Basic foot placements

Tracey Freier and Grace Terrell

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Many turns, moves, and warmups are based off of the following positions: coupé (coo-pay),
relevé (reh-leh-vay),
sur le cou-de-pied (sur-luh-coo-duh-pi-ay).

Coupé is when one foot is pointed and turned out in front of the opposite ankle.

Sur le cou-de-pied is similar to coupé, but the heel is in front of the ankle and the rest of the foot and toes are behind the ankle.

Passé is when one foot is pointed and turned out in front, behind, or next to the knee. This is the position that pirouettes are based off of. (A pirouette is a simple turn in passé).

Relevé can be done in any position, but it is basically raising up onto your toes.

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