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Feet turned out from the hip; heels together
First position (première)
Feet turned out from the hip, 1 to 1 ½ the length of the dancer's foot apart
Second position (seconde)
Front foot placed in the hallow of instep of the back foot
Third position (troisième)
Ouverte (open): One foot placed in front of the other length of the dancer’s foot apart. First position with one foot moved forward Croisèe (crossed): One foot placed in front of the other, length of dancers foot apart Fifth position with the front foot moved forward
Fourth position (quatrième)
One foot is placed in front of and touching the other foot, the heel of the front foot is crossed with the big toe joint of the back foot.
Fifth position (cinquième)
both arms are rounded with the fingers almost touching, with both hands curved by the side of the body, fingertips lightly touching the side of the thigh
Bras bas (or 'bras au repos')
French Method
Arms are slightly rounded in front of the body, the small fingers just in front of the thighs
Position de départ / position préparatoire
French Method
maintaining this curved oval shape, the arms are brought up so that the tips of the fingers are in line with the diaphragm
First position
French Method
the arms are stretched out to the side, however there is an angle of the arms down and forward, and the palms are facing forward. The elbow is slightly lower than the shoulder and the wrist is slightly lower than the elbow
Second position
French Method
one arm is in second position, while the other is rounded and raised above the head
Third position (bras en attitude)
French Method
one arm is in first position (in front of the diaphragm), while the other is rounded and raised above the head
Fourth position
French Method
both arms are rounded and held just above and slightly forward of the dancer's head, fingertips slightly apart
Fifth position (or 'bras en couronne')
French Method
both arms are rounded with the fingers almost touching, with both hands just in front of the dancer's hips
Bras bas (or preparatory position)
Vaganova or Russian Method
maintaining this curved oval shape, the arms are brought up so that the tips of the fingers are in line with the navel, and no higher than the sternum
First position
Vaganova or Russian Method
the arms are stretched out to the side, however there is an angle of the arms down and forward, and the palms are facing forward. The elbow is slightly lower than the shoulder and the wrist is level with the elbow
Second position
Vaganova or Russian Method
the arms are as in the first position, but raised above and slightly in front of the dancer's head
Third position
Vaganova or Russian Method
both arms are slightly rounded with the fingers almost touching, with both hands just in front of the dancer's thighs; it is equivalent (but not identical) to the 'preparatory position' of the Russian and French schools
First position
Cecchetti method
A position intermediate between the first and the second position, arms are held halfway between first and second, palms facing front
Half-second position (demi-seconde)
Cecchetti method
The arms are stretched out to the side, however there is an angle of the arms down and forward, and the palms are facing forward. The elbow is slightly lower than the shoulder and the wrist is slightly lower than the elbow.
Second position
Cecchetti method
one arm is in the first position, while the other is in a position intermediate between the first and the second position ('demi-seconde')
Third position
Cecchetti method
Fourth 'en avant' (in front): one arm is in second position, while the other is in fifth en avant (opposite the diaphragm).
Fourth 'en haut' (high): one arm is in second position, while the other is in fifth position en haut (above and in front of the head)
Fourth position
Cecchetti method
the arms are rounded to form an oval shape
en bas: arms are down in front of the body, the small fingers in front of the thigh, palms facing in
en avant: both arms are rounded in front opposite of the diaphragm, palms facing in
en haut: Both arms curved above the dancers head so the fingertips can be seen in the dancer's peripheral vision
Fifth position
Cecchetti method
Arms open slightly from the elbow wrists turned up
Offering
From 4th position the front arm is brought into body
The elbow and fingertips are slightly lower than the wrists with the other arm extended slightly behind the body with the palms facing down
Pas de chat
Whole foot resting flat on the ground
Pied à terre / pied à plat
Heel raised just off the floor
Pied à quart (quarter pointe)
Heel raised just enough to transfer the weight on to the ball of the foot
Pied à demi
Heels lifted as high as possible while the toes are flat on the floor
Pied à trois quarts
Full Pointe, weight supported on the end of the toes and the instep fully stretched
Sur les pointes / pied à pointe
Touching the ground
À terre / par terre
the arms are as in the first position, but raised above and slightly in front of the dancer's head
Third position
Vaganova or Russian Method
both arms are slightly rounded with the fingers almost touching, with both hands just in front of the dancer's thighs; it is equivalent (but not identical) to the 'preparatory position' of the Russian and French schools
First position
Cecchetti method
A position intermediate between the first and the second position, arms are held halfway between first and second, palms facing front
Half-second position (demi-seconde)
Cecchetti method
The arms are stretched out to the side, however there is an angle of the arms down and forward, and the palms are facing forward. The elbow is slightly lower than the shoulder and the wrist is slightly lower than the elbow.
Second position
Cecchetti method
one arm is in the first position, while the other is in a position intermediate between the first and the second position ('demi-seconde')
Third position
Cecchetti method
'en avant' (in front): one arm is in second position, while the other is in opposite the diaphragm.
'en haut' (high): one arm is in second position, while the other is above and in front of the head
Fourth position
Cecchetti method
the arms are rounded to form an oval shape
en bas: arms are down in front of the body, the small fingers in front of the thigh, palms facing in
en avant: both arms are rounded in front opposite of the diaphragm, palms facing in
en haut: Both arms curved above the dancers head so the fingertips can be seen in the dancer's peripheral vision
Fifth position
Cecchetti method
Arms open slightly from the elbow wrists turned up
Offering
From 4th position the front arm is brought into body
The elbow and fingertips are slightly lower than the wrists with the other arm extended slightly behind the body with the palms facing down
Pas de chat
Whole foot resting flat on the ground
Pied à terre / pied à plat
Heel raised just off the floor
Pied à quart (quarter pointe)
Heel raised just enough to transfer the weight on to the ball of the foot
Pied à demi
Heels lifted as high as possible while the toes are flat on the floor
Pied à trois quarts
Full Pointe, weight supported on the end of the toes and the instep fully stretched
Sur les pointes / pied à pointe
Touching the ground
À terre / par terre
Leg raised at 45°
En l'air demi-position / À la demi-hauteur
Leg raised to hip height / 90° or greater
En l'air a la hauteur
To the front
Devant
to the side
À la seconde
Front, side, back, and side; In the shape of half a cross
En croix
Outwards; away; semi-circular movement “out the door”
En Dehors
Towards the supporting leg
En Dedans
Front leg opens to the side and ends front
Devant
Back leg opens to the side and ends back
Derrière
Back leg opens to the side and finishes to the front
Dessus
Front leg opens to the side and finishes in back
Dessous
Front leg opens to the front and finishes to the front
En Avant
Opens to the back and ends in the back
En Arrière
On the spot without traveling
Sur place
Traveling forwards
En Avant / En Descendant
Traveling backwards
En Arrière / En Remoutant
Sideways to the dancers left or right
De Côté
On a diagonal across the space
En Diagonale
A step or combination traveling in a circle
En Manège
Working foot placed on the ankle of the supporting leg
En Sur le Cou de Pied
Foot wrapped around with the heel forward and toes back
En Sur le Cou de Pied Devant
Working foot is maintained, heel is placed behind the supporting ankle
Sur le Cou de Pied Derrière
At the knee
Retiré /Raccourci
To the front of the supporting knee
Devant
To the back of the supporting knee
Derrière
Front foot drawn up to the front of the leg, to the side of the knee, and lowered behind
Passè en Arrière
From back to front
Passè en Avant
Erect, Raised, Lowered, Inclined/Tilted, and Turned
Positions of the Head
The upper body is turned from the waist with the head turned over the shoulder
Épaulement
In fifth, same shoulder as leg is bought forward
Croisé
Upper body is turned away from the working leg with the head turned over the front shoulder
Effacé