The arabesque is a cheerleading stunt that looks fantastic if performed properly. In an arabesque, the top cheerleader balances all of her body weight on one leg with the other leg extended horizontally backward. The arabesque is considered an intermediate level cheer skill, demanding a comprehensive understanding of basic cheerleading motions and techniques. In addition, cheerleaders must possess a balanced center, strength, flexibility, and poise for the execution of this stunt to be successful.

How to Perform an Arabesque

For safety reasons, an arabesque should be mastered on the ground prior to attempting the skill in the air. Practicing on the ground gives cheerleaders the opportunity to recognize and fix any issues regarding form or technique before taking the arabesque to the air. Cheerleaders should also practice in front of a mirror to visually see what needs to be corrected or tweaked in order to achieve a flawless arabesque from start to finish.

How to Improve an Arabesque

Regardless of age or skill, flyers must be able to hold their body in a variety of positions while performing stunts, especially those that require standing on one leg while suspended in the air. The arabesque stunt is one that requires flyers to sustain and stabilize their weight with only one leg on the surface of the bases hands. To remain in the air for an extended period of time when performing an arabesque, a strong core is vital.

Strengthening the back, legs, hips, glutes, and core muscles through resistance training with the Myosource Kinetic Bands will quickly improve flexibility, balance, body control, and endurance, all of which are necessary for cheerleaders to safely and confidently perform an arabesque to perfection.

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