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  • Self-Massage with Finis Jhung
  • Basic Ballet for the Adult Absolute Beginner
  • Beginner Ballet Barre
  • Ballet Barre Stretch & Strength
  • Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 1
  • Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 2
  • Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 3

In recent years I have learned so much from teaching adult beginners and have now put this new knowledge into the “red” videos: Self-Massage with Finis Jhung, Ballet Barre for the Adult Absolute Beginner, Ballet Barre Stretch & Strength and Beginner Ballet Barre and the “yellow” videos: Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lessons 1, 2, 3. These videos contain all my latest ideas which make ballet easier to understand and do for both non-dancers and former dancers. Non-dancers are so excited to know they can balance, turn, and dance across the floor—and you teachers will be thrilled to see how quickly your students improve!

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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.

Available on these DVDs

  1. Beginner Ballet Barre
  2. Ballet Barre for the Adult Absolute Beginner
  3. Ballet Barre Stretch & Strength
  4. Basic Ballet Movement Skills 1
  5. Basic Ballet Movement Skills 2
  6. Basic Ballet Movement Skills 3
  7. The Boy Ballet Dancer
  8. The Center Floor Ballet Warm-up
  9. Get on Your Leg & Dance!
  10. Meditative Stretching
  11. The Ten-Minute Ballet Break
  12. The Ten-Minute Stretch Break
  13. Use Your Arms & Dance!
  14. Use Your Head & Turn!

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

Streaming Playback

Streaming videos do not offer multiple playback modes. Each DVD chapter/exercise is presented as an individual video. To advance between chapters, the user is required to manually click the exercise video they wish to play. Unfortunately, auto-advance is not available at this time.

“If I wasn’t sold on your technique already, I most certainly would have been today. My dancers are learning jazz leaps and I haven’t done a jeté in over a year (due to injury) and quite honestly, I never really nailed it, even as a youngster. Today, I was working on a leap combination for class and I just told myself, “just mark it, don’t push it”. Anyway, I did it, and was watching in the mirror and I shocked myself. ‘That was me,’ I said. ‘Holy $@% #!’ Without really trying, my legs were split I was up in the air. Higher than I had ever gone before. I have no pain and now I can’t wait to really try! All I can say is that it is due to all the work I have been doing the past 2 years with your videos. I have built strength I have in my feet and legs! I never considered myself a jumper, but maybe, even at 47, I can now! THANK YOU! My students are going to learn so much this year!

— Sharise Parviz, Studio Sharise, Creative & Performing Arts Center, San Jose, CA

“I have been training with your videos now for a year and a half—six days (sometimes seven) each week. Because of your training and techniques, I have been able to improve my own technique. At age 46, I have become a better dancer and teacher. I apply your techniques in all my classes, whether they be ballet, jazz, tap, or hip-hop. After all, a turn is a turn, no matter the dance idiom. My classes run a little slower than they used to, but I prefer quality rather than quantity and my students seem to really enjoy the process and are learning the proper way to do things. Most importantly, they are understanding the reason why they do what they do. I want my students to dance ‘clean’ and don’t just ‘shake it and fake it.’ You are my hero and I want to be the teacher you are! I have gone through almost all your DVDs and have now begun learning from your pointe package. I can’t wait!”

— Sharise Parvise, Studio Sharise, San Jose, CA

Ballet Barre Stretch & Strength

This is the perfect DVD for all of us who like to practice at home. It teaches you how to use proper turnout and how to plié with strength and purpose. There are exercises that challenge your balance and really make you work your feet properly. I feel good doing these exercises!

— Sooji Pak, New York, NY

“I want to thank you for making this kind of class so accessible. It is challenging yet enjoyable, with plenty to think about. At the end, I felt well prepared for more dancing. I actually think it is a good barre for a character class for seniors, and goes well with the Basic Ballet Movement Skills.

— Judith Chestnut, NSW, Australia

Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 3

“In a word: exquisite! Who knew a balancé could be so beautiful? It glides, it bounces, and it twirls. Thank you Finis, your CD/DVD is so smart and makes the seemingly simple balancé accessible. It has given me new understanding of the movement: how open, even reaching it is, and how it covers space. I am encouraged to dance anew a beautiful, exquisite balancé!”

— Nancy Needham L’Héritier, former professional dancer, New York, NY

“This new balancé video is very appealing. It is well presented and recorded. I enjoyed seeing Finis and Antonio relaxed and engaged while de-mystifying this somewhat tricky step. When I’d seen a preview of it earlier, I thought this was what I’d been waiting for: it didn’t disappoint. Sometimes I have problems recognizing the boundaries of this step in center floor work, e.g., when/where one movement ends and another begins. Happily for me, the solution arrived with this video. Patiently and methodically, Finis clarifies how to use this step in different ways: to introduce another step, to transition from one step to another, and how to perform it all on its own (sometimes hiding in plain sight)!”

— Suzanne Manning, Adult Student, New York, NY

“In a word: exquisite! Who knew a balancé could be so beautiful? It glides, it bounces, and it twirls. Thank you Finis, your DVD is so smart and makes the seemingly simple balancé accessible. It has given me new understanding of the movement: how open, even reaching it is, and how it covers space. I am encouraged to dance a new a beautiful, exquisite balancé!”

— Nancy Needham L’Héritier, former professional dancer, New York, NY

“What better way to stay in tune with dancing during the holiday season than by practicing the quintessential ballet step. The Basic Ballet Movement Skills series is really exciting. The attention to detail in the instructions is wonderful and the choreography of each exercise is interesting and appropriate for level of that exercise. This is a most enjoyable series and I am sure I will not be disappointed by this new lesson.”

— Judith Chestnut, NSW, Australia

“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!”

— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

“I have never tried to learn anything from a ballet video in the five decades I have been taking ballet lessons. Off and on for the last 10 years, I have had the pleasure of taking classes with Finis Jhung through the Ailey Extension. For those of you who have done that, you know that Finis has a unique personality in class—brilliantly able to explain exactly how to do any ballet step, funny, sharp in every sense of the word, and painfully honest. I doubted whether all that could be captured on video. But it has been! His new carefully structured video on the balancé moves from an easy version of the step to a far more complex version by video’s end. Antonio Carmena is an excellent demonstrator. As Finis explains Antonio’s every movement and reinforces every nuance, the viewer is quick to see that this video will improve not only the viewer’s balancé, but also aspects of the execution of many ballet steps—from the precise placement of the head and chest to the reaching back of the arm to initiate a movement to the use of opposition to balance a movement. For weeks, Finis had been telling me in class to extend my arms more; listening to him on the video and studying Antonio, I saw exactly what Finis meant. He was right—as usual. I actually did the balancés with the video, while watching Antonio and paying attention to Finis at every point during their execution, and I learned a lot. Just like in class.”

— Regina H. Paul, President, Policy Studies in Education. NY

For existing customers

If you already have these videos, you may substitute one or more DVDs as follows: Choose any replacement DVDs you like*

  • 9-12 DVD package – substitute 4
  • 7 or 8 DVD Package – substitute 3
  • 6 DVD Package – substitute 2
  • 5 DVD Package – substitute 1

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