In what position are your arms and feet when standing?
Fundamental Position of Arms and Feet
Arms should be bent at the elbows, with hands in front of the body. Feet should be pointed forward, about shoulder-width apart. Weight should be evenly distributed between both feet.
Did you know?
The fundamental position of arms and feet is used in many forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. The fundamental position of arms and feet originated in the early 19th century from the Italian ballet technique. The fundamental position of arms and feet can help to improve balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility.
Work together in pairs: What are the three most important rules to remember when establishing the fundamental position of arms and feet?
In martial arts, why is it important to maintain a strong and balanced fundamental position of arms and feet?
Work together in pairs: What are the four key positions for the arms and feet when performing a basic dance move?
Brain break: Draw a floating pizza with wings and roller skates.
In the fundamental position of arms, where should your arms be positioned?
- Raised above your head
- Relaxed by your sides
- Crossed in front of your chest
Which part of the foot should be in contact with the floor in the fundamental position of feet?
- Outer edges of both feet
- Heels and balls of both feet
- Toes only
What is the purpose of maintaining a proper fundamental position for arms and feet?
- To develop balance and alignment
- To showcase flexibility
- To increase strength
In what type of activities or sports is a correct fundamental position important?
What does it mean to have 'neutral' alignment in the fundamental position?
- Hunching forward with rounded shoulders
- Bending backwards with arched back
- Maintaining a straight posture without excessive tension or tilting