Jean Aumer (1774-1833)

Jean Aumer (1774-1833), French dancer and choreographer. Studied with Dauberval and was deeply influenced by his opinions of character dancers, and ballet d'action. Made his debut as a dancer with the Paris Opera in 1798, and was ballet master at the Paris Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin 1804-6. The King of Westphalia engaged him for the Cassel Court. After a successful career he retired to Normandy in 1831.

(first published December 1991)

There are two fifth positions, the one you see in the book and the other is the best you can do -- which can be improved.