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The hips are supposed to be both level and square for front and side extensions. The hip will open somewhat for arabesque, in order to rotate the leg. Yes, the leg will go higher if the hip is lifted, however, that is not supposed to happen in classical ballet. (That doesn't mean that it doesn't happen, only that it is not supposed to happen. People who have exceptional flexibility may be able to get their leg very high and still keep the hips level, but if you don't have that ability then it might have to lift a TINY bit. But don't let it turn in! :wink:)

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