Arms & Hands
Positions 1-5
Modified for Near Eastern Dance

© Natasya Katsikaris 2002
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Hundreds of different hand and arm placements are used in Belly Dance.  While it would be impossible to name them all, here is system for describing the Belly Dance arm positions by modifying the 5 basic ballet positions. Using Positions 1-5 as a basis, most Belly Dance arm postions can be classified in terms of variations on Positions 1-5

General Guidelines for the system:

If the hands are close to to the body below the shoulders ...
This is a First Position variation

If the hands are away from the body on the same level
This is a Second Position variation

If the hands are away from the body at different levels ...
This is a Third Position variation

If the hands are close to the body at different levels ...
This is a Fourth Position variation

If the hands are close to the body, but above the shoulders ...
This is a Fifth Position variation

Feet
Positions 1-5
Modified for Near Eastern Dance

Foot placements are as close to ballet as possible allowing for the basic postural differences.  Bellydance Feet are parallel or use only slight turn-out.  Knees are soft, never locked. Plies (bent knees) are never done with turn-out, knees are always close together.

First Position , variation
Second Position , wide variation (used in large hip circles)
Third Position (used to move forward on the diagonal)
Fourth Position , variation
Fifth Position

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