5 Most Popular Ballet Poses for Pictures

Below are 5 of the most popular ballet poses for pictures.

Well, I would say 5 variations of poses that are a must to have in for dance portraits.

Remember to start the dancer in first position then go into your pose. Even if a pose is on the ground I always ask the dancer to face me and start in first position.

1 – Fourth Position with Pointed Toe

You can see two examples with an older dancer and younger dancer. Arms would be in fourth position with toe pointed outwards with a variation of one hand on hip. You can have the dancer face any direction with left or right toe pointed out.

2 – Arms in Fifth Position

You can have the dancer either on toe or pointed, but both arms are up high in fifth position. If you are working with a kiddo you would want to make sure their arms are up and rounded.

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3 – Toe Pointed Looking Down

This is one of my favorite poses. Having the dancer point their toe and then look down gives you an elegant look. Yes, parents do want to see the kiddo looking at the camera but they ALWAYS request to have this pose.

4 – Sitting Down Pose

Whether you have the dancer sit like “a mermaid”, on their knees, or one leg under, having a sitting down pose gives variety and a more tight photograph.

5 – Close up or Headshot

The final pose is not really a dance pose but something that ALL parents want. Having a close up of there child allows them to see there smiling face better and focuses on them. This is a very easy image to take and as the dancer is doing another pose just have them put their hands behind their back or if you have a pedal stool, you can have them either lean on or rest head.

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