Third position is mainly used to teach dancers how to one day achieve a beautiful fifth position. It is not often used in ballet classes for older dancers or choreography, but since we teach very young dancers, we actually do use third often. Third position doesn't work the muscles of your body as much as fifth because you don't fully cross your legs.
In third position the toes of your feet face away from your body. The heel of the front foot is placed in the middle of the back one. We teach our dancers that the heel is placed at your ballet elastic. When standing in third position, both knees are likely visible.
For our Tippy Toes classes, ages 1.5 - 3 we just teach the arms for 3rd, 4th and 5th and they learn the feet in Pre-Ballet.
Here are the tips my Thursday night Ballet I/Jazz Combo class in Brookline came up with.
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