Finis Fridays!


Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue (35th & 36th Streets)
Please click “Pearl Studios” tab below for more information and room assignments.

Fridays: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$30 fee per class.
Enrollment limited to 24 students!

See class descriptions below.
Some classed already sold out: September 28, October 5, October 19, October 26, November 16, November 30.

Select as many as you’d like:
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Let’s Dance — January 11, 2019 (FF0111) (18 Remaining)
Stretch & Turnout — January 18, 2019 (FF0118) (20 Remaining)
Pirouettes, Turns — January 25, 2019 (FF0125) (22 Remaining)
Pose & Promenade — February 1, 2019 (FF0201) (23 Remaining)
Let’s Dance — February 8, 2019 (FF0208) (23 Remaining)
Stretch & Turnout — February 15, 2019 (FF0215) (23 Remaining)
Pirouettes, Turns — February 22, 2019 (FF0222) (23 Remaining)
Pose & Promenade — March 1, 2019 (FF0301) (24 Remaining)
Let’s Dance — March 8, 2019 (FF0308) (23 Remaining)
Stretch & Turnout — March 15, 2019 (FF0315) (23 Remaining)
Pirouettes, Turns — March 22, 2019 (FF0322) (23 Remaining)
Pose & Promenade — March 29, 2019 (FF0329) (24 Remaining)
Let’s Dance — April 5, 2019 (FF0405) (23 Remaining)
Stretch & Turnout — April 12, 2019 (FF0412) (23 Remaining)
Pirouettes, Turns — April 19, 2019 (FF0419) (23 Remaining)
Pose & Promenade — April 26, 2019 (FF0426) (24 Remaining)
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“Trainer extraordinaire,
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.

Let’s Dance!

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.

Inspired by…

“Let’s Dance!” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:

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.

Inspired by…

“Stretch & Turnout” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:

Pirouettes, Turns

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!

Inspired by…

“Pirouettes, Turns” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:

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.

Inspired by…

“Pose & Promenade” workshops are based on techniques covered in these videos:

Photo by Stephen von der Launitz

Additional information

Finis Fridays! Dates

Let’s Dance — April 5, 2019, Let’s Dance — February 8, 2019, Let’s Dance — January 11, 2019, Let’s Dance — March 8, 2019, Pirouettes, Turns — April 19, 2019, Pirouettes, Turns — February 22, 2019, Pirouettes, Turns — January 25, 2019, Pirouettes, Turns — March 22, 2019, Pose & Promenade — April 26, 2019, Pose & Promenade — February 1, 2019, Pose & Promenade — March 1, 2019, Pose & Promenade — March 29, 2019, Stretch & Turnout — April 12, 2019, Stretch & Turnout — February 15, 2019, Stretch & Turnout — January 18, 2019, Stretch & Turnout — March 15, 2019, Let's Dance! — September 28, 2018, Stretch & Turnout — October 5, 2018, Pirouette — October 19, 2018, Let's Dance! — October 26, 2018, Stretch & Turnout — November 16, 2018, Pirouette — November 30, 2018, Let's Dance! — December 7, 2018, Stretch & Turnout — December 14, 2018, Pirouette — December 21, 2018

Finis Fridays and the 2019 Summer Workshops will be held at Pearl Studios, located at 500 8th Avenue, which is between 35th and 36th Streets. For commuters, it is halfway between Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Pearl does not have lockers or showers, but there are changing rooms, lavatories and snacks/beverages available.


Pearl Studios occupies numerous floors at 500 8th Avenue. Each floor has several large television monitors that list room assignments. Please always confirm the room there or with the front desk.

September 28 Room 304
October 5 Room 304
October 19 Room 404
October 26 Room 409
November 16 Room 404
November 30 Room 304

“Finis Jhung is a master teacher who has brought strength, confidence, and grace into my life. His classes are a life changing experience and to him I am most grateful.”

— Yasmine Rana

 “Finis Fridays “Let’s Dance!’ is named accurately. Loved the workshop, and it’s a lovely space. Finis set up the class to uncover the intricacies of each movement with such care that I was truly dancing the combinations.

—Judy Levine

Class was great – especially like the floor.”

—Samantha Roldan

“I really enjoyed it! Thank you!

—Cinzia Parma

“I found the class an exhilarating challenge and look forward to gaining the strength to execute the combinations better. (I also need to keep my head from flopping around as I shift weight from leg to leg.) I enjoyed dancing on the wooden floor at Pearl, though I would have enjoyed some extra elbow room and more sturdy barres. The excellence of the instruction, however, makes any reservations about the space seem petty.”

— Byron Loyd

“Fridays are for special moments as the work week closes. First FINIS FRIDAY, ‘Let’s Dance!’ was exactly that: an enjoyable two hours to refine basic steps in original combinations, ‘nine pages of exercises’ as announced by Finis. I particularly liked the tricky, brain twister towards the end where from a glisse – 4th arabesque, you turned as in half-pirouette to the opposite corner changing foot pattern. Lots of fun!

— Ileana L. Ray

I enjoyed the smaller space and felt I got more feedback because it was a more intimate space (nowhere to hide!). I liked that it was walking distance from Penn Station.  This made my travel from NJ more convenient since Penn is a major NJ Transit hub. The bars seemed well worn but usable, also some of us were practicing turns and found the floor there had less resistance making the pirouettes easier. Over all I’m glad I registered and look forward to the future dates!

—Cherryl Thomas, MD

I really enjoyed the class and the studio! I think it’s perfect! Totally looking forward to the next one! Thank You.”

— Deborah Alitizio

“The Turnout Workshop on Friday was outstanding. Finis, you continue to innovate! Your approach to this element of ballet showed me, clearly, how to access and utilize my rotating muscles. The stretches were wonderful. And you knitted it all together by walking us through the application of performing our ballet vocabulary using a greater degree of turnout. Thank you!!”

— Catherine Earp

“Finis’s Turnout and Extension class gave me an entirely different understanding of what it means to work my turnout in regular ballet movements. I can’t wait to go back to class and explore this during barre and across the floor!”

—Judy Levine

”Relaxing music and deep stretches were much welcomed after a long day in the office and ‘chair tight’ hips and hamstrings. I thought the whole class was going to be stretching (which was okay by me since I enjoy and need it), but I was pleasantly surprised by the dancing and linking steps that followed that section. Since this part was all center work, the balance techniques I’ve learned were tested – no cheating (smile). This was my second workshop of the series and I realize more fully how Finis Fridays is the perfect complement to the Ballet classes I take with Finis at Ailey. Finis Fridays allow me to use and refine the techniques taught in the basic fundamental classes. Also, in this smaller setting there is more time for personal feedback. These workshops are helping me increase my body awareness and growth as a dancer. Thank you for sharing your time and expertise!”

—Cherryl Thomas, MD

“Because I have such tight hamstrings I’m apprehensive about any stretch class, especially since I pulled a hamstring about fifteen years ago in a similar environment. After a few minutes, I knew that Finis was working carefully and systematically and that I only needed to follow instructions. I liked stretching without seeking validation from the mirror. When we got up to move across the floor we were told to look out at the audience (in the mirror) ‘where the money is’. Rather than brood over our physical limitations we had to get right up and perform. That sting of adrenalin helped me to focus and to bring my whole being to the dance. We were divided into two groups and those of us not dancing did the steps behind the performing group. We were all so eager to do well, and some of us were pleased to take in some of Finis’s rather candid corrections about our bad habits. Having suffered through machinations in less than ideal theater situations, it’s an utter joy to interact with these kind and gracious colleagues. But of course, none of this camaraderie would be possible without Finis’s clear syllabus, rigorous expectations, and humor. He is nothing less than a yachtsman in the ballet studio.”

—Byron Loyd

“The turnout class not only helped with stretching our muscles, but was especially relaxing after a long day at work with music that soothed our minds and placed us in a meditative trance. Finis Friday is the perfect start to every weekend!

—Julie Wong

There is no instruction like Finis’s, as he breaks down every single action and emphasizes its purpose not only to dance, but to live with balance, confidence, and grace.”

—Yasmine Rena, Adult Student

“His tutelage continues to develop ‘thinking’ dancers, not students with dance poses. I’ve never studied with a better teacher!

—Julie Wong, Adult Student

“Are you a dancer, professional or beginner, young or old? Is your passion ballet or any other style of dance? If so, you absolutely need to experience Finis Jhung’s workshops and/or classes. No matter what you want to learn, or how experienced you are, you need to learn how to use every part of your body: head, shoulders and arms, torso, hips, buttocks, legs and last but not least feet; you will need to balance on one foot—on half point or flat—and you will need to know where you weight is at all times. This is what you can learn, in a concentrated way, from someone who has been studying and teaching what works and what doesn’t for the past 46 years, and has developed the ability to explain it clearly, precisely, using a variety of props and visual images that are extremely effective. I am convinced that this is the absolute basis of any style of dance, whether you are a professional, you just love to dance or you just want to look like a dancer….talent is not enough!”

—Adele F. Mackintosh, Ph. D. New York, NY