The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 1: Centerwork for Beginners

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Level 1 Centerwork for Beginners.
Taught by Finis Jhung.

Level 1. All Regions DVD. 70 minutes. 16 exercises.


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Even first-time beginners can do more than simply stand in one spot and repeat various positions. Have fun with Finis Jhung and Isabella Boylston (today a principal dancer of The American Ballet Theater) as you perfect your posture, placement, alignment, and balance. Learn to cover space while you move from one foot to the other, forward and sideways, with the tombé, temps lié, piqué and passé par terre. Practice the most frequently used diagonal body positions and correct port de bras. Even more, it’s not too soon for you to begin learning basic turning movements such as the promenade, the quarter turn en dedans, and the half turn en dehors. Perfect your knowledge of the rudiments and build in the correct muscle memory which will eventually enable you to pirouette with ease and confidence. And, build self-esteem and confidence as you dance across the floor with the waltz step. Add on sweeping circles as you walk on half-toe and you’re well on your way to dance heaven with the fabulous CD music of Scott Killian. Welcome to the wonderful world of ballet!

  1. Tendu, dégagé en l’air, tombé en avant, arabesque balance
  2. Tendu, dégagé en l’air, tombé de côté, cambré
  3. Tendu, temps lié en avant, arabesque balance
  4. Tendu, temps lié de côté, balance in cou-de-pied
  5. Tendu, fondu, dégagé en l’air, piqué en avant
  6. Tendu, fondu, dégagé en lair, piqué de côté
  7. Tendu, fondu, dégagé en l’air, passé par terre en avant
  8. Tendu éffacé & croisé, devant & derrière, temps lié
  9. Tendu with port de bras, tombé, promenade en dedans
  10. Quarter-turn en dedans
  11. Half-turn en dehors
  12. The basic waltz step, to the mirror
  13. The basic waltz step, to the corner
  14. Waltz & walk in a circle on relevé, to the mirror
  15. Waltz & walk in a circle on relevé, to the corner
  16. Stretch

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.

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— Trula Hudelson

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“I wanted to just take the time and THANK YOU tremendously. I bought 3 different DVDs [FJBT Videos: Level 1 Barrework, Level 2 Centerwork, Stretch, Turnout & Extension] for my six-year-old daughter who absolutely loves ballet and dance. She currently dances competitively and I have to tell you in the weeks preceding her big dance competition I had her do your DVDs daily and she did amazingly. Her technique was critiqued as: ‘wow, such a graceful 6yr old and how wonderful that at six you understand some of the moves.’ Although she has ballet classes five days a week, I feel your videos are very simple to understand yet very educational on showing the importance of each step, count, the dos-and-don’ts, and the fact that my six-year-old can EASILY follow along with you is beyond amazing.

— Valerie, Las Vegas, NV

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—Josie Posir

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— Jo Wiseman, Teacher, Albuquerque, NM

“I am just getting back into ballet at 53 and taking an adult class every week. I have fallen in love with the instructions you give on balance and movement precision. I run 30 miles a week but ballet right now is much harder!”

— Beth Heinz, Bradenton, FL

“I have 2 of your DVDs and I want to tell you that I have never been disappointed. I watch them again and again. I dance with them, dissecting all the little subtleties which make this art form so beautiful. You are a patient and generous preceptor. Thank you too for all that you give to dancers and lovers of ballet even those who are very simple like myself. Thank you for releasing my lifelong dream from within.”

— Monica Keen, Crownsville, MD

“I tried your beginning waltz exercise in class yesterday and the kids got the concepts right away and they were so excited!! It is a brilliant way to teach the traveling waltz. I am constantly amazed that when the steps make sense … the end result is so clear. I was thrilled to see the students achieve this while being musical at the same time. It is a truly winning combination. Again, thank you for your work!”

— Pili Doheny, Assistant Director Pre-Ballet Program,
Maple Conservatory of Dance, Irvine, CA

“I absolutely love this video! I can’t wait for my next session of beginners to start. This makes my life as a teacher so much easier! We will be dancing with joy and extreme precision, to be sure.”

— Sheila Savannah, Ballet Teacher,
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Ballet 40/60, Annapolis, MD

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