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How to Do an Arabesque in Ballet

Learn how to do an arabesque from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.


My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. An arabesque is a position in ballet in which your leg is directly behind you up in the air and both your standing leg as well as the leg up in the air are turned out. You want to make sure that yours abs are engaged and that your arms are very supported as you get this position. Don't be afraid to move your body a little bit forward as you left up your leg, you should have a slight arch in the upper part of your back which will open up your chest.

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