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ABC of ballet: arm positions

Watch Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrate arm positions.

By Royal Opera House

10 March 2011 at 1.15pm | Comment on this article

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5HwZJQ8NuA

Arm positions

Ballet uses strictly defined positions through which most arm movements travel. There are five basic positions: first, second, third, fourth, fifth.

  • First position: Both arms are held out in front of the body at approximately 80 degrees, maintaining rounded elbows and an oval shape, sloping down a little from the shoulders.
  • Second position: Both arms are held out to the sides to form a strong horizontal, but with a slight slope downwards from shoulders to wrist.
  • Third position: One arm is held forward in first position, the other is held to the side in second position.
  • Fourth position: One arm is held to the side in second position, the other is raised up, slightly in front of the head.
  • Fifth position: Both arms are raised up high almost vertically, but held slightly forward of the head.

ABC of ballet: One of a series of posts explaining useful ballet terms.

By Royal Opera House

10 March 2011 at 1.15pm

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