8 Directions of the Body

There are 3 main directions out of which comes the 8 Directions of the Body.

With Right Foot Front (the same can be done with Left Foot Front)

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Croise [Crossed]

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En face [In front]

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Efface [Shaded]


The following are the 8 Directions of the Body in the whole ballet syllabus with which ballet becomes 3-dimensional.

I have incorporated them into a somewhat logical sequence for ease of memorization:

  • 3 directions with leg pointing to the front
  • 2 pointing to the side
  • 3 pointing to the back

With Right Leg (the same can be done with Left Leg)

Cartoon1_CroiseDevant.jpg

Croise Devant [Crossed in Front]

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a la Quatrieme Devant [4th in Front]

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Efface Devant [Shaded in Front]

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a la Seconde [the Second]

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Ecarte (Devant) [Wide Apart (to the Front)]

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Epaule [Efface Derriere with Shoulder]

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a la Quatrieme Derriere [4th Behind]

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Croise Derriere [Crossed Behind]