation after grade 4 or are you carrying onto grade 5?
    what about going to 2 different dance schools on different nights? or private lessons??
    I am also on grade 4 tap! how do you like that grade?
    wb
    x

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    Posted by Xxx_ÐனÝ_xxx (U10282331) on Sunday, 11th November 2007

    Whats the rush, I did balletup to grade 5 then stopped because it was getting boringsmiley - erm
    My dance schoolwas the other way round and always wanted you to come more and more.
    But i didn't have time!smiley - grrThere wat too much homework by the time i got to year8!

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    Posted by Spotlight-babe (U10446946) on Tuesday, 20th November 2007

    ive been dancing for quite a few years but i recently started ballet. Ive had to start in the lowest grade in a class full of 6 year olds! Your lucky

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    Posted by Ranni_14 (U10456465) on Wednesday, 21st November 2007

    Hiya
    Im 14 and in grade 5 ballet, and will be doing my exam soon- i only do it once a week 2 but i think if i did my exams too early i wouldnt be as happy with my dancing.

    I don't do pointe yet coz my ankles arn't strong enough.

    I am also in grade 4 tap- there are people in my class who are about 12! it really bugs me but i know that sometimes people just happen to be better shaped for it, practise more at home etc


    x

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

    Hi beckyballerina

    You are a prime example of what I'm talking about! But I know you can't help being good! I find it, generally, quite easy, but that is just the steps, the technique is obviously harder to get. We do Grade 5 and then go onto seniors (I do NATD-I doubt you do?) No-one does my board. smiley - sadface
    I would try that but I do a lot of other things too you see-orchestras, horse-riding, music etc. I'm not sure I'd have the time or money. As for changing schools, I've thought about that but I would be way behind the other girls by now at another dance school wouldn't I?

    Lol that's a bit more comforting? When did you start?

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

    Lol you are right Darcy-I mean, theoretically I should just be doing it for the love of dance!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

    Wow that's mean. My school doesn't do that-they never put you in a class lower than say a year younger than you, even if you've never done dance b4. good luck!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

    Hi Ranni_14

    Yeah, and also if you rushed through it you would never really get any good. I've just started pointe and boy is it good, but my ankles are not really very strong-i mean strong enough for pointe on the bar but not off the bar which is annoying. how old are you?
    my class is year 10 and 11s, and 1 year 12 (who started late) im yr 10, so sometimes I feel lucky that I'm not one of the yr 11s, who must feel even worse than I do!

    Yeah, sometimes I feel that the teacher wouldn't even notice if I'd got good at home though cus she likes to keep the group 2gether, you know what I mean.

    bye!

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    Posted by Ranni_14 (U10456465) on Wednesday, 5th December 2007

    i have private lessons now! my dancing 'buds' quit so im on my tod. I love my ballet teacher shes gr8! shes 72! lol x

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Friday, 7th December 2007

    Ranni_14

    Good for you! You'll probs progress way faster now! 72 wow! mine's like only 30 summat!

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    Posted by freeksthecreeps (U10738257) on Saturday, 29th December 2007

    im 17 and in grade 5 modern (started at grade 4 when i was 14. so im sure you feel better)
    however, im supposed to be going straight to inter foundation in easter....

    im also in grade 5 ballet, with like 12 year olds. shudder.

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    Posted by U14063128 (U14063128) on Wednesday, 8th July 2009

    Hiya, I'm 16 and just finished my GCSEs. I'm in grade 7 and dance once a week. It probably seems frustrating but after just completeing my exams I'd say that one lesson a week is not a bad thing. I don't think I could have coped with more than one lesson a week to keep up with piles of homework, coursework and all of the revision you'll have to face. I love dancing but if you're not absolutely serious about it as a career I'd concentrate on your studies, not your hobbies, at least for now. There's plenty of time to catch up with your dancing. If you want to make the most of your schoolwork and be realistic I'd :
    a. enjoy the time you have until your exams start
    b. be incredibly proud that you're at the level you are at now anyway
    c. wait until all of the stresses of school are over before you pursue your dancing interests
    Thanks a lot and good luck,
    Amy xxx

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    Posted by Mistype (U11379103) on Friday, 7th August 2009

    I'm 14 and graze nothing.
    I'm going to join a dance class (modern). I used to do ballet and I have (even now) never heard of grades.

    I think that it doesn't matter what grade you are on. Take it easy, have fun and give it your best. If you have confidence and love what you do then I'm sure (100%) that you will get to the grade you want in no time.
    Don't let levels and grades become everything because it turns it into just that and takes away the fun.
    Just enjoy being the Dancing queen you are and ignore the grade system!

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    Posted by Ifaelia (U7906131) on Sunday, 16th August 2009

    Hi U14063128

    Wow, this thread is over two years old! I'm not 14 anymore, I'm 16-I've just finished my gcses like you! I'm on Grade 5 now but we did do a sort of grade inbetween called junior gold, and a dance show. I'm not that worried about it anymore though - I'm just enjoying dancing. I'm trying to persuade my little sister to start - she's never danced though, so she's a bit nervous about the idea!

    Yep, I agree, I couldn't have coped with more than once a week when I was doing my gcses.

    Thanks!
    Izzy

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    Posted by SomeLoon (U14108020) on Wednesday, 19th August 2009

    I'm exactly the same! Because my dance show do a show every other year and an exam every other yr (If that makes sense. . .) Going on point at a young age is bad for your feet anyway and it will mean your a better dancer because you've had more practice. But if you really want to move up still the only solution is to move dance schools.

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    Posted by U14401758 (U14401758) on Sunday, 28th March 2010

    Hey

    I'm nearly 15 and on Grade 5 Ballet, Tap and Modern. I didn't bother with GCSE dance because never done contemporary before.. To be honest it doesn't matter if your progressing slower than some grade 7 10 year olds (or whatever it is) because it doesn't mean there any better than you when your adults? I mean Darcy Bussle is absoulutly amazing and she started late..

    Byee

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    Hi to everyone on BBC Blast! This is Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke!

    We love your comments and videos, and if you really want to dance, don't let anything stop you.

    How I, Ann, wish I had discovered this recreation when I was 13 instead of 63!

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    Posted by Georgia (U14708694) on Thursday, 2nd December 2010

    Don't rush anything, stop skip grades you don't think you'll be able to ace, but maybe look at other dancing schools, which ones do your friends go to? You won't be as advanced at them in the beginning but i'm sure you'll catch up with them quickly.
    Good luck and enjoy your dancing smiley - smiley

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