Center Floor Ballet Warm-up

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Taught by Finis Jhung

All Levels. All Regions DVD. 60 minutes. 14 exercises.


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This new warm-up center floor barre was inspired by the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical. In order to get the boys warmed and ready to turn and jump with just a one hour class, Finis had them work off the barre standing in center floor in front of the mirror. Without the barre, the boys quickly learned to place themselves and engage their muscles properly. Watching themselves in the mirror, the boys quickly caught their mistakes and improved their concentration. In this breakthrough DVD, carefully paced choreographed exercises which turn and travel will refine your movement skills, as you stretch and strengthen your entire body. You will naturally develop a keener awareness of when and how to work your head, shoulders, and arms in order to balance the movements of your feet and legs. Sachiko Kanai is the demonstrator. The CD music is by Scott Killian.

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Weight .125 lbs
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“I was having difficulty with my beginner ballet class ages 6-9 at the barre. I asked Finis for advice, and he suggested that I purchase The Center Floor Barre Warm-Up. I had been locked into the idea that we must do barre with one hand or it does not qualify as ballet. Finis explained that if students could stand in front of the mirror and watch themselves work, they would get involved. He was right – my students loved it! They said it felt more like dancing, and they were more focused. The energy in my class was better and I left class feeling a renewed sense of excitement in teaching. Thank you Finis!”

— A Ballet Teacher, NY

“For a long time, I believed, as do many other ballet students, that the only way to warm up for a ballet class is by standing at the barre. This exceptional video challenges that belief. The idea for this DVD grew out of the ballet classes Finis Jhung gave to the lead boys in Billy Elliot: The Musical. The class was only an hour long and the boys had to get warmed up quickly so they could practice the demanding turns and jumps they would have to perform. So, Finis had them warm up without barres which forced them to work correctly and strongly. Since I don’t have a barre and have been using a chair for support, this video has been an eye-opener! The video starts with playful but ballet-like jogging, and then the exercises progress in difficulty and complexity to become beautiful combinations with changes of balances and directions. I found the exercises which relevé followed by a fondu or passé were extremely beneficial. I now realize that I need to strengthen my feet and improve my balance so I can work without using the barre. I am probably not alone in this challenge. Furthermore, the elegant and graceful demonstrator is Sachiko Kanai, who appears in several other Finis Jhung videos. Her attractive presence and compelling execution is inspiring. I have not found any other ballet technique videos which show a student how to warm-up without standing at the barre while strengthening the feet and turnout, improving balance, and perfecting movement skills all at the same time. This is like killing more than two birds with one stone!”

– Ileana Ray, Brooklyn, NY

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— Ione Barczak, Ballet Mistress, City Ballet, Auckland, New Zealand

“Two of my pre-pointe class won 1st place in the MOVE Dance Competition in Denver Colorado. They have had only 2 years of ballet! We are from a very small town in Wyoming and have only had a dance studio for 3 years. This was such an incredible experience, not only for my students but for myself and our dance academy. So I have to thank you once again for the fabulous instructional DVD’s. We could not have accomplished this unbelievable moment without having your wisdom. Thank you for sharing your gift of dance with us.”

—Lori Bickford, Ballet Instructor, Meadowlark Academy of Dance, Newcastle, WY

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