Finis Fridays!

$35.00

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

Select Fridays: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$35 fee per class.
Enrollment limited to 30 students!

See class descriptions below.

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Finis Fridays! Dates PriceQuantityStock
Stretch & Turnout - September 27, 2019 $35.00
12 Remaining
Promenade & Pirouette - October 25, 2019 $35.00
17 Remaining
Linking Steps - November 22, 2019 $35.00
20 Remaining
Allegro Movements - December 13, 2019 $35.00
19 Remaining
Promenade & Pirouette - January 24, 2020 $35.00
29 Remaining
Linking Steps - February 21, 2020 $35.00
29 Remaining
Allegro Movements - March 27, 2020 $35.00
30 Remaining

Description

“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
“Trainer extraordinaire,
he teaches ballet dancers
why they do what they do.”
— The New York Times

New 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 30 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 15 students are registered by 6:30pm on the Tuesday prior to that Friday’s class, that class will be canceled and your money refunded.

Stretch & Turnout

Warmup, Floor Stretches, Barre, Center Exercises

First, a short jog to warm up, then a series of limbering up exercises executed either lying down or sitting on the floor. Next, you will stand at the barre and in center floor where you will be guided through a series of slowly-paced exercises designed to engage all muscles relevant to movement and dance. NOTE: Please come prepared with a mat or large towel.

Promenade & Pirouette

Barre, Turning Movements

The Barre exercises are designed to strengthen the entire body and mind and provide a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of turning movements.  The science of balancing while slowly turning on one foot in a definite pose (promenade) and then turning faster on half-toe in a pirouette will be broken down step-by-step, count-by-count.

Linking Steps

Barre, Basic Center Floor Steps

This class begins with an extensive barre focused on working the feet in different ways followed by center floor work on the basic linking steps that lead into various poses and turns. The steps include the tombé, temps lié, passé par terre, chassé, pas de bourrées sideways and forward, and the glissade. You will also learn to perform the balancé and waltz with fluidity and elegance.

Allegro Movements

Barre, Lively Center Floor Dancing

Allegro: A music term indicating “a brisk tempo”!  The ability to move quickly is a skill essential to all ballet dancers.  After a comprehensive barre, you will explore the challenge and then feel the exhilaration of dancing quickly-paced steps such as the fondu développé relevé, piquê arabesque, chassé, pas de chat, glissade assemblé and glissade jeté.

If you sign up and then find you can’t make it, use the forum to let other students know. Someone may want to buy your spot. Join Finis Fridays Google Group
Note: This group is run by other students and not by Finis Jhung.

Photo by Stephen von der Launitz

Additional information

Finis Fridays! Dates

Allegro Movements – December 13, 2019, Allegro Movements – March 27, 2020, Linking Steps – February 21, 2020, Linking Steps – November 22, 2019, Promenade & Pirouette – January 24, 2020, Promenade & Pirouette – October 25, 2019, Stretch & Turnout – September 27, 2019

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.

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

“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

I enjoyed the workshop on Friday night. It seems a bit more relaxed than rushing to your regular class during the weekdays. It really reminded me of the importance of the preparation and the detailed sequence of execution of doing a turn properly. … I liked that you incorporated chaînés turns. It was something different that we don’t normally practice in your class at Ailey on a regular basis (or at least when I attend your class). I liked that it was a bit a surprise. Maybe slow and small piqué turns (both en dedans, en dehors) so it corporates movement in turning?”

—Karin Kato

Your class was great as usual! I hope with time and lots of practice, I can replace the emotional turmoil inside my head with the solid preparation you taught us on how to pirouette. The next time I try the chaînés turns, I will try to understand the one turn better before attempting the second one. I realize my spotting is very weak and will practice more during the Wednesday classes. Before I met you, my mind and body were disconnected, and I had the worst posture imaginable. I’m still working on it, but I would be a completely different person had I not met you. I’m grateful every day to be one of your adult babies! Thanks again for creating such beautiful classes for us!”

—Julie Wong

“The class was great, and I enjoyed it a lot! The components of a pirouette were explained and practiced in manageable exercises. I have a better idea about placing weight on the ball of my foot and pushing down instead of lifting the heel.”

—Susanne Appel

“Never enough practice with pirouettes, especially for adult ballet students! It was a great idea to start the class with practicing certain aspects of the pirouette execution at the barre. Working enface ‘to find the end of the plié’ and then go to relevé passé, while you could see yourself in the mirror, helped with learning the placement and finding the balance both visually and physically. I also appreciated reviewing the chaînés – from breaking them down working enface again to doing them in diagonal. The combinations putting everything together felt like a bonus. Fun Finis Friday!

—Ileana Ray

Great class again!!! Loved the chaînés turns. I think I’m pretty good at them because we use them a lot in ballroom. Much better than my one leg turn anyway… I especially like the way the turn is dissected to show technique. Thank You.”

—Deborah Altizio

“Because of my scoliosis turning is very difficult for me, particularly on the left leg. I’m further handicapped by weak ankles and ADD. I hope I’m not being overly quixotic in hoping that I can learn to make an outside turn on my right leg. … I had fun doing the chaînés turns and in the past, I had some capacity for attitude and arabesque turns (though as I say that was in the past). I suspect I need to make short term goals: balancing on one leg in a low passe, spotting while keeping my head level, building strength in my ankles. I don’t know how you could have improved on your presentation. I particularly liked the image of coiling tight and then releasing into the turn. I also commend you for not blowing your stack. Turning is just damned hard for some of us.”

—Byron Loyd

“I was pretty dizzy by the end of class but proud to have made it through to the end. Most likely I will not be able to learn to do the pirouettes because of an inability to spot or stand on half-pointe. Nonetheless I will keep trying because the effort makes a big difference in everyday life. Thanks.”

—Sharon E. Sutton

I thought it was great, and it proved once again to me that it’s a long haul not a quick fix (of course I was hoping I’d walk out of there with a pirouette! but I can see that it’s an accumulation of working on one aspect, another aspect, the first aspect, a third aspect, putting them all together, etc.).”

—Judy Levine

“Thank you very much for another great class. You really break down how to do pirouette properly and went slowly so that I could follow. Especially the way you describe how to shift your weight to the toe when you make pirouette was really helpful, and now I have better understanding of the difference between shifting weight to the toe and lifting up my heels. I feel like I also need more muscle in my stomach and upper body, as I feel my upper body is not quite stable and that causes me to lose my balance when I make pirouette. And I really like when you explained that pirouette is all logical and rational and there is no emotion in it unlike jumping. Contrast. I do like the ballet you teach has contrast in many ways (like how to use your body), that is how you emphasize beauty and it is seen in many art. Thank you again for sharing your technique and philosophy. Your class is very inspiring!

—M.

“1. It takes much less effort to turn on a sprung floor. Way less. 2. If I learn how to exhale while pressing my shoulders/upper body down, I won’t look like I’m about to die while turning!”

—Frances Lee

“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

“I was very excited when Finis announced Pose & Promenade as a new Finis Friday class, because I’ve always had trouble keeping my balance while executing a promenade or extending an attitude into an arabesque. First, we practiced the promenade at the barre while keeping the pointed toe on the floor and closely observing our movements in the mirror. Most important, Finis taught us to promenade by first turning an arm and shoulder which makes it much easier to pivot and turn the supporting heel forward. After an intense barre which instilled the basic ideas of how to promenade, we then moved to center floor where we practiced different promenade exercises. Using what I learned at the barre, I was able to assume various large poses focusing on the standing leg, using the arm and shoulder correctly, and using the eyes properly. Having learned how to coordinate these movements and having gained an awareness of the different directions and lines that classical ballet demands has given me the confidence I need in order to successfully promenade in attitude, as well as in the first and second arabesque positions while in an on-going class at The Ailey Extension. I love that Finis insists we fill the music with movement that never stops. This makes our movements more fluid and meaningful. Last but not least, I was happy to practice chaîné turns broken down into an exercise which challenged maintaining the balance, spotting and the coordination of arms. I cannot wait for the next Pose & Promenade!

—Ileana Ray

“Although it has only been three years since I started studying ballet with Finis Jhung, I have experienced countless rich and profound moments in his classes and workshops. The Pose and Promenade workshop I recently took put everything in perspective. Finis’s clear direction in not only breaking down the steps, but also providing the rationale for every movement brought everything I had been doing over the past three years to fruition. I had never studied ballet before, yet after this workshop, I felt the confidence to dance with absolute freedom and grace as I was in the presence of a roomful of other graceful dancers of diverse ages and experience who, under Finis Jhung’s wisdom, patience, and compassion, moved with intent and beauty.

“For me, last night was the best because I had to balance on the ground when turning and that’s what is important for me. Just because people can pirouette doesn’t mean they’re perfectly balanced or grateful. I have terrible trouble pirouetting hence I can’t stay for the second half of beginner class. I observed some people from that class who think they’re better than others just because they can pirouette, but I noticed last night even the more experienced people needed to do the turning on the ground just as much as I because they need more balance as well. I would do Pose and Promenade in any class. It’s the best preparation for everything and works for all levels. Thank you!”

—Yasmin Rana

“I just wanted to thank you for yesterday’s class. I really enjoyed it and I heard other people said the same thing after class. There were a lot of things we learn at beginner’s class, but yesterday it was broken down very well, and the class was slow enough for me to follow. It was a really great practice for being balanced on one foot with better alignment and keeping my turn out. As I build more strength and have a better understanding of what you teach us, I feel my whole body is becoming one. My body is more deeply connected with my mind. Or I even feel there is no boundary between body and mind sometimes, that’s when I do better in class. Many people find your class very therapeutic. Maybe because of this ‘oneness.’ We are all very fortunate to take your lesson. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and all the energy and passion for teaching!”

—Mizuyo

“I really enjoyed the Pose and Promenade workshop this past Friday. I was excited to learn new movements that were interesting but still simple enough to grasp. I mentioned to a friend recently that though it’s hard for me to come there after work on Fridays, I’m always happy I push myself to attend because I am never disappointed.  It’s a real joy! Thanks for all that you do.”

—Cherryl

“I look forward to my next two Finis Fridays. This past Friday’s workshop was very useful, especially the promenade practice that we did at the barre. I was wondering how we were going to do that at the barre but what we did was quite feasible and helpful. The number of steps we practiced in center floor was just enough for me. Doing a step over and over on one leg is demanding and tiring, however what we did was just enough. Over all I have been enjoying the Friday workshops very much. I always walk away having learned or discovered a detail that I find helpful. I am very interested in technique and movement analysis so it’s not hard for me to focus and I hopefully my work and focus are showing! Look forward to the next class!

—Adele