Ballerina dance positions | To help pose this first image you first have them start off in first position or a standard pose and then have them point there toe out. Make sure there hands are on there hips and tell them “do you have something on your shoe”. The moment the child looks down to see what you are talking about, take the picture. This creates an environment that is communications based and less of a hand on approach. If you try too much to force them into a pose it will look unnatural. This technique works well with young dancers. Older dancers you can just tell them what you want them to do and they will do it.
You want to make sure to have a conversation with the child and talk to them how they want to be spoken to. Ask them what there favorite color is or how old they are. The more comfortable they are with you the easier it is for them to be relaxed and it will show in the pictures
Another basic pose you can use is a sit down pose. Have them sit on there hip or cross there legs “cris-cross-apple-sauce” position. Make sure the costume that there wearing is fluffed out or if it a jazz pose make sure there ankles are positioned correctly. Have them place both hands on there lap or just one while the other one placed on the ground.