The Art of Teaching Barre

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

All Levels. All Regions DVD. 90 minutes. 12 chapters, 11 exercises.


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Finis Jhung reviews all the basic points of teaching barre to both beginners as well as advanced students. He tells you everything he’s observed during his long career of teaching professionals and amateurs in New York City. The bottom line is, you’ve got to have a leg to stand on. Most teachers tend to focus on foot positions and the working leg; as a result, their students develop poor habits which weaken the supporting side and adversely affect the center work. Here are The Rules of Barrework which will help you avoid the most common mistakes. This detailed, comprehensive guide will give you the “teacher’s eye” that sees problems before they happen. Learn to see and teach what really matters. The piano music is by Anna Korab.

  1. Posture & Alignment
  2. The Isometric Plié
  3. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side – Tendu-dégagé, demi plié
  4. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side – Brush & push, balance
  5. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side – Rond de jambe, fondu, balance
  6. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side – Fondu, relevé, balalance
  7. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side – Finding fifth position
  8. The Rules of Barrework – Tendu, temps lié, head rolls, balance
  9. The Rules of Barrework: – Quick tendu, dégagé, balance
  10. The Rules of Barrework – Fondu, rond de jambe en l’air
  11. The Rules of Barrework – Frappé, petit battement, ballonné
  12. The Rules of Barrework – Grand battement, grand port de bras

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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.

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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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— Trula Hudelson

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—Josie Posir

“Your work on these DVD’s is remarkable. I count on the no nonsense corrections that you make w/ the student. I’ve been teaching ballet for almost the last 30 years. My own training was excellent. However, it’s extremely refreshing to learn that good teaching still leads to sound ballet technique. Thank you for the great insight.”

— Virginia Zellner, Studio D, Sherman, CT

“The clarity of the ideas, the rooting out of the essential in The Art of Teaching videos is amazing. It has helped me immensely to focus and to get to the root of so many other problems. It is just like a shot in the arm. So thank you, Finis, from myself and all the Parisian dancers for your generosity, brilliant analysis, and intelligent approach. I find myself stimulated and renewed and practically run to the studio each morning because I am so excited about sharing your marvelous ideas.”

— Wayne Byars, Professeur de Danse Classique, Paris, France

“I have been re-viewing your ‘Art of Teaching’ videos several times, and each time, I hear something new. Your teaching methods are so progressive that the student and teacher constantly have new elements with which to work. Your concepts take everything to a new level. Your techniques are very natural, thus very liberating, allowing the dancer to become the dance.”

— Melinda Delgado, Ballet Instructor, Montana Ballet School, Bozeman, MT

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