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The Male Ballet Dancer

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Taught by Finis Jhung.

All Levels. All Regions DVD. 54 minutes. 17 exercises.


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Get ready for a jaw-dropping, eye-popping experience as you watch Gold-Silver-Bronze Medalist Joseph Michael Gatti perform the variations from The Black Swan and Le Corsaire and then show “How It’s Done” with Finis Jhung. Here is a thrilling display of the male bravura technique — all the virtuoso steps that stop the show and make audiences stand and cheer. Joe’s ability to turn is uncanny — he finishes most all his turns, including 9 pirouettes – on demi-pointe. His air turns are big and juicy, and his “trick” jumps are electrifying. Movement-by-movement, Finis and Joe go through all the steps and break down the preparations and main ideas. To help you better understand the mechanics of turns and jumps, Finis uses his teaching toys. This video is a Winner! The piano music is played by Ron Musicus.

  1. The Black Swan Variation: Performance
  2. How It’s Done: Double cabriole in arabesque, double tour to 5th
  3. How It’s Done: Grand jeté en attitude, assemblé, 4 pirouettes
  4. How It’s Done: Sauté en tournant à la seconde, grand jeté en tournant entrelacé
  5. How It’s Done: Tombé pas de bourrée, assemblé, double tour, 4 pirouettes
  6. The Black Swan Coda: Performance
  7. How It’s Done: Grand jeté en avant en diagonale, grand jeté en tournant entrelacé
  8. How It’s Done: Tombé pas de bourrée, assemblé, double tour to arabesque / 5 pirouettes in attitude
  9. How It’s Done: 4 pirouettes, multiple grand pirouettes a la seconde pulling into 5 pirouettes
  10. Le Corsaire Variation: Performance
  11. How It’s Done: Pas de basque en tournant, soutenu, passé to attitude, grand saut de basque with both knees bent
  12. How It’s Done: Grand pirouettes pulling into 4 pirouettes / 7 pirouettes
  13. How It’s Done: Grand pas ciseaux en tournant, 6 pirouettes, double tour to the knee
  14. Le Corsaire Coda: Performance
  15. How It’s Done: Grand pas ciseaux en avant
  16. How It’s Done: 9 pirouettes changing position / Manège: Grand jetés
  17. How It’s Done: Saut de basque / 9 grand pirouettes sautillé, 5 grand pirouettes pulling into 3 pirouettes
  18. BONUS EXTRA: Interview with Joseph Michael Gatti

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.

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.

I’ve been doing your DVDs with my mother in her 60s. It’s helping her out a lot with learning to keep her balance and have good posture. Even the slightest movements have helped strengthen her muscles. We love you.”

— Trula Hudelson

“I purchased this DVD after I saw some preview clips on YouTube. I’m thrilled with the purchase. There are too few DVD’s of this nature available. It is honest, engaging and spectacular. Joseph Gatti’s strength and technical abilities are on display. Finis Jhung provides insight behind the movement and male dancer bravura. I found the DVD to be valuable because it is instructional (for myself as a male ballet dancer); Educational (seeing the teaching methods Finis Jhung uses); Honest (an uncensored presentation of male dancer bravura, as if you were there for the master class); Enlightening (seeing Joseph Gatti describe personal dance preferences); Accurate (performance break downs with step by step details) You will enjoy this DVD if you: Enjoy the power behind male ballet dancing; Value the technique required to perform male ballet solos; Want to learn performance tips and tricks; Want to see break downs of advanced male ballet solos; Appreciate the dedication of high caliber male ballet dancers. Bravo!”

— Bradley Rhoton, Atlanta, GA

“This DVD is wonderful. Your instruction is so explicit — I was totally amazed at the amount of technical information you give.”

— Linda Caldwell, Teacher/Owner, N’styl Performance Wear, Orlando, FL

“The Male Ballet Dancer DVD is a work of art in itself, and tremendously helpful. it gave me decisively useful tips on a number of techniques, including tours en l’air, that I simply never got before. it’s really a program not just to watch and review, but to study. When I played it for the first time, I thought I’d watch a section or two and come back to it later, but I couldn’t resist viewing one chapter after another, and before I knew it, I was watching the bonus interview at the end. Many thanks for all you bring to students of every age and level. you’re living proof that we can keep learning and improving, and I’m excited about having a whole new appreciation and more importantly, a far more solid kinesthetic understanding of turns of various sorts as a direct result of your talent as a teacher, even “once removed” via media instruction.”

— Philip Golabuk, Director, The Field Center, Gainesville, FL

“I was almost resigned to doing single tours en l’air forever – and landing on my butt quite a lot of the time, at that. Just one key hint from you in ‘The Male Ballet Dancer’ about what my arms should be doing in the plie, helped me get around for a double tour, twice, in my most recent class. And I had only had the DVD for a few days, too. I’ve still got a long way to go with my tours, but I feel like I’ve got a foothold now, something to work on. I hope that your tips and the different imagery you include on your DVDs continue to help me.”

— Tyler Saxton, Student- Computer Programmer, Melbourne, Australia

“Astonishing. Astounding. The purest and most honest ballet dancing. Delivered with a lack of affectation and with seamless, fluid finishes that made rare artistry of the gimmicks.”

— Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times reviewing Joseph Gatti’s live performance.

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