When one thinks of ballet, he might think girls with tutus with those shoes that make them do stuff.

It is vague for someone with no knowledge about ballet to really appreciate it but as you learn to appreciate this formalized type of dancing, you will be able to veer away from the notions of froufrou and tutus.

Here are the basic positions in ballet.

Ballet Feet Positions

The first position

The feet are together, with the heels touching, the toes pointing on either side at a 180 degree angle or a straight line.

Second Position

The feet still have the same form as first position but the legs are apart by at least 1 foot.

Third Position

Again, it is slightly similar to the first position in terms of the direction of the ballet dancer’s toes.

However, this time, one of the feet is in front of the other and touches half of the feet from the side.

The Fourth position

If the second position is the variation of the first position with one foot space in between, this one is the variation of the third position but the front foot is a ruler forward from the hind foot.

The fifth position

Assume the third position but this time, the whole feet will be alined together so each toe will be aligned with the other foot’s heel, making the legs crossed.


Ballet Positions The first arm position is when the dancer has his or her arms positioned on the sides, with the fingers ever so slightly about to touch the other hand’s fingers, creating an oval shape.

The arms could also be almost touching the hips or it could be at the navel level.

The second arm position is when the arms are reaching to the sides and the elbows are quite bent.

These basic positions are mixed with the other positions creating different formations.

The different arm and feet positions are similar throughout various schools of ballet but they vary in names.

So French, Vaganova and Russian ballet will be using the same positions but they call it ever so slightly different from the others.


The basic feet and arm positions on ballet are the core aspects of the form and structure of the dance.

From the feet positions, the dancers will move from one move to another, bending their knees, extending their legs, pointing their toes to staying stationary in one position while the upper body is moving along with the arm positions.

Once you understand the core positions of ballet, you will have a better understanding of more complicated moves in ballet such as the Arabesque, Attitude en pointe, Plie, pirouette, balance and so many others.

It becomes more complex as you go further with your ballet dance but nonetheless, it is a really great to at least, understand the foundations of this dance.

If you are planning on taking ballet lessons or pursue a career as a dancer, it is very important to understand the basic positions of this formal dance.