The lie is...
You have got to think while performing in dance!
If you’re dancing seriously, you definitely need to know how to sew. First of all, you may need to alter your leotards or costumes. I have had to do sewing on four costumes and at least three leotards. I have also had to darn legwarmers and fix a wrap skirt. Since dance is expensive in itself, dancers try to be as thrifty as possible and knowing how to sew is part of that. Second of all, sewing is totally required for pointe. You have to sew the ribbons and elastics on your pointe shoes, because their placement on the shoe and length varies per person.
Pointe work is actually mostly mental While you do need strength and stamina, you probably already have the basis of what you need from your preliminary training. The mental part comes in where you have to learn how to move and handle your feet in a totally different dimension, and ignore the feeling that you have bricks on your feet! Also, some people struggle with fear, since if you have an accident, you may break your foot. However, that is rare with good training, so it doesn’t concern me (also gymnastics helped with that).
And finally, while you should totally be thinking in class, all that classwork leads up to a performance where you don’t have to think anymore. That’s the best part! You can focus solely on the audience and your expression. The less you have to think, the better.
This has been dance education with Hanna.