Since many of you haven’t been able to join our online classes for one reason or another, but still want to be able to take class with Finis as much as possible, now you can!
We’re offering our best pre-recorded classes which you can rent for 48 hours at a time for just $5.00.
You can rent on any day of the week but the rental clock begins as soon as you complete your purchase.
Choose which class you’d like. Each was recorded live on the date indicated
Absolute Beginner Ballet Barre — April 7, 2020
Strengthen Your Turnout — April 16, 2020
Beginner Ballet Barre — April 12, 2020
Centerwork for Adult Beginners – April 2020 (The content for this class was taken from two classes that are no longer offered)
Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches — April 15, 2020
Absolute Beginner Ballet Barre
In this class, Finis Jhung provides adult absolute beginner ballet students with the ballet basics that make the difference: proper posture, how to turnout correctly, how to balance on one foot, and which muscles to use and when and how to use them. Regardless of a person’s anatomy, background, or aptitude, the Finis Jhung Ballet Technique makes it possible for all adult ballet beginners to master the basics of ballet technique so that they can stand and move with the balance, strength and grace which identify classical ballet dancing.
Students should have a form of a ballet barre to hold onto (e.g. back of chair, kitchen counter or portable barre) find sufficient space to perform barre exercises and a modified center that remains in place. Try to work in front of a mirror so you can correct yourself.
Ballet class attire or tight-fitting clothing is recommended in order for you to observe your body placement in the mirror.
All music used in today’s class is from New Ballet Music 10 – “Special Places”
Composed and authorized for use in these live classes and replays by Scott Killian ©2004 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
Strengthen Your Turnout
Turnout defines classical ballet technique. The outward rotation of the legs in the hips expands the dancer’s range of movement and creates beautiful body positions unique to the art of ballet. Adults who have limited turnout and flexibility and had little or no ballet training must learn how to find their turnout potential and maximize it. All beginner ballet classes for adults should provide detailed instructions and examples on how to turnout correctly without stress and strain. The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique teaches adult ballet beginners how to access and utilize the muscles in the groin that afford turnout. In this class adult ballet beginners find their turnout safely by slowly performing exercises sitting on the floor and standing alone in center floor. Adult ballet beginners who have taken this class have been surprised to learn they can improve their turnout and move with balletic elegance and grace.
In this Strengthen Your Turnout class, you will learn how to access and utilize the muscles in your groin that affect your turnout. You will mainly be stretching these muscles, but at the same time you will perform every movement slowly, according to your own ability, in order to avoid muscle strain. You will perform exercises sitting on the floor and standing alone in center floor.
No barre required. Dress for ballet class or yoga or exercise so you can see your groin area and outline of your body and legs. Try to have a mirror as self-observation is very important.
All music used in today’s class composed and authorized for use in these live classes and replays by Scott Killian
New Ballet Music 3 – “New Ballet Music 3” ©1996 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
New Ballet Music 4 – “All in 3/4” ©2009 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
New Ballet Music 12 – “Simply Grand” ©2008 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
Beginner Ballet Barre
This is the beginner ballet class barre I teach my adult babies at the Ailey Extension in NYC. This class is geared to adults who have limited ballet training, lack turnout and strength, and are not natural dancers. The purpose of this class is to “get you on your leg” so that you can balance, turn, and jump. You will strengthen your balance as you strengthen your feet and identify the #1 leg — your pillar — through which the body weight falls fully into an active foot, balancing, ready to push down into motion. At the same time, you will activate the supporting arm/shoulder by pressing firmly on the barre. You will grasp the essential ideas of the ballet movement process while being reminded of the often-neglected basics that make the difference.
Students should have a form of a ballet barre to hold onto (e.g. back of chair, kitchen counter or portable barre) find sufficient space to perform barre exercises and a modified center that remains in place.
Ballet class attire or tight fitting clothing is recommended in order for you to observe your body placement in the mirror.
All music used in today’s class is from New Ballet Music 13 – “Inspirations”
Composed and authorized for use in these live classes and replays by Scott Killian ©2010 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
Centerwork for Adult Beginners
Finis shows you how to pas de bourrée and waltz—the most basic dancing steps that travel sideways and forward and link to various poses, turns, and jumps.
In this video, Finis breaks down count-by-count the pas de pas de bourrée de côte (3 steps moving sideways) and the pas de valse en avant (3 steps moving forward).
Unique to Finis’s teaching is his emphasis on learning how to work and move the torso and arms to facilitate the movements of the feet and legs. Energy from the core of the body radiates outward through all four limbs constantly, which results in dancing that is elegant and graceful.
*This video is a compilation of two previously recorded classes from April 2020.
Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches
Improve your balance, relax tense muscles, restore mobility and flexibility, and calm your mind with slowly paced doable exercises done both sitting and standing. This artfully designed series of deceptively simple stretches literally works the musculature of the entire body from head to toe — while requiring a focused mind attentive to the details of each movement. The class is rooted in the dancer’s warmup Finis developed during more than six decades as dancer and teacher that will inspire minor miracles in your body and soul. From young adults through senior citizens and from dance or ballet beginners to athletes to home or office workers to anyone on their feet all day or needing some physical activity, this class is truly for everyone.
Dress for ballet or yoga or exercise class. No shoes required. For best results, face a mirror so you can see what you are doing. You will need a firm chair or stool with a sturdy seat that can bend over and place your hands on to support your weight
All music used in today’s class composed and authorized for use in these live classes and replays by Scott Killian:
New Ballet Music 4 – “All in 3/4” ©2009 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
New Ballet Music 5 – “Ballet Today” ©2000 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
New Ballet Music 9 – “In The Moment” ©2003 Ballet Dynamics Inc.
New Ballet Music 12 – “Simply Grand” ©2007 Ballet Dynamics Inc.