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Week of October 26 – November 1

Finis Jhung Live on Zoom

Saturday. October 31. Absolute Beginner Ballet Barre. 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Eastern Time) **Class price now $15

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Sunday. November 1. Beginner Ballet Level 2. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) **Class price now $15

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Sunday. November 1. Beginner Ballet Level 2 Mini-Intensive #3A. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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Week of November 2 – 8

Finis Jhung Live on Zoom

Saturday. November 7. Beginner Ballet Level 1 Mini-Intensive #3A. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) ***New offering limited to 10 or less students, the intensive costs $40 per person. See description below or click on the registration link for more information.

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Sunday. November 8. Beginner Ballet Level 2 Mini-Intensive #4A. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) ***New offering limited to 10 or less students, the intensive costs $40 per person. See description below or click on the registration link for more information.

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Zoom Class & Mini-Intensive 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.

  • 90 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 15 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time

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, 2 exercises using a chair, 1 exercise 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.

  • 50 minutes of do-along exercises with Finis Jhung
  • 10 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time

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.

  • 90 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 10 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time

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.

  • 90 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator
  • 10 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time
  • This class always concludes with practicing quarter and half-turn pirouettes from fifth position 

STUDY AT HOME WITH: Beginner Ballet Barre.

Beginner Ballet Level 2 Mini-Intensive #3A: Waltz Step & Pas de Valse

WHAT IS IT?

In this hour-long intensive which will all be danced in 3/4 time, we will dissect and perfect both the waltz step where the feet cross, and the pas de valse where the feet do not cross. The step is very upright and elegant, and clearly shows a “down-up-up” or a plié piqué-piqué. First you will work at the barre, as we break down the foot patterns and positions that define the two different movements. Once you have learned the two different foot patterns, you will practice without using the barre. You will be given eight different exercises which will develop your musicality and artistry, strengthen your entire body (and your brain), and greatly improve your dancing skills.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This intensive is designed for those who are progressing and want to delve into and master more advanced techniques. This Mini-Intensive class size is limited to only ten students so that Finis can see each one of you in every exercise and coach and correct you. You should already be warmed up, either from the preceding class or on your own. You must have enough space in your home so that Finis can see your entire body from head to toe with both arms extended. You must have enough clear space to move six feet in either direction. You should be dancing on a flat smooth floor and not on a rug or carpeting. Please wear proper ballet attire.

WHAT WILL WE WORK ON?

1. Barre: Waltz step de côté, temps lié

2. Off the barre: Repeat Exercise 1 – Practice the port de bras / Combine arms & legs

3. Off the barre: Waltz step en arriére (backward),  temps lié en avant (forward)

4. Off the barre: Waltz step en avant & en arriére, temps lié

5. Off the barre: Pas de valse en avant with simple arms, tombé, pas marché

6. Off the barre: Port de bras for the pas de valse

7. Off the barre: Pas de valse en avant with port de bras, tombé, temps lié, pose

8. Off the barre: Pas de valse en avant with dégagé, pose

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator 

Beginner Ballet Level 1 Mini-Intensive #3A: Pas de bourrée en avant

WHAT IS IT?

In this hour-long intensive, we will dissect and perfect the linking step that is used in almost every ballet where the dancer travels quickly with little steps that lead directly into various poses, turns, and jumps. We will begin the class at the barre – which you can use when necessary to keep your balance as you assume correct positioning – slowly breaking down the foot pattern and body positioning. The exercises will gradually advance and progress in complexity and tempi. You must learn this pas de bourrée moving forward in the fourth and fifth positions if you hope to join on-going higher level ballet classes.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This intensive is designed for those who are progressing and want to delve into and master more advanced techniques. This Mini-Intensive class size is limited to only ten students so that Finis can see each one of you in every exercise and coach and correct you. You should already be warmed up, either from the preceding class or on your own. You must have enough space in your home so that Finis can see your entire body from head to toe with both arms extended. You must have enough clear space to move six feet in either direction. You should be dancing on a flat smooth floor and not on a rug or carpeting. Please wear proper ballet attire.

WHAT WILL WE WORK ON?

1. Barre: Footwork for the simple pas de bourrée en avant facing effacé

2. Barre: Demi-plié, pose in effacé devant, temps lié en avant, arabesque à terre, simple pas de bourrée en avant facing effacé  

3. Off the barre: Repeat Exercise 2

4. Barre: Pose in effacé, temps lié, arabesque à terre, complex pas de bourrée facing efface, ending croisé

5. Off the barre Repeat Exercise 4.

6. Off the barre: Repeat Exercise 5 changing directions without interruption.

7. Barre: Tombé (no arabesque) complex pas de bourrée facing efface, ending croisé

8. Off the barre: Repeat Exercise 7

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator 

Beginner Ballet Level 2 Mini-Intensive #4A: Balancé de côté, en avant, temps lié

WHAT IS IT?

Balancé may be defined as “Rocking step.” It is like the pas de valse, but it has a different body shape as it is an alternation of balance, shifting the weight from one foot to the other, usually with the head and body inclined. Where the waltz is a more upright step as it begins with a plié followed by two steps on the half-toe with knees straight, the balancé is more robust and energetic as it begins with a light jump into a demi-plié, followed by a step on the half-toe with the other foot off the ground, and ends in a demi-plié with the other foot pointed at the ankle. Although the exercise formats are simple, they demand turnout, core and foot strength, working the arms, and bending the body. You will dance!

WHO IS IT FOR?

This intensive is designed for those who are progressing and want to delve into and master more advanced techniques. This Mini-Intensive class size is limited to only ten students so that Finis can see each one of you in every exercise and coach and correct you. You should already be warmed up, either from the preceding class or on your own. You must have enough space in your home so that Finis can see your entire body from head to toe with both arms extended. You must have enough clear space to move six feet in either direction. You should be dancing on a flat smooth floor and not on a rug or carpeting. Please wear proper ballet attire.

WHAT WILL WE WORK ON?

1. Barre – Balancé & temps lié de côté

2. Off the barre – Repeat Exercise 1

3. Barre – Balancé de côté changing directions

4. Off the barre – Repeat Exercise 3.

5. Barre – Balancé en avant facing efface, temps lié en arrière

6. Off the barre – Repeat Exercise 5

7. Off the barre – Repeat Exercise 5 faster, turn around and repeat without stopping

  • 60 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator 

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