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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wild Wednesday Arabesque Formula

Wild Wednesday Arabesque Formula

Remember Ballet Secret #18f? It is: “When viewed from the side, the working foot in an arabesque should not appear to have a giant pimple”. That visible “pimple” would be the heel of the arabesque leg. Scary.

Here is a formula that can help with this pesky problem: Knee up, heel down. Simple. The knee faces side (up), and the heel goes down. This is accomplished by rotating the leg in the hip socket, but also by a lift in the hip (gasp!) This lift is due to a human’s skeletal anatomy. A high arabesque cannot be achieved without  a slight, accompanying lift in the hip. 

If this lifting of the hip seems “wrong”, try doing a beautiful arabesque without it!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #18w:  
Formula for arabesque: knee up, heel down..”

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