Live Online Classes

As we all cope to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, Finis is now teaching several classes each week online.

Our online classes have moved onto the Zoom platform where we can deliver a more intimate, tailored dance experience.

Onward!

Live Zoom Classes

With limited spaces, and at $10 apiece these Zoom classes will end with technical tips from Finis. All classes are Eastern Time and Registration closes 12 hours before scheduled class start time. Please read our Zoom policies and instructions for further information. We are unable to offer recordings of all online classes, but a few are available here.

Week of July 6 – July 12

Ailey Extension Online

Tuesday. July 7.
Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EDT)
Register at Ailey Extension Now
This class is 60 minutes and costs $12.

Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches is now offered exclusively through the Ailey Extension Online. The complete calendar can be found here.

As this class is hosted and run by Ailey Extension, all questions or technical issues must be directed to aileyextension@alvinailey.org

For more information on registering for Ailey online classes, please click the link below: https://www.aileyextension.com/online-classes

Finis Jhung Live on Zoom

Thursday. July 9. Strengthen Your Turnout. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Now

Friday. July 10. **NEW CLASS** Evening Stretch. 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (EDT) Register Now or for more information see class description below

Saturday. July 11. Absolute Beginner Ballet Barre. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Now

Sunday. July 12. Beginner Ballet Barre. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Register Now

FJ Live: Rewind

Missed an online class?

We are now offering “rewinds” for select FJ Live classes you may have missed.

$5 rents the video for 48 hours.

Get more information or rent one now!

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Zoom Class Descriptions

Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches

Connect Your Body With Your Mind.

Improve your balance, relax tense muscles, restore mobility and flexibility, and calm your mind with slowly paced doable exercises done both sitting and standing. This artfully designed series of deceptively simple stretches literally works the musculature of the entire body from head to toe — while requiring a focused mind attentive to the details of each movement. The class is rooted in the dancer’s warmup Finis developed during more than six decades as dancer and teacher that will inspire minor miracles in your body and soul. From young adults through senior citizens and from dance or ballet beginners to athletes to home or office workers to anyone on their feet all day or needing some physical activity, this class is truly for everyone.

11 exercises standing in one spot. 4 exercises sitting on an armless chair or a stool, 1 exercise leaning over the chair or stool. 1 standing exercise that takes 3 steps to the right, then 3 steps to the left. 1 standing exercise that steps forward & back, then you will take circular steps in one spot. All the exercises require space enough to reach your arms sideways, forward, and backward. Ideally (you may have to rearrange your furniture ) you have an open space approximately 5 feet by 5 feet so that you can move forward, backward, and sideways.

Dress for ballet or yoga or exercise class. No shoes required. For best results, face a mirror so you can see what you are doing. You will need a firm chair or stool with a sturdy seat that can bend over and place your hands on to support your weight.

  • 50-60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis

STUDY AT HOME WITH: the streaming compilation video Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches or these videos which are the sources for the compilation: Ten-Minute Stretch Break and Ballet Plus.

Strengthen Your Turnout

Discover & Use Your True Potential.

Turnout defines classical ballet technique. The outward rotation of the legs in the hips expands the dancer’s range of movement and creates beautiful body positions unique to the art of ballet. Adults who have limited turnout and flexibility and had little or no ballet training must learn how to find their turnout potential and maximize it. All beginner ballet at home classes for adults should provide detailed instructions and examples on how to turnout correctly without stress and strain.

The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique teaches adult ballet beginners how to access and utilize the muscles in the groin that afford turnout. In this ballet at home class adult ballet beginners find their turnout safely by slowly performing exercises sitting on the floor and standing alone in center floor. Adult ballet beginners who have taken this class have been surprised to learn they can improve their turnout and move with balletic elegance and grace.

3 exercises sitting on the floor with enough space to split your legs sideways. 9 standing exercises. 2 standing exercises are done in place; 4 standing exercises require space to take 2 large steps forward & back; 3 standing exercises require space to take 3 steps sideways in second position first to the right, then the left. Try to move your furniture so you have as much floor space as possible so that you can travel as much as possible. Ideally (you may have to rearrange your furniture ) you have an open space approximately 5 feet by 5 feet so that you can move forward, backward, and sideways.

No barre required. Dress for ballet class or yoga or exercise so you can see your groin area and outline of your body and legs. Try to have a mirror as self-observation is very important.

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis
  • 15 minutes of detailed analysis by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 15 minutes of free time (Finis will not be present for this portion but the room will remain open for your own use)

STUDY AT HOME WITH: The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: Stretch, Turnout & Extension.

Evening Stretch

De-stress and Relax with Quiet Exercise

“Evening Stretch” is the perfect way to end another week of stressful work and responsibilities. We’ll mellow you out with the meditative music of Scott Killian and slowly paced pleasurable stretches that will relax stiff spinal muscles, loosen stiff joints, and promote restful sleep. We begin lying on your back on the floor, exercising your back in all the directions your spine can move which will relieve low back pain and sciatica. Sitting on the floor, you will stretch your lower back and the piriformis, psoas, hip, and thigh muscles. Standing up, leaning over a chair you will loosen the lower back and hamstring muscles.  Sitting on a chair, you will increase your range of spinal motion while stretching the neck and shoulder muscles. You will complete the class standing, slowly rotating and flexing the spinal muscles with correct postural alignment.

3 exercises lying and sitting on the floor, 3 exercises standing in one spot. You’ll be more comfortable if you can lie on a padded rug.

Dress for ballet or yoga or exercise class. No shoes required. You will need a firm chair or stool with a sturdy seat that you can bend over and place your hands on to support your weight.

  • 40 minutes of do-along exercises with Finis
  • 5 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time on your own.

STUDY AT HOME WITH: these videos with similar exercises:  the streaming compilation video Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches, Ballet Plus, and Meditative Stretching.

Absolute Beginner Ballet Barre

Ground Zero for All Ballet Newbies.

In this class, Finis Jhung provides adult absolute beginner ballet students with the ballet basics that make the difference: proper posture, how to turnout correctly, how to balance on one foot, and which muscles to use and when and how to use them. Regardless of a person’s anatomy, background, or aptitude, the Finis Jhung Ballet Technique makes it possible for all adult ballet beginners to master the basics of ballet technique so that they can stand and move with the balance, strength and grace which identify classical ballet dancing.

13 barre exercises. 1 center exercise. If you don’t have a barre, stand between the backs of 2 chairs, one for each hand, so your arms can reach sideways in second position. Try to improvise so you can do all the barre exercises with both arms reaching sideways. The center exercise will be an adagio where you will be in one place, taking a step forward and then backward; then taking a step sideways to the right, then the left. You will need space to reach your arms sideways. Ideally (you may have to rearrange your furniture ) you have an open space approximately 5 feet by 5 feet so that you can move forward, backward, and sideways.

Students should have a form of a ballet barre to hold onto (e.g. back of chair, kitchen counter or portable barre) find sufficient space to perform barre exercises and a modified center that remains in place.

Ballet class attire or tight-fitting clothing is recommended in order for you to observe your body placement in the mirror.

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis
  • 15 minutes of detailed analysis by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 15 minutes of free time (Finis will not be present for this portion but the room will remain open for your own use)

STUDY AT HOME WITH: Ballet Barre for the Adult Absolute Beginner or Absolute Beginner Ballet Group Class 1.

Beginner Ballet Barre

Get On Your Leg So You Can Dance.

This is the beginner ballet class barre I teach my adult babies at the Ailey Extension in NYC. This class is geared to adults who have limited ballet training, lack turnout and strength, and are not natural dancers. The purpose of this class is to “get you on your leg” so that you can balance, turn, and jump. You will strengthen your balance as you strengthen your feet and identify the #1 leg — your pillar — through which the body weight falls fully into an active foot, balancing, ready to push down into motion. At the same time, you will activate the supporting arm/shoulder by pressing firmly on the barre. You will grasp the essential ideas of the ballet movement process while being reminded of the often-neglected basics that make the difference.

13 barre exercises. 1 stretch without support, 12 exercises using the barre/chair (8 are done facing front with arms in second position, 4 are done on the diagonal with one hand on the barre. The final 2 exercises are quarter-turn pirouettes from fifth position turning from the front to the side, and then recovering the starting position. Ideally (you may have to rearrange your furniture ) you have an open space approximately 5 feet by 5 feet so that you can move forward, backward, and sideways.

Students should have a form of a ballet barre to hold onto (e.g. back of chair, kitchen counter or portable barre) find sufficient space to perform barre exercises and a modified center that remains in place.

Ballet class attire or tight fitting clothing is recommended in order for you to observe your body placement in the mirror.

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis
  • 15 minutes of detailed analysis by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 15 minutes of free time (Finis will not be present for this portion but the room will remain open for your own use)

STUDY AT HOME WITH: Beginner Ballet Barre.

Zoom

Several of our classes are moving to the Zoom platform so that we may offer a more interactive, intimate class experience. Each class is only $10 and is limited to 100 partcipants.

Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive an email with the Zoom information. We are not able to offer extensive technical support for Zoom meetings, so if you are new to Zoom or have questions, please allow time to download any necessary extensions.

We direct you to these articles: Zoom Video Tutorials | Official Zoom Privacy & Security Guidelines | Zoom Security Tips from Forbes

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