The basic foot and leg positions in ballet consist of first-sixth position as well as in the basic positions such as plié, attitude and tendu. This section shows you the positions of only the feet and legs. Many of these positions are also shown in the 'Basic Positions' section, showing the full body. Click below to see the basic positions or just follow along.

First-Sixth Positions

First position


Second position


Third position
(similar to 5th, heel placed more forward)

Fourth position


Fifth position
(similar to 3rd, opposite heel placed more
towards the opposite foot's big toe)

Sixth position/parallel feet


Dancers: Brittany Allen and Brianne 'Tory' Freeth
A special thank you to Brittany Allen, Brianne 'Tory' Freeth, Instructor Holly Copeland, Bonnie Copeland &
Encore Dance Centre in San Dimas, CA. www.encoredancecentre.com

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