Every dance move in ballet begins and ends in one of the five basic positions
Every dance move in ballet begins and ends in one of the five basic positions. The feet must always "return home." In first position, the feet are turned outward, heel to heel, toes pointing in opposite directions. It's difficult (and initially painful) to hold balance in first position. Such are the demands of ballet.
Lisa's "first position" was to be Vincent's love. An "off balance" pose she'll never be able to hold, again. She has come from one direction - and is about to travel in its opposite. She will not "return home" until Arabesque.
"Dancing appears glamorous, easy, and delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths." - Martha Graham
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