Finis Jhung and Glenn Keenan of The New York City Ballet take you to Level 3 with barre exercises that expand your range of movement and balance as you work from one standing leg to the other. Certain exercises are timed to quicken the working leg and foot, while demanding stability on the supporting side of your body, as well as your standing leg and foot. Attention is paid to the use of head and arm movements which help maintain balance as well as the total look of classical ballet dancing. Throughout each exercise, Finis stands by and coaches Glenn step-by-step, providing detailed instructions and the mental images that help develop the flow of movement that signals balletic artistry. This barre will prove invaluable to both students and teachers. And, the extraordinary orchestrated music of Scott Killian makes it a unique experience.
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 3: Barrework
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Level 3 Barrework.
Taught by Finis Jhung.
Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 58 minutes. 14 exercises.
- Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position
- Battement tendu devant & derrière, flex & point, 1st position
- Quick battement tendu, 1st position
- Slow battement tendu with demi rond de jambe, head circles, balance, 5th position
- Medium battement tendu en croix, retiré, 5th position
- Quick battement tendu, dégagé, tendu plié, relevé & balance, 5th position
- Footwork, stretches, balance, 1st position
- Rond de jambe à terre, 5th position
- Développé, fondu, rond de jambe en l’air, 5th position
- Petit battement, frappé, 1st position
- Grand battement, passé, balance, 5th position
- Fondu relevé, attitude & arabesque
“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.”
“This is a perfect video for people who just want a basic, old-school barre session with no flash. Finis Jhung has a pleasant demeanor and gives helpful, down-to-earth instruction, reminding dancers to maintain correct form, not force turnout, stretch, reach, etc. The demo dancer is excellent and easy to follow. It’s just hard enough for me (a returning, rusty 40-yo dancer—in decent shape—with many years of classes as a child and teen)… and it’s basic enough, so you can really concentrate on balance, strength and flexibility-building and form. I just got my copy in the mail yesterday and did it on my new free-standing barre today — am very happy with it. And very grateful to other reviewers who took the chance on ordering it and then recommending it, as I think a good barre video might be hard to find. Looking forward to working it for a while and going to the next level!”
—Paysha F. Rhone, Amazon customer
“He is the best at what he does. Clear explanations, excellent tips and excellent demonstrations.”
— Penelope Kalloo, Verified Amazon customer
“FJ Technique Level 3 Barrework is really for folks who 1) started as adult learners and have had adult learning classes for some time now and are looking to advance their skills to the advanced intermediate level; and 2) people who have had extensive dance training previously who are looking to refresh their skills and conditioning. The key here is form. A certain level of dance comprehension is presupposed. If you do not have a dance vocabulary, you might end up hurting yourself with bad form and poorly executed rond de jambes, tendues, etc.
“This is not a snazzy, hip or ‘cool’ production; it is rather old school with the camera in a stationary position at an angle and never moving. You do not get zoom in’s though the camera is close enough to see detail and FJ is excellent at describing things like turnout and placement. The footwork is not fancy; these are barre combos. This is meant to mimic a real, quality ballet class barre component. As such, it is true to life, and very very slow. Any non-dancer or absolute beginner will look at this and think, “piece of cake.” However, if you pay attention to form, and you really must, you will benefit from extreme strength training and conditioning. The attention to detail FJ provides his students is quite good, he is encouraging and really pays attention to form.
“As with all true ballet classes, this class is anything but fast paced. It is slow, steady and precise. All as it should be. This DVD is clearly not for everybody; it is really geared towards people who are concerned with form. If you are looking for a cardio experience, this is not it.
“I highly recommend this DVD for serious students of ballet who want to perfect technique and advance their skills at home. I would give 5 stars, but the production quality could have been better. However, in the end, this is not a huge problem; the form and content are excellent.”
—Heather O, Verified Amazon customer
“I rarely write reviews, but this DVD series deserves accolades. Finis Jhung is a truly gifted instructor and the DVD series comes as close to a classroom experience as a DVD can get. Not only is Mr. Jhung’s understanding of technique (and how to achieve it) exceptional, but he also understands the best dancing comes from the energy inside you. Even after a lifetime of ballet instruction, there are so many layers to his instruction that I feel like I learn something new each time I use these DVDs. If there were more stars I would gladly give them to this DVD series.”
—anonymous Amazon customer
“Finis Jhung’s use of the arms and head in barrework is so flowing and natural that my students are really learning to dance at the barre. They say that they feel more solid, yet relaxed, and they are absolutely thrilled with their new-found balance!”
— Barbara Owen, Teacher, Ballet 40/60, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
“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™ CDs for the ballet-inspired BreathPlay System.