Ballet is a traditional form of performance and concert dance that is usually performed to the accompaniment of classical music. Of all the styles of dance offered at
Baird Ballet is perhaps the most challenging. Students require a lot of training and a certain amount of natural talent in order to become successful ballet dancers. By the same token, the results
are all the more rewarding.
All of the five basic positions require the feet to be flat on the floor and turned out (pointing in opposite directions as a result of rotating the legs at the hips).
The feet point in opposite directions, with heels touching.
The feet point in opposite directions, with heels spaced approximately twelve inches apart.
One foot is placed in front of the other so that the heel of the front foot is near the arch of the back foot. There are two third positions, depending on which foot is in front.
There are two types of fourth position: open and closed. In both cases, one foot is placed approximately twelve inches in front of the other. In open fourth position the heels are aligned, while in closed fourth position the heel of the front foot is aligned with the toe of the back foot. There are two variations of each type of fourth position, determined by which foot is in front.
One foot is placed in front of, and in contact with the other, with the heel of one foot aligned with the toe of the other foot. There are two fifth positions, depending on which foot is in front.