The Thinking Dancer: Working at the Barre Levels 2 & Up - Basic Ballet 8
The Thinking Dancer:
Working at the Barre
Levels 2 & Up - Basic
Ballet 8



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Finis on CBS


Finis was featured on the television show CBS This Morning! He discussed dancing well beyond retirement age and how he inspires dancers of every age. Watch the segment!


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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.


1. Warm-up stretches facing the barre
2. Pliés in 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th positions with stretches
3. Battement tendu in 1st position, facing the barre
4. Battement tendu in 1st position, with stretches
5. Battement tendu in 5th position, with stretch & balance
6. Battement tendu and dégagé in 5th position, with balance
7. Foot pushes, dégagés, pas de chevals in 1st position
8. Rond de jambe par terre, en l’air, with stretches
9. Adagio for stretch & balance
10. Battement frappé
11. Battement fondu
12. Petit battement sur le cou-de-pied
13. Grand battement


New Music for Your Ballet Class
The Art of Teaching 1 - Barre
Basic Ballet DVDs Package

ALL REGIONS DVD Double-Length DVD. Intermediate / Advanced Level. 117 minutes. 13 barre 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

"Mr. 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." - Lesandre Ayrey, The Way of Dance, Coarsegold, CA

"Finis is a teacher's teacher; his methods should be required education for serious ballet teachers schooled in conventional ways. Just watching Finis demonstrate is an education in itself - he makes the link between technique and artistry so clear and accessible." - Patty Neivert, Patty Neivert School of Dance, Westminster, MD