The Art of Teaching Turns
The Art of Teaching Turns


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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 chaînés 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 piqué turns en dedans and en dehors; fouetté turns and a traveling combination with leg changes. Notice how Cheryl improves with each correction that Finis gives. There is method to this madness.

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1. Introduction
2. Placement & mechanics, preparing for châinés turns
3. Single châinés turns
4. Continuous châiné turns
5. Promenade for pirouette en dehors, en dedans
6. Pirouettes from 4th position, en dehors & en dedans
7. Waltz, pirouettes en dehors & en dedans, châinés
8. En dehors turns across the floor: passé, à la seconde, attitude, châinés
9. En dedans turns across the floor: passé, à la seconde, arabesque, attitude
10. Piqué turn en dedans (on pointe)
11. Piqué turns en dehors (on pointe)
12. Fouetté rond de jambe en tournant (on pointe)
13. Pas de bourrée, fouetté turn, soutenu, pirouette en dedans (on pointe)


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ALL REGIONS DVD 65 minutes. 13 Exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Cheryl Sladkin. Music by Anna Korab: New Ballet Music 2

CAUTION: For demonstration purposes, Finis Jhung uses a professional dancer whose capabilities are well beyond those of most viewers. Do not attempt to perform these or any exercises without first consulting your physician about whether the exercises are right for you, and whether you are capable of doing them without trained supervision. The producers, distributors and creators of the program are not responsible for injuries resulting from any viewer's use of it.


“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!
— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

"Your work on these DVD's is remarkable. I count on the no nonsense corrections that you make w/ the student. I've been teaching ballet for almost the last 30 years. My own training was excellent. However, it's extremely refreshing to learn that good teaching still leads to sound ballet technique. Thank you for the great insight." - Virginia Zellner, Studio D, Sherman, CT

"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. Thank you, Finis." - 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, Allégro School of Dance, Rochester, MN