The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 4: Intermediate Barrework


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Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 60 minutes. 14 exercises.


This barre is designed to gently warm up, stretch, and strengthen the entire body. Students say that are ready to do any kind of choreography after they’ve done this barre, which includes exercises that students identify as a “Finis Fix,” especially his favorite barre stretch which begins has foot work, floor stretches, arabesque pencheé and concludes with a balance on relevé in attitude-arabesque. Finis first shows and explains each exercise in this video, and then Saige Miller demonstrates with Finis standing by to observe, instruct, and coach. Notice how Saige (who has been coached privately by Finis) is able to work without the barre, all the while maintaining correct posture, placement and turn-out. This barre does what a good barre should do: it warms you up, reinforces the basics, and takes you forward. And most of all, it gives you a leg to stand on.

  1. Stretches
  2. Pliés with balances & stretches
  3. Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position
  4. Battement tendu devant & derrière with stretches, 1st position
  5. Quick battement tendu à la seconde, devant & derrière
  6. Slow battement tendu with stretches & balance
  7. Medium battement tendu en croix with demi plié, retiré, 5th position
  8. Battement dégagé fermé, demi plié, balance, 5th position
  9. Footwork, stretches, arabesque penchée, balance (attitude-arabesque)
  10. Rond de jambe à terre, grand rond de jambe à la demi hauteur
  11. Slow fondu, rond de jambe en l’air, 5th position
  12. Quick fondu, frappé, petit battement, 5th position
  13. Grand battement, passé, développé, stretch, 5th position
  14. Fondu relevé with demi rond de jambe en l’air, retiré balance

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