Finis Jhung Workshops


No registration is necessary for open classes.

Sunday Ballet Intensives

Our sell-out Sunday Intensives are back!

“YESSSSS! I have signed up for all of them. Great fun! After I attended them last fall, I made visible progress.
— Luminita Soare Ray

TURN & DANCE! with Finis Jhung
Sundays 4:00 - 6:00pm
April 13, 27 / May 11, 25

Each session is especially created for the adult ballet beginner. During the first hour, experience the joy of movement as you learn the basic dance steps that move forward and sideways and connect to a beautiful pose like the arabesque. In the second hour, discover the secrets to the pirouette. Enjoy the thrill of turning on one foot. Yes, you can turn!

FEE: $30.00 per Intensive. Take any session, or take them all and save $20.00. There are no exchanges or refunds. Space is limited. Click here to register now at The Ailey Extension and guarantee your space.

NOTE: There is no barre. Make sure you take an earlier class so you will be ready to move in center floor.


The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue)
New York, New York 10019

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There are no classes on the following dates: April 20, May 26, July 4, September 1, November 27, December 24, 25, 31.

Finis Jhung will not teach on Sunday August 3 and Sunday August 10. His classes will be taught by Melissa Elstein.

Absolute Beginner Ballet:

Sunday 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.; Monday & Wednesday, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The Sunday class time will be changed effective February 2, 2014:
Sunday 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. The evening classes remain the same.

If you have no ballet experience, or it's been years, this is the class for you. Learn correct posture, centering, and positioning with both hands on the barre. Learn how to use your muscles so you gain strength and control of your movements. After one hour at the barre, you will move to the center floor and learn basic ballet movement skills.

Advanced Beginner Ballet:

Sunday 2:30 - 4 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Sunday class time will be changed effective February 2, 2014:
Sunday 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. The evening classes remain the same.

This class assumes you know the fundamentals taught in Absolute Beginner Ballet. Barre exercises are done with only one hand on the barre. You will do exercises that emphasize correct placement and strengthen the supporting side. The centerwork includes large poses, pirouettes and other turns, linking steps, and simple jumps.

If you are from out-of-town and planning a visit, please confirm that Finis will teach via e-mail:

Class Rates:
Single Class (valid 30 days) $16.50
10-Class Card (valid 4 months) $145.50
5-Class Card (valid 2 months) $75.66
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Frank M. Dellapolla has danced principal and soloist roles as a guest artist with companies across the US and internationally including Cynthia Gregory and Friends, Okamoto Ballet, Dances Patrelle, The Kozlovs (in Russia), as well as with ballet companies in Japan, Europe and South America. He also danced for Ballet Chicago, Universal Ballet (Korea), The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and others, dancing a wide variety of styles and choreography from Petipa to Balanchine to Agnes de Mille to Alonzo King and David Parsons. Frank also has a long career in theater including productions of A Chorus Line, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night and many others. Television credits include several roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and various PBS productions. He also appeared recently in “Icarus APR,” a dance film done for Lincoln Center. Frank is a member of both AGMA and Actors’ Equity Association.

Melissa Elstein, a former professional ballet dancer and non-practicing attorney, is the founder of Good Energy Yoga and Reiki, LLC. She teaches children’s ballet at The School at Steps on Broadway, Gentle and Chair Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, Core Strength Yoga at Upper West Side Yoga & Wellness Center, Tai Chi Easy™ & Qigong at The Dorot Center for Seniors, and conducts stress reduction seminars for firms and non-profits. Originally trained at the School of American Ballet ("SAB"), Melissa joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. After suffering a debilitating injury, Melissa graduated phi beta kappa, summa cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science, and receiving her J.D. (Stone Scholar) from Columbia Law School. As a lawyer, Melissa clerked for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Upon completion of her clerkships, Melissa worked as a trial attorney for the New York City Police Department Legal Bureau's Civil Enforcement Unit. After taking a brief hiatus from the practice of law, Melissa found herself drawn to holistic health care topics and spiritual practices, and completed numerous teacher trainings. She is certified in yoga, pilates, Tai Chi Easy™ and Reiki. Melissa's interest in teaching ballet was piqued after taking Finis Jhung’s intensive weekend ballet teacher training in 2011. In 2012, she became an American Ballet Theater (ABT®) Primary-Level 3 certified ballet teacher and is featured in Finis Jhung's DVD “The Ten-Minute Stretch Break.” For more information, visit


”For many years, I was completely resistant to ballet, even though I knew it was basic training and a necessary credential for dancers. Before I met you, I was performing other dance forms in the New York area, and felt ballet was too academic, and in any event, not really taught, so why bother taking class? Well, as often happens in life, there is a time and place for everything, and my time and place for finally studying ballet is with you now at the Ailey Extension. Needless to say, I regret not having done it before, because with you, ballet is an expansive, living, breathing, exuberant form that can be taught to and learned by adults. It is a bittersweet education for me, making up for lost time, but every class, I am fueled by the potential to do more, and dance more. Lead onward, Maestro! Thank you so much."—Cynthia Elmas, NYC, NY

"I truly enjoy taking your classes. I was, over 15 years ago a professional B’way jazz dancer but never had any proper ballet training and was intimidated by many of the classes back then (although I did take your beginner ballet bar, on occasion). It is exciting to not only be using my body once again but to finally have the opportunity to understand the style, conventions and movements that make a ballet dancer at a level my body and mind can comprehend and develop. Thank you." — Nancy Melius, NYC, NY

"I feel fortunate to have encountered you at this point in time, as you continue your 'backwards journey to the fundamentals of movement'. Your Ailey students are aware that you could limit your teaching to professionals if you wished, and yet you choose to share your knowledge with adult beginners who will never be dancers. Your beginning classes bring happiness to a lot of people.

I appreciate the zen-like quality of the barre exercises in class. While I don't possess an aptitude for dance, I enjoy grappling with something that is beautiful and so different from other aspects of my life, and I'm glad to have the opportunity to take your classes. Thanks."— L. Lin, Woodside, NY

"I'm just writing to express my deep gratitude for your ballet class. I've tried to take a beginning class here and there as an adult, but never found one that was basic enough for someone who studied a bit as a very young child but remembers very little as an adult. I've now had about 6 classes of Level 1 with you, and I already sense subtle improvements in my balance and strength. I'm 41-years-old and it is such a privilege to be returning to the study of this extraordinary art after so many years, without any of the pressures that real dancers face, but just for the sheer joy of it. Thank you so much for your unique and amazingly generous approach to teaching, making ballet truly accessible to ordinary people. "—Jennifer.