The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 2: Barrework for Advanced Beginners (2003)


Taught by Finis Jhung.

Level 2 and Up.

60 minutes. 13 barre exercises.

*Streaming version only.

  • Available to Stream Instantly Online.
  • Stream in Workout Mode.


As Finis Jhung often says in class, “you either stand up, or you fall. You either balance, or you don’t. It all comes from the way you do your barrework.” As you do this carefully constructed and minutely detailed barre, Finis frequently asks Kelley Waddell of The American Ballet Theatre (and you) to see if she can continue doing an exercise with her hand off the barre. Sometimes, he asks her to check and see that she’s not sitting back on her heel, because he wants her to feel she’s always ready to move from that position. Kelley works at a portable barre which has been placed in front of the mirror, because Finis thinks it’s very important for you learn to see what he sees, so that you will eventually be able to correct yourself. Throughout each exercise, Finis is right at Kelley’s side, providing directions and corrections. Go beyond the positions and the terminology – learn to move! The CD music is by Scott Killian.

  1. Stretches
  2. Pliés
  3. Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position
  4. Battement tendu devant & derrière, 1st position
  5. Slow battement tendu en croix, 5th position, stretch, relevé & balance
  6. Quick battement tendu-dégagé
  7. Battement dégagé, relevé & balance
  8. Circular port de bras & balance
  9. Rond de jambe à terre
  10. Petit battement, fondu
  11. Grand battements en croix
  12. Piqué-balance, fondu, pas de bourrée dessous
  13. Tombé-fondu-relevé

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.

You can find this feature on these videos.

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 that offer the “Workout Mode / Nonstop Class” feature Streaming videos that offer the “Workout Mode / Nonstop Class” feature may be found here.

Most 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 most streaming videos.

“I attend ballet classes three times a week. I am an advanced beginner and still struggle in class to keep track of the combinations without losing my form/technique. Many of the combinations in the video are similar to those in my classes. This video has allowed me to focus on my technique while developing a fluency in the combinations at my own pace. My ballet instructors have noticed that my progress in class outpaces many of the others. I have Finis Jhung’s videos to thank for this.

—FRH3, Amazon Customer, February 20, 2018

“I started out with barre level 2 and became an instant fan. Finis Jhung delivers when it comes to direct, easy to understand, clear and thorough instruction! I took ballet years ago, and the instruction doesn’t touch his technique. He makes you aware of head and arm placement, posture, and even finger placement. I’m doing his tapes twice to three times a week and already am seeing great results in my technique and placement. I feel stronger, confident, and excited every time I press start. I don’t feel like I’m slogging through boring repetitions. he explains, he encourages. I’ll be sure to buy more of these excellent tutorials. I can’t wait to gain enough strength to get on pointe!”

—Leslie Baetsen, Amazon Customer, April 21, 2017

“I want to thank you with all my heart for sharing your gift with all of us. I have loved ballet my whole life. Although my family did their best, they could not afford to send me to lessons for long. I was a cadet at West Point between 1999 and 2002. I used to run 2 miles each way to dance with six year-olds. I wish I would have known you were only a train ride away. I have a very fragmented dance education, and you have helped me put those pieces together. This renewed dancing life has also very unexpectedly allowed me to heal some emotional wounds I suffered during my military times. I am so grateful. I live in a rural area and have opened a small dance studio with the hopes of hiring a teacher for my kids and their friends. I decided I would refresh and start teaching until I could find one. I’m still teaching confidently and happily because of your clear direction. I hope to attend your workshop next year.”

—Josie Posir

“My husband and I are thoroughly enjoying your DVD’s. We are both mathematicians who have been dancing swing, lindy hop, and the tango for years. We’re ages 53 and 63, and are serious, dedicated students. Our ballet teacher pointed us to your DVD’s, and now we have become addicted to ballet! Your thorough and logical discussions motivate our left brains, while the beauty of dance and movement keep our right brains always craving more. We’re making tiny (but happy) baby steps in our understanding of the dance. Many thanks for your excellent instruction.”

— Patricia Lamm & Sheldon Newhouse,
Professors of Mathematics, MSU, East Lansing, MI

“This perfectly supplements my class work, and your continual instruction throughout has sent my understanding of ballet technique soaring like a grand battement. Thanks, Finis!”

— Ina Yalof, Adult student, Quechee, VT

“This video is full of valuable information for both teachers and students of any level. The commentary and corrections given by Finis are a great resource for understanding the fundamentals of barrework. I highly recommend this video!”

— Charisse Craft-Barry, Dancer and Teacher, Houston, TX

“I’d like to give you my perspective on your DVDs, which I regard as the most powerful learning tools available to today’s ballet student. Although I deeply appreciate the teacher’s corrections in my weekly adult ballet class, I feel that I’m able to learn more when I work solo with your DVDs. The problem is that when I’m in class and watch the demonstrations of the barrework and center work, my inability to remember the movements still throws me into a low-key panic. Because of my poor memory, I need movement models to follow, so I still have to find a place at the barre between two more competent dancers. Since I’m following rather than initiating the movements, I end up feeling like a failure as the class moves on to the next exercise and the demonstration once again throws me into a low-key panic.

“On your DVDs, each exercise is thoroughly previewed before being demonstrated, which helps address my learning limitations. What I find even better, though, is the rewind/replay option the DVDs provide. If I’m not happy with the quality of my movement, I can take as much time as I need to practice it, and to refine it. On the other hand, since there’s no rewind/replay option in a live class, I rarely attain the satisfaction of a decent level of mastery. In short, your DVDs allow the luxury of self-pacing, which, for me at least, is the key to success.” – Ian Jackson, developer of the Acousticoaching & trade CDs for the ballet-inspired BreathPlay System — the power behind Olympic medals, world records, and world championships.

“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

“I’m proceeding very carefully and slowly in ‘rehab-ing’ my sprained ankle with your barre videos. The detailed way that you work the feet and our weight is having a really good effect on my foot. I am so grateful! After I do just those 5 exercises, my foot starts to feel more pliable and alive again. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING ALL THESE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO US! With Gratitude,”

— Polly Bloomberg, Berkeley, California

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