The Thinking Dancer: Dancing in the Center - Basic Ballet 9
The Thinking Dancer:
Dancing in the Center -
Basic Ballet 9



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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 fouetté and piqué turns. Shall we dance?


1. Adagio: Soutenu, chaînés turns, attitude, arabesque turn, swivel tendu, arabesque penchée, fondu relevé, attitude turn, developpé à la seconde, pas de bourrée turn
2. Dance — 2/4: Walk forward and back, fondu relevé, chassé pas de bourrée, pirouette from 5th, balancé, glissade, pas de bourrée turn, balancé turning, relevé arabesque, arabesque turn
3. Dance - Mazurka: Pas de basque, relevé atitude, grand pirouette sautillé, fondu relevé, pas de bourrée turn, grand pirouette à la seconde, attitude turn, arabesque sautillé
4. Dance — Tango: Skip backward, pas de bourrée, fondu relevé developpé, chassé, swivel tendu, sauté à la seconde turning, piqué arabesque turn in a circle, chassé pas de bourrée
5. Jig — Warm-up Jumps: Piqué arabesque, chassé pas de bourrée, glissade, sissone passé, changements, sautés, piqué arabesque
6. March — Little Jumps & Beats: Step out, changement, sissone passé, changement, royale, entrechat quatre, entrechat cinq, pas de basque, assemblé derrière
7. Dance — Petit allégro: Sauté arabesque, fondu derrière, pas de bourrée sauté, pas de bourrée turn, piqué arabesque, chassé, piqué grand fouetté en diagonale, soutenu, grand jeté saut de chat
8. Piqué Turns — Drill
9. Fouetté turns — Drill
10. Piqué-Fouetté Combination
11. Dance — Big 2/4: Piqué arabesque turning, saut de basque, sauté grand rond de jambe, Bournonville bourrée, relevé arabesque, chassé, grand jeté entrelacé, relevé turn, piqué-pose, saut de basque
12. Dance - Grand Jetés: Chassé, grand jeté in 2nd arabesque, piqué arabesque, grand jeté entrelacé, piqué arabesque turning, grand jeté entrelacé in attitude, grand jeté saut de chat, pas de bourrée sauté


New Music for Your Ballet Class
The Art of Teaching 2 - Turns
The Art of Teaching 3 - Jumps
Basic Ballet DVDs Package

ALL REGIONS DVD Double-Length DVD. Intermediate / Advanced Level. 100 minutes. 12 choreographed center exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Noriko Naraoka. CD music by Bill Brown: New Music for Your Ballet Class.


“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

"The opportunity to dance along with these combinations has added a whole new dimension to practice sessions. Barre and centre exercises find a place in the choreographed dances and from adagio to allegro, each variation offers diversity in character and interpretation.  I noticed that there is plenty of freedom to maintain a classical core with contemporary expression, making each practice a pleasant occasion and a chance to relax and be creative. The presentation of each combination into specific counts helps with memory and there is always the recording to refer back to if there are distractions. I can concentrate on specific exercises that will help with the movements of a particular dance until confidence develops or I can mix and match depending on how things are going at the time. Every practice session has its own benefits and highlights. While my favourite is the mazurka because of its rhythm, each combination has something surprising about it. Also, because there is always the emphasis on good posture, every movement has the potential for more dance." — Judith Chestnut, Erina, NSW, Australia

"The Finis Jhung Technique has completely altered how I participate in dance movement. I am eager to retrace previous steps and learn what has been missing during all the years I have been involved with dance. So, the best move is to go back to the beginning and enjoy the journey from there." - Judith Chestnut, Erina, Australia

"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." - Mara Meier, Ballet Academy of Charleston, SC

"Your outlook and knowledge simply blow my mind! It's awesome!" - Janelle Cosner, A Step in Time, Greencastle, IN