An arabesque aims to keep the back straight with the leg held off the the floor behind you and all muscles engaged.
The secret trick to an arabesque, is NOT to arch your back but keep your abdominals engaged to support the lower back muscles. Otherwise, you loose control and can't be solid in the position.
There are many varieties of an arabesque, probably dozens! It can be performed in a jump, plie or a static position. It is done on pointe, on flat and in the air. Perhaps one of the most versatile positions in ballet!
Ballet moves take a lot of practice and I can't emphasize how much patience dancers need. You work your body and you focus your mind, but nothing comes instantly you have to practice.
Some more challenging ballet moves include pirouettes, fouettes and grand jetes. These are like the more 'virtuoso' parts of ballet and get a big applause from the audiences. Especially if you watch the coda part of a performance or ballet, it will contain all the impressive ballet steps and aimed to build up to a spectacular finish.
Pirouettes is something people most definitely recognize when associated to ballet. You see youtube clips of dancers whizzing around multiple times and turning impressively on stage.
Every dancer has a different tactic when it comes to pirouettes and I believe it is true that some have the natural gift over others. However, pirouettes are all about your balance and you have to coordinate the arms and stay well compact to do multiple turns.
There is no easy ballet step, or if there is, you are not working hard enough!! Every movement in ballet takes 100% commitment from your body to gain the stability and strength.
Keep working hard on your technique and you will secure the challenging ballet movements!
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