ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By bluebirdballerin
On 02/04/2005 09:27:46
I was always working so har on arabesques because there are soo many things to keep in mind .. and I realized many others here seem to have problems with that, too.
As I improved a lot I noticed all the things I did wrong at the beginning and tried to make it all visible in drawings:

first of all an arabesque how it should be (maybe proffessionals, teachers or more advabced dancers could add more important things to it??? I'm only a late-re-starter ;-))
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_185926.jpg]

lets start with the common faults and how to correct them (first a picture of the fault, then one of the correction):
first of all the supporting leg:
TURN OUT
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_184818.jpg]
always remember, as in every ballet position, to turn out your feet without forcing the turnout... tips for turn out excercises can be found here in the stickys

OVER THE BOX
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_184956.jpg]
generally en pointe try to go over the box... if that just won't be possible try to get new pointes... this was my problem once... and this does not have to do anything with high and good arches but with strength

nw I go on with the working foot / leg

TURN OUT
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_184628.jpg]
always turn out ...same as supporting leg

WINGING
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_184354.jpg]
to make the line clear you have to wing your foot...that means to strech it to the top...not let it hang around unstreched

now talk about the
KNEES
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_185422.jpg]
fully strech your knees, don't lt them bent, that would cost you the strentgh you need to hold your arabesque for long and would break the lines

HIPS
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_185604.jpg]
always make shure your hips are square, to check that watch your arabesque facing the mirror

UPPER BODY/ BACK
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_184112.jpg]
pul up your upper body and try not to lean forward...that will lead to less high extension but it is much more importent to hae a straight upper body than high extension... when you'll get moreback strentgh later your extensions will go higher and higher again...be patient!
and try not to turn your upper body: keep it totally in profile!

SHOULDERS
[image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/bluebirdballerina/2005_0115_185216.jpg]
make shure your shoulders are relxed, down and square... imagine to lenghten your neck, put your shoulders down... even in fifth! don't let them shrug

ARMS
try not to get you front arm higher than eye level,keep your arms and fingers relaxed but not hanging, shoulders of couse down

well, I ope I could help some people (and that my scetches and explanations are clear?)...please critique, correct and add everything I forgot!!
Greez,***JANA***
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By Nona
On 02/04/2005 11:30:25
These are great drawings, thankyou for taking the time to do them. Like a lot of people, i'm still trying to remember everything involved in arabesque's! So it's very helpful, thanks again :D
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By Starlitt
On 02/04/2005 11:43:15
Wow, did you draw all that? They're great! Thanks for posting this great info.
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By RainbowStarz
On 02/04/2005 15:27:57
Wow, these are so helpful and you are a great artist.

I'm gonna go work on my arabesque now, karma :)

*Rain*
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By DanceChica02
On 02/04/2005 16:23:37
This is amazing! Wow what a fantastic drawer you are, you're talented in just about every artistic area, aren't you!? ;) I'm sure this will help many people, you did a wonderful job!
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By MuffinHead
On 02/04/2005 20:27:46
Karma for you! This was an amazing post, I really need to go work on my arabesque. It's baaaad. :(
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By beaubowie
On 02/05/2005 09:53:32
Wow, those are greattt drawings! Thanks a lot for this and karma for you!
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By Candlenigh_Chaos
On 02/07/2005 08:04:37
Wor... thz for posting this , and i m sure u r a good artists... ur drawing so good .
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By valerie9
On 02/07/2005 08:29:10
Excellent drawings, great post

it`s karma time!
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By balletchick34
On 02/07/2005 17:24:00
thanx so much! karma!
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By Asuka
On 02/07/2005 18:34:59
Wow! Amazing work!!! I can't give u a karma because I'm just a new member. But your post will help me a LOT!! you're a great artist.
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By DancingGiant
On 02/07/2005 23:16:17
Very informative. Thanks for taking the time to do this!
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By liyah14
On 02/08/2005 14:04:30
Wow this is one amazing guide!! If its not a sticky it should be. The drawings are lovely, thanks for taking the time and sharing with all of us, once i get a printer im gonna put this on my wall for future reference!

Liyah14.
re: ARABESQUE GUIDE (with helpfull drawings inside)
By bluebirdballerin
On 02/09/2005 02:36:37
wow..thanks for all your nicecomments...I thought I explained everything wrong ;-)... I just drew those pictures to remind myself of all those things... and about the squared hips... they can't be totally square, thats true, especially when you get your leg very high, but you can try to keep them on one imaginary line that is almost parallel to the floor... you can fix that by facing the mirror...tjen you see what your hips are doing ;-)
greez, Bluebird

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