ami1436 Posted September 30, 2005 Report Share Posted September 30, 2005 I love the look of arabesques, and I've been working on mine a lot lately. One of my teachers is trying to get me to shift my weight more forward than what I'm used to. I agree with her that on me, this line looks better, my alignment is better in it, and I'm more secure in it. She talks about this as rediscovering the horizontal lines of an arabesque. Now we see lots of dancers who seem fairly vertical with their leg sticking out straight behind them. I guess that's always what I envisaged/worked on. However, while I was in the U.S., all of the teachers I had wanted the line to be more vertical, with only very minimal shifts of weight forward. I remember reading on here (I think) about this difference between a vertical and horizontal arabesque (for lack of better terms), but I'm curious as to where the different styles originated/were predominant. These days, in almost all of the ballet I see, I see very 'vertical' arabesques - with the one exception of some of the Danish dancers? Also, what do the teachers here prefer? Why? Thanks for dealing with my curiousity! Quote Link to comment
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