Dancing with Elizabeth is a weekly video series that gives short video ballet lessons and tips. Each week we cover a different ballet step as requested by our viewers.  In this episode of San Antonio Ballet Lessons Dancing with Elizabeth, we discuss Partnering Pique Arabesque

Partnering – In general, partnering is an effort by both the male and female dancers to achieve a harmony of movement so that the audience is unaware of the mechanics to enjoy the emotional effects. Also known as pas de deux, or dance for two.

Piqué – Literally “pricked”. A movement in which the strongly pointed toe of the lifted and extended leg sharply lowers to hit the floor then immediately rebounds upward. Same for some as the term pointé.

Arabesque – Literally, “in Arabic fashion.” The position of the body supported on one leg, with the other leg extended behind the body with the knee straight. The back leg may either touch the floor in tendu back (calledarabesque par terre), or be raised at an angle.

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