How to Teach a Développé Effacé Into Arabesque
October 31, 2018

Stepping into arabesque from développé effacé is tricky, says Kelly Slough of Mark Morris Dance Center, because it involves “that moment of truth”: changing weight from one leg to the other in one movement. To make that transition easier, Slough encourages dancers to complete the weight shift as quickly and confidently as possible­—as counterintuitive as that may seem. “Taking your back with you,” as she calls it, means there’s less of a chance you’ll underestimate the required change of weight and fall backward from the arabesque.


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