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FIRST POSITION Feet Together Shown above with slightly less than 90 turnout, first is the position where the feet are close together, held directly under the body. The body weight can be placed entirely on one foot, or be split between the feet. Variations of amount of turnout are common, ranging from the parallel position commonly found in the smooth dances, up to 90 typical of Latin dancers. Note from the illustration above that when turnout exists, only the heels are in contact with each other. If the feet are parallel, they will be in contact through the entire length of the inside edge.


SECOND POSITION Feet Apart, Side-by-Side In second position, the feet are held apart. The actual distance between them is variable; As long as there is space between them and they are side-by-side, they are considered to be in second position. The amount of turnout of the feet is variable. The weight can be placed between the feet (as shown above), or entirely on one foot. When the weight is held over one foot, the weighted leg is positioned directly below the body, while the free leg is extended sideways with the free foot pointing.


THIRD POSITION Heel to Instep Third position is a closed foot position where the heel of one foot is placed to the instep of the other. This position is frequently taken with turnout (as in the illustration above), but can also be taken parallel, as it is in American and International Tango.


FOURTH POSITION Feet Apart, One Foot Forward Any position where the feet are apart and one foot is placed in front of or behind the other is considered fourth position. Fourth position is most often associated with the basic walking action forward or backward. The position itself is variable: The actual distance between the feet is not specific, and the horizontal separation can range so that one foot is placed directly on or slightly across the path of the other (a position known as CBMP), or the separation can be diagonal. As shown, the weight is split between the feet. When the weight is held completely over the back foot, the back leg extends directly below the body, with the forward leg extending in front of the body, the forward foot pointing (or flexed). Likewise, when the weight is held completely over the front foot, the front leg extends directly below the body, with the back leg extending behind the body, the back foot pointing.


FIFTH POSITION Heel to Toe Fifth position is a closed foot position where the heel of one foot is placed to the toe of the other.We must not show the toe of back foot.This particular position is almost always taken with turnout. This position is the most important for ballet.The first step to do ballet is doing this position.