Before launching into the beauty and magic of the art of extension, I would like to explain the different ways dance teachers and students use the vocabulary of 'extension.' 1. Extension Ballet Term Definition: Extension is a classical ballet term describing a dancer's ability to raise and hold a leg extended in the air. E.g. The height of the extension leg in developpe devant, or Sylvie Guillems six o'clock a la second, or the height of the back leg in an arabesque. 2.
An arabesque is one of the most week known and beautiful of all classical ballet movements. It should show clean leg, arm, torso and eye lines, demonstrate balance, grace, poise, and have a wonderful feeling of lift and flow. To achieve all of the above, the student dancer must be aware of weight placement. Getting the weight off the supporting heel and on to the ball of the foot and toes before raising the other leg en l'air is important. Find a sense of extension and lengt