Basic Ballet Movement Skills. Lesson 1.
Basic Ballet Movement
Skills. Lesson 1.



Warning Our checkout process
may not work in Internet Explorer.
For best results, we
recommend upgrading to Firefox or Safari.

Finis on CBS


Finis was featured on the television show CBS This Morning! He discussed dancing well beyond retirement age and how he inspires dancers of every age. Watch the segment!


Enter your e-mail address to subscribe to our ENEWS. Discount coupons are offered several times a year for ENEWS subscribers.


Enter a friend's e-mail address
to tell them about this product!


Lesson 1: Pas de bourrée en avant, de côte; glissade, glissade précipitée; chassé
Taught by Finis Jhung



This is Lesson 1 of a new series by Finis Jhung which shows you how to do the most frequently used center floor movements—the dancing steps— that travel forward and sideways and link to various poses, turns, and jumps. In this video, Finis breaks down count-by-count the following steps: pas de bourrée en avant (forward); pas de bourrée de côte (sideways); glissade; glissade précipitée (quick auxiliary step); and the chassé en avant and de côte. Each step is first shown slowly, and then quickly, and is demonstrated both right and left by Antonio Carmena, soloist of The New York City Ballet.


Play this video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercies, or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction

ALL LEVELS. ALL REGIONS DVD. 90 minutes. Taught By Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Antonio Carmena.
CD Music by Scott Killian.


Pas de bourrée en avant
1. Pas de bourrée (slowly)
2. Pas de bourrée en diagonale (moderately)
3. Pas de bourrée en diagonale (quickly)
4. Pas de bourrée en diagonale (quickly)

Pas de bourrée de côte
1. Pas de bourrée dessous (slowly)
2. Pas de bourrée dessous (moderately)
3. Pas de bourrée dessus (moderately)
4. Pas de bourrée dessous, dessus (quickly)

1. Glissade derrière (slowly)
2. Glissade derrière (slowly)
3. Glissade derrière (moderately)
4. Glissade changée (quickly)

Glissade Précipitée
1. Over-cross the demi-plié (slowly)
2. Over-cross the demi-plié (moderately)
3. Over-cross the glissade derrière (moderately)
4. Glissade précipitée (quickly)

1. Chassé en avant (as relevé, slowly)
2. Chassé en avant en diagonale
3. Chassé en avant (in the air; quickly)
4. Chassé de côte (in the air; quickly)


New Ballet Music 3
New Ballet Music 9 - "In the Moment"
New Ballet Music 11 - "Illuminations"
New Ballet Music 12 - "Simply Grand"
New Ballet Music 13 - "Inspirations"


“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!
— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

"I really like the Basic Movement Skills Lesson 1. It has helped me sort out some of the terminology and how to actually dance the movements rather than just do them. Even with a sprained ankle, I can do the slow walk through and concentrate on my arms and head or even just watch and observe for later reference. The movements in Lesson 1 are some of my favorites, so I am really keen to practice, and I like how there is reference to Balanchine choreography and others snippets of dance history."
— Judith Chestnut, NSW, Australia

"Students such as I can go on and on not putting these linking steps together properly. So we find ourselves in a seemingly eternal semi-void of mediocrity. With the new video I'm now getting a much more profound sense of it, and it feels so much better! I realize that the elements you are bringing out in this video such as pushing down to go up, knowing which shoulder the head "belongs to" and so on are the same essentials you are emphasizing in the other videos. What is so helpful for me in this new one is how you so artfully build these fundamentals through progressive exercises into a full understanding of what a pas de bourrée, for example, is and what it feels like. Getting a better sense of these linking moves is indeed helping my sensibility regarding other movements. So thank you again Finis, you are truly a treasure, and your responsiveness is a remarkable thing. You as a ballet master have found a way of reaching people anywhere, any person who learns of your technique and would respond, using the new video technology of the day. Brilliant!" — Peter Skiff, Walnut Creek, CA

"This video is simply amazing!" — Holly Hutchens, Star Prairie, WI

"I think this DVD will be helpful to all ballet students, especially beginners. You will learn the 'right way' to perform fundamental steps with the very delightful NYCB soloist, Antonio Carmena, who clearly demonstrates both 'good' and 'bad' examples, complementing Finis' humorous comments. I strongly recommend you play the 'Full Class' with all the instructions so you can enjoy these special moments.

"The best part of this DVD is that Finis breaks down basic movements step-by-step and gradually combines them together in a flowing manner that magically becomes the 'dance' movements at the end! You will see how important it is to learn the basics of each movement correctly from the very beginning—it's beautifully eye-opening.

"This video also helped me to learn the names and meanings of some of the French ballet terms that escaped me in class."
— Erico Narita, New York, NY