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Arabesque

Arabesque – Position in which the dancer stands on one straight leg with the other leg extended straight back in the air above 90 degrees. The shoulders and hips should be kept square, and the back muscles and seat muscles should … Continue reading

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Attitude

Attitude – Position in which the dancer stands on one straight leg, with the other leg extended in the air with a bent knee, either in back or in front.  The height and the degree of bend in the knee varies. … Continue reading

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Demi-pointe(s)

Demi-pointe(s) – Commonly known as the balls of the feet.

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Ecarté

Ecarté – An open body position, whereby the leg is open to the side, and the arms are open to face the audience. For further clarity, the position can be described as ecarté devant or ecarté derrière.

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