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London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:38 pm
by Kasmum
Does anyone have any experience of the London ballet school and London boys ballet school? Thinking of enrolling my two but would love some more information from people who's kids attend? TIA :)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:33 am
by islandofsodor
re London Ballet School - do you mean London Russian or West London School of Dance (the one run by Anna du Boisson). Several friends tell me the latter is excellent.

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:09 pm
by Kasmum
No they are just called London ballet school and London boys ballet school (two schools within same company)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:27 pm
by Kasmum
No they are just called London ballet school and London boys ballet school (two schools within same company)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:28 pm
by JayLou62
Try asking on www.balletcoforum.com/doingdance
I'm sure someone will be able to help.

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:04 am
by FredaBloggs
DS was at London Boys Ballet School for a while, though he is no longer there now. The boys' dance school (LBBS) has been going for about 5 years, has a lot of students in the lower RAD grades but fewer above grade 3/4. London Ballet School, the girls' dance school that runs alongside it, is newer; it has only been running a year or so and the highest class on the current timetable is grade 3 RAD. Both schools run graded RAD classes, non-syllabus ballet classes, jazz, tap, street dance and musical theatre. I have no direct experience of the girls' school but can comment on LBBS.

It depends what you are looking for in a dance school. If you want a recreational dance school for a boy who prefers to dance in boy-only classes, it's OK, though classes were quite large and discipline wasn't great. The teachers were good but turnover was high. The main focus was on ballet, and the boys who were good at ballet.

If you want serious dance training for a triple-threat MT performer or for classical ballet, then I wouldn't recommend it. The class sizes and poor discipline meant that progress was slow, and new pupils could join at any time (not just the start of a term) so that classes were constantly going over the same work again and again for the benefit of newcomers. DS left in the end and made much better progress elsewhere (he spent 2.5 years languishing in Grade 2 RAD at LBBS and less than a year later was dancing at Grade 4 level at another school).

It's worth being aware that the current website for the girls' school (LBS) presents a somewhat misleading image of the school. There are lots of pictures of dance shows and of older teenage/young adult dancers that give the impression of a large school with lots of pupils in the higher/vocational grades. In fact the pictures are not of LBS pupils, but from another dance school run by the same management, the Swansea Ballet School (this is not acknowledged on the LBS site, but the same pictures appear on both websites and to the best of my knowledge LBS doesn't have that many older pupils and has never run a show).

Feel free to pm me for further information if that would be helpful. I"ve been as frank as I'm prepared to be on the open forum :)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:01 pm
by Kasmum
Thank you very much. Some really helpful information. Appreciate it. :)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:10 am
by lalaland
I asked the exact same question on the ballet coforum
and received zero public replies! Which is unusual for that site. I think it indicates that not many people use the school.
I also received a very helpful private message quite similar to the previous post which has made me reconsider. I am going to look at different options closer to home.

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:26 am
by FredaBloggs
lalaland, the similarity between the posts is not a coincidence... :-$ :)

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:28 am
by islandofsodor
There are very strict rules in place on balletco about posting opinions about schools. You are not allowed to make critical posts unless you are prepared to put your full real name and indeed you are not allowed to make critical comments at all about schools unless you have first hand experience. So for example I would not be allowed to say that my daughter's friend had bad experience at x school (even if her friend's mum told me directly herself). Conversly I would be allowed to put that my daughter's friend was very happy at y school!

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:04 am
by FredaBloggs
islandofsodor, I'm aware of the balletcoforum posting rules. The comment posted on the public forum was a general one about a less than positive experience (and passed muster with the moderators). The details, a mix of good and bad, were conveyed via pm, and they were based on first-hand experiences.

Re: London ballet school/London boys ballet school

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:35 am
by islandofsodor
I was just pointing out that it may have been a contributing factor in why the OP received a lack of replies. I know that I and others I know have had to refrain from telling the truth about certain other schools in the past because we were not prepared to divulge real names on the forum. It can make for a very one sided viewpoint.