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You can't filter real life: can you be too obsessed with elite dancers on social media?

  • Author(s): Saalsaa, Chloe
  • et al.

The internet provides young dancers with a lot of role models and much useful information about the dance world. Celebrated dancers can influence and encourage others in the field, letting fans see that they are "real" people who struggle and work hard. At the same time, some aspiring dancers may be intimidated by the level of achievement they see in seasoned professionals. They may become discouraged, or, worse, try to perform technical feats beyond their skill level. How can you avoid feeling you'll never get anywhere in dance unless you are one of the privileged few who gather thousands of followers on social media?

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