1st position of the arms
This is the gateway to all the other positions. You almost always go through 1st position to get to any other positions of the arms. This is a position in which both arms curve to form an oval in front of the body so that the little fingers are slightly above waist level or opposite the belly button. The fingers do not touch and the palms of the hands face into you, “Imagine you have a special message in the palm of your hand. Don’t let anyone see it!”
1st position of the feet
This basic position of the feet is formed with the legs turned equally outward from the hip joints and the body-weight equally distributed over the two feet. 1st position is a closed position so that the heels are touching and the toes are turned outwards and away from each other.
2nd position of the arms
This is a position in which the arms are held out to the side and are just in front of the body. They slightly slope curved and slope gently downwards from your shoulders to the tips of the fingers – Just enough to allow a small drop of water to trickle slowly down from the shoulder, down the arm and off the index finger. Keep the shoulders relaxed and support the elbows. The gentle curve of the arms make a C-shape with the centre of your palms facing each other.
2nd position of the feet
This is an open position where the dancer stands with the feet approximately shoulder width apart: i.e., about 1 ½ times the length of the feet.
3rd position of the arms
This is a position in which one arm is in 1st, opposite the belly button and the other arm is out to the side in 2nd position, 1 + 2 = 3!
3rd position of the feet
4th position of the arms
This is a position in which one arm is in 5th position above the head, and the other arm is out to the side in 2nd position. There is also a crossed 4th position, where one arm is in 5th position above the head, and the other arm is curved in front of the body in 1st position.