The arabesque: one of the most beautiful, delightful, and complicated parts of the ballet syllabus. Done correctly, it can be a joy to perform as well as to watch. Done incorrectly, it can cause injury and damage the line of the dancer. This video will illustrate the correct way to perform an arabesque, as well as strategies for preventing injury.
Nutcracker photos by Jack Hartin.
Disclaimer: Please only perform these moves under the instruction of a ballet instructor. Consult a doctor before beginning ballet or any exercise program.