Applications for our Junior Associate programme open in January each year and close in March. It was the first audition she'd had at RBS. Another thing I'm wary of is the fact that they are obviously looking for a certain type. Junior Associates Menu The Junior Associate course of study includes ballet, body conditioning, character and creative movement. Your child has to really want it. docs and dancing, By Junior Associates are young dancers aged 8 to 10 who train with The Royal Ballet School at their 8 centres around the country, alongside their regular ballet class. Fair enough. I'm just saying that its not the only thing that matters either. This is why I am so wary of it to be honest. I think a very small amount amount of Spanish too but no modern, tap or commercial styles. Sparkly so a friend of your daughter has spent 1 term at White Lodge, presumably the first time she has boarded anyway, and is not happy there, but this is not a reflection on ALL the other children who have been through the process. Pointe is included at final auditions however. I'm really not sure what to make of it. Hi, have raised this on a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specifically on this topic. It is up to you what you would like to wear. The standard is greatly varied and there were some girls who hadn't covered some of the steps like jetes. 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. Good luck to all. The application process was so much easier than the Royal Ballet – just a short form to be sent off by post and two photos. Thanks for all the great answers and explanations! I have never worn them before. Pupils continue to study with their regular dance teacher, in addition to their Associate classes each Saturday. Her friend applied for SA place only. She can't imagine not doing modern and jazz and everything else she does. (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. The odds are MASSIVELY stacked against her. The Royal Ballet often use their associate programme to talent spot the region’s best dancers and may invite them to audition to become a full-time pupils in the future. Dd was horrified when she said they only do ballet. The program is free, and it provides training from professionals in the field. The class goes very fast but exercises are really quite simple. They both had their preliminary audition on the same day. If they are not successful at the final audition or chose not to attend they will still be offered an SA place but it is possible to be invited to a final audition even if that is not what you originally applied for. Me and DSis pregnant. Audition Tips for The Royal Ballet School Hi Odette Thank you for your tips on help and advice for auditions. My 8 yr old dd's ballet teacher has suggested that she audition for the royal ballet school junior associates programme. The audition is a normal ballet class. I know there must be plenty of little girls out there who dream of this, but whilst looking at the RBS website I read about the Junior Associates. Going there definitely puts all your eggs in one basket! My daughter was an MA applying to be an SA. I am not saying they are taken into much consideration, but they are looked at. It is a good oppurtunity. DD successfully auditioned for SA 2 last year. Default (Default) Yes, DS was offered finals after only auditioning for MAs. Hi afab, mine is in Manchester on the 22nd January good luck to your daughter! Classical leotard is what they prefer and definitely satin shoes. The panel are looking for physique, good technique, flexibility but not super duper flexibilit, musicality and a love for dance. Preparation for auditions for full-time vocational training is also provided to ensure students are ready to take the next step to a professional dance career. so many people had said no you don't do pointe at preliminary auditions. It does make me realise how much of an alien world all this is to me though! Good luck with your decision. Have you had experience of anyone being asked to wear their pointe shoes as all the audition letters we have seen have clearly stated that there is no pointe included at preliminary auditions, even for 6th form. There were about 11 girls across both yr groups including many from abroad and a few boys. Both my daughter and her friend got a no for full time (they took 2 girls) but got SA places. x. My son began ballet lessons in September 2011 and in December 2011 was put forward by his teacher to audition for the Junior Associates (his audition is on 9th May) He has been dancing for a year but up until Sept was doing contemporary and then was selected by his teacher to move into ballet. They audition around 700 children for only a handful of places, but we’ve only ever seen it as an honour and … Thanks for telling us about your audition experience. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. Based in nine centres across the UK, the course is designed to augment an individual’s current training while introducing them to The Royal Ballet School’s System of Training, alongside other gifted children who aspire to a career in dance. That wasn't my intention. Our Mid Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 11-13 who wish to take class at The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes. She is a performer and does not want to go down the very singular route that RBS would involve. If your dad's dance teacher is former RBS she will know what she is talking about. Royal ballet school junior associates (147 Posts) Add message | Report. There is no pointe work either. They often roughly group by age and often line them up on the barre according to age. 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. Every child who applies is offered an audition. They go solely in the audition. However, some auditionees will also be auditioning for full time training at WL and the audition is the same one. This predictive text is getting on my nerves it's meant to read dd not dad. Her mother has said she wouldn't put another child through it. 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. You are still being assessed on potential,they are not looking for perfection. There is a final audition for SA?! Enjoy the experience and good luck. I heard the level would be about intermediate so I am hoping the exercises won't be too hard as some of the stuff in intermediate is not really hard but fast... Hi docs and dancing - I hope that I can set your mind at rest a little. Royal ballet school junior associates (147 Posts) Add message | Report. Hi Primrose. It is extremely disciplined. Try not to worry about the other auditionees, just go and treat it like a workshop. I had the SA audition in Birmingham this week, it was a quite simple audition but very tiring so make sure you have plenty of water! There are other associate programmes as well tho: Elmhurst run a good one near us, and the RAD run one too. The more I read, the more I think that this route would require a huge dedication that I'm just not sure we have. Hi, have raised this on a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specifically on this topic. Take advantage of the Royal Ballet School’s Primary Steps program. The sister of one of dds classmates goes there. Dd1s friend who she has grown up with and always danced with went in September. Your local Associate Centre is: Dartington Hall, Totnes Applications close on 17th March 2017. I would stick to what you are used to. 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. All the girls had pointe shoes with them. The audition is a normal ballet class. 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. For children between the ages of seven and eleven, the Royal Ballet offers a junior school program meant to get you started on your path to success. Audition times and days depend on numbers and ages of kids applying. A girl we know has just left after year 9 (her choice not assessed out). So the audition is the same whatever box you tick. I have moved your query to the Doing Dance section where members are more likely to be able to help you. I have done quite a few royal auditions and did the SA audition two years ago. The closing date was just four days away and the auditions three weeks later. 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