The Art of Teaching Turns

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 65 minutes. 13 Exercises.


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Your students want to turn. You wish they could. Well, they can, and they will. Now you can see and learn the “secrets” to dazzling turns. Whether it’s a male virtuoso finishing 9 turns on demi-pointe or a ballerina doing 4 on pointe while raising her arms, it all comes from the preparation. The video begins with chaînés turns for beginners, and gradually progresses with various turns to the advanced level on pointe. Exercises include a slow promenade that teaches the most crucial elements of the pirouette preparation; simple pirouettes en dehors and en dedans; en dehors turns in large poses that travel across the floor; en dedans turns in poses that travel; and then Cheryl Sladkin, the demonstrator, puts on her pointe shoes to show you piqué turns en dedans and en dehors; fouetté turns and a traveling combination with leg changes. Notice how Cheryl improves with each correction that Finis gives. There is method to this madness. The CD music is by Anna Korab.

  1. Introduction
  2. Placement & mechanics, preparing for châinés turns
  3. Single châinés turns
  4. Continuous châiné turns
  5. Promenade for pirouette en dehors, en dedans
  6. Pirouettes from 4th position, en dehors & en dedans
  7. Waltz, pirouettes en dehors & en dedans, châinés
  8. En dehors turns across the floor: passé, à la seconde, attitude, châinés
  9. En dedans turns across the floor: passé, à la seconde, arabesque, attitude
  10. Piqué turn en dedans (on pointe)
  11. Piqué turns en dehors (on pointe)
  12. Fouetté rond de jambe en tournant (on pointe)
  13. Pas de bourrée, fouetté turn, soutenu, pirouette en dedans (on pointe)

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Weight .125 lbs
Dimensions N/A

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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

“I have already shared some of your tips on turning with my students (both youngsters and adults.) If only I had a photo of their faces when they perform that first turn successfully while applying your concepts – the expression is priceless!”

— Pilar Doheny, Pacific Dance, Irvine, CA

“Finis’s ability to make turns make sense is amazing. Instead of restricting the students, he enables them to do it naturally. Thank you, Finis.”

— JP Christensen, The City Performing Arts Academy, Visalia, CA

“I had great success right from the start, incorporating your theories on teaching pirouettes. I am seeing more stability, confidence, and cleaner finishes. This is especially true of en dedans turns, which I have found to be problematic using other teaching methods. Each time I watch this video, I am pleased to discover more subtleties of your technique.”

— Rhoda Lichy, Teacher, Allégro School of Dance, Rochester, MN

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