Classic Classes 1: Advanced Beginning-Intermediate Pointe Class

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 75 minutes. 21 exercises.


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Teach it or take it, this class is a beauty. Finis works with the elegant Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre in a simply structured class on pointe that begins with Finis presenting and showing each barre exercise and then standing by and coaching Johanna as she beautifully demonstrates. In center floor, Finis shows and explains each exercise, Johanna demonstrates, Finis analyzes and coaches, Johanna repeats, and Finis usually gives more pointers. As she puts on her pointe shoes, Johanna shares some professional tips. As you watch and dance along with Johanna, you will become aware of the finer details that are the hallmarks of professionalism: musicality, correct port de bras, sharp pointes, refined delicacy, and perfect classical line. The CD music is by Scott Killian and Bill Brown.


  1. Relax and stretch
  2. Battement tendu in 1st position facing the barre
  3. Pliés
  4. Battement tendu in 1st position with stretches
  5. Battement tendu in 5th position with piqué & balance
  6. Battement tendu, dégagé in 5th position with balance
  7. Working the foot & stretching the body
  8. Rond de jambe on the floor, in the air, with stretches
  9. Battement tendu dégagé with sous-sus
  10. Battement fondu
  11. Grand battement


  1. Temps lié to pointe
  2. Fondu to pointe
  3. Développé to pointe
  4. Piqué pose
  5. Fondu relevé traveling diagonally
  6. Relevé & piqué développé traveling diagonally
  7. Large piqué fouetté turning (arabesque) with changements
  8. Piqué turns and pas de bourrée
  9. Piqué turns and jeté
  10. Révérence

Additional information

Weight .125 lbs
Dimensions N/A
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Play the DVD in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction. Once you’ve learned the exercise and heard the instructions, you may want to go straight to the demonstration with music so you can have a work-out without interruption.

You can find this feature on these videos.

The following DVDs don’t have the SPECIAL FEATURE but do allow you to skip the Instructions and go straight to the demonstration with music by using the SKIP FORWARD button:

  1. The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: Stretch, Turn-out, & Extension
  2. The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: The Power Barre

Streaming Playback

Streaming videos do not offer multiple playback modes. Each DVD chapter/exercise is presented as an individual video. Once you complete an exercise, the next will play automatically. There is currently no “workout mode” available for streaming.

“Thank you for your wonderful classes. They are an inspiration. We met many years ago when I was a student taking your summer course (at the Bartholin Seminar) in Copenhagen. I’ve been a fan ever since. Yes, I was one of those students. I must admit that at the time I didn’t understand everything you were talking about, but I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t taken your classes. It’s difficult to choose one video that I like the best since they all address various important topics. I feel that you emphasize topics that are rarely talked about today and find innovative solutions to transfer this to the dancer.”

— Jens Rosen, Stockholm, Sweden. August 2019

“FIVE STARS! Fantastic video for any student, teacher or lover of ballet. This vintage video of a sixteen-year-old Michele Wiles is so fun to watch, her dancing is truly incredible. And Finis’s gentle yet effective approach is quite inspiring. I love Finis’s videos!

— AloBallerina. May 13, 2016

“As a ballet student returning to pointe work after some time, I find this video to be uplifting and inspiring. Johanna is a beautiful demonstrator and the exercises are just simple and challenging enough to keep me motivated. I also love the music. Finis’s poetic approach to teaching ballet is just lovely, and I adore his lyrical descriptions. I’ve tried a few other ballet DVDs and decided to return to more of this series because I’m so inspired by his technique. He is a gifted and masterful instructor.”

— Quynbi, aerialist and dancer, Seattle, WA.

“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

“Finally, I have met someone who explains the mechanics of why and how, and who respects the body for all it can do. Finis’s videos and music are a must for every teacher in dance.”

— Alice Sarkissian-Cadwell, Chair-Head, Dance Department, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

“Your videos are pure joy. They are so refreshing and inspirational. I can’t thank you enough for all the help you’ve give me through your excellent videos.”

— Wendy Stein, Dancepower Inc, Old Bridge, NJ

“I really enjoy the Classic Classes DVDs since I need to follow a structured class. My schedule does not permit me to make the local ballet classes, which is why your DVDs are so valuable to me. Someone like me can take class from you, Finis Jhung, everyday! What joy and happiness you bring to my heart and spirit.”

— Sandra Chiodo, Pittsburgh, PA

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