5 Ballet Positions Parents Should Know Their Child is Learning

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Positions of the Feet: In ballet, there are five basic positions of the feet, numbered one through five. Each of the positions utilizes turn-out, or a 90-degreet rotation of the leg from the hip joint. Refer to the image above and match your feet to each of them to the best of your ability. Remember: dancers work many, many years to achieve a turn-out of 90-degrees!

Wait! Where's Third Position? Third position is rarely used anymore because with the high degree of turnout of today's dancers, Third Position looks too similar to Fifth Position.

Positions of the Arms: There are also various positions of the arms. Match your arms to the image shown above.

Source: (Children's Encyclopedia (Ages 8-11)

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