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We present a system for robust robot skill acquisition from kinesthetic demonstrations. This system allows a robot to learn a simple goal-directed gesture and correctly reproduce it despite changes in the initial conditions and perturbations in the environment. It combines a dynamical system control approach with tools of statistical learning theory and provides a solution to the inverse kinematics problem when dealing with a redundant manipulator. The system is validated on two experiments involving a humanoid robot: putting an object into a box and reaching for and grasping an object.