Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Basic Positions of the Arms in Ballet Dancing
There are slight variations of the arms in all the different classical ballet methods, but the positions below are the most recognised in classical ballet dancing.
In this position the baby fingers are just touching or slightly away from the upper thigh. The arms are curved with the fingers slightly apart and the hands not touching. The elbows are supported, but not angular and the shape is oval. This is the most used position in ballet dancing and it usually precedes all the movements at the barre or in centre practise.
Your one arm is in first position, and the other is in second. Arms should remain below the shoulders and take care once again to support your elbows.
In all the arm positions, there must be a smooth line as the arms continue through the hand right through to the sensitivity in the fingers.