Definition of second position in English:

second position

Syllabification: sec·ond po·si·tion


  • 1 Ballet A posture in which the feet form a straight line, being turned out to either side with the heels separated by the distance of a small step.
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    • Once you're warm, you can stretch your groin muscles doing the straddle position by standing up with feet parallel in second position, bending one leg while leaving the other straight.
    • From the first position, big jump into the second position plié.
    • Finding the right pointe shoe accessories, like finding your second position, takes practice.
  • 1.1A position of the arms in which they are held out to each side of the body, curving forward and slightly upward.
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    • The arms are usually in an extended second position with the wrists slightly lifted when she is in the air.
    • In second position, you have to get the elbow up.
    • The students place their fingers at the base of their ribs and then extend their arms out to a second position that is somewhat low.
  • 2 Music A position of the left hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument nearer to the bridge than the first position, enabling a higher-pitched set of notes to be played.
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    • Technical issues include some position work, with a couple well-chosen opportunities to access second position through finger substitutions or half-step shifts.

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