The Art of Pointework Level 1

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Level 1. All Regions DVD. 56 minutes. 14 exercises.

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Description

Judith Weiss, New York’s most experienced pointe-shoe fitter, tells you all about the construction of the pointe shoe and how to find the shoe for you. Fourteen year-old Ashlee Knapp shows you special foot and ankle strengthening exercises, how to correctly prepare your shoe and foot, and how to tie your ribbons. Finis and Ashlee show you how to do the soft toe work required today. You’ll learn to use your weight and energy so that you can roll up and down on pointe with delicate strength and ease, as Ashlee does. Your first steps are the most important, and this video will make sure you put your best foot forward. The CD music of Scott Killian makes this a magical experience.

ALL REGIONS DVD 56 minutes. Introductory section, 14 barre exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Aslee Knapp. Advised by Judith Weiss. Music by Scott Killian: New Ballet Music 3.

  1. Rolling up & down, feet parallel
  2. Rolling up & down. 1st & 2nd positions
  3. Rolling up in plié. 1st & 2nd positions
  4. Combining exercises 2 & 3
  5. Demi & grand pliés, relevés. 1st, 2nd, 5th positions
  6. Plié, relevé, balance. 1st position
  7. Tendu, relevé, demi plié en croix
  8. Quick relevés from 3/4 to full pointe. 1st & 2nd positions
  9. Sous-sus, placing the feet in 5th position
  10. Battement tendu, plié, relevé in 4th position
  11. Échappé sur les pointes, sous-sus
  12. Piqué pas de bourrée, couru
  13. Échappé sur les pointes, sous-sus, pique pas de bourrée
  14. Échappé, plié in second, sous-sus, pique pas de bourrée

Additional information

Weight .125 lbs
Dimensions N/A

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.

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

“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!”
p style=”text-align:right;”>— Sharise Parvise, Studio Sharise, 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

“I returned to ballet about a year ago after being away from it for a very long time. I wanted to let you know how much your DVDs have helped and encouraged me in this pursuit. All of the dancers in the videos dance beautifully and are so helpful to watch. Your turning technique has enabled me to start nailing my double turns and the pointework DVDs have given me the practice I needed to move up to the next level of pointe class. I will be performing with my daughter in a recital next weekend — the first for me since I was a child. Coming back to ballet has enriched my life in so many ways and I have enjoyed every minute of it.”

— Leslie Miller, Adult Student, College Station, TX

“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

This DVD is wonderful! Your ideas and work are so helpful to all of us in the ballet world—teachers, dancers, and ballet enthusiasts/amateurs like myself.”

— Dr. jur. Xiaobing Yang-Benckendorff, Management Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany

“The Art of Pointework videos are a wonderful asset to our school. Utilizing the techniques, I am seeing a marked improvement in strength and correction of rolling over, as well as better balance, which ultimately will strengthen center work and pirouettes. The placement exercises are especially excellent! Thank you for this wonderful series.”

— Pamella McReynolds, Ballet Mistress, In Motion Dance Center and Fauquier County Ballet Theatre, Warrenton & Culpeper, VA

“This is a lovely, wonderfully explained class with answers to the usual questions, plus extra exercises to strengthen the feet that are useful to absolutely anyone.

— Ione Barczak, Ballet Mistress, City Dance & City Ballet, Auckland, New Zealand

These are the best videos I have ever seen. They are thoughtfully planned, and demonstrated. It’s like having an Intensive Teacher Training Seminar right in your own home.”

— Jane Coyle, The Highland School of Ballet, Lakeland, FL

“This video provides a wonderful introduction to pointework for the absolute beginner. Starting with the importance of the shoes being properly fitted, it covers everything from how to tie the pointe ribbons, to how to pad the toes, to how to break-in the shoes. The video then provides a substantial and varied group of exercises. Many of these involve plies and releves in various positions, which increase the strength of foot muscles, while emphasizing how essential it is to be able to roll smoothly from 1/2 toe to 3/4 toe to pointe. Toward the end of the teaching session, the exercises become more complex, combining pique steps and pas de bourrées. This provides the new pointe student with the delightful feeling of dancing at the barre, rather than just performing exercises. This DVD is very informative and lots of fun. The exercises are well-explained, beautifully demonstrated, and accompanied by rich and pleasing music.”

— Carol Garmiza, Adult Student, New York, NY

Been working with your DVDs for the past two weeks and it has changed me. I have been more focused and aware during my ballet classes and in everyday life. I love how you explain and teach the movements in sequences and it has slowed me down to really think before I dance the move. Even my pointe work is getting better. Keep making the ballet world bigger and better!”

— Stasha Becker, US Army Europe

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