The Art of Teaching Barre
The Art of Teaching Barre


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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.

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Chapter 1. Posture & Alignment: Number 1, The Plumb Line, Head, Neck, Ears, Shoulders, Cheekbones, Sternum, Hips, Abdominals, Buttocks, Tailbone, Breathing, Turning out correctly
Chapter 2. The Isometric Plié: Strength, Control, Balance
   Exercise 1. Pliés
Chapter 3. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side: Achieving Balance & Stability
   Exercise 2. Tendu-dégagé, demi plié
Chapter 4. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side: Achieving Balance & Stability
   Exercise 3. Brush & push, balance
Chapter 5. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side: Achieving Balance & Stability
   Exercise 4. Ronde de jambe, fondu, balance
Chapter 6. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side: Achieving Balance & Stability
   Exercise 5. Fondu, relevé, balance
Chapter 7. Shifting Weight & The Supporting Side: Achieving Balance & Stability
   Exercise 6. Finding fifth position
Chapter 8. The Rules of Barrework: Maintain Posture, Alignment, Balance, Use the Mirror, Keep the Energy Flowing, Don’t Pull on the Barre
   Exercise 7. Tendu, temps lié, head rolls, balance
Chapter 9. The Rules of Barrework: Work Your Foot
   Exercise 8. Quick tendu, dégagé, balance
Chapter 10. The Rules of Barrework: Work with Resistance
   Exercise 9. Fondu, rond de jambe en l'air
Chapter 11. The Rules of Barrework: Coordinate Head, Arm, and Leg Movements
   Exercise 10. Frappé, petit battement, ballonné
Chapter 12. The Rules of Barrework: Coordinate Head, Arm, and Leg Movements
   Exercise 11. Grand battement, grand port de bras


New Ballet Music 2

ALL REGIONS DVD 90 minutes. 11 exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Katie Hoponick. Music by Anna Korab: New Ballet Music 2
The Art of Teaching DVDs Package

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

"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