The Basic Five Positions

When you begin learning ballet, one of the first things you will learn is the five basic ballet positions. They are important because every basic move in ballet begins and ends in one of the five positions.

In first position, the balls of the feet are turned out completely. The heels touch each other and the feet face outward, trying to form a straight line.

In Second Position, The balls of both feet are turned out completely, with the heels separated by the length of one foot. Similar to first position, but the feet are spread apart.

In third position, One foot is in front of the other with the of the front foot touching the middle of the back foot.

In Fourth Position, The feet are placed the same as third position, but one step apart.

In Fifth Position, With both feet touching, the toes of each foot reaches the heel of the other.


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