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Do you remember when you were a kid writing letters to Santa, almost believing that you’d get a reply, hoping for that present (and maybe getting it!)… But then bit by bit realising Santa wasn’t real​… Disappointing of course but then you move on to ‘real life’, sort of. Well, it can be a bit…

Are you experiencing Technique Paralysis?

I was chatting to a student (I will call her Emma) from a highly regarded full time school recently.

One of the big issues that came up for her was the lack of confidence she felt in her ability to perform more advanced ballet steps, such as multiple turns in attitude or arabesque or the ability to get height and split in her Grand Jete.

Emma was 15, doing at least 6 hours per day, 6 days a week, and was hoping to become a professional dancer.

“My first thought was, who am I to teach?”

– Mary Kate McDevitt, Skillshare teacher with 50,000 students

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