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2020 Finis Jhung Teacher Workshop: “Teach What Really Matters”


This workshop has been canceled for 2020, due to concerns related to COVID-19. If you registered for this workshop and have not yet been contacted, please email for a complete refund.

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Each year the workshop is renewed, and although the underlying principles are consistent from year to year, Finis brings a fresh approach to how he presents the material. This has been a delight for many of us who return year after year.

—Jason Schadt, University of Iowa

The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique concentrates on the essentials all dancers —of any age and body type—should know. Besides count-by-count instructions for every exercise, Finis fleshes out each exercise with time-tested, point-by-point descriptions and in-depth analyses that will improve your technique and artistry. Find out how you and your dancers can be your personal best Sign up and get a free documentary video of Finis performing with the Harkness Ballet in 1967. Space is limited

Payment includes streaming access to the Harkness Ballet documentary showing Finis performing in 1967, detailed class notes, an FJ T-shirt, 5 free music CDs, and a Certificate of Merit to post on your wall. Sorry, NO VIDEO RECORDING will be allowed.


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Refund Policy

Teacher Workshop August 1 & 2, 2020

Participants who withdraw on or before May 3, 2020 are entitled to a refund less an
administrative fee of $75. No refunds will be given after this date.

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Daily Schedule:

10-10:30 Teachers Arrive
10:30 – 12 noon Barre
12 noon – 12:10 p.m. Break*
12:10 – 1:10 p.m. Barre, continued; Center
1:10 – 1:55 p.m. Lunch on Your Own*
1:55 – 2:55 p.m. Center
2:55 – 3:05 p.m. Break*
3:05 – 4:05 p.m. Center
4:05 – 4:30 p.m. Q&A or Review Class Work

*Due to space limitations, we cannot provide food or drink. Nor will we sell any products.

From the 2018 Teacher Workshop

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Photo by Stephen von der Launitz

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“The best teachers teach mechanics and the order of operations within preparations. They get students feeling the sensation of their working muscles and noticing how aligning their bodies lets them dance better. Each of the last three years I have attended the Finis Jhung Teachers Workshop in New York to study this kind of purposeful teaching in action.

“Working with Finis at the workshop has helped me deepen my understanding of the principles of ballet technique and to focus my efforts as a teacher on the most important elements. I have become a better teacher of advanced teen students (who are finding consistency and even beauty in their strong vertical pirouettes), and of youth dancers (who love tapping into the sensory experience of pressing down). My adult ballet classes have flourished and my students can sense my excitement for continually refining my teaching practices. In that regard, Finis is a great model for other teachers. Each year the workshop is renewed, and although the underlying principles are consistent from year to year, Finis brings a fresh approach to how he presents the material. This has been a delight for many of us who return year after year.

—Jason Schadt
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Dance,
Artistic Director, UI Youth Ballet and Community Dance School,
University of Iowa,

“As long as you are open to the evolution of ballet technique you will learn so much from Finis Jhung. This is an enlightening workshop. Discover how to really dance, not simply mimic teachers. As always Finis puts his heart and soul into teaching us, and his commitment to proper movement is so beautiful!”

— Julie Caprio, Owner, Ballet Technique, Home of Hamilton Ballet Theatre, NJ

“Finis, thank you so much for the most fun, informative, and incredible ballet workshop! This was exactly what I was looking for! Finis brilliantly breaks down what’s truly important in building your dancers. I was feeling that my teaching was becoming stagnant and that the movement and actual dancing part of ballet was missing from my lesson plans. I was looking for different teacher workshops and Finis’s stood out immediately! His methodology is profound and accessible. It makes dancing feel like flying and I learned so much in just 2 days of workshops. I can’t wait to go back! Much love to you!”

— Katherine Marshall, KJAM Studios, Albuquerque, NM

“Great workshop. I was inspired seeing how Finis’s correction help the dancers in class improve instantly. I can’t wait to try these corrections on my students.”

— Joyce DiLauro, Owner & Director, Starship Dance Studio, Guilford, CT

“Can’t believe it’s 5 years since I did this. Five years since I learned so much that really changed how I teach. Every class I teach I say ‘thank you Finis.’

— Rosemary Robenn, Tutor, Teacher, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

“This weekend I was blessed to have had the experience of participating in my ballet instructor’s extraordinary workshop ‘Teach What Really Matters’ with Finis Jhung. His unique and thorough approach to dance technique and movement is the only true way to learn ballet. I’ve learned from the best and will continue to push myself to not only continue to take classes with him (10.5 years already!), but to study at home with his instructional DVDs and music compilations.”

— Dr. Crystal Joseph, Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist, New York, NY

Wonderful two days with Finis, learning about teaching what really matters! Energized and exhausted!

— Carol Naish, Kailua, HI

“Thank you for a wonderful workshop. You continue to innovate, and it is just so incredible and inspiring. Thank you so much!”

— Catherine Earp, Pilates & Ballet Instructor, NJ

Awesome workshop as always!!!

— Claudine Carter Pereira, “Forensic Ballerina”
Certified Latent Print Examiner at Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ballet Instructor, FL

Today is the first day I felt free to teach what truly matters. You are such an inspiration breaking out of the mold. Even though I work for myself at my own studio, I still have always felt forced to teach the usual, trying desperately to still get your message across. <strong>Today is a new day!</strong> I saw the difference in one class. Wow! Courage. Inspiration. <strong>You are a light in the dance world and a beacon of hope for a new generation.</strong> I will keep learning. Onward!”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>—Shannon Cullem</p>
“Words cannot begin to describe my experience during your teacher workshop. <strong>I am humbled and grateful to have spent time learning from you.</strong> You have changed the lens through which I view ballet. I am excited to share your fundamentals with my students and eager to work on my neck and sternum. You were able to point out exactly what needs to change with my dancing and <strong>I am forever indebted to you</strong> and vow to work on it daily. <strong>Thank you! Thank you!</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Shannon Cushing</p>
“Thanks again for a wonderful workshop! <strong>I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned to my students.</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Samantha Iddings</p>
“I know about Finis’s Teacher Workshop because he is a legend! It’s not just a teacher workshop of doing – it’s a workshop of Finis imparting his wealth of knowledge to teachers from all over the world. <strong>I’ve been here multiple times and always go back to my studio with enthusiasm – and as a better teacher.</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Joyce DiLauro, Starship Dance Studio, CT</p>
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed taking class with you at Alvin Ailey and the Teachers Workshop on the 21st and 22nd of July. I have been following your tips on Facebook and using them with my students for the last couple of years and <strong>it was excellent to be able to work with you in person and gain so much invaluable advice.</strong> I am looking forward to passing on new concepts and ideas to my pupils, both children and adults. Thank you for taking such a personal interest in me; <strong>I fully valued every minute of the course with you.</strong> My apologies for not always being able to carry out your instructions as well as I would have liked to. I also really enjoyed the experience of meeting teachers from such diverse backgrounds and locations. <strong>I would fully recommend your workshop to any teacher.</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Heidi Marshall, UK</p>
“I haven’t been ‘active’ in the classroom much the past few years, relying on my daughters to demonstrate everything, always with the excuses of health (I am in remission from cervical cancer, a rough battle that included depression and a fractured my ankle due to ‘weakened bones’ from radiation). <strong>I lost my passion to dance</strong> and admit to becoming that lazy teacher we all hate. When you announced that last year was the last I was very disappointed for missing it. So, when you announced that you had made a great recovery (very inspirational FYI), <strong>I decided that it was time to break out of my comfort zone and try it.</strong>

“I walked in to this a little discouraged and had very little confidence, but <strong>I walked away with a renewed passion to recover and grow and most importantly dance again!</strong> Today as I sat at my dance studio, I reflected and set goals for not just my teaching but my dancing. Thank you so much for this!

“And to Ari: she is a true inspiration for not having to be that typical ballerina and still be beautiful, to tell us you don’t have to have perfect turn out and a deep plié kind of takes a weight of off the mind. It is hard in a farm community as an adult to dance (the next studio is 45 minutes away and with raising 4 girls it’s just not possible to go there for class), so I will be following your DVDs for myself as well as teaching… and <strong>I will be back!</strong> I’m thinking of being my older girls to a Friday class in the fall. <strong>Thank you again!</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>—Heather Burbridge,
Director, Dance With Me Studios,
Newark, NY</p>
“It has been a wonderful experience working with you at the TW. <strong>I wish it was longer, like maybe 5 days!</strong> For me, it was a dream come true and fulfilled, to meet you in the flesh. You have consistently fed me with your wealth of knowledge and experience over nearly 2 decades, through your instructional videos, books and social media posts. Thank you for your encouragement and succinct (often witty and funny) pointers and reminders. <strong>It was an inspiring and also humbling experience working with you and other amazing people.</strong> I truly envy people who are local and wish I wasn’t a 16-hour flight and 8,072 miles away, because they can drop in to your classes at will. I now prepare to go home on Wednesday morning, with a lot of things to mull over and apply to my dancing and delivering/teaching. <strong>Some things are new revelation (like over-crossing the 4th to move more efficiently), while some things are repeated offenses, which die hard!</strong> (Like head slumped too forward, like a turkey, without ‘ears back’). <strong>Thank you so very much for allowing me to participate in this Teacher Workshop!</strong>“
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Susan Lim, Hong Kong</p>
“<strong>It was so amazing to finally meet and learn from Finis Jhung in person last weekend.</strong> Years ago, I stumbled across a few of your instructional DVD’s on Netflix and was intrigued by your methodology and began following you on Facebook and YouTube. I was so bummed when I heard last summer was your last Teacher Workshop, because it had been on my bucket list to attend, and we all think we have more time to do these things. I was so happy when your hip surgery went well, and you returned to teaching. When I learned through FB that you were hosting teacher workshops again I was signed up within 20 minutes! <strong>I’m eager to start implementing the bits I was able to pick up over the weekend in my own dancing as well as my teaching</strong> (I desperately need to keep my ears back and pelvis under me!). I’m excited to review my notes and get a few additional videos. All the info presented was a bit overwhelming because I’m pretty much retraining and breaking bad habits, but I know with time my own dancing as well as my teaching will only improve if I stick with it. Thank you for inspiring and helping other dancers and teachers be the best that they can be. <strong>I hope to make my way back to NYC soon to take class with you, again!</strong>”
<p style=”text-align: right;”>— Amanda Watson, Nickel City Dance, NY</p>

“I was so inspired this weekend being a part of the July 2015 Teacher Workshop. Your whole approach to teaching compliments my approach to teaching in the sense that it makes sense! Learning from you has added an extra knowledge that I need to further grow as a teacher. I am so excited to implement new ideas so that my students can grow as dancers. It was a wonderful experience and you are a delightful and brilliant instructor. Thank you so very much.” — Pamela Cardona, Juilliard alumnus

“I came home from the weekend workshop excited to teach as always! Thank you Finis for your insights and the gift of being able to convey them to others.” — Joyce DiLauro

“Thank you, Master Finis, for another insightful and fun-filled workshop! You are truly an inspiration!” — Anna Suntay

“Such a great workshop!” — Jens Lee

“After earning my MFA I began teaching ballet to adults. Traditional pedagogical methods for beginning dancers frustrated me inasmuch as most elementary exercises failed to acquaint novice students with the concepts I consider indispensable to a proper understanding of ballet. Finis Jhung’s videos demonstrate that it is possible from the first lesson to deliver beginner-level instruction without sacrificing adherence to the essence of ballet. The dozens of hours I spent watching them proved a wise investment of my time. Since shifting my focus from performing to teaching, I have sought out the teachers of my teachers. I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York to participate in the Finis Jhung Teacher’s Workshop. Finis has shaped so much of the instruction I have received and given. His teaching continues to make me a better teacher, and the results are visible in my dancers.

—Jason Schadt, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Department of Dance. Artistic Director, University of Iowa Youth Ballet

“Your workshop really helped me understand physics and technique more, giving me a broader and deeper understanding of ballet dancing and how to teach it. I can now do double pirouettes after years of thinking that I was not capable of doing so. I applied what you taught us, and voila, double pirouettes! Cheers!”

— Anna Suntay, Manila, Philippines

Inspiring, amazing, and just a privilege to experience. It was all I had hoped for, and more! Yes, it was a long way to come from Australia, but worth every minute. I have learned so much and have so many new ideas to try out on my students. I love Finis ’s teaching because it is so logical and intuitive and just makes so much sense. Why doesn’t the whole world teach this way???

— Rosemary Robenn, Elancé Adult Ballet School, Melbourne, Australia

“I think the thing that I learned most at the course that has made the most difference has been the different way of using the barre arm (both when side on and also facing the barre). I’ve always been trained (as I suspect most people have) to have the barre arm bent and relaxed. So I always taught my students the same way. Even though I was continually getting them to check their hand on the barre and see if they could let go it was still often a struggle. By using the arm the way you do it has made a huge difference. All of a sudden the supporting side of the body is also engaged; with so many teachers/students the attitude towards barrework is that you work one side of the body and then turn around and work the other side. And then wonder why when you get into the center it feels like a whole different ball game. Now my students are always working both sides of the body and the difference in their strength (particularly when they get into the center) is amazing. Also, when facing the barre it automatically encourages the students to lift the upper body. So many of the students (and not just the better ones) have commented to me what a difference it has made to them. Dianne, my boss, happened to see the students in one of my classes a couple of weeks after I returned from New York and the first thing she said to me was ‘Wow, look at the difference in their upper body strength!’ The work on pirouettes also helped greatly. Once again, I was trained in the pull the incoming arm way, as again, so many people are. Even at another class I did in New York the teacher was saying ‘pull the incoming arm!’ I chose to ignore him!! I had learned a lot from you via the website before the seminar that I will be forever grateful for. The idea of opposite forces and pushing down to go up is now something I constantly talk about. It has been great to be able to what I share with the rest of our staff. Dianne has been so impressed with what I brought back that she is sending another of our teachers over to you this year.

—Rosemary Robenn, Senior Teacher, Elancé Adult Ballet School, Footscray, Australia


“This was my second year and all can say is that I have to be back again next year! This year, my ‘teaching revelation’ was ‘discovering’ my shoulders and understanding how important it is to use them and integrate them in all the ballet movements that we do. All the ballet details that you bring to our attention and all the ballet wisdom that you share with us is priceless. I love your workshops. Each year your knowledge inspires me to work harder and harder for the sake of good ballet and good ballet teaching.

—Angelica Diaz, Homestead, FL

“Finis is an amazing teacher. His clarity of instruction is par to none other.

— Kate Brogdon, Lompoc, CA

I loved every second of the workshop. I was constantly gaining so much knowledge to take back to my students. I loved how each exercise led to a more advanced option. Finis and his staff were incredibly generous. The Ailey facility is gorgeous.”

— Lauren Cozza, Sacketts Harbor, NJ

“It was an amazing experience to meet many different people and be taught by Finis. He is brilliant, and shares so much wisdom.

— Anna Suntay, Manila, Phillipines

“Amazing! It is such a joy to take class with and learn from Finis. His infinite knowledge is only matched by his obvious true love of dance. I always leave this workshop with a renewed passion and clearer intention as a teacher. So many light bulb moments!”

— Hunter Burris, High Point, NC

“I absolutely loved every minute of it. Finis is an amazing teacher, using language and descriptions that are clear and make sense. I will definitely be coming back and will spread the word.”

— Shawna McPherson, Broadview Hts, OH

“Excellent! I liked absolutely everything. Can ’t wait to take another.

— Michelle Gardner, Oneonta, NY

“I’ve finally found a true teacher of ballet. Finis Jhung is a treasure.”

— Julie Caprio, Hamilton Square, NJ

“I love Finis because his delivery to both old and new dancers is so effortless it ’s amazing.”

— Lisa Chu, Beverly Hills, CA

Fantastic! Great teaching tips for instructors!”

— Allison Hickman-McFerren, Waynesboro, PA

“Inspiring. Finis gave the most logical and anatomically correct explanations of how to actually dance that I have ever experienced.I am 100% sold on Finis’s method.

— Judith Elins, Jersey City, NJ

“I learned many useful tips for proper technique and alignment. It was well worth the cost.

— Stacey Wawrzyniec, Buffalo, NY

“The workshop taught very detailed concepts about the way the body should move in order to successfully perform steps. I had never heard of some of these concepts, but they were easy to understand and truly simplified steps that are usually considered difficult.

— Lillian Hill, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“I enjoyed the slow breakdown of the movement and the clarity of presentation. This Workshop takes the dance teacher back to the roots of the movements is an outstanding reminder of proper technique and safe execution skills, as well as how to work with different physical attributes unique to each dancer.”

— Jolene McPherson, Brecksville, OH

“Finis’s instruction breaks down movement to its origins, which makes it easier to understand while increasing an understanding of how complex and difficult ballet really is!”

— Kathy Hardin, Teacher, Ridgefield, CT

“Great group size. We all had enough space to dance. Even though I had already been studying Finis’s DVDs, hearing his explanations in person was great — I now have a different way to articulate with my students which may help them gain a better understanding.

— Cristina Urch, Milwaukee, WI

“Thank you for such a great experience. It is amazing how liberating it feels to focus on movements connecting the feet to the floor rather than just the steps themselves.”

— Dina Fonzone, Bethelehem, PA

“I love the idea of the almost-isometric plié — it makes total sense, although it is not the way I was trained. I also appreciate the idea that each dancer is different and needs to work with her true turnout in order to improve.”

— Tamara Swank, Greensburg, PA

“I got a huge dose of endorphins at the workshop. It was so liberating! Finis helps me to find myself, and that’s something for which I can’t thank him enough. He has found the most efficient way to teach us so that every single minute of our class counted. I came home feeling armed with knowledge and confidence. I can’t wait to come back again.”

— Heidi Ketchel, Rochester, PA

“I really liked the workshop. We were always doing something new, and I felt I was always learning. I liked the way Finis corrected us. It was brief and to the point. I feel this workshop has helped me drastically.

— Jenna Hiljus, Cambridge, MN

“The workshop opened up my ‘student mind.’ I was able to think and work in a way that I can pass on to my clients. The best information for me was the technique for pirouettes and turning.”

— Sarah Brown, Teacher & Studio Owner, Lincoln, NE