Foot Strength #3 – The Jumping Foot


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MUSIC: New Ballet Music 9, Track 4, 3/4
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LENGTH: 15 minutes, 54 seconds

PURPOSE OF THIS EXERCISE: This exercise teaches you how to work your foot for optimal strength when you jump


Part One: Instructions from Finis Jhung
Part Two: Technical breakdown of the exercise with Finis and demonstrator Vernard Gilmore
Part Three: Demonstration with music by Vernard with Finis standing by and coaching

Most adult beginners have trouble jumping because they don’t know how to use and work their feet. They tend to overwork their legs and under-use the feet.

This exercise shows you how to use your foot correctly.

You will practice the correct sequence of movement as you roll your foot from flat to half-toe and then push it off the floor quickly to a full point in the air. This rolling, pushing, and pointing action – when done quickly – is what makes you jump.

AUDIENCE: The adult ballet beginner

TRAINING REQUIRED: You are familiar with basic ballet technique and are strong enough to jump.

EQUIPMENT: A barre or two high-backed sturdy chairs, a full-length mirror

Play the DVD in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction. Once you’ve learned the exercise and heard the instructions, you may want to go straight to the demonstration with music so you can have a work-out without interruption.

You can find this feature on these videos.

The following DVDs don’t have the SPECIAL FEATURE but do allow you to skip the Instructions and go straight to the demonstration with music by using the SKIP FORWARD button:

  1. The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: Stretch, Turn-out, & Extension
  2. The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: The Power Barre

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Streaming videos do not offer multiple playback modes. Each DVD chapter/exercise is presented as an individual video. Once you complete an exercise, the next will play automatically. There is currently no “workout mode” available for streaming.

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—Leslie Miller, Adult Student

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— Wendy Williams McDonnell.

As an adult learner with no previous ballet experience, I was looking to gain more control and strength in my feet to improve my dancing and avoid injuries. I ordered the foot strength videos and immediately liked the format of a short video divided into separate sections. Through Finis’ explanations and the technical breakdowns, I was able to visualize and better understand what I was aiming to do. I have only just started to do the exercises, but already I am more aware of working through my feet and using the floor, both of which will help me to progress and improve.”

—Hazel Alexander

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