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DANZMAD

20-02-02, 09:22 PM (GMT)
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"London Visit"
 
   I'm visiting London at the end of March and wonder if anyone could tell me which dance shops are worthwhile visiting.I am a ballet student and dream of auditioning for ballet school in a few years time. I am almost 14 and wonder if anyone can give me suggestions for my visit not only for the dancewear, pointe shoe shops etc.... but any ' ballet related ' places of interest. Thank you everyone !


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: London Visit Bruceadmin 20-02-02 1
  RE: London Visit alison 21-02-02 2
     RE: London Visit Mike 21-02-02 3
         RE: London Visit Jim 21-02-02 4
         RE: London Visit alison 26-02-02 11
             RE: London Visit Mike 26-02-02 12
  RE: London Visit tortie14 22-02-02 5
  RE: London Visit AEHandley 22-02-02 6
     RE: London Visit tortie14 23-02-02 7
         RE: London Visit DANZMAD 23-02-02 8
         RE: London Visit Mike 24-02-02 9
             RE: London Visit Tomoko.A 24-02-02 10

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Bruceadmin

20-02-02, 09:53 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: London Visit"
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   The January 2001 issue of our magazine had a piece in about dance shops. Here are the details

Shop till you Drop
.....for Dance Clothes
by Margaret Lumley
"If you are based outside London, it can be quite a treat to go to all the dance shops during a business or shopping trip to theatreland...."
http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_01/jan01/dance_shops.htm

(btw I used the search on the Home page to find this link)


A shame you missed Dance Books which used to be a great place to wander around and spend in! They are now based out of London but visit them on the internet:
http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/


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alison

21-02-02, 01:05 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: London Visit"
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   For magazines and videos, you could also try Borders in Charing Cross Road, the Coliseum shop in St. Martin's Lane and the Royal Opera House shop (although the videos, and presumably DVDs as well, are rather expensive). Also Books Etc. in the South Bank Centre, although I've found that their dance books tend to be of the more intense sort, rather than general. HMV and Virgin in Oxford STreet also have quite a reasonable stock of dance videos, as I believe does Tower Records at Piccadilly Circus.


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Mike

21-02-02, 01:59 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: London Visit"
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   I find Tower very good for DVDs and CDs - they quite often have sales / special offers on. Currently, quite a number of ballet DVDs (and probably videos too) are at 25% off, and CDs also at reduced prices

The ROH shop and the MDC CD shop next door to the Coliseum both have CDs at reduced prices at present, especially for boxed sets (although these seem to be mainly opera)

Mike


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Jim

21-02-02, 04:16 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: London Visit"
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   Hey, and don't forget you can see a waxwork of Darcey Bussell in Madame Tussaud's!! (I suppose she is still there )


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alison

26-02-02, 01:25 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: London Visit"
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   That's worth knowing, Mike. Thanks. Tower is a bit out of my way, but if things are discounted it might be worth a visit.


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Mike

26-02-02, 02:24 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: London Visit"
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   Alison -

I may pop into Tower this evening on my way to La Bayadere, if I get time (trains, weather and all). If so, I'll see if the sale is still on, and post tomorrow to let you know

Mike


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tortie14

22-02-02, 10:07 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: London Visit"
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   You might enjoy visiting the Theatre Museum, Russell Street in Covent Garden. It is not big but very enjoyable if you are in the area. They have some ballet things as well as theatre.


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AEHandley

22-02-02, 11:19 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: London Visit"
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   Personal view - I don't like Freed's shoes or their attitude, I'm a Gamba girl. Porselli's is a good shop, loads of stuff and good prices, and for the most desirable soft shoes and also comfiest all in one rehearsal unitard things Sansha is great. I think the ROH does backstage tours, check their website (see LINKS on this site).


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tortie14

23-02-02, 00:58 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: London Visit"
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   ROH tours are bookable but they also keep some day tickets I think for the first tour of the day. I havent been on a tour of the new house but a friend did and recommends.


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DANZMAD

23-02-02, 07:45 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: London Visit"
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   Thanx for all your help everyone ! I'm sure I'm going to have a wonderful time !!!!!!


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Mike

24-02-02, 11:30 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: London Visit"
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   I have been trying to book an ROH tour off and on for some time now. Always it seems that the ones which fit in with my trips to London are either fully booked, or have only a single place left

They did say that 8 tickets for the first tour of the day (10.30) are kept back for sale at the box office to personal callers. The box office opens at 10.00, and I'm not sure what the queues would be like at that time - I suppose that it depends on the performance that evening, and what the demand for day tickets is. The best advice would probably be to book in advance by telephone if possible (be prepared to be put on hold for 15 minutes or so). Otherwise, arrive at the box office before 10.00 and queue. These backstage tours sound well worthwhile, really must get around to one myself!


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Tomoko.A

24-02-02, 01:20 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: London Visit"
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   I enjoyed the backstage tour last November when I stayed over in London after the first night of Onegin. I booked it in advance and joined the first tour (10:30 am). I was really lucky as there were only 4 of us ( The tour guide said there are normally 20 people or so.) and it was a very friendly atmosphere. We could watch the dancers in class (but through the windows), which was the highlight of the tour for me.


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