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Unqualified ballet teachers can 'damage' children

Unqualified ballet teachers can cause children "untold physical damage" the Royal Academy of Dance has warned. "(they) lack important training in anatomy and physiology," said RAD chief executive, Luke Rittner. Encouraging children too early into moves, like going up "en pointe", when the whole body is balanced on the toes, can ruin careers, said Mr Rittner. The RAD added that too many parents put their children in dance classes without checking the teacher's qualifications.

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