How todo an Arabesque
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Brush one leg to the back until just the toe is touching. In ballet this is called “tendu”
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Now practice lifting the leg off the floor as it brushes to the back. This is called “degage”
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Lift the leg with control a little higher. Try to keep the hips facing forward.
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Cross and lift the leg behind to create a 90 degree angle with the legs
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When looking at an arabesque straight on the leg should disappear from sight
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Side view for arm variations
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Arm variations: front view
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AVOID: leaning forward as the leg rises
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AVOID: letting the leg drift open to the side
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AVOID: sinking into the standing hip. Hard to see but if falling try lifting taller through the leg.
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Add arabesques to your turns, jumps, and other dance moves!
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