An Ode to Foot Positions

An Ode to Foot Positions

Whether or not you’re taking lessons, you may have heard of a mysterious thing called “foot positions”. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, or for those of you looking for a refresher course, this article is for you. And by “article”, I mean “rhyming poem”, because everything is better when written in verse, right? So without further ado, I’d like to present: “The Five Foot Positions”.

If feet fail to close, then first you’ve belied,
Whereas in second, they’re wide side-by-side.
Your heel to your arch is what we call third,
One forward one back, is fourth so I’ve heard.
When turning your feet out, touch heel to toe,
Fifth of positions is what you now show

If you’re taking lessons at Arthur Murray, I challenge you to see which steps you can find in your syllabus that reference these positions. I’ll start you off with one from your Rumba syllabus: 5th Position Breaks. After you’ve accomplished that, try breaking down steps you already know into their respective foot positions. It’ll be like a dance puzzle!

So the next time someone asks you about any of the foot positions, impress them with your newfound knowledge!

Know of other good dance poems? Email me at I’d love to read them!

Written by: Ross, Communications Consultant for Arthur Murray Tacoma
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