"C'est" vs "il/elle est" Error or confusion

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"C'est" vs "il/elle est" Error or confusion

The fill-in-the-blanks exercise https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/tests/overview/2122084 has a questionable answer for the sentence, “____ est une très bonne danseuse.” 

The lesson states: A) If it/he/she is is followed by un/une/le/la... (any form of article / determinant) - it is a beautiful dress / she is a nice person - then you will use c'est.

Now not being a native french speaker, and still very much a student, it still feels wrong to use “c’est” here, as so the lesson also states: B) il est/elle est for statements and opinions related to specific things

As we’re talking about a specific, pre-mentioned person, “Valentine,” the obvious answer is “Elle est une très bonne danseuse.” However, the “C’est une très bonne danseuse” is listed as correct. 
Is this an error? Or what am I getting wrong here?"
Asked 3 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Drew,

You can only say -

C’est une très bonne danseuse

Or 

Valentine est une très bonne danseuse

You will not have -

Elle est une... 

Hope this helps!

"C'est" vs "il/elle est" Error or confusion

The fill-in-the-blanks exercise https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/tests/overview/2122084 has a questionable answer for the sentence, “____ est une très bonne danseuse.” 

The lesson states: A) If it/he/she is is followed by un/une/le/la... (any form of article / determinant) - it is a beautiful dress / she is a nice person - then you will use c'est.

Now not being a native french speaker, and still very much a student, it still feels wrong to use “c’est” here, as so the lesson also states: B) il est/elle est for statements and opinions related to specific things

As we’re talking about a specific, pre-mentioned person, “Valentine,” the obvious answer is “Elle est une très bonne danseuse.” However, the “C’est une très bonne danseuse” is listed as correct. 
Is this an error? Or what am I getting wrong here?"

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