Ballet Body Position

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a la quatriéme devant
to the fourth front. dancer stands facing audience, foot of either leg is stretched out to the audience
a la quatriéme derrière
to the fourth back. dancer is facing the audience with either leg stretched straight to the back
a la seconde
to the second. dancer is facing the front to the audience. either leg is outstretched to the side in 2nd
croisé devant
crossed in the front. dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing one of the two front corners of the room. leg nearer the audience is in the 4th front
croisé derriére
crossed in the back. dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing a front corner of the room. leg farther from the audience is pointed in 4th back
ecarté
separated, thrown wide apart. dancer faces a front corner of room. working leg is 2nd
effacé
Shaded. dancer at oblique angle to audience so part of the body is taken back and hidden from view. leg to front of body. termed "ouvert." qualify a pose in which legs are open
epaulé
shouldered. dancer stands at oblique angle to audience in an arabesque with body facing a front corner of the room. shoulders square to line of direction. arm near audience extended forward and corresponding leg extended to 4th back