This will be one of your favorite classes because it’s got all the “Finis” things that teachers and students want, and it’s simple enough for adult beginners. At the barre, Finis presents and explains each exercise, and while the unearthly Noriko Naraoka demonstrates, Finis stands by and coaches. In center floor, Finis shows and breaks down each exercise, Noriko demonstrates, Finis analyzes and corrects, Noriko repeats, and, when necessary, Finis gives further pointers. A real plus to this video is seeing Noriko float across the floor with utter serenity and movements that flow like silk. She really casts a spell on you. The class begins with Finis’s famous floor stretches, and then proceeds to a simply constructed barre that stretches and strengthens. In the center, Finis has designed the class to develop movement skills in different tempi as you dance your way across the floor. All exercises travel, turn, and constantly change legs and positions: from tendu and pirouettes to adagio to jumps that include assemblé, sissone ouverte to arabesque, and grand jeté. The CD music is by Scot Killian and Webster Smith.
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.
Available on these DVDs
- Absolute Beginner Ballet Group Class 1
- Beginner Ballet Barre
- Ballet Barre for the Adult Absolute Beginner
- Ballet Barre Stretch & Strength
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills 1
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills 2
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills 3
- The Boy Ballet Dancer
- The Center Floor Ballet Warm-up
- Get on Your Leg & Dance!
- Meditative Stretching
- The Ten-Minute Ballet Break
- The Ten-Minute Stretch Break
- Use Your Arms & Dance!
- Use Your Head & Turn!
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:
- The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: Stretch, Turn-out, & Extension
- The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: The Power Barre
Streaming videos do not offer multiple playback modes. Each DVD chapter/exercise is presented as an individual video. To advance between chapters, the user is required to manually click the exercise video they wish to play. Unfortunately, auto-advance is not available at this time.
About your purchasing choices…
FJ Streaming Singles We have released several brief videos (for example, our Foot Strength and Dance at Home series) which are only available to stream online. You will not receive a DVD, but may watch instantly upon completing your purchase.
DVDs vs. Streaming
You’ll notice you have purchasing options on nearly all of the Finis Jhung Instructional Videos:
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