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Partnering Techniques: The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker Pas de Deux.
Taught by Finis Jhung.

All Levels. All Regions DVD. 70 minutes. 12 sections (no solos or coda).

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Learn the ropes, step by step, to everyone’s favorite, the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker. Griff Braun and Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre begin the video by performing the pas de deux. Next, they break it all down with Finis Jhung and tell you everything you need to know about promenades, supported pirouettes, and lifts. Griff and Johanna tell what they are thinking as they do the steps and what they expect from each other. By the end of the video you’ll have seen all the nuts and bolts of partnering. Griff has partnered some of ABT’s best ballerinas, so he knows what he’s talking about. This video is a must for anyone who intends to do this pas de deux or simply loves ballet.

  1. The Grand Pas de Deux (complete)
  2. Développé front, promenade in attitude
  3. Piqué turn en dehors, promenade in arabesque penchée
  4. Fondu développé to the side, arabesque penchée, flip to pose
  5. Whip turns en dedans, fouetté arabesque, off balance attitude pose
  6. Split jeté lift, spun pirouettes en dehors
  7. Grand pas de chat lift, supported pirouettes en dehors
  8. Traveling attitude lift
  9. Upside down attitude lift, lunge
  10. Final sequence: Continuous promenades, whip turns, poses, bows
  11. Details of supported pirouettes
  12. Partnering extra: shoulder lift

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.

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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.

I’ve been doing your DVDs with my mother in her 60s. It’s helping her out a lot with learning to keep her balance and have good posture. Even the slightest movements have helped strengthen her muscles. We love you.”

— Trula Hudelson

“This video on Partnering is one of the most informative I have ever seen. I enjoyed the detailed explanations. It will be a great teaching aid for beginning partnering classes!”

— Michelle Raider, Director, River City Youth Ballet, Elkview, WV

“I’ve never come across anything anywhere else like these videos. They’re so unique; very informative, and so well put together! I especially loved The Nutcracker Pas de Deux. I hope you make some more of them.”

— Mike Gallay, Adult Student, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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