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Ballet

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

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