Ballet Dance Positions


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Ballet Dance Positions have to be practiced over and over to perfect them.

Pose is a ballet term which describes the dancer as being in a stationary position.

The most important of these positions are 'First' going right up to 'Fifth' position.

The First Position requires the feet to be flat on the floor with the heels touching together and the toes of each foot pointing outwards so the feet when in this stance form a straight line - if possible.


The Second Position is similar to the first, the feet to be flat on the floor but with the heels apart with about a foot length in between and the toes of each foot pointing outwards so the feet when in this stance form a straight line.


The Third Position requires one of your feet to be in front of the other, both toes are pointing outward.

The heel of the foot that is in front has to touch the middle section of the back foot.


The Fourth Position is exactly the same as the Third Position but you have to have a space between the two feet. Both toes are pointing outward.


The Fith Position is a little more difficult. The feet are side by side but toes pointing in opposite directions. So the toes of each foot reach the heel of the other.

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Parallel Pointe


The dancer in the picture above looks very elegant. Notice the long lines she makes with both her arms and legs.

Look at the arch she creates with her foot also - if she creates a good strong arch it makes the point look better.
Ballerinas point their feet nearly every time their foot leaves the floor.






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