Ballet Arthritis – Part IV
There are basically two sets of ballet arm positions in ballet, which start from the first step and move all the way through to the last step. The first is called the ‘ideal’ arm position and the second is called the ‘improper’ arm position. In order for a dancer to achieve an ideal arm position in ballet, she has to learn about the basic arm positions in ballet first, and then practice all movements until she gets it right. In ballet, as in many other artistic movements, it is important to have a strong foundation. You can learn all that you need about arm positions by first learning about the basic ballet positions and then practicing them on the ballet bar.
Next, dancers will learn to perform in front of a partner, without a partner, in various dance steps, as well as at different speeds. One of the most important things to get right in ballet exercises, and especially in ballet steps, are that dancers need to be able to know exactly where their feet are in relation to each other and how they are connected to the floor. Dancers will learn to perform at different speeds, and also in different positions. It is important for the dancer to be able to know whether their feet are touching or whether they are apart.
Finally, beginners will learn to do some quick leg rolls, as well as some jerks and turns. Leg rolls, or quads, are very important ballet movements. Quads are what turn dancers’ feet side to side, like the way a child turns their head. Jerks and turns, on the other hand, are movements done on the up bar. They are done with the quads turned outwards and sometimes without turning out the quads at all, like a dancer doing a split-step in the air. It is important to understand that a novice ballet dancer should not begin any of these movements with a shoe on their feet; all of these movements require at least some flexibility in the ankles and feet, if they are to be done correctly.