Classic Classes 3: Slow Intermediate Class

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 75 minutes. 18 exercises.

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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.

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BARRE EXERCISES

  1. Floor stretches
  2. Pliés
  3. Battement tendu in 1st position facing the barre
  4. Battement tendu in 1st position with stretches
  5. Battement tendu in 5th position with stretches & balance
  6. Battement tendu dégagé in 5th position with balance
  7. Working the foot and stretching the body
  8. Rond de jambe on the floor, in the air, with stretches
  9. Fondu & Frappé
  10. Grand battement

CENTER EXERCISES

  1. Waltz, pirouette en dehors
  2. Traveling adagio with piqué arabesque
  3. Waltz, piqué arabesque, fondu relevé, pirouette en dedans
  4. Arabesque turn, changements
  5. Drill, pas de bourrée
  6. Assemblé, jumping pas de bourrées, chaînés
  7. Assemblé, sissone, jumping pas de bourrées, grand jeté
  8. Révérence

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“Fantastic video for any student, teacher or lover of ballet. This vintage video of a 16-year-old Michele Wiles is so fun to watch, her dancing is truly incredible. And Finis’ gentle yet effective approach is quite inspiring. I love Finis’s videos!

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“I have been training with your videos now for a year and a half—six days (sometimes seven) each week. Because of your training and techniques, I have been able to improve my own technique. At age 46, I have become a better dancer and teacher. I apply your techniques in all my classes, whether they be ballet, jazz, tap, or hip-hop. After all, a turn is a turn, no matter the dance idiom. My classes run a little slower than they used to, but I prefer quality rather than quantity and my students seem to really enjoy the process and are learning the proper way to do things. Most importantly, they are understanding the reason why they do what they do. I want my students to dance ‘clean’ and don’t just ‘shake it and fake it.’ You are my hero and I want to be the teacher you are! I have gone through almost all your DVDs and have now begun learning from your pointe package. I can’t wait!”

— Sharise Parvise, Studio Sharise, San Jose, CA

“I want you to know how much my students and I have enjoyed your videos and CD’s. I Love your relaxed way and interesting approach to body placement. I so enjoy the floor work at the beginning of the video.”

— Barbara Hyland Janisaitis, Teacher, Daytona Beach, FL

“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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