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UPDATED AND BETTER THAN EVER! THE EXERCISE INSTRUCTIONS ARE MORE PRECISE AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL HAS BEEN REVISED.
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: A Guide for Teachers and Students concentrates on the essentials for absolute and advanced beginners—of any age and body type—with an eye toward organic movement logic. Besides count-by-count instructions for every exercise, the author has fleshed out each exercise with time-tested, point-by-point descriptions and in-depth analyses which clarify the mechanics of movement and will enable you to turn mystery into mastery.
The book is not illustrated but provides detailed notes on every exercise demonstrated in the first four DVDs of The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Series, as well as selected exercises from Ballet Plus, The Art of Teaching Turns, andThe Art of Teaching Jumps.
Whether you use the book alone or with its companion DVDs, we are confident you will find the answers to your unanswered questions.
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Discover—or rediscover—the essentials of good ballet technique in this comprehensive, accessible book.
Ballet has a reputation as a beautiful but intimidating art form, and those who lack natural flexibility or a typical dancer’s body may feel unwelcome in a ballet studio. In his first book, former professional dancer and longtime instructor Jhung dispels that notion, reminding students and teachers of the pure joy that dance can bring while offering clear guidance on how to move with grace and confidence—and avoid injury.
He talks candidly about his own struggles with demanding classical technique and explains how he eventually learned to work with his body, rather than against it, when dancing. Jhung doesn’t demand perfect turnout or high battements from his students; instead,
he emphasizes proper posture and alignment, which he convincingly argues are the real foundation of good dance. With that in mind, he moves through a series of exercises, from simple stretches and basic barre work to more advanced center work involving turns and
jumps. Lessons begin with an outline of the specific movements and are followed by a detailed analysis of each exercise so that readers will understand why it’s essential to perfect simple steps before moving on to more complex choreography. These initial lessons are clearly explained and are easy to follow even for those with no prior ballet training.
Throughout, Jhung maintains his encouraging, supportive tone while also discouraging the sloppiness and overreach that leads to strained, inelegant movement—valuable lessons for beginners and advanced students alike.
A fresh, friendly guide that demystifies classical ballet while providing clear guidance on how to be a better dancer.
— Kirkus Reviews
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