Now that you’ve mastered the fundamentals of classical ballet taught by Finis Jhung in Barrework Levels 1 and 2, you’ve gained a basic understanding of how to balance your positions and movements, so you’re ready to take your first steps in center floor with Finis and Kelley Waddell of The American Ballet Theatre.
These exercises will show you how to move with the purity, musical precision, and energy that define the essence of classical ballet dancing. Each exercise is first shown and explained by Finis, danced by Kelley, analyzed and discussed, and then repeated by Kelley. You’ll notice that Finis constantly reminds Kelley to stretch out her supporting shoulder and arm in order to balance her movements. You’ll learn the principles of opposition as well as the minute details of execution that make the difference in the way you feel and look. Welcome to the 21st century!
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- Battement dégagé à la seconde, fondu, pas de bourrée dessous
- Battement dégagé à la seconde, fondu, tombé arabesque, sous-sus
- Tendu devant, tombe pas de bourrée en avant
- En diagonale: Tendu devant, tombé pas de bourrée en avant
- Passé par terre en avant, fondu, arabesque, step back
- En diagonale: Passé par terre, arabesque fondu, pas de bourrée en avant
- Temps lié en avant, en arrière
- Développé en croix, fondus, pas de bourrées
- Piqué arabesque, fondu
- En diagonale: Piqué arabesque, fondu, chassé pas de bourrée en avant
- En diagonale: Piqué arabesque, tombé, chassé pas de bourrée en avant
- Relevés & Sautés in 1st position
- En diagonale: Changements, chassé pas de bourrée en avant
- En diagonale: Piqué arabesque, tombé fondu derrière, pas de bourrée dessous, sous-sus, changement
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“I’d like to give you my perspective on your DVDs, which I regard as the most powerful learning tools available to today’s ballet student.
Although I deeply appreciate the teacher’s corrections in my weekly adult ballet class, I feel that I’m able to learn more when I work solo with your DVDs. The problem is that when I’m in class and watch the demonstrations of the barrework and center work, my inability to remember the movements still throws me into a low-key panic. Because of my poor memory, I need movement models to follow, so I still have to find a place at the barre between two more competent dancers. Since I’m following rather than initiating the movements, I end up feeling like a failure as the class moves on to the next exercise and the demonstration once again throws me into a low-key panic.
On your DVDs, each exercise is thoroughly previewed before being demonstrated, which helps address my learning limitations. What I find even better, though, is the rewind/replay option the DVDs provide. If I’m not happy with the quality of my movement, I can take as much time as I need to practice it, and to refine it. On the other hand, since there’s no rewind/replay option in a live class, I rarely attain the satisfaction of a decent level of mastery. In short, your DVDs allow the luxury of self-pacing, which, for me at least, is the key to success.” – Ian Jackson, developer of the Acousticoaching™ CDs for the ballet-inspired BreathPlay System — the power behind Olympic medals, world records, and world championships. (www.BreathPlay.com)