Positions of Ballet -Feet
Keep in mind that all of these positions utilize turnout: The rotation of the legs outward from the hip. This allows dancers to move more efficiently and with a more pleasing aesthetic.


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The position can be achieved safely by the dancer standing with their feet parallel, toes straight ahead, heels together. The dancer then rocks back on their heels and turns the feet outward, away from each other, before redistributing weight back evenly from ball of the foot to heel. This method prevents the dancer from forcing their turnout, as they rotate only as much as their hips allow.



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Second Position
Second position is simply first position with the feet just wider than hip width apart. This position can be attained by simply sliding one foot outward from first position until feet are slightly more than hip width apart.



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Third Position
One of the least used positions in all of ballet. In third position, one foot is turned out as in first. The second foot is aligned in the same position directly in front of the first foot, with the heel of the second foot touching the middle of the first foot. To get into third position, simply stand in first, then slide one foot in front of the other, such that the heel touches the arch/midpoint of the first foot.


4th_pos.jpgFourth Position
Where third position is seldom used in ballet, fourth position is arguably the most common—as well as the most difficult. The first foot stands as in first position, turned out. The second foot stands a foot’s length in front of the first, also turned out, such that the heel of one foot lines up with the toe of the other, even with the foot of distance between the two.
One way to get into fourth position is to start in third, then slide the front foot forward, the length of one foot, along the floor.
NOTE: Squaring your hips in fourth position is difficult, as they tend to either sway towards the back foot or tuck under towards the front foot. Make sure you engage your gluteal muscles to hold turnout, and line your hips up over the middle area between the two feet so that they don’t favor one foot over the other.

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Fifth Position
Fifth position is perhaps the most recognizable and beautiful position in ballet. When turned out a full 180 degrees, the dancer stands with one foot as in first position, with the other foot turned out in front of it. The feet should be stacked side by side such that the heel of one foot touches the toes of the other.
To get into fifth position safely, stand in first, then slide one foot directly in front of the other.