In response to a request from Pleiades, I think we should look at the words which are used to describe body positions. However, I'm going to aim this at the audience which is Discovering Ballet, rather than the experienced practitioner, and I don't have any visual aids for this one, so bear with me.
In taking body positions, every dancer is inside his/her own personal little "stage" within the larger stage. Because there are several different ways of numbering the corners and directions of the body, I'm going to be using abbreviations for my own purposes, so we have a common reference.
- DS=straight downstage.
- DR=the DANCER'S OWN downstage right in relation to the audience.
- SR=the DANCER'S OWN right in relation to the audience.
- UR=the DANCER'S OWN upstage right in relation to the audience.
- US=straight upstage.
- UL=the DANCER'S OWN upstage left in relation to the audience.
- SL=the DANCER'S OWN left in relation to the audience.
- DL=the DANCER'S OWN downstage left in relation to the audience.
All this stage geography is really pretty necessary to understand before we can even begin exploring croisé and épaulé and their brothers and sisters. Here are some examples of how terminology can mess us up if we aren't all in agreement as to what's where:
- Where is House Right?
- Where is Director's Left?
- In the RAD, which direction is #6?
- Where is Opposite Prompt?
- Where is Proper Down Left Center?