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Positions of the Arms in Ballet

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First Position of the Arms
Positions of the Arms in Ballet

First position of the arms

Photo © Tracy Wicklund
First position of the arms, as well as the other arm positions, can be executed with the feet in any of the five positions. For example, many times your feet will be in first position while your arms are posed in fifth position.
  • Hold both arms low in front of the body, with hands almost touching.
  • Round the arms, slightly bending the elbows.
  • Raise the arms so that your fingers almost touch your navel.
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