Five ballet positions

Ballet dancers use five basic positions of the hands and feet in all of their dancing.

Five ballet positions

On Pointe

The transition from flat ballet slippers to pointe shoes is a very significant step in the life of a dancer. Because dancing on pointe is so different than dancing on flat, a dancer must start with the basics for the first few years. Picking a pointe shoe can be very overwhelming because there are so many to choose from, but most pointe beginners start with Pavlovas, named after the infamous ballerina, Anna Pavlova . These particular shoes are characterized by a darker pink color and a hard sole. It is important that a beginner use a shoe with a hard sole because she needs a lot of support.