he teaches ballet dancers
why they do what they do.”
— The New York Times
Adult Beginners! Spend your Friday nights with Finis in 3 different classes at Pearl Studios!
4 different 2-hour classes created especially for the Adult Ballet Beginner that will enhance your understanding of basic ballet movement skills; improve your turn-out and extension; and enable you to turn with balance and control.
LOCATION: Pearl Studios. 500 8th Avenue (35th & 36th Streets)
Please click “Pearl Studios” tab below for more information and room assignments.
DAY & TIME: Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Class Size is Limited to 24 students
Finis will continue teaching all on-going classes at the Ailey Extension except the Sunday Intensives.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no refunds or exchanges. HOWEVER, if fewer than 13 students are registered by 6:30pm on the Tuesday prior to that Friday’s class, that class will be canceled and your money refunded.
Basic Movement Skills: Each class begins with a short barre followed by exercises in center floor which teach correct body & arm positions; connecting footwork that travels in different directions; the waltz & the balancé; and choreographed dances.
“Let’s Dance!” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:
- FJBT Level 1 Centerwork
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 1
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 2
- Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 3
Stretch & Turnout
Feel Better. Look Better: The class begins with a short jog followed by gentle stretches lying and sitting on the floor. Then, in center floor, perform free-standing barre exercises that solidify your turnout and improve your extension.
STRETCH CLASS NOTE: You will be lying on the floor during the Stretch Class. If you wish, please bring your own towel or floor mat.
“Stretch & Turnout” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:
Get on Your Leg and Turn! After a short warm-up, practice pirouettes (outward and inward) in different positions, chaînés, and piqué turns. Learn the “untaught” preparations all good dancers use onstage. Solve the mysteries of turns!
“Pirouettes, Turns” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:
- Beginner Ballet Barre
- Use Your Head & Turn!
- Pirouette Class 1
- Pirouette Class 2
- Pirouette Class 3
- FJBT Level 5 Centerwork on Turns & Jumps
- The Art of Teaching Turns
Pose & Promenade
After a short warm-up, learn how to turn slowly in place in different directions on one foot while maintaining a definite pose such as an arabesque or attitude.
“Pose & Promenade” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:
Photo by Stephen von der Launitz