The Art of Teaching Jumps

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 65 minutes. 12 Exercises.


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If we can go to the moon and back, your students can learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. All you need is to do the right thing. You can teach your dancers to be nimble and quick and to “stand” in the air. They just need to know how to place the body so they can push the floor with the jumping foot. You’ll be delighted when you see how simple it can be to enable a formerly earth bound student to bounce like a ball and bound across the floor. Finis and Chery Sladkin, the demonstrator, break down and demonstrate a progression of jumps from échappé sauté, jeté, pas de chat, assemblé, ballotté, pas de basque, grand fouetté en tournant, brisé volé, grand jeté en tournant, grand jeté entrelacé, and grand jeté saut de chat. Especially valuable are Cheryl’s precise demonstrations of batterie (beats): royale, entrechat quatre, entrechat cinq, jeté battu, assemblé battu, brisé volé, and cabrioles. Add these beats to your choreography and get a standing ovation. The CD music is by Scott Killian.

  1. Échappé sauté, changement
  2. Jeté, sauté
  3. Pas de chat, dégagé, pas de bourrée
  4. Glissade assemblé
  5. Ballotté, pas de bourrée
  6. Jumping pas de bourrée
  7. Ballonné, jeté en avant, pas de bourrée, sauté, running
  8. Assemblé, entrechat trois, pas de basque, sauté, glissade, pas de chat
  9. Changement, royale, entrechat quatre, entrechat cinq, pas de basque, assemblé, sissone
  10. Glissade, jeté battu, assemblé battu, grand fouetté en tournant en diagonale
  11. Brisé volé en avant, grand assemblé en tournant, grand jeté en tournant
  12. Chassé, grand jeté en avant, grand jeté entrelacé, saut de chat

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.

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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.

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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

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