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Video:How to Do Major Ballet Positions

with Jennifer Peterson

The major ballet positions are essential for any ballet performer. Learn how to do devant and derriere ballet positions.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do Major Ballet Positions

Hi, I'm Jennifer Peterson for About.com. Today, we are going to discuss major orientations of ballet.

Devant Ballet Positions

The first position we are going to discuss is croise devant. Devant means tonduing to the front and your arms are going to be here. You have your left arm up over your head and your right arm extending out to the front to create a square line.

The next position we're going to talk about is efface devant. So you're tonduing to the front again and then whichever leg you're standing on is the same arm that's up over your head. Your legs are not crossed, they're open to the audience.

The next position that we're going to discuss is en face devant. You're facing front to the audience, and again, tondue devant to the front. Your arms are usually held out in second position.

The next position we're going to talk about is a la seconde. You're tonduing out to the side, arms are in second position facing front (or en face).

The next position we're going to discuss is ecarte devant. Ecarte devant is an a la seconde position taken on a diagonal. So ecarte devant you're going to the front diagonal, the same arm as leg is up. You're looking at the forearm.

Derriere Ballet Positions

Now we're going to discuss the derriere positions. Croise derriere, you're tonduing your back, foot's in the back, and you're peek-a-booing under here.

Ecarte derrière is an a la seconde position taken to the back corner. You're reaching up and over this way, looking over your bottom wrist.

The next is en face derriere, where you're facing front, tonduing to the back, arms in second position.

The last position we're going to discuss is efface derriere. You're tonduing to the back, your hips are open - they're not square - and you have the same arm up as the leg. The other arm is out in front of you.

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