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Ballet lessons, terms and definitions that assist dancers. After warming-up and stretching, an instructor uses the ballet moves you’ve learned in the videos and adds new moves so that she can choreograph and pace you through a variety of dance combinations found in ballet classes and performances throughout the world: Adagio, Waltz, Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro and Reverence. Dancers and teachers alike are given the possibility to participate in this unique class, which features lessons from Cynthia Harvey and Peter Fonseca, formerly with the American Ballet Theatre. A complete dance video that encompasses the best in Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical. Barre, Center and Allegro. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva. Each lessons program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years.

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Ballet 101 A Beginners Class

Jennifer Nunes (Actor), Angela Russ (Director)


Join a School of Dance with a Little Class. Bring a beginning ballet class right into the privacy of your living room with "Ballet 101, A Beginner's Class". "Ballet 101" is a simple, stress free and informative session that challenges both adults and children who wish to be introduced to the world of the arts. Dancers are taken on a step-by-step journey that begins with preparation and warm-up, and paces them through easy ballet moves that focus on the barre. The instruction is presented will soft piano accompaniment, and the class ends with a grand dance finale to music, all incorporating what's been taught. It's a learning experience that's as exciting as it is fun, and is specifically designed for beginners. "Ballet 101" is an easy to follow, hands-on video that is based upon the syllabus of a major University of California program, and is both endorsed and recommended by private instructors. Ballet terms and definitions that assist dancers. Dancers who are ready to use their new moves in fun and challenging dance combinations to classical music will benefit from, "Ballet 101 and 201, Combinations 1" and "Ballet 101 and 201, Combinations 2". DANCE NOW and TAKE YOUR BOW.


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Ballet 101 and 201 Combinations 1

Jennifer Nunes (Actor), Angela Russ (Director)


We taught you beginning ballet moves in "Ballet 101, A Beginner’s Class" and "Ballet 201, Beyond the Basics". This is the 3rd addition to the series and picks-up from where the first 2 DVDs leave off, giving students an opportunity to progress from the beginning level and use what they have learned. After warming-up and stretching, an instructor uses the ballet moves you’ve learned in the first 2 videos, and adds new moves so that she can choreograph and pace you through a variety of dance combinations found in ballet classes and performances throughout the world: Adagio, Waltz, Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro and Reverence. "Ballet 101 and 201, Combinations 1" focuses on choreography, stage presence, and performance quality. New ballet steps and trickier footwork are introduced to make the combinations unique and promote development. Although ballet is a graceful workout that can improve carriage, increase flexibility and strengthen the body, this is not designed to be a workout video, and please note that the instructor is facing (mirroring) you for the dance instruction. Combine the moves that you’ve learned, and DANCE.


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Ballet 101 and 201 Combinations 2

Jennifer Nunes (Actor), Angela Russ (Director)


Now, build on the steps you've learned so far in this second Combinations video that picks up where Combinations 1 leaves off. You'll have the chance to develop even further with the introduction of another set of new dance pieces. After warming-up and stretching, an instructor uses the ballet moves you’ve learned, then adds new moves to choreograph and pace you through a variety of dance combinations found in ballet classes and performances throughout the world: Adagio, Waltz, Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro and Reverence. Combinations 2 focuses on choreography, stage presence, and performance quality. New ballet steps and trickier footwork are introduced to make the combinations unique. Ballet is a graceful workout that can improve carriage, increase flexibility and strengthen the body. You'll feel like you're performing on stage for an audience. You'll feel the power to create, ad-lib, and choreograph on your own. Combinations 2 is an easy to follow, hands-on video that is endorsed by private instructors.


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Ballet 201 Beyond the Basics

Jennifer Nunes (Actor), Tim Russ (Actor)


"Ballet 201, Beyond the Basics" is an informative class that picks up right where "Ballet 101, A Beginner's Class" leaves off. Adults and children, who already know the basics of ballet, start with stretching and warm-up. They are then guided through a quick review of the barre basics, and lead right into the instruction and demonstration of more advanced moves off of the barre. The instruction is presented without music accompaniment, and the class ends with a grand dance finale to music, all incorporating what's been taught. It's a taste of the arts wrapped up in a healthy workout that is specifically designed for beginners. It is recommended that you use "Ballet 101, A Beginner's Class" as a prerequisite to this video, unless you have some prior knowledge of ballet. "Ballet 201" is an easy-to-follow, hands-on video that is based upon the syllabus of major a University of California dance program, and is both endorsed and recommended by private instructors. Ballet terms and definitions that assist dancers can be printed from the abridgeclub.com site. Dancers who are ready to use their new moves in fun and challenging dance combinations to classical music will benefit from, "Ballet 101 and 201, Combinations 1" and "Ballet 101 and 201, Combinations 2". DANCE NOW and TAKE YOUR BOW.


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Ballet Class for Beginners with David Howard

David Howard


David Howard's Ballet Class for Beginners is an excellent learning and teaching tool especially designed by America's foremost ballet master. This video goes through a lot of ballet moves in a short time (40 min), and focuses on how to execute the moves correctly. If you are already taking a ballet class it'll help you improve your technique, and it also gives you explanations for the French terminology used in ballet. David Howard is a great instructor, and the young ballerina executes the steps perfectly.


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Ballet Class Intermediate and Advanced with David Howard

Lynn Stanford (Actor), David Howard (Actor), Gary Donatelli (Director)


David Howard, America's foremost ballet master, leads some of the world's finest young dancers in an intermediate ballet class specially designed to expand the classical vocabulary, movement potential and kinetic awareness of the student. Dancers and teachers alike are given the possibility to participate in this unique class, which features Cynthia Harvey and Peter Fonseca, formerly with the American Ballet Theatre. David Howard, ballet master, teacher and coach was a soloist with the Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. Mr. Howard opened his world famous school on Manhattan's upper west side in 1977. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Regional Ballet, and served as its President from 1976-1979. He has been a guest teacher for New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Joffrey, Boston Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and the Ballet de Marseilles. David Howard teaches and has coached many of the world's foremost dancers and celebrities including Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Valery and Galina Panov, Patrick Bissell, Cynthia Harvey and many others. Lynn Stanford, ballet's top accompanist, has composed an original score, ideally suited to the needs of the dancer.


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Ballet Class Intermediate Level with Dmitri Roudnev

Director USA National Youth Ballet Competition Dmitri Roudnev (Actor), Dmitri Roudnev (Director)


former Bolshoi soloist, Director USA National Youth Ballet Competition Dmitri Roudnev, Demonstrated by Jennifer Goodman soloist of the Joffrey Ballet and students of the Dmitri Roudnev Ballet School of Chicago. Dmitri Roudnev is a wonderful ballet teacher and dancer(formerly of the Bolshoi) and a great credit to the ballet community, much to the benefit of the Chicago area. In this DVD we are shown a full set of barre and center exercises, very nicely explained by Mr. Roudnev. The routines are demonstrated by Jennifer Goodman of the Joffrey Ballet very effectively.


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All That Dance

Keith Clifton, Bob Rizzo


With Keith Clifton. All about variety. All about fun. A complete dance video that encompasses the best in Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical. Never a dull moment as Keith Clifton takes you through high energy Jazz, gorgeous Lyrical, and Ballet choreography that’s as delicate as it is powerful. With music composed by Keith Clifton, All That Dance will encourage dancers to tap the range and versatility they all possess. Designed for the intermediate and advanced dancer, the three routines are taught in segments with both front and back views. Keith Clifton is an acclaimed dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Los Angeles. His work includes commercials for Dr. Pepper, Wendy’s, Dodge, McDonald’s and Levis Jeans. As a musician, Keith composes his own music and currently performs with the Clifton Drum Tap Trio. Music from this DVD is available on the All That Dance CD below. 60 mins. (2005) DVD-All-Region.


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Ballet Class Victor Kabaniaev

Victor Kabaniaev (Actor), Alla Zorikova (Director)


Ballet Class Victor Kabaniaev A complete 60min ballet class workout beg-adv levels. Russian Vaganova school techniques. Beautiful music and talent of one of the best Russian ballet master will lead you through the perfect routine that will help you to achieve your goals. Easy to follow workout, similar to a real ballet class flow (no interruptions or pauses). Viktor Kabaniaev was trained at the famed Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the years that followed, he worked as a principal dancer in various ballet companies in the former Soviet Union, Germany and United States including Leningrad State Ballet Theater under the directorship of Mr. Boris Eifman, (1987-1989), Russian Ballet, (1989-1990), Komische Oper Berlin, (1990-1992), Dortmund Ballet, (1992-1994), Hannover Ballet (1996-1998) and Diablo Ballet (1998-2003). In 2003-2005 he served as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer for Moving Arts Dance, Walnut Creek, CA. Mr. Kabaniaev has performed principal roles in many classical, neoclassical and modern ballets and has toured extensively in France, Iraq, Poland, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Austria, Panama, and Thailand. Mr. Kabaniaev choreographed his first piece "Transfigured Night" in 1997 for Hannover Ballet Workshop. In July of 1997, he was awarded a Special Prize for his second choreography "Adagietto" at the 29th Annual Ballet Festival of Japan, held in Tokyo. Mr. Kabaniaev has created over twenty works for Hannover Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Moving Arts Dance, Moving Arts II, Contra Costa Ballet, Arizona Dance Company Instinct and Polish Dance Company "Trojmiejski Teatr Plastyki Ruchu." He also re-staged his works for Cincinnati Ballet and Peninsula Ballet. Mr. Kabaniaev's works were presented in Republic of Belarus, France, Germany, Poland, Japan and United States. In 2004 he won the First Laureate for Choreography of his "White Light" at the 3rd International Serge Diaghilev Competition for Choreographers, Gdynia


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Ballet Class with Dmitri Roudnev

Principal Joffrey Ballet Taryn Kaschok (Actor), Dmitri Roudnev (Director)


Dmitri Roudnev brings you exciting ballet classes that reflect his experiences as a student and soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet. Roudnev loved the logical combinations and the musicality of Bolshoi classes and he brings these feelings into his work. He presents uncomplicated barre exercises, based in the great Russian Method training traditions, that are easy for student and teacher to learn and build strength to avoid injury. Also included are many small-medium jumps and exciting grande allegro combinations. Roudnev emphasizes development of clean technique and beautiful long muscles - the hallmarks of Russian ballet training. Roudnev's signature musical direction emphasizes strong accents and tempos for the best training results. For the intermediate-advanced level student, the teacher, or the professional seeking a stay in shape class.


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Ballet for Boys

Richard Glasstone


The perfect introduction to ballet for boys and young men. This program presents, in a clear and understandable style, the building blocks of movement which include: bending, extending, rising, jumping, turning and darting while teaching how to co-ordinate these movements rhythmically. Specially designed and presented by world-renowned ballet teacher Richard Gladstone, this program is demonstrated by young beginners, late starters, and a professional dancer. 30 mins. (2007)


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Ballet For Belly Dancers

Brianna (Actor), Michelle Joyce (Director)


This DVD teaches modified ballet techniques tailored to help bellydancers increase balance, fluidity, strength and grace. The program includes precise ballet-inspired exercises to condition the body for efficient and graceful dancing, with additional postures, steps and combinations that can easily be incorporated into any dance routine. Originally developed in the courts of Louix XIV and refined over centuries, ballet is globally recognized for its beauty and athleticism. As a foundational movement style, cross-training in ballet provides structure and a common vocabulary beneficial to performers of all dance backgrounds. The DVD contains a warm up, technique demonstration and glossary of ballet terminology, drills and combinations. Each ballet step is explained, broken down and translated into a bellydance context. Drills of the ballet-inspired bellydance technique follow each section for extended practice. Longer combinations showcase the technique elements integrated with other bellydance moves. A bellydance version of ballet s traditional reverence, or curtsy, is also included.


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Ballet with Style

Kathy Sullivan, Bob Rizzo


Kathy Sullivan teaches four lively and exciting Ballet routines designed for all levels. Using traditional Ballet steps, each dance has it’s own theatrical flair to really showcase the dancers’ personalities. Shown in performance, then slowly broken down in segments, the steps and style are easy to learn. Kathy teaches Ballet and Pointe at STEPS on Broadway and is on faculty at Barnard College and New York University. Formerly with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she now choreographs in a variety of styles and her works are frequently presented in NYC. Music from this video available on the Novelty Dance Tunes CD. 60 mins. (2004-2005) DVD-All-Region.


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Bob Rizzo My First Pointe Shoes Ballet Dance

Michelle Benash (Actor), Bob Rizzo (Director)


Michelle Benash presents thoughtful and intelligent exercises for beginning Pointe students. Her delightful and well thought out regime is a must for teachers and students who care about the healthy development of Pointe work. --Kirk Peterson, Ballet Master, American Ballet Theatre. This video offers an introduction to many aspects of dancing en pointe and is intended to supplement a full regimen of classes. Hosted by ballerina, Michelle Benashe, who teaches at New York s High School of the Performing Arts (the school is portrayed in Fame), the video begins with instructions for sewing the ribbons onto new toe shoes, taking care of one s feet, and tying the ribbons properly. Special attention is given to the correct fit. The balance of the program depicts an older teen demonstrating many barre exercises to get used to the feeling of being on toe followed by several combinations at the barre and in the center. Many still frames are used to provide added emphasis or to clarify verbal instructions. The student sometimes wears a white tutu with red point shoes to make the demonstration clearer. This well-organized and practical guide will be useful for serious, experienced dancers who are comfortable with ballet s unique vocabulary.


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Bob Rizzo Turns Leaps and Bounds Ballet Dance with David Howard

David Howard (Actor), Jared Matthews (Actor), Bob Rizzo (Director)


International master teacher, David Howard celebrated his 40th year of teaching in America in 2006. Born and educated in England, Mr. Howard was trained at the Cone-Ripman School, now the Arts Educational School in London. He completed the RAD Syllabus and at age 16 was awarded the Adeline Genee Medal, the highest honor a British dance student can receive. Mr. Howards classes became the mainstay in the professional training of many notable dancers. On any given day, scattered among the serious ballet students who found their way to David s barre, one could plie, tendu and pirouette next to the most elite in the field. Makarova, Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Peter Martins, Cynthia Harvey, dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and numerous other companies throughout the world have made David the most sought after teacher. Currently, he teaches classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center and coaches Angel Corella, Michele Wiles, Jared Matthews, Yuriko Kajiya and many of the next generation of ABT and New York City Ballet dancers can be found in his daily classes Mr. Howard was profiled in People Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dancer Magazine. He is listed in Who s Who in America, Who s Who in the World and The Art of Teaching Ballet...Ten Twentieth Century Masters which quotes its author, Gretchen Warren: David Howard s wizardry is something dancers feel in their bones. For years they have flocked to him in large numbers and today he is the best know, most popular ballet teacher working in America.


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Classical Ballet Lesson Beginning of Beginning Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center and Allegro. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson Middle of Beginning Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson End of Beginning Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson Beginning of Intermedite Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson Middle of Intermedite Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson End of Intermedite Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson Beginning of Advanced Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Classical Ballet Lesson End of Advanced Level

Prima Ballerina Galina Mezentseva


Barre, Center, Allegro and Pointe. This extraordinary videod video series is demonstrated by Prima Ballerina, Galina Mezentseva, a 20 year veteran of the Kirov Ballet, and written and narrated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Professor of Classical Ballet at TX Tech Univ., called a "walking ballet encyclopedia". Each video provides a concise, coherent history of the Russian Teaching Method and of the guiding principles that make this method so unique and effective in developing the flexibility, strength, endurance and nerve-muscle memory, as well as the discipline and attention to detail so essential to the development of a great Ballet Artist. Each program provides an accurate, and correct demonstration lesson, recording the details and standards of performance for a Ballet Student in academic ballet training with this system. Together they contain a correct, factual and articulate record and explanation of the Ballet Training Program developed in Russia over the past 250 years. Each video ranges in length from between one and two hours long, and are outlined below. One of the most significant educational ballet videos of our time. And, Mezentseva turns a mere ballet lesson into a Work of Art." - Olga Rozanova, Dance Critic, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of the Ballet, Choreography and Methodology, St. Petersburg, Russia. A true and accurate representation of the great Russian tradition in Ballet Schooling. Galina's demonstration is excellent." - Askold Makarov, Honored Professor of Ballet, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of St. Petersburg State and Academic Ballet, Leading Soloist - Kirov Ballet (1943-1970), State Prize Winner, Peoples Artist of Russia. BRAVO to Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and Galina Mezentseva for preserving the details of this most remarkable training program for posterity. Watching this video program evokes fond memories of my days as a student of the great Agrippina Vaganova. A MUST for the serious teacher and student of ballet." - Ninel Petrova, Teacher at the Vaganova Academy (1966-1977), Vaganova's pupil, Leading Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet (1944-1970), Honored Artist of Russia.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Ballet Plus

Finis Jhung


The anti-aging video that is fun to do and good for you. Stretch away aches and pains. Strengthen and protect your entire body. Regain your youthful vitality and feel better. Ballet - 10 doable barre-free exercises for posture, balance, and strength Plus - 5 slow floor stretches for flexibility and relaxation Plus - 3 sitting "dances" for core and leg strength Plus - 2 "kitchen sink" stretches for your lower back Plus - 1 slow waltz to delight you Plus - the fabulous music of Scott Killian EXERCISES 1. Lie Down and Stretch Out 2. Sit Up and Work Out I 3. Sit Up and Work Out II 4. Sit Up and Work Out III 5. The Isometric Plie 6. Battement tendu, degage, à la seconde 7. Battement tendu devant, derrière 8. Rolling the foot, degage à la seconde 9. Battement degage devant, derrière, fondu, cambre 10. Battement tendu, plie in 5th, retire, developpe 11. Rond de jambe par terre, fondu, stretch 12. Temps lie en croix 13. Battement tendu, fondu attitude, stretch 14. Temps lie, grand port de bras, reverence 15. Kitchen Sink Stretch I 16. Kitchen Sink Stretch II 17. Dance 18. BONUS EXTRA: Interview with Sasha Dmochowski Each exercise is explained and shown by Finis and then demonstrated in full while Finis observes and coaches. "Ballet Plus" is perfect for non-dancers of any age and body type as well as beginning ballet students. Be good to yourself. Enjoy a little bit of heaven on earth.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 1

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung shows you-count-by-count- how to do the most frequently used center floor movements that travel forward and sideways. Each movement has four exercises, and each exercise has two parts-the instructions and the demonstration-and is shown moving to both right and left, first slowly, then quickly. In addition, you are given detailed instructions on how to use your arms, shoulders and head in order to balance and control the movements of your feet and legs. Each exercise is demonstrated by Antonio Carmena, Soloist of The New York City Ballet. SPECIAL FEATURE: Play this video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercies, or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 2

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung shows you-count by count- how to shape and move your arms and hands with amplified grace and elegance; how to find and display your arabesque and balance the pique pose; how to work the feet and balance in coupe; and how to waltz in various directions and positions. Each exercise has two parts-instruction and demonstration- and is shown moving to both right and left by Sachiko Kanai. Bonus sections include outtakes and an interview with Sachiko.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Center Floor Ballet Warm-up 1

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. This new ballet warm-up was inspired by the boys of BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL on Broadway. To get these extraordinarily talented youngsters warmed up and ready to turn and jump within a 1-hour class, Finis had them work off the barre, standing in center floor in front of the mirrors. When you are unable to hold on to a barre, you quickly learn to place yourself and engage the muscles needed in order maintain turn-out and balance. Furthermore, watching yourself work in the mirror improves concentration and muscle memory since you are "feeling what you see" and "seeing what you feel." In this breakthrough DVD, carefully paced choreographed exercises which turn and travel will refine your movement skills, as you stretch and strengthen your entire body. You will naturally develop a keener awareness of when and how to work your head, shoulders, and arms in order to balance the movements of your feet and legs. And, most of all, you dance as you warm-up. NEW FEATURE: Once you've become familiar with the exercises and Finis's instructions, you may want to view only the exercise demonstrations with music without the instructional breaks. Now you can. We've added a "PLAY WARM-UP" button which lets you view only the exercise demonstrations which proceed without interruption. "The centre classes are so effective-all my students love your centre barre. The results are amazing. Thank you again."- Ione Barczak, Ballet Mistress, City Ballet, Auckland, New Zealand


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Classic Classes 1 Adv Beginner-Intermediate Pointe Class

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Teach it or take it, this class is a beauty. Finis works with the elegant Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre in a simply structured class on pointe that begins with Finis presenting and showing each barre exercise and then standing by and coaching Johanna as she beautifully demonstrates. In center floor, Finis shows and explains each exercise, Johanna demonstrates, Finis analyzes and coaches, Johanna repeats, and Finis usually gives more pointers. As she puts on her pointe shoes, Johanna shares some professional tips. You will notice that although the exercises are simply constructed and the atmosphere of the class is relaxed and friendly, the work itself is very demanding. As you watch and dance along with Johanna, you will become aware of the finer details that are the hallmarks of professionalism: musicality, correct port de bras, sharp pointes, refined delicacy, and perfect classical line. The reverence alone is reason enough to have this video. You will be thrilled with all the technical and artistic information you're receiving - and now, On Your Toes.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Classic Classes 2 Intermediate - Advanced Turning Class

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Finis gives this exhilarating turning class to Michele Wiles, here a teen-aged Gold Medalist at Varna and today a Principal Dancer of The American Ballet Theatre. You'll see how Michele got the Gold as she breezes through Finis's choreographed combinations which cover space and progress from adagio to grand allegro and are loaded with turning movements including multiple pirouettes (sometimes 4 turns) in passe, attitude, arabesque, and à la seconde. At the end, you'll see some dazzling fouette turns. We've also included slow motion footage of Michele's fouette turns and grand pirouettes. Michele also has a lovely floating jump and it's thrilling to watch her fly through the air. Perfectly schooled and completely uninhibited in showing her love of dance and passion for movement, Michele will enchant you the same way she does critics and audiences the world over. At the barre, Finis gives each exercise, and then stands by and coaches Michele as she demonstrates. In center floor, Finis shows and explains each exercise, Michele demonstrates, Finis analyzes and coaches, Michele repeats, and then Finis summarizes. Sometimes Michele will repeat certain turns or jumps for clarification. "Your lessons are so beautifully structured and so rich in corrections. . ." - Irana Moretis-Aidonopoulos, Architect-Dancer, Athens, Greece. "Thank you for your video. I will be using it in my pedagogy class. You're wonderful." - Alicia Brown-Mathes, U of Iowa Dept of Dance, Iowa City, IA. "I've been teaching forever, and so I try to broaden and diversify my teaching techniques by studying various videos and books. Yours are the best. I appreciate your willingness to share your expertise and insight." - Susan Crosby, Bountiful School of Ballet, Bountiful, UT


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Classic Classes 3 Slow Intermediate Class

Finis Jhung


This will be one of your favorite classes because it's got all the "Finis" things that teachers and students want, and it's simple enough for Adult beginners as well as your advanced beginners ready to move up. At the barre, Finis presents and explains each exercise, and while the unearthly Noriko demonstrates, Finis stands by and coaches. In center floor, Finis shows and breaks down each exercise, Noriko demonstrates, Finis analyzes and corrects, Noriko repeats, and, when necessary, Finis gives further pointers. A real plus to this video is seeing Noriko float across the floor with utter serenity and movements that flow like silk. She really casts a spell on you. The class begins with Finis's famous floor stretches, and then proceeds to a simply constructed barre that stretches and strengthens. In the center, Finis has designed the class to develop movement skills in different tempi as you dance your way across the floor. All exercises travel, turn, and constantly change legs and positions: from tendu and pirouettes to adagio to jumps that include assemble, sissone ouverte to arabesque, and grand jete. You're going to learn a lot from this class.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Connecting Movements Sideways and Forward Levels 2 and Up Basic Ballet

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Jennifer Goodman (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Count-by-count, Finis Jhung and Jennifer Goodman of The Joffrey Ballet show you how to connect individual steps in 12 different center combinations that build and progress from adagio to coda. This video reveals how successfully producing beautiful lines, balanced turns, and light jumps depends on the way you execute the preceding movement. Correctly performing that movement, the linking step, is the key to your success. Center Class A teaches 6 combinations based on glissades and pas de bourrees to the side and includes discussions on posture, breathing, and how to balance in passe. Center Class B teaches 6 combinations based on walks, runs, glissades, and pas de bourrees traveling forward and includes discussions on stretching for suppleness and using the mirror for pirouette practice. "Bravo. These are the best and most informative videos I've ever seen. Your work not only reinforces what I know, but helps to inspire and guide me in new directions. They are wonderful.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Get on Your Leg and Dance

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Learn to step into the air and over-cross your glissade so you strike beautiful poses on flat, half-toe and in the air with speed and elegance. Each exercise teaches you how to correctly plie and releve on one leg so you develop the muscular strength you need to have so that you can maximize your range of movement while avoiding injury. Finis Jhung breaks down each exercise in great detail and then it is superbly demonstrated by Antonio Carmena, soloist of The New York City Ballet, whose "beautiful line and astounding jumps" says The New York Times, are nothing short of "revelatory". "After applying what I learned and then taught from "Get on Your Leg and Dance.", one of my adult students exclaimed, "I feel like I can actually move across the floor now. I'm going to send my gymnast daughter here for help with her floor work."-Joyce DiLauro, Director, Starship Dance, Guilford, CT


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Art of Pointework Level 1

Finis Jhung


Judy Weiss, or "The Queen of Toe Shoes" as she is affectionately referred to by reigning New York ballerinas, tells you all about the construction of the pointe shoe and how to find the shoe for you. Ashlee Knapp, now dancing with The New York City Ballet, shows you special foot and ankle strengthening exercises, how to correctly prepare your shoe and foot, and how to tie your ribbons. Running Time: 56 minutes. This video provides a wonderful introduction to pointework for the absolute beginner. Starting with the importance of the shoes being properly fitted, it covers everything from how to tie the pointe ribbons, to how to pad the toes, to how to break-in the shoes. The video then provides a substantial and varied group of exercises. Many of these involve plies and releves in various positions, which increase the strength of foot muscles, while emphasizing how essential it is to be able to roll smoothly from 1-2 toe to 3-4 toe to pointe. Toward the end of the teaching session, the exercises become more complex, combining pique steps and pas de bourrees. This provides the new pointe student with the delightful feeling of dancing at the barre, rather than just performing exercises. This DVD is very informative and lots of fun. The exercises are well-explained, beautifully demonstrated, and accompanied by rich and pleasing music.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Art of Pointework Level 2

Finis Jhung


Finis explains each exercise, tells you how it should be done, and Ashlee Knapp of The New York City Ballet does it, in her inimitable way. She is an absolute delight. Watch how beautifully she works her legs and feet, and how she moves with musical precision and lyrical delicacy. Exercises on this video: 1. Stretching the foot, releve. Parallel, 1st, and 2nd positions; 2. Grand plie, releve. 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th positions; 3. Releves. 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th positions; 4. Tendu, pique. 5th position; 5. Sous-sus, retire, fondu, pique pas de bourree 6. Developpe, pas de bourree, couru en tournant; 7. Releve, sur le cou de pied, pique pas de bourree; 8. Échappe, sous-sus, retire, pique pas de bourree; 9. Developpe, grand rond de jambe, promenade, demi-fouette; 10. Échappe en croix, retire, echappe change, sous-sus; 11. Sous-sus, developpe, fondu, releve arabesque; 12. Pique retire, pique ballonne, pas de bourree; 13. Fondu releve en croix, pas de bourree; 14. Pique, releve and fondu in arabesque and attitude; 15. Pirouette en dehors; 16. Center floor: walking sur les pointes, pas de bourree; 17. Center floor: Pique to 5th position sur les pointes; 18. Center floor: Échappe en croix, sous-sus, pas de bourree. 15 barre, three center exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Ashlee Knapp. Music by Scott Killian. 47 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Art of Pointework Level 3

Finis Jhung


This revolutionary new video shows Michele Wiles, the critically acclaimed soloist of The American Ballet Theatre, in real time and slow motion. Each carefully planned exercise is first taught by Finis, then performed by Michele, analyzed in slow motion with detailed commentary by Finis, and repeated in real time. Exercises on this video: 1. Walking in pointe shoes; 2. Running in pointe shoes; 3. Pique to 5th position and balance, pas de bourrees; 4. Pique soutenu, releves from fifth; 5. Pique to 5th position and balance, fondu, pas de bourree; 6. Pique fondu developpe en avant, pique arabesque; 7. Releve turns from 5th position, grand port de bras, pas de bourrees. Seven center exercises in real time and slow motion. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Michele Wiles. Music by Scott Killian.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Art of Pointework Level 4

Finis Jhung


Reviewing Michele's debut as the ballerina in Balanchine's Theme and Variations at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times said "Ms. Wiles tore through the demanding ballet like a colt, newly released and running free. . . her big open torso and appetite for space were a pleasure." This DVD shows you the "secrets." You'll be amazed when you see what Michele does in slow motion, close-up, and freeze frame. The beauty and precision of her pointe work is riveting and eye-opening. Finis analyzes all of her movements, so that you can understand and apply what you see and hear. Exercises on this video: 1. Soutenu, pas de bourree suivi en tournant; 2. Pas de bourree dessus - dessous, simple and en tournant; 3. Échappe, sous-sus, tombe releve arabesque; 4. Fondu releve developpe a la seconde and quatrième devant, pas de bourree; 5. En de hors pirouette from 4th position; 6. Châines, balances, pique pirouette en dehors; 7. Continuous pirouettes from 5th position. Seven center exercises, in real time and slow motion. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Michele Wiles. Music by Scott Killian. 60 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Art of Pointework Level 5

Finis Jhung


Finis shows and explains each exercise, 15-year-old Saige demonstrates on both sides, Finis comments and analyzes, and then Saige repeats the exercise. This video is all about the preparations that create the results. Watch how Saige turns her plié and rolls through her feet. As she starts dancing across the floor, notice how Saige places and works her plié and pushes with her feet, which results in beautifully placed triple pirouettes en dehors. Finis and Saige then concentrate on the en dedans pirouette, showing you how to prepare for these tricky turns so that you will really get on your leg and turn with ease. Besides giving you technical instructions and demonstrations on everything from simple pirouettes to grand pirouettes en dedans, Finis has also choreographed some of the exercises so that you can work on your dancing skills. And, of course, Saige works on the ballerina's "bread and butter" steps -- piqué turns and fouetté turns. After Saige shows her single fouetté turns, she goes on and does doubles. Dance, Ballerina, Dance. BONUS EXTRAS: 1. Finis talks with Saige; 2. Saige's Pre-Class Stretches; 3. Saige and Her Pointe Shoes'; 92 minutes. 13 exercises. 3 Bonus Extras. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Saige Miller of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis School at The American Ballet Theatre. Music by Scott Killian.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Barrework for Beginners Level 1

Jennifer Harmer (Actor), Finis Jhung (Director)


From head to toe, Finis Jhung gives you a fresh new view of the essential ideas of classical ballet that will transform your physique - and your psyche. The emphasis here is on learning ballet from the inside-out, instead of outside in. Exercises on this video: 1. Number One. 2. Turning out, demi plie in 1st position. 3. Isometric grand plies, releve. 4. Battement tendu en croix, 1st position. 5. Port de bras. 6. Battement tendu a la seconde, grand plie, releve and balance, 1st position. 7. Battement tendu devant and derriere, demi plie, 1st position. 8. Working the foot, attitude a la seconde, releve in plie, 1st position. 9. Battement degage and attitude a la seconde, releve and balance. 10. Battement degage devant and derriere, stretches, 1st position. 11. Battement tendu en croix, demi plie, releve and balance, 5th position. 12. Rond de jambe a terre. 13. Degage en croix, demi plie, 5th position, balance cou-de-pied derriere. 14. Fondu en croix, balance retire derrere. 15. Grand battement devant, port de bras. 16. Grand battement derriere, tendu plie, releve. 17. Grand battement a la seconde, demi plie. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Jennifer Harmer. 17 barre exercises. Music by Scott Killian.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Barrework for Advanced Beginners Level 2

Finis Jhung


As Finis Jhung often says in class, "you either stand up, or you fall. You either balance, or you don't. It all comes from the way you do your barrework." As you do this carefully constructed and minutely detailed barre, Finis frequently asks Kelley Waddell of The American Ballet Theatre (and you) to see if she can continue doing an exercise with her hand off the barre. Sometimes, he asks her to check and see that she's not sitting back on her heel, because he wants her to feel she's always ready to move from that position. Exercises On This Video: 1. Stretches; 2. Pliés; 3. Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position; 4. Battement tendu devant and derrière, 1st position; 5. Slow battement tendu en croix, 5th position, stretch, relevé and balance; 6. Quick battement tendu-dégagé; 7. Battement dégagé, relevé and balance; 8. Circular port de bras and balance; 9. Rond de jambe à terre; 10. Petit battement, fondu; 11. Grand battements en croix; 12. Piqué-balance, fondu, pas de bourrée dessous; 13. Tombé-fondu-relevé. 60 minutes.Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Kelley Waddell. 13 barre exercises. Music by Scott Killian


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Barrework Level 3

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung and Glenn Keenan of The New York City Ballet take you to Level 3 with barre exercises that expand your range of movement and balance as you work from one standing leg to the other. Certain exercises are timed to quicken the working leg and foot, while demanding stability on the supporting side of your body, as well as your standing leg and foot. Attention is paid to the use of head and arm movements which help maintain balance as well as the total look of classical ballet dancing. Exercises on this video: 1. Stretches; 2. Plies; 3. Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position; 4. Battement tendu devant and derrière, flex and point, 1st position; 5. Quick battement tendu, 1st position; 6. Slow battement tendu with demi rond de jambe, head circles, balance, 5th position; 7. Medium battement tendu en croix, retire, 5th position; 8. Quick battement tendu, degage, tendu plie, releve and balance, 5th position; 9. Footwork, stretches, balance, 1st position; 10. Rond de jambe à terre, 5th position; 11. Developpe, fondu, rond de jambe en l’air, 5th position; 12. Petit battement, frappe, 1st position; 13. Grand battement, passe, balance, 5th position; 14. Fondu releve, attitude and arabesque. 14 Exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Glenn Keenan. Music by Scott Killian. 58 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Barrework Level 4

Finis Jhung


This fourth level barrework includes some of the exercises that students identify as a "Finis Fix," including his favorite barre stretch that goes from foot work to floor stretches to arabesque penchee to attitude-arabesque balance on releve. Exercises on this video: 1. Stretches; 2. Plies with balances and stretches; 3. Battement tendu à la seconde, 1st position; 4. Battement tendu devant and derrière with stretches, 1st position; 5. Quick battement tendu à la seconde, devant and derrière; 6. Slow battement tendu with stretches and balance; 7. Medium battement tendu en croix with demi plie, retire, 5th position; 8. Battement degage ferme, demi plie, balance, 5th position; 9. Footwork, stretches, arabesque penchee, 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, frappe, petit battement, 5th position; 13. Grand battement, passe, developpe, stretch, 5th position; 14. Fondu releve with demi rond de jambe en l’air, retire balance. 14 Exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Saige Miller. Music by Scott Killian. 60 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Centerwork for Beginners Level 1

Finis Jhung


Even first-time beginners can do more than simply stand in one spot and repeat various positions. Have fun with Finis Jhung and a professional dancer as you perfect your posture, placement, alignment, and balance. Learn to cover space while you move from one foot to the other, forward and sideways, with the tombe, temps lie, pique and passe par terre. Practice the most frequently used diagonal body positions and correct port de bras. Even more, it's not too soon for you to begin learning basic turning movements such as the promenade, the quarter turn en dedans, and the half turn en dehors. Perfect your knowledge of the rudiments and build in the correct muscle memory which will eventually enable you to pirouette with ease and confidence. And, build self-esteem and confidence as you dance across the floor with the waltz step. Add on sweeping circles as you walk on half-toe and you're well on your way to dance heaven. Welcome to the wonderful world of ballet.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Centerwork for Advanced Beginners Level 2

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Now that you've mastered the fundamentals of classical ballet taught by Finis Jhung in Barrework Levels 1 and 2, you've gained a basic understanding of how to balance your positions and movements, so you're ready to take your first steps in center floor with Finis and Kelley Waddell of The American Ballet Theatre. These exercises will show you how to move with the purity, musical precision, and energy that define the essence of classical ballet dancing. Each exercise is first shown and explained by Finis, danced by Kelley, analyzed and discussed, and then repeated by Kelley. You'll notice that Finis constantly reminds Kelley to stretch out her supporting shoulder and arm in order to balance her movements. You'll learn the principles of opposition as well as the minute details of execution that make the difference in the way you feel and look. Welcome to the 21st century.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Centerwork Level 3

Finis Jhung


This center class opens up a whole new world of movement. Finis Jhung shows each exercise, Glenn Keenan of The New York City Ballet does it, Finis analyzes and coaches, and Glenn repeats. Exercises on this video: 1. Tendu plie, pas de bourree dessous, passe en arrière, port de bras; 2. Pas de bourree dessus, dessous, tendu, fondu arabesque, pas de bourree en avant; 3. Fondu derrière, pas de bourree dessous-dessus, grand rond de jambe; 4. Fondu arabesque, pas de bourree dessous, pas de bourree en tournant en dehors, fondu derrière, pas de bourree dessous, temps lie; 5. Pas de valse en avant and en arrière, temps lie, tendu pose; 6. Releve en arabesque, battement glisse, fondu derrière, pas de bourree dessous; 7. Pas de valse en arriere and en avant, releve arabesque, pas de bourree dessous; 8. Slow releve passe en arriere, releve arabesque, pas de bourree en tournant; 9. Coupe terre à terre, releve passe en arriere; 10. Quick releve passe en arriere, glisse-releve arabesque, pas de bourree dessous, changements; 11. Petit pas de chat, fondu arabesque, changement; 12. Changement, sissone simple derrière, pas de bourree dessous-dessus, changement; 13. Petit echappe saute, sissone simple derrière, pas de bourree dessous, releve arabesque, fondu arabesque, pose, chasse pas de bourree en avant. 13 Exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Glenn Keenan. Music by Scott Killian. 65 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Centerwork Turns Level 4

Finis Jhung


If you've never done a pirouette, or are having trouble turning, this is for you. You begin slowly, making half and full turns on two feet (assemble soutenu); next, you make a full turn slowly on a flat foot (promenade); you add movement to the extended leg (grand rond de jambe) in another promenade; you will identify the muscles that turn your plie; and finally you will practice pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, concluding with a pirouette in the attitude position. Finis shows each exercise, Saige does it, Finis analyzes and corrects, and Saige repeats. After you've done the exercises in this video, you're ready to work on Finis Jhung's Pirouette Class 1. Ballet turns can by a mystery, until you study this video. Ballet turns can be explained and learned. Ballet pirouettes can be mastered. Exercises on this video: 1. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans and en dehors (half turns); 2. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans and en dehors (full turns); 3. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, promenade en dedans en attitude, arabesque pose, pas de bourree en avant; 4. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, detourne, glisser, tendu poses, promenade en dehors, demi grand rond de jambe en l’air, fondu, pas de bourree dessous; 5. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, pas de bourree en tournant en dehors, promenade en attitude en dedans; 6. Pique assemble soutenu en tournant en avant, promenade with grand rond de jambe to 4th arabesque; 7. Half turn, plie en dehors; 8. Full turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dehors; 9. Half turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dedans; 10. Full turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dedans; 11. Pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dehors, en dedans; 12. Chasse pas de bourree, tendu, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied en dehors and en dedans, pas de bourree en tournant; 13. Step-pose, pas de bourree, pirouette en attitude en dedans. 13 exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Saige Miller. Music by Scott Killian. 60 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Intermediate Centerwork on Jumps Level 4

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Saige Miller (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Finis teaches you how to execute connecting movements, or linking steps, such as the glissade and pas de bourree, so that they become preparations for the little jumps - petit allegro - that are a highpoint of every class. Finis shows each exercise, step-by-step, count-by-count, and then Saige does it. Finis then analyzes and corrects, and Saige repeats it. You know, there's nothing like looking in the mirror and seeing yourself "standing in the air." These exercises are designed to let you do just that. The French call it "ballon." Roughly translated, it means you're going to have more bounce to the ounce. Ballet turns can by a mystery, until you study this video. Ballet turns can be explained and learned. Ballet pirouettes can be mastered. Exercises on this video: 1. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans and en dehors (half turns); 2. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans and en dehors (full turns); 3. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, promenade en dedans en attitude, arabesque pose, pas de bourree en avant; 4. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, detourne, glisser, tendu poses, promenade en dehors, demi grand rond de jambe en l’air, fondu, pas de bourree dessous; 5. Assemble soutenu en tournant en dedans, pas de bourree en tournant en dehors, promenade en attitude en dedans; 6. Pique assemble soutenu en tournant en avant, promenade with grand rond de jambe to 4th arabesque; 7. Half turn, plie en dehors; 8. Full turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dehors; 9. Half turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dedans; 10. Full turn, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dedans; 11. Pirouette sur le cou-de-pied, en dehors, en dedans; 12. Chasse pas de bourree, tendu, pirouette sur le cou-de-pied en dehors and en dedans, pas de bourree en tournant; 13. Step-pose, pas de bourree, pirouette en attitude en dedans. 13 exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Saige Miller. Music by Scott Killian. 60 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Intermediate Centerwork on Turns and Jumps Level 5

Finis Jhung


If you’ve never done a pirouette, or are having trouble turning, this is for you. You begin slowly, making half and full turns on two feet (assemble soutenu); next, you make a full turn slowly on a flat foot (promenade); you add movement to the extended leg (grand rond de jambe) in another promenade; you will identify the muscles that turn your plie; and finally you will practice pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, concluding with a pirouette in the attitude position. Who said you couldn’t turn? Exercises on this video: 1. Barre practice: Turning the plie en dehors, half turn pirouette simple; 2. Barre practice: Turning the plie en dehors, full turn pirouette simple; 3. Chaînes turns, pas de bourree, pirouette en dehors, port de bras; 4. Pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, chaînes turns; 5. Grand pirouettes en dedans: à la seconde, attitude, arabesque; 6. Fondu developpe, changements, pirouette en dedans and en dehors; 7. Assemble porte, sissone passe, pas de bourree, ballotes; 8. Jete, ballone, saute, fondu, tombe, ballone, pas de bourree; 9. Saute arabesque, chasse, assemble, echappe, entrechat royale; 10. Pique arabesque, chasse, grand fouette en tournant; 11. Pique arabesque, tombe, glissade, grand jete saut de chat; 12. Pas de bourree saute, glissade precipitee, grand jete saut de chat. BONUS EXTRAS 1. Finis talks with Saige; 2. Saige’s pre-class stretches; 3. Saige and her pointe shoes. 12 center exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Saige Miller of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at The American Ballet Theatre. Music by Scott Killian. 90 mins.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Meditative Stretching

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. This video records me at age 75. Each day finds me quietly waging my own personal battle against aging. I can't let a day go by without doing my own personal regime of stretches. When I don't do my daily exercises, my body complains with pain. In this video I will show you the exercises I have found to be most helpful in keeping my arthritic hip functioning pain-free and in "unseating" those joints and muscles that become stiff and achy from prolonged sitting and inactivity. This program will benefit you the most if you would do it from start to finish. Try to make time so you can do it without interruption. These exercises are deliberately contemplative. Think about and talk to your body. It's the only one you have. Treat it well. Once you learn the exercises and can do them by yourself, it should take you about 45 minutes to do the entire program without stopping. If you are pressed for time, do the Morning Wake-up which takes about 20 minutes.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Partnering Techniques All Levels Basic Ballet 13

Finis Jhung, Griff Braun and Johanna Snyder, American Ballet Theatre


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Learn the ropes, step by step, to everyone's favorite, the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker. Griff Braun and Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre begin the video by performing the pas de deux. After that, they break it all down with Finis Jhung and tell you everything you need to know about promenades, supported pirouettes, and lifts. Griff and Johanna tell what they are thinking as they do the steps and what they expect from each other. By the end of the video you'll have seen all the nuts and bolts of partnering. Griff has partnered some of ABT's best ballerinas, so he knows what he's talking about. This video is a must for anyone who intends to do this pas de deux or simply loves ballet. "This video on Partnering is one of the most informative I have ever seen. I enjoyed the detailed explanations. It will be a great teaching aid for beginning partnering classes."


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Pirouette Class 1

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. What's the first thing a dancer does, after finishing barre? A pirouette, of course. Everyone wants to turn, because it looks like so much fun and obviously demonstrates skill. Now you can begin to turn, without fear, by studying how Michele Wiles, today a Principal Dancer of The American Ballet Theatre, prepares for her pirouettes. It's not that you can't turn, it's just that you're not doing "the right thing." So, learn to do what Michele does, in real time, slow motion, and freeze frame, and those pirouettes will never get away from you again. You'll be able to fix problems immediately. We've also added breakdowns that clear up the difference between the waltz step and the balance. And, you'll be amazed when you see how Michele flies through the air with pas de bourree saute. It boggles the mind.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Pirouette Class 2

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Here are twelve new lessons which break down the fundamental elements of the pirouette en dehors from fourth position. Instructions about correct muscle usage and the mechanics of movement have been minutely detailed in bite-sized, digestible 3-1-2 to 4-1-2 minute segments. As you study each lesson you will discover what you're not doing and how to correct and perfect your preparatory moves. Learn to work your body parts correctly and in the proper sequence so you can get on your leg and turn. This video forges ahead with several new strength-building exercises and explicit "how to" instructions not previously shown on other turning videos. Remember, if we can go to the moon and back, you can turn around twice on the floor.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Pirouette Class 3

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. As he did in the Pirouette Class 2 DVD, Finis has broken down the pirouette en dedans (simple, attitude, arabesque, à la seconde) into its component parts and shows you the proper sequence of movement which leads to beautifully balanced and controlled turns. After Finis shows you how to do each exercise, count-by-count, it is demonstrated with elegant precision by Isabella Boylston, the rising star soloist and of The American Ballet Theatre who is receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim for her performances of ballerina roles in both traditional and contemporary classics. Look, listen, learn, and enjoy. Play this video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises, or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Power Barre

Finis Jhung


As you do these exercises on a portable barre in front of the mirror you will be encouraged to use the barre by pressing down on it with your hands. This will energize your shoulders and supporting arm, strengthen your posture, and help you to balance the movement of your legs and feet in center floor. You will also be instructed to keep your head turned toward yourself in the mirror so that you check your placement, alignment, and execution while you develop correct body positions-efface, croise, and ecarte. All plies (except for stretches) are to be performed with opposition and resistance, which will strengthen your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and core. The fondu-releve exercises develop proper placement, balance, and foot-ankle-knee strength which are necessary in order to correctly execute most poses, turns, and jumps. Learning to plie and releve correctly on one foot is the determining factor in how quickly you can advance, so take these lessons with Finis Jhung to heart and you will be well on your way.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Stretch, Turn-out, and Extension

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Isabella Boylston (Actor)


In this new video, Finis Jhung has created 17 exercises especially designed to show you how to stretch safely and correctly so that you will strengthen and improve your turnout and extension. Finis shows and explains each exercise step-by-step, and then it is demonstrated by Isabella Boylston of The American Ballet Theater. The floor exercises are done both sitting up as well as lying down, which allows you to stretch without stress or strain on your muscles and joints. Each barre exercise includes detailed instructions and demonstrations on how to bring your floor stretches to a standing position while displaying your maximum turnout and extension with balance and control. Teaching in New York City since 1972, Finis Jhung has enabled thousands of dancers to become their personal best. As you will see, the secrets to success can be yours.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Ten-Minute Ballet Break

Antonio Carmena (Primary Contributor), Finis Jhung (Director)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. It's a fact of life: you've got to keep moving. If you don't use it, you lose it. And, it's been proven that people who exercise their bodies and minds daily feel better, look better, and age better. Awaken your body and refresh your mind with these short bouts of ballet. Choose from four different ten-minute breaks, each with four ballet exercises choreographed by Finis Jhung to the soul-stirring, heart-pounding orchestrated music of Scott Killian. Finis presents each exercise and gives pointers while Antonio Carmena, the critically-praised soloist of The New York City Ballet, demonstrates. To live is to dance. Your elevation work includes petit pas de chats, changements, sissone simple, and echappe saute. After you've mastered these centered exercises, you'll find you've gained strength, speed, and range of movement. To dance is to live. "I'm excited about this DVD . . . I love it. I don't have to dress for ballet-I can easily do it in my full-skirted summer dress. I have such a feeling of peace after using this video -even better than when I use my relaxation videos. It's just what I needed. It was so clever of you to make this, and insightful, too, in that you choreographed the movements. Thank you."-Barbara Owen, Ballet Teacher, Annapolis, MD


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Ten-Minute Ballet Stretch

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Melissa Elstein (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. These four ten-minute stretch breaks will relax tense muscles, increase joint mobility and flexibility, and calm the mind. Give yourself the quality time you deserve. Rejuvenate. "The Ten-Minute Stretch Break DVD is taught by Finis Jhung, a nationally respected Master Ballet Instructor in New York City. It includes 14 well-choreographed exercises accompanied by beautiful music. The techniques utilized are well within the ability of the average user or even children to improve fitness. Finis' well-thought-out stretching exercises are gentle and relaxing. These exercises emphasize improved flexibility of the neck, axial spine, and major joints of the extremities. All that is required is a daily ten-minute block of time to complete one of four optional routines in front of a television. The exercises are performed either from the (1) seated, (2) standing, or (3) on the floor positions. For physical and mental stress relief, even office personnel should be able to perform these low intensity exercises at their workstation. Finis' exercises are especially advantageous in that there is negligible physical impact. His stretching routines are configured to address inflexibility caused by aging. The short exercise program is a convenient substitute when a lengthy physical workout is impracticable.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Art of Teaching 1 Barre

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Finis and Katie go through all the basic points of teaching barre, from beginner thru advanced. He tells you everything he's observed in 35 years of teaching pro's and amateurs in NYC. The bottom line is, you've got to have a leg to stand on. Most teachers tend to focus on foot positions and the working leg; therefore students develop poor habits which weaken the supporting side and consequently the center work. Here are The Rules of Barrework which will help you avoid common mistakes and enable you and your students to get the most out of the barre. This detailed, comprehensive guide to all the things you and your students need to know will give you the "teacher's eye" that sees problems before they happen. Learn to see what really matters. "The clarity of the ideas, the rooting out of the essential in The Art of Teaching videos is amazing. It has helped me immensely to focus and to get to the root of so many other problems. It is just like a shot in the arm. So thank you Finis from myself and all the Parisian dancers for your generosity, brilliant analysis, and intelligent approach. I find my self stimulated and renewed and practically run to the studio each morning because I am so excited about sharing your marvelous ideas." - Wayne Byars, Professeur de Danse Classique, Paris, France. "I have been re-viewing your 'Art of Teaching' videos several times, and each time, I hear something new. Your teaching methods are so progressive that the student and teacher constantly have new elements with which to work. Your concepts take everything to a new level. Your techniques are very natural, thus very liberating, allowing the dancer to become the dance." - Melinda Delgado, Ballet Instructor, Montana Ballet School, Bozeman, MT


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Art of Teaching 2 Turns Companion DVD

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Your students want to turn. You wish they could. Well, they can, and they will. Now you can see and learn the "secrets" to dazzling turns. Whether it's a male virtuoso finishing 9 turns on demi-pointe or a ballerina doing 4 on pointe while raising her arms, it all comes from the preparation. Finis begins chaînes turns for beginners, and gradually progresses, step by step, to the advanced level on pointe. Exercises include a slow promenade that teaches the most crucial elements of the pirouette preparation; simple pirouettes en dehors and en dedans; en dehors turns in large poses that travel across the floor; en dedans turns in poses that travel; and then Cheryl puts on her pointe shoes to show you pique turns en dedans and en dehors; fouette turns and a traveling combination with leg changes. Notice how Cheryl improves with each correction that Finis gives. There is method to this madness. "I have already shared some of your tips on turning with my students (both youngsters and adults.) If only I had a photo of their faces when they perform that first turn successfully while applying your concepts - the expression is priceless." - Pilar Doheny, Pacific Dance, Irvine, CA. "Finis's ability to make turns make sense is amazing. Instead of restricting the students, he enables them to do it naturally." - JP Christensen, The City Performing Arts Academy, Visalia, CA. "I had great success right from the start, incorporating your theories on teaching pirouettes. I am seeing more stability, confidence, and cleaner finishes. This is especially true of en dedans turns, which I have found to be problematic using other teaching methods. Each time I watch this video, I am pleased to discover more subtleties of your technique." - Rhoda Lichy, Teacher, Allegro School of Dance, Rochester, MN


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Art of Teaching 3 Jumps Companion DVD

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. If we can go to the moon and back, your students can learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. All you need is to do the right thing. You can teach your dancers to be nimble and quick and to "stand" in the air. It all has to do with knowing how to place the body and jumping foot, learning the correct timing, and using the floor. You'll be delighted when you see how simple it can be to enable a formerly earth bound student bounce like a ball and bound across the floor. Finis and Cheryl break down and demonstrate a progression of jumps from echappe saute, jete, pas de chat, assemble, ballotte, pas de basque, grand fouette en tournant, brise vole, grand jete en tournant, grand jete entrelace, and grand jete saut de chat. Especially valuable are Cheryl's precise demonstrations of batterie (beats): royale, entrechat quatre, entrechat cinq, jete battu, assemble battu, brise vole, and cabrioles. Add these beats to your choreography and get a standing ovation. "Finis has a special gift when it comes to being able to relate and 'make simple' the often difficult art of teaching dance. I have implemented Finis's terminology and visual aids in my classes and experienced a tremendous difference." - Gerald P Dishman, Studio D, Houma, LA. "I love your videos. They're just the kind of teaching aid I've been looking for." - Doreen McCann, Studio of the Dance Arts, Seneca Falls, NY


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Boy Ballet Dancer

Finis Jhung


Based on his experience as the Trainer at Billy Camp and ballet teacher for the boys who played Billy Elliot on Broadway and on tour, Finis Jhung knows that today's boy ballet dancer needs updated training-he must go beyond positions and poses and learn the mechanics of movement. In this new video, 11-year-old Joseph Harrington-newly-cast as Billy Elliot-warms up standing alone in center floor so he can check his placement and form in the mirror. He then demonstrates the essential exercises which emphasize the spring action of the bent knee in plie for powerful jumps, turns and combinations. Finis explains the exercise, Joseph demonstrates, Finis analyzes and Joseph repeats. At the end, Joseph performs jumps and turns that will make you stand and cheer as audiences do at Billy Elliot: The Musical.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Male Ballet Dancer

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Joseph Michael Gatti (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Get ready for a jaw-dropping, eye-popping experience as you watch Gold-Silver-Bronze Medalist Joseph Michael Gatti perform the variations from 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. "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. "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, The New York Times


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Thinking Dancer Dancing in the Center Levels 2 and Up Basic Ballet 9

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Noriko Naraoka (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. You're guaranteed to improve your technique and artistry when you dance along with Finis Jhung and the exquisite Noriko Naraoka in this timeless collection of choreographic gems. From adagio to grand allegro, tango to mazurka, Finis shows you step-by-step, count-by-count, how to improve your dancing skills with the fabulous 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 fouette and pique turns. Shall we dance? I was in 'Heaven' viewing your work. You are truly unique, creative, and knowledgeable - what a great teacher you are. The likes, unfortunately, every generation gives us so few of.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique The Thinking Dancer Working at the Barre Levels 2 and Up Basic Ballet 8

Finis Jhung


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Take it, teach it, or simply watch it-viewers say this video is mesmerizing. It's the barre to end all barres. In detail, Finis answers all the questions teachers and students has asked for years: what is the dancer's relationship with the barre; what are the exercises supposed to accomplish; what muscles do you use and when; how do you breathe; what about "pull-up;" how do you keep from "tensing up;" what should you be thinking during each exercise? Learn new, effective ways to do traditional exercises. Geared towards today's dancer, who must perform a variety of dancing styles, this barre is unique in structure, the order of exercises, and the choice of movements, tempi, and dynamics. Jhung's work is comparable to Vaganova meeting the space age: relaxed stretches, yogic postures, modern dance movements, his own innovative approach, and strictly classical, traditional ballet technique are joined together in a workout which is at once simple and highly exacting. The attention to details and brilliance in innovative concepts is staggering."


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Turning Connecting Movements and Turning Jumps Levels 2 and Up Basic Ballet 7

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Johanna Snyder (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Count-by-count, Finis Jhung and Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre show you how to connect individual steps in 12 different center combinations that build and progress from adagio to coda. This video reveals how successfully producing beautiful lines, balanced turns, and light jumps depends on the way you execute the preceding movement. Correctly performing that movement, the linking step, is the key to your success. Center Class C teaches 6 combinations based on pas de bourrees, soutenus, balances, and chasses that turn. Center Class D teaches 6 combinations based on grand jete en tournant, fouette arabesque, emboite, saut de basque, and connecting steps that turn; includes a discussion on proper turn-out, use of muscles and bones.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Use Your Arms and Dance

Finis Jhung


Good dancers move and work their arms as they dance across the floor, they don't "hold" static positions. Never-ending energy pulsates from their fingers to their toes. Their dancing has intensity and rivets our attention because they are so deeply involved with how they balance their leg work with their arms. Most important is the fact that they use their arms to facilitate the movements of their feet and legs, which in turn magnifies their movements. Antonio perfectly demonstrates all of this.


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Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Use Your Head and Turn

Finis Jhung (Primary Contributor), Sachiko Kanai (Actor)


Finis Jhung is a world renowned Ballet Master. Whenever the best dancers pirouette and change directions, they turn their head quickly with eyes sharply focused-this is what makes their dancing so enjoyable. As you might imagine, it's not easy to keep your balance when you must pirouette or turn your head quickly and move across the floor. In the same way you practice moving your feet and legs faster, you must also practice moving your head. This video shows you how to keep your balance when you spot quickly; details the correct use of the feet and arms when you pirouette from 5th; and teaches you how to turn your pas de bourrees with control and elegance. "I have loved ballet ever since I remember and could not but watch in awe how delicate ballerinas turned endless number of times or flew in the air like birds. Only when I started to study ballet myself, did I realize how much knowledge, coordination and control goes into everything a dancer does so successfully. Finis's ingeniousness of breaking down any ballet position to allow more control of your body by knowing what you are doing, especially for adult beginning ballet students, has made it possible for me to attempt to learning how to pirouette. This DVD is the best tool I have found in order to practice and improve your balance, turns and changes of direction while, at the same time, strengthening your feet in order to releve successfully."-Ileana Teodorescu, New York, NY. "Whether you are professional or recreational the techniques Finis introduces will improve your turns. I am a dance instructor and this DVD has made me think about teaching turns in a new and focused way. I just recently purchased the video and within only a month's time I have seen wonderful improvement in my students."-Cassandra Shupe, Director, Norwalk Dance Center, OH


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My First Pointe Shoes

Michelle Benash


Join Ballerina Michelle Benash for your very first Pointe Lesson. Learn how to fit, sew and prepare your shoes before you begin. Then follow along as Michelle teaches you a barre, center exercises and a lovely variation for the beginner student. Makes a great gift for the aspiring Ballerina of today. Michelle Benash teaches Ballet at the famous High School For The Performing Arts in New York City - the school on which the film and television series "FAME" was based. 25 mins.


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Pointe to Pointe

Students of Ballet (Actor), Mignon Furman (Director)


The name Mignon Furman is synonymous with a lifelong dedication to training young dancers . Borh in South Africa, she was Senior Lecturer of Ballet and Director of teacher training at the University of Cape Town. Selected from the entire University faculty she was given the Distinguished Teacher Award. In South Africa she was responsible for introducing ballet into the public schools. She has been a guest teacher around the world including New York, London, Tel Aviv, Paris and Cannes. Moving to New York City, Ms. Furman brought many years' experience both in teaching and organizing with her . Along with her prestigious organizations The American Academy of Ballet, Ms. Furman offers her Performance Awards program to teachers and students of ballet around the world. Her Summer School of Excellence at SUNY Purchase attracts students from many different countries each year. Ms. Furman is a monthly contributing writer to Dance Studio Life Magazine. Pointe to Pointe is a resource for teachers who are training children from 8 to 10 years old and introducing them to pointe work. Mignon Furman is an expert of teaching ballet to children. Her exercises are carefully chosen to help students develop strength in their feet, ankles, and knees with correct alignment in the body. The steps go from working on two feet to working on one foot. By introducing clean technic from the start of pointe work, the chances of developing bad habits are less. Ms. Furman believes that strength and stability go hand in hand with developing musicality and artistry. The Pointe to Pointe DVD is divided into two levels of beginning pointe work: one half for beginning pointe, the other for advanced beginning pointe. Each level is meant to be taught over a one year period. Both Barre and Centre work are represented in each level. Steven Mitchell provides the music for the Pointe to Pointe DVD on a double compact disc set by the same name.


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Simply Ballet A Master Ballet Class For Beginners

Michelle Benash (Actor), Bob Rizzo (Director)


A very good instructional video for those who are actually looking for detailed explanation of execution of barre and center works. If you're a beginner continuing to enjoy Classical Ballet, join American Ballet Theatre ballerina MIchelle Benash as she instructs both her young students and YOU in this easy to follow along master class. Begin at the barre, chasse` to the center combinations and work your way through the variety of leaps and turns. Soon, you'll be dancing the grand allegro set to a lively waltz. Simply brilliant-Simply Ballet. This class is recommended for those who are ready to dance on to the next level. Also makes a great gift for the aspiring Ballerina.


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To the Pointe

Michelle Benash


Former American Ballet Theatre Ballerina Michelle Benash has designed an instructional Pointe video for all levels. Ms. Benash provides exercises and guidelines that develop technique and strength on Pointe. Included are barre and center for Beg-Int-Adv levels and a beautiful variation for the int-adv dancer. "This video is a must for serious teachers and students who care about the healthy developmental approach to this demanding art form. Michelle Benash intelligently lays the groundwork for a dancers evolution toward a professional career." Kirk Peterson, Ballet Master, American Ballet Theatre. 60 mins. (2002-2005) DVD-All-Region.


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Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet

Kevin McKenzie (Actor), Georgina Parkinson (Actor)


2 DVD Set. The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in American Ballet. Teachers and students alike find the Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1-2 hours on two DVDs, this set includes over 800 variations in Russian, French, and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This engaging program demonstrates the complete language of ballet:Positions and Directions - Barre - Linking Steps - Center Practice - Pirouettes - Adage - Allegro - Batterie - Pointe - Musical Enchainements. For easy reference, a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide is demonstrated by four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: - Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, former principal dancer, ABT) - Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer, Royal Ballet) - Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet) - Denise Jackson (former principal dancer, Joffrey Ballet).


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