Before taking you the Opéra de Paris, Charlotte and Burlington invite you to practice your ballet vocabulary!
In this video, you will learn about the origins of ballet vocabulary as well as the meaning of the following terms :
* danseuse étoile
* petit rat de l'opéra
You will also learn new words :
* ballet shoes = chaussons de danse
* a show = un spectacle
* I am wearing a tutu = je porte un tutu
* I am going to the opera = je vais à l'opéra
In French : Première position
Heels are touching and toes are facing outward. The feet make a flat line. They are firmly grounded, the soles are in contact with the floor.
In French : Deuxième position
The feet make a line but are separated from one another, roughly as wide apart as the shoulders.
In French : Troisième position
It is a training position for the 5th position.
The heel of one foot rests against another, both are turned outwards.
In French : Quatrième position
One foot rests in front of another. Both are turned outwards. It is close to the third position but the feet are further apart.
In French : Cinquième position
It is the most challenging position and requires a lot of practice.
The heel of the front foot is placed against the big toe joint of the back foot.
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