Ballet for Life: A Pictorial Memoir


What a rare and extraordinary life Finis Jhung has lived!
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Named a Notable Dance Book of 2018: “Ballet for Life is very readable, and the photos are a history in themselves.”
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5 STARS! “The beauty of the writing matches the beauty readers will encounter in the numerous images that fill the pages of this memoir. A delight to read.”
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“Browsable inspiration for dancers of any age or physical ability.”
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“Finis Jhung has written a beautiful memoir.”
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Ballet for Life is also available on Amazon and the Ailey Boutique in New York City (9th Avenue and 55th Street).

For the first time, dance legend Finis Jhung shares his incredible journey from a humble childhood amid the chaos of World War II Hawai’i to an extraordinary career as a dancer on Broadway, in film, and with the Joffrey and Harkness ballet companies and then as the founder of the critically acclaimed Chamber Ballet U.S.A. Ballet for Life: A Pictorial Memoir is filled with nearly 300 gorgeous photos—most of them never before published-along with Finis’s own distinctively witty commentary on his personal and professional life and his intimate recounting of the freedom that he gained from his conversion to Buddhism 53 years ago. The memoir also lovingly pays tribute to many of the fascinating dance personalities whom Finis met along the way.

Today at the age of 82, Finis’s story continues as a much-sought-after master ballet teacher and coach, who imparts his own innovative ballet technique to dancers in New York City through popular classes and to dancers everywhere through a library of his own instructional videos.

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Paperback – $19.99, Autographed Paperback – $24.99