What are the fundamental dance positions of the feet and arms?


The fundamental dance positions of both arms and feet are first, second, third, fourth and fifth positions. These are the basic ballet positions, and they are adapted slightly to form the fundamental positions of jazz, modern and other dance styles.

The five positions of the feet each have a corresponding pose of the arms and hands. In each position, the feet are turned out 90 degrees from a straight, forward position, and arms are curved in a gentle arc.

First position requires the feet to touch heel-to-heel with the toes of both feet facing outward, creating a straight line. Arms are held downward, in front of the body, with elbows, wrists and fingers curved to form a circle. Second position is reached by simply moving heels apart about 12 inches and stretching both arms out to the sides at shoulder level, palms facing forward. Third position brings one heel directly in front of the arch of the other foot, and the opposite arm moves slightly downward and to the front of the body. Fourth position takes one foot forward about 12 inches directly in front of the other. Fourth position brings the arm on the same side as the forward foot to the front of the body, and the other above the head. Finally, fifth position places one foot in front of the other so the toes of one foot are directly in front of the heel of the other. Arms are both curved directly above the head.

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