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FOURTH POSITION
Feet Apart, One Foot Forward

Any position where the feet are apart and one foot is placed in front of or behind the other is considered fourth position. Fourth position is most often associated with the basic walking action forward or backward. The position itself is variable: The actual distance between the feet is not specific, and the hoizontal separation can range so that one foot is placed directly on or slightly across the path of the other (a position known as CBMP), or the separation can be diagonal.

As shown, the weight is split between the feet. When the weight is held completely over the back foot, the back leg extends directly below the body, with the forward leg extending in front of the body, the forward foot pointing (or flexed). Likewise, when the weight is held completely over the front foot, the front leg extends directly below the body, with the back leg extending behind the body, the back foot pointing.

 

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