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Positions of the Arms in Ballet


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Fifth Position of the Arms
Fifth position of the arms in ballet

Fifth position of the arms in ballet

Photo © Tracy Wicklund
  • Starting with arms in first position, raise the arms over the head. You should be able to see your hands without moving your head.
  • Round your arms with your elbows slightly bent.
  • Your hands should be about 6 inches apart.
  • Make sure your palms are facing inward.

Note: There are actually three positions of the arms in fifth position in ballet: low, middle and high fifth. The illustration pictured is high fifth.

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