Instagram Live & Facebook Live Schedule
All Classes at 11 am and Saturdays at 11am and 1pm EST and last 30-45 minutes
There is no fee for the classes, but we do request that you pay what you can (above).
Tuesday, April 7 — ABSOLUTE BEGINNER BALLET BARRE: The Ailey Extension Absolute Beginner Barre Exercises
Wednesday, April 8 — AGE-DEFYING THERAPEUTIC STRETCHES: The Ailey Extension Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretch Class Exercises
Thursday, April 9 — STRENGTHEN YOUR TURNOUT
Friday, April 10 — BALLET FOR LIFE: Finis talks about pivotal moments in his life
Saturday, April 11 — 11 am: AGE-DEFYING THERAPEUTIC STRETCHES: The Ailey Extension Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretch Class Exercises
Saturday, April 11 — 1:00 pm: LET’S DANCE! WALTZ & BALANCÉ
Sunday, April 12 — BEGINNER BALLET BARRE: The Ailey Extension Beginner Ballet Class Exercises
Absolute Beginner Barre
Ground Zero for All Ballet Newbies.
Here is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of ballet dancing for those who have never studied ballet or haven’t danced since childhood. Get in touch with your body and your senses while learning how to do the basic movements that are the essence of ballet dancing. Get ready to make an intense inner journey with detailed instructions, beautiful music, and movements that will transform your body and your soul.
Dress for ballet class with ballet shoes or socks. No bare feet. Stand in front of the mirror if you have one. Use a portable barre, or 2 chairs (preferably with high backs) set apart – one for each hand, or 1 chair.
Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches
Connect Your Body With Your Mind.
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.
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.
STUDY AT HOME WITH: the streaming compilation video Age-Defying Therapeutic Stretches for Older Adults or these videos which are the sources for the compilation: Ten-Minute Stretch Break and Ballet Plus.
Strengthen Your Turnout
Discover & Use Your True Potential.
Students will focus on understanding the mechanics of movement, improving movement skills, building strength and balance, and developing artistry and musicality.
You will work on the temps lié, passé par terre, poses in croisé devant & effacé devant, pas de bourrée dessous, quarter-turns en dedans & en dehors. Dress for ballet class with ballet shoes. For best results, face a mirror so you can see what you are doing. No barre required. You will be traveling sideways, forward, and on the diagonal so the minimum clear floor space is 6 feet by 9 feet.
Ballet for Life
Finis Shares Choice Pictures & Stories From His Memoir.
For the first time, dance legend Finis Jhung shares his incredible journey from a humble childhood amid the chaos of World War II Hawai’i to an extraordinary career as a dancer on Broadway, in film, and with the Joffrey and Harkness ballet companies and then as the founder of the critically acclaimed Chamber Ballet U.S.A. Ballet for Life: A Pictorial Memoir is filled with nearly 300 gorgeous photos—most of them never before published, along with Finis’s own distinctively witty commentary on his personal and professional life and his intimate recounting of the freedom that he gained from his conversion to Buddhism 54years ago. The memoir also lovingly pays tribute to many of the fascinating dance personalities whom Finis met along the way.
Amazon Kindle Version: Ballet for Life
Let’s Dance! – Waltz & Balancé
The Essence of Classical Ballet Dancing.
Explore the challenge and feel the exhilaration of performing these basic movements that are all in 3/4. Count-by-count, step-by-step, Finis Jhung will show you, at the beginner level, how learn to do different waltz steps and the constantly used balancé steps with control and elegance. Due to space constrictions, you will mostly be moving from one side to the other. These two dance steps are the essence of classical ballet dancing and will teach you how to coordinate the movements of your four limbs so that you appear graceful and musical.
Dress for ballet class with ballet shoes or socks. No bare feet. Stand in front of the mirror if you have one.
STUDY AT HOME WITH: The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: Stretch, Turnout & Extension.
Beginner Ballet Barre
Get On Your Leg So You Can Dance.
This class is designed for students with a fundamental understanding of classical ballet. 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.
Dress for ballet class or yoga or exercise. You’ll need a barre or 2 chairs or 1 chair for support. Try to have a mirror as self-observation is very important.
Please note the LIVE/ONLINE class is the class I give my adult babies at the Ailey Extension and therefore some exercises have been revised/changed/substituted.