Dancers Among Us and Arabesque pics
So there is this awesome professional photography project called Dancers Among Us. It’s worth checking out no matter if you are a dancer or know nothing about dance at all. On a related note, many young dancers have their own version of this.
Look at any young dancer’s instagram or facebook page, and you are almost guaranteed to find photos of them dancing in the “real world” (in this case referencing every place outside the studio we live in). If that dancer does ballet, my bet is that dancer photo is an arabesque picture. (Arabesque: standing leg straight, straight leg extended to the back, preferably as high as possible).
Now, for the longest time I have had a hard time with my extensions, or the height of my leg. Especially my arabesque. Or, if I could get my leg up, it would be turned in. Thankfully, in the last year or two I have become more content with my arabesque. While it may not be as high as some of my friends, it is much better and the line is one I can be proud of. I also make it a point to never “cheat”, so that makes me feel good.
The point is that now I finally feel good about taking those stereotypical dancer arabesque pictures wherever I happen to be. Albeit a bit late, but hey, I’m not going to take a bad picture and post it online (at least not if I’m trying my best to look good).
So, here is my arabesque picture from when my family and I went to the zoo on New Year’s Eve, in all it’s stereotypical ballet dancer glory:
And yes, the Christmas/Nutcracker decor still up just made this an irresistibly perfect photo op.
Bonus points: leggings and combat boots might as well be the unofficial dress code of my old high school dance department.