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Ballet North - How To Make A Perfect Arabesque

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Ballet North company member Kristin Smith in a first arabesque pique en pointe after private coaching with Artistic Director Laura Reinschmidt.
The secret is to first of all take the appropriate ballet technique classes which lay the foundation for controlling the ankles, hips, and most of all spine.  Follow that with introductory pointe work and the absolute necessity of learning how to correctly break-in pointe shoes because they do form to the foot as they are worn.  A good diet high in proteins and fiber/complex carbohydrates and fluids but low in "junk" calories - this type of "green" or better yet organic diet greatly helps the body develop and retain muscle conditioning without unnecessary weight gain OR loss (A more thorough description can be found here).  Is there a magic bullet?  Yes - correct training over an extended period of time along with expert private coaching as needed.  Is there one thing you can do to leap-frog your progress?  No, just like w…