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Five Basic Positions

Five Basic Positions

All leg movements proceed from these five ballet basic positions and have their logical termination.


First Position

Keep heels together, turn feet outward in straight line.


First Position


POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL

I Center weight equally between the feet.

  1. Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm.

  2. Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet.

  3. Hold shoulders down.

  4. Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body.

  5. Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.


Second Position


Turn feet outward in straight line, separated by distance of one foot.

POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL

I Center weight equally between the feet.

  1. Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm.

  2. Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet.

  3. Hold shoulders down.

  4. Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body.

  5. Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.



Third Position


Turn feet outward, place heels together on in front

POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL

I Center weight equally between the feet.

  1. Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm.

  2. Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet.

  3. Hold shoulders down.

  4. Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body.

  5. Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.


Fourth Position


Turn feet outward, place one foot in front of the other

on parallel line, separated by a distance of one foot. Heels and the toes are in line forming a square.

POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL

I Center weight equally between the feet.

2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm.

3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet.

4 Hold shoulders down.

5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body.

6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.


Fifth Position


Turn feet outward, place one foot directly in front of the other, the first joint of the big toe projecting beyond either heel.

POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL

I Center weight equally between the feet.

  1. Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm.

  2. Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet.

  3. Hold shoulders down.

  4. Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body.

  5. Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.

Five Basic Positions All leg movements proceed from these five ballet basic positions and have their logical termination.
Jacklyn Dougherty
Five Basic Positions All leg movements proceed from these five ballet basic positions and have their logical termination.
Jacklyn Dougherty
First Position Keep heels together, turn feet outward in straight line. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.
Jacklyn Dougherty
First Position Keep heels together, turn feet outward in straight line. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.
Jacklyn Dougherty
Second Position Second Position Front View Turn feet outward in straight line, separated by distance of one foot. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.
Jacklyn Dougherty
Third Position Turn feet outward, place heels together on in front Third Position Front View POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.
Jacklyn Dougherty
Fourth Position Turn feet outward, place one foot in front of the other Fourth Position Front View on parallel line, separated by a distance of one foot. Heels and the toes are in line forming a square. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight
Jacklyn Dougherty
Fourth Position Turn feet outward, place one foot in front of the other Fourth Position Front View on parallel line, separated by a distance of one foot. Heels and the toes are in line forming a square. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight
Jacklyn Dougherty
Fifth Position Turn feet outward, place one foot directly in front of the other, the first joint of the big toe projecting beyond either heel. POSTURE AND MUSCULAR CONTROL I Center weight equally between the feet. 2 Tighten muscles in thighs and buttocks. Draw abdomen in and lift diaphragm. 3 Turn thighs outward, keep knees straight and in direct line with center of turned-out feet. 4 Hold shoulders down. 5 Arms are rounded, slightly advanced from body, elbows lifted, palms held inward. Fingers relaxed, thumb held inward, 3rd and 4th fingers held lightly together. Arms are slightly forward of body. 6 Keep head centered, neck free from tension, eyes straight ahead.
Jacklyn Dougherty

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