The Thinking Dancer: Dancing in the Center – Basic Ballet 9


Taught by Finis Jhung.

Levels 2 & Up. All Regions DVD. 100 minutes. 12 exercises.

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If you are looking for new ideas for center work or choreography, or you just want to dance until you drop, this is for you. Finis Jhung has choreographed a variety of combinations, some 32 counts, on one of the most elegant dancers you’ll ever see, Noriko Naraoka. From adagio to grand allegro, tango to mazurka, Finis shows you step-by-step how to dance to the inspiring music of Bill Brown.  After Noriko demonstrates the combination, Finis analyzes and corrects, and she repeats. Notice how she improves with each correction. An added plus is a detailed breakdown on fouetté and piqué turns. Shall we dance?

  1. Adagio: Soutenu, chaînés turns, attitude, arabesque turn, swivel tendu, arabesque penchée, fondu relevé, attitude turn, developpé à la seconde, pas de bourrée turn
  2. Dance, 2/4: Walk forward and back, fondu relevé, chassé pas de bourrée, pirouette from 5th, balancé, glissade, pas de bourrée turn, balancé turning, relevé arabesque, arabesque turn
  3. Dance, Mazurka: Pas de basque, relevé atitude, grand pirouette sautillé, fondu relevé, pas de bourrée turn, grand pirouette à la seconde, attitude turn, arabesque sautillé
  4. Dance, Tango: Skip backward, pas de bourrée, fondu relevé developpé, chassé, swivel tendu, sauté à la seconde turning, piqué arabesque turn in a circle, chassé pas de bourrée
  5. Jig, Warm-up Jumps: Piqué arabesque, chassé pas de bourrée, glissade, sissone passé, changements, sautés, piqué arabesque
  6. March, Little Jumps & Beats: Step out, changement, sissone passé, changement, royale, entrechat quatre, entrechat cinq, pas de basque, assemblé derrière
  7. Dance, Petit allégro: Sauté arabesque, fondu derrière, pas de bourrée sauté, pas de bourrée turn, piqué arabesque, chassé, piqué grand fouetté en diagonale, soutenu, grand jeté saut de chat
  8. Piqué Turns — Drill
  9. Fouetté turns — Drill
  10. Piqué-Fouetté Combination
  11. Dance, 2/4: Piqué arabesque turning, saut de basque, sauté grand rond de jambe, Bournonville bourrée, relevé arabesque, chassé, grand jeté entrelacé, relevé turn, piqué-pose, saut de basque
  12. Dance, Grand Jetés: Chassé, grand jeté in 2nd arabesque, piqué arabesque, grand jeté entrelacé, piqué arabesque turning, grand jeté entrelacé in attitude, grand jeté saut de chat, pas de bourrée sauté

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

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Streaming videos do not offer multiple playback modes. Each DVD chapter/exercise is presented as an individual video. To advance between chapters, the user is required to manually click the exercise video they wish to play. Unfortunately, auto-advance is not available at this time.

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—Mara Meier, Ballet Academy of Charleston, SC

“The opportunity to dance along with these combinations has added a whole new dimension to practice sessions. Barre and centre exercises find a place in the choreographed dances and from adagio to allegro, each variation offers diversity in character and interpretation.  I noticed that there is plenty of freedom to maintain a classical core with contemporary expression, making each practice a pleasant occasion and a chance to relax and be creative. The presentation of each combination into specific counts helps with memory and there is always the recording to refer back to if there are distractions. I can concentrate on specific exercises that will help with the movements of a particular dance until confidence develops or I can mix and match depending on how things are going at the time. Every practice session has its own benefits and highlights. While my favourite is the mazurka because of its rhythm, each combination has something surprising about it. Also, because there is always the emphasis on good posture, every movement has the potential for more dance.”

— Judith Chestnut, Erina, NSW, Australia

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