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Is third position used for any purpose besides as a "prequel" for fifth? I'm curious, because if it isn't, then why do we have five positions, not four (calling third a preparation for fifth or "baby fifth", maybe)?

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Good question, asc. :wink: My guess is that in the very early days of ballet, going back to court dance, that position was more commonly used. Today, not so much! It is really pretty useless except for the purpose you stated. :)

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However, it is one of the ideal positions for just standing around in the big full-length story ballets. It's also left over from the days when a bit of fencing could be expected in the court ballets.

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Ah! There is a use for it! (sorta) Thanks, Mr Johnson!

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