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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Notebook

Wacky Wednesday Notebook

In an arabesque, there is a tendency to twist the upper body and allow the working leg to drift from its proper position behind the working hip. Dancers often call this position “seca –besque” because it is part àla seconde and part arabesque. It also doesn't exist in classical technique.

In an arabesque, the rib cage faces squarely in the forward direction, although the hips cannot remain square when the leg is above 45 degrees. The forward arm is extended so the dancer’s eye focus goes past the fingers and outward.

To achieve the correct position of the shoulders and forward-facing arm, I often take a notebook and place it flat in front of the student with one edge resting across their upper chest and the other edge in contact with their forward arm. This demonstrates the right angle shape that needs to be created for the position to be correct.

                 From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:                                                             
Ballet Secret #5g:  
In an arabesque, the shoulders are square and form a right angle with the arm in front.

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