Here we talk about the right and wrong way to pose a dancers for ballet pictures.
This is what we called our dance diagnostics, shows us how to fix something that goes wrong. This is the proper position we are trying to get to, but most likely when working with little kids you are going to see some of these problems. This is called a sickle foot when its turned in, and you not only have to turn the foot out but you also have to make sure that the knee is turned out as well so that they get a turn. If the child is out of balance too much then put them right back in first position and start again, it never fails to get them back in balance and get things down. In the arms we have first, but a lot of time you get a head drop in here, we get a scrunched arms, figures. So what we are trying to create is an open position, like a beech ball. You can actually practice those things with a beach ball, and then you will want to have the chin up, not only are we trying to get the shoulders and this point between the shoulders and chin are extremely important. When they drop the head and close up we lose all of this, so the more your poser can bring them up, the better the images are going to look. The other thing is if arms go overhead, with little kids, we really avoid getting them into what we call 5th position because we get all kinds of stuff up here. We either go into first or hands on the hips to keep it simple for the little kids. (Ballet poses for pictures.)