Definition of fourth position in English:

fourth position

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noun

  • 1 Ballet A posture in which the feet are placed turned outwards one in front of the other, separated by the distance of one step.
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    • He opens the door in tights, a cashmere sweater jauntily tied around his neck, his feet in a very good fourth position.
    • He produces explosiveness by establishing a solid foundation from which to work - deep plies; cross-braced, turned-out fourth positions; wound-up bodies that unfurl a vortex of energy.
    • Preparations for pirouettes are disguised by making them quicker without sitting in the plié - the back leg is straight in fourth position.
  • 1.1A position of the arms in which one is held curved over the head and the other curved in front of the body at waist level.
  • 2 Music A position of the left hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument nearer to the bridge than the third position, enabling a higher set of notes to be played.
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    • There are many fewer preparations for second and fourth position than for third and fifth.
    • It is the first note to be sharp in the seventh, third, sixth, second, fifth, first and fourth positions.
    • Yes she has learnt fourth position but I think what her teacher wants is now to get her used to playing extensions in first positions.

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