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Introduction to Ballet

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  • 1. Ballet Basics Presented by Joan Cansdale
  • 2. Ballet Basics
    • There are five basic positions of the feet in ballet.
    • The legs are always turned out from the hips.
    • The arms are softly rounded, shoulders down, neck long.
  • 3. First position
    • Heels together
    • Toes point outward to form a wide V
  • 4. Second Position
    • Similar to first position, but the heels are separated.
  • 5. Third Position
    • One foot in front of the other
    • Front heel touches instep of back foot
  • 6. Fourth Position
    • Sometimes called “open third”
    • Feet are crossed as in third, but the front foot is one step open to the front.
  • 7. Fifth Position
    • Feet are crossed
    • Heel of front foot touches toe of back foot.
  • 8. Arm Positions
    • The arms have special positions, too.
    • Watch the video to see how the arms change along with the foot positions.
            • Five Ballet Positions
  • 9. Plie and Releve
    • Plie means
    • “ to bend”
    • Releve means
    • “ to rise”
  • 10. Hands
    • Even your hands must look right.
  • 11. Learning to Dance