Arabesques Made Simple*
*Unless you’re following an RAD syllabus, in which case, ignore this completely.
Today, M r. C gave us a brilliant shorthand for keeping arabesques sorted by name. None of this “same arm/leg vs opposite arm/leg” confusion, just clarity.
I’m listing them here in the following format: “Arms; legs.”
- Open to audience; open to audience
- Closed to audience; open to audience
- Open to audience; closed to audience
- Closed to audience; closed to audience
Obviously, this doesn’t tell you what what to do with your head, but I don’t find that difficult to remember. I just get the names of the arabesques confused, so up until now I’ve just tried really hard to make sure that I memorize the arabesques visually, because I haven’t reliably been able to remember which is which verbally (except first arabesque).
Anyway, I think this is brilliant, and I hope it helps you as as much as it helps me.
Posted on 2016/10/05, in balllet, class notes, steps and tagged arabesques, how come nobody ever put it this way before?!, Vaganova method. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
Reminds me of this great brain-clearing posthttps://aballeteducation.com/2016/05/05/notes-on-pirouettes-en-dehors-part-one/
OMG, yes! Timely reminder, too. Back to trying not to suck at turns this week…
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