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Tendu back

Photo © Tracy Wicklund
To perform an arabesque:

  • Lightly hold on to a barre or chair for balance.
  • Stand in fifth position, with your left foot in front.
  • With your right foot, do a battement tendu to the back.

Note: An arabesque may be performed in all five positions of ballet. This tutorial describes how to perform a second arabesque.

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