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I've been told both is correct, but I don't really understand WHY there are two versions, and if there is a time for both? Is fourth position more like an extension of fifth position, with the heels and toes in line with each other, or more like an extension of first position, with the heels in line only?

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It depends upon the methodology, KrystaMarie!


Some methods use Fourth Ouverte as a teaching tool to prepare young students for Fourth Croisé, which is more crossed as in extended from 3rd or 5th. Basically, do whichever the teacher demonstrates, and barring a demonstration, do as crossed a 4th position as you can manage without losing your alignment and rotation!

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