Reviewing Michele’s debut as the ballerina in Balanchine’s Theme & Variations at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times said “Ms. Wiles tore through the demanding ballet like a colt, newly released and running free . . . her big open torso and appetite for space were a pleasure.” Now, we’re talking Balanchine, which is the fastest pointework on earth. How does Michele do it? What enables her to dazzle the audience and critics? This video shows you the “secrets.” You’ll be amazed when you see what Michele does in slow motion, close-up, and freeze frame. The beauty and precision of her pointe work is riveting and eye-opening. Finis analyzes all of her movements, so that you can understand and apply what you see and hear. Tobi Tobias of New York Magazine said that Michele is “a big, bold blonde on her way to stardom.” If you’d like to get reviews like that, I’d study this video seriously.
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- Soutenu, pas de bourrée suivi en tournant
- Pas de bourrée dessus-dessous, simple & en tournant
- Échappé, sous-sus, tombé relevé arabesque
- Fondu relevé développé a la seconde & quatrième devant, pas de bourrée
- En de hors pirouette from 4th position
- Châinés, balancés, piqué pirouette en dehors
- Continuous pirouettes from 5th position
“Michele Wiles dances so beautifully and is a perfect example for amateurs like me. I especially like your new method of teaching which shows the dancer in slow motion footage while you explain the technical points. While I have excellent teachers here in Germany, I turn to your videos in order to learn the reasons why things are done in a certain way. I love to exercise together with a real ballerina under your intelligent training at home. Finally, I can look at your videos whenever I want. I am learning how to stand, walk, run and turn correctly. Thanks to your creative way of teaching ballet, I feel like I would be a ballerina: beautiful, lovely, noble, elegant, and graceful. Thank you.” — Dr. jur. Xiaobing Yang-Benckendorff, Management Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany
“I have never seen any one hammer home with such clarity the tenets of good pointe technique. I like how Finis makes it clear that this is about dancing, and not just placement and positions. He clears up any questions you might have about the execution of a step. He removes the ‘smoke and mirrors’ of technique, and shows the nuts and bolts, while still giving you a greater appreciation of the work that is involved and the art that is ballet.” – Rebecca Witjes, Instructor, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica Dance Studio, Ballet by the Sea, Malibu, CA
“I think that your approach to the audio-visual instruction is unique and superior to any that I have seen to date . . . Thank you for helping me to remember that technique can be taught, and can feel natural.” – Alora Haynes, Santa Fe Community College Dance Department, Gainesville, FL
“This video is similar in format to its companion video, The Art of Pointework Level 3, but its use of small jumps and turns on pointe in its centerwork combinations makes it appropriate for a somewhat more advanced ballet student. Exercises range in difficulty from ‘Echappe, sous-sous, tombe, releve arabesque’, to ‘Continuous pirouettes from 5th position’. As in The Art of Pointework Level 3, each exercise is thoroughly explained with the aid of close-ups, slow-motions, freeze frames, and voice-overs, during which Mr. Jhung points out precisely what should be done, and calls attention to common mistakes that make it impossible to do the exercises correctly. And, this enlightening commentary, combined with the musical background provided by Scott Killian, and the superb manner in which ABT soloist Michele Wiles demonstrates the exercises, makes this video a delight to view and an invaluable learning instrument.” – Carol Garmiza, Adult Student, New York, NY
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