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Why is it a matter of the strength in the back to lift the leg up higher to the back (for example: penchee) and not a matter of how far you get into the splits?

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Hello Tanya, welcome to the Young Dancers' forum on Ballet Talk!

 

The back muscles are involved in arabesque, although a bit less in penché than in a regular arabesque. It's different from the splits because in the splits you are on the floor, not weight bearing. When you are standing up and making an arabesque you have a whole different position to achieve and an arabesque is really not like a split at all. Penché is more like a split, but still not exactly the same. When you are on the floor in a split you don't have a standing leg to contend with ;)

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