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Friday, April 20, 2018

Fun Friday Moon

Fun Friday Moon

One of the loveliest positions in ballet is probably arabesque. It creates a classically beautiful curved shaped, poised atop an elongated supporting leg.

To achieve this, it is helpful to imagine the body and the working leg creating the shape of a vibrant crescent moon, shimmering delicately on top of the supporting leg. This crescent moon curve prevents a common problem: trying to put the upper torso directly on top of the supporting leg.

Instead, an arabesque is actually a curved shape balanced atop a fulcrum point (supporting leg), and the torso is actually a little bit in front of the standing leg. You can see this yourself in many photographs of arabesque.

Crescent moons for arabesque!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #18n:
“Imagine the body and working leg in arabesque as a crescent moon.”

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“We ran as if to meet the moon.”
― Robert Frost

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