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How to do an Arabesque in Cheerleading

The arabesque is a body position that every flyer must master. The arabesque is performed typically at a quarter-turned stunt position. The leg that is towards the front of the stunt is the leg that will be “pulled”. The position is executed by lifting the “pulled” leg directly behind the flyer. Lifting the “pulled” leg directly up behind the flyer will cause the hips to open to the front. This must be corrected immediately. The hips opening up in this position means the lower back muscles are not strong enough to lift the leg. The leg should be at a 90-degree angle or higher, while maintaining the chest in an upright position. Many times, when lifting the “pulled” leg backwards, the flyer will drop their chest in order to get the leg higher. Learning to lift the leg while maintaining an upright chest position will allow the flyer to maintain balance and create a visually stunning body position. Arms are typically in a T-position with the flyer’s face looking directly down the “pulled” side arm.

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