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bloomfall: Ballet Essay Five students of the School of the American Ballet demonstrating the five basic ballet positions, from first position (L) to fifth position (R).

don't try this at home! However, it's a great example of how the foot should look IN the pointe shoe. Arch is forward and on top of the toes. Ankle is aligned above the toes. The toes are NOT crunched or crinkled under.    Good work!

This is what ballet dancers en pointe are actually doing once you remove the shoe. Stay like that, very painful and then you appreciate that ballet dancers aren't stupid

Must try! A good article with tips on improving your leg extensions! That is awesome! I wish I could do that!

A good article with tips on improving your leg extensions! That is awesome! I wish I could do that!

George Balanchine teaching at the School of American Ballet. 1959. Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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