The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 3: Centerwork

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Level 3 Centerwork.
Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 65 minutes. 13 center exercises.


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Finis Jhung shows each exercise, Glenn Keenan of The New York City Ballet does it, Finis analyzes and coaches, and Glenn repeats. You’ll perfect your pas de bourrées dessous (under) and dessus (over). You’ll develop balance and strength as you learn to relevé in passé and arabesque. The waltz step (pas de valse) teaches you to articulate your steps and develops correct alignment and balance. You will develop movement skills that allow you to change feet quickly, even as you switch directions and turn around. Your elevation work includes petit pas de chats, changements, sissone simple, and échappé sauté. After you’ve mastered these centered exercises, you’ll find you’ve gained strength, speed, and range of movement. To dance is to live. The CD music is by Scott Killian

  1. Tendu plié, pas de bourrée dessous, passé en arrière, port de bras
  2. Pas de bourrée dessus, dessous, tendu, fondu arabesque, pas de bourrée en avant
  3. Fondu derrière, pas de bourrée dessous-dessus, grand rond de jambe
  4. Fondu arabesque, pas de bourrée dessous, pas de bourrée en tournant en dehors, fondu derrière, pas de bourrée dessous, temps lié
  5. Pas de valse en avant & en arrière, temps lié, tendu pose
  6. Relevé en arabesque, battement glissé, fondu derrière, pas de bourrée dessous
  7. Pas de valse en arriére & en avant, relevé arabesque, pas de bourrée dessous
  8. Slow relevé passé en arriére, relevé arabesque, pas de bourrée en tournant
  9. Coupé terre à terre, relevé passé en arriére
  10. Quick relevé passé en arriére, glissé-relevé arabesque, pas de bourrée dessous, changements
  11. Petit pas de chat, fondu arabesque, changement
  12. Changement, sissone simple derrière, pas de bourrée dessous-dessus, changement
  13. Petit échappé saute, sissone simple derrière, pas de bourrée dessous, relevé arabesque, fondu arabesque, pose, chassé pas de bourrée en avant

Additional information

Weight .1875 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.

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 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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“This video is a must-have for whoever wants to dance like a pro! This video is an excellent resource for the adult student interested in expanding their knowledge of dance movement in a meaningful way. It offers the chance to learn beautifully danceable combinations in the center while challenging the student with lots of controlled balances, change of directions and basic steps such as the waltz, which is done moving forward and back. I have tried to find such a resource on Amazon or YouTube for quite a while unsuccessfully. I could not find a video totally dedicated to Center exercises and combinations. While you can find a snippet of a combination or two, there is no DVD that includes so many combinations in progression from simpler choreography at a slower pace to a more complex and faster pace. The demonstrator, Glenn Keenan of The New York City Ballet, executes every dance with precision and grace. Her use of arms and her supple upper body grant an elegance to her movement which becomes even more obvious as Finis draws her attention to certain nuances that could be improved, as movement articulation and phrasing. From the waltz to the petit pas de chat, fondu arabesque, and the <i the student’s pleasure increases with every combination, especially when each exercise builds upon the previous and is organically linked to what was taught before. Finis explains and demonstrates himself with his unparalleled elegance and clarity. This video has great impact for the student or ballet teacher—it definitely is a must-have!”

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“Your Level 3 Centerwork DVD is amazing! I only wish I had found it before I purchased DVDs of other teachers and classes which were of no help to me at all. I learned more in the first few minutes of this video than I did in the other three DVDs combined!”

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