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A Step-by-Step Tutorial: Top 10 Classic Dance Poses for Photography

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Dance is a beautiful form of expression that people of all ages can enjoy. While there are many different styles of dance, classic dance poses are always elegant and timeless.

Here are ten classic dance poses for pictures you can use in your next dance photoshoot and how to perfectly execute them:

1. Crossed Fourth With a Circle

dance pose: Crossed Fourth With a Circle

  • Put one foot forward, and place the other foot back in a relevé.
  • Cross the legs, placing the back foot in front of the leading leg.
  • Rotate the body so you're facing the back of the room.
  • Extend your arms, so they're parallel to the floor.
  • Keep the legs crossed, and circle your arms.
  • Now look into the circle and hold this pose.

Pro Tips

  • Keep the circle open to the photographer.
  • Make sure your outside hip is square to your photographer.
  • If you're having trouble keeping your balance, try placing one hand on your hip.

2. Slightly Off-centered Passé

dance pose: Slightly Off-centered Passé

  • Put your right elbow against your ribs and lift the other arm vertically
  • Look over your right shoulder and hold this pose.
  • Lift your right leg with the toe against your left knee.

Pro Tips

  • If you're having trouble keeping your balance, try placing one hand on your hip.
  • If you're flexible, try putting your leg in a deeper passé.
  • Try to keep your hips squared to the photographer.

3. Tendu With Swan Arms

dance pose: Tendu With Swan Arms

  • Put your right foot out and arch back slightly
  • Extend your arms so they're in line with your shoulders, and your palms are facing the floor
  • Cross your arms
  • Look over your right shoulder and hold this pose.


  • Keep your knee as straight as possible.
  • Make sure your standing leg is strong, so you don't wobble.

4. The Attitude Spin-Off

dance pose with The Attitude Spin-Off

  • Decide which foot you'll turn on to
  • Using that foot, start with a Tendu
  • Step up into it
  • Stretch your arms to the side of your body just below your shoulder height
  • Lift one leg and rotate with the other
  • Float an attitude in the back (An Attitude is a bent leg)


  • This dance pose requires balance, so pick the leg with the best balance
  • Wear an outfit that won't limit your movement
  • You can lift your leg as high as you want

5. Floor Poses

dance pose on the floor

  • Sit down with both feet down
  • The base of your foot should be flat on the floor
  • Put one arm down with your palm flat on the floor
  • Cross the other arm to grab that arm's your shoulder
  • Now push down with your arm and both feet.
  • Lift up to an elevé

Pro Tip

  • Lift as high as possible
  • Don't tense up your neck; relax your face

6. Front Attitude With a Bend

Front Attitude dance pose With a Bend

  • Lift right foot up and bend it in
  • Make sure your knees are above your ankles
  • Plie your bottom foot
  • Bring one arm in front of your chest
  • Lift the other arm high above your head
  • Look out and hold this pose

Pro Tips

  • This pose may exhaust your thighs, so try not to hold it for too long.
  • This pose looks best when it's natural and relaxed, so avoid looking too posed.

7. Lay Down EXtension Pose

Lay Down EXtension dance Pose

  • Lay down on your back with both feet straight
  • Lift one leg vertically and make a point with your toe
  • Stretch one arm out and the adjacent one vertically upright

Pro Tip

  • You can stretch/arch your back a little for added effect.
  • Wear tight clothes to feel a lot more comfortable with the shoot.

8. Arabesque

Arabesque dance pose

  • Start by standing with your feet in the first position.
  • Slightly raise your right leg behind you, or just stand on the tip of your toes.
  • Reach your right arm forward towards the camera, keeping your fingers pointed.
  • Your left hand should hang close to your body
  • Lift your face and neck to allow the photographer to capture your emotion
  • Hold the pose for a few seconds, and then release.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to keep your back straight and your chin up.
  • Do not arch your back too much, as this can cause pain.
  • Practice this pose often to perfect your technique.

9. Chasse Step Leap

dance pose with Chasse Step Leap

This pose is perfect for showing off your flexibility.

  • Stand with your feet together and your arms by your sides.
  • Take a large step forward with your right foot, and raise your left arm to shoulder height as you do so.
  • As your right foot hits the ground, jump up into the air, and as you do so, swing your left arm forward and your right arm backward.
  • Your legs should be straight when you are in the air.
  • As you land, bring your left arm down to your side and your right arm up to shoulder height.

Pro Tips

  • As you jump, tuck your chin to your chest and tuck your knees up to your chest to help you get more height.
  • When you land, make sure to land softly to help reduce the impact on your joints.

10. Cradle Pose

Cradle dance Pose

  • Start by standing with your feet in a parallel squat.
  • Your right foot should be behind your body and slightly bent.
  • Your left foot will also be bent.
  • Bring your arms up and have your palms facing up like you are holding a baby.
  • Push out your collar bone to exaggerate this pose.
  • You should now be in a low squat position with both elbows in front of you.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of glamor, keep your eyes closed while you lean.
  • Lift your face up so your photographer can capture your emotion better.


There are many different ways to execute a classic dance pose. Some dancers may choose to do a more traditional pose, while others may put their spin on it. The most important thing is to ensure the dancer is comfortable and confident in their pose.

By following these tips, you'll be sure to create some stunning and memorable photos. Just remember to have fun and enjoy the process. 

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