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UPDATED AND BETTER THAN EVER! THE EXERCISE INSTRUCTIONS ARE MORE PRECISE AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL HAS BEEN REVISED.
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: A Guide for Teachers and Students concentrates on the essentials for absolute and advanced beginners—of any age and body type—with an eye toward organic movement logic. Besides count-by-count instructions for every exercise, the author has fleshed out each exercise with time-tested, point-by-point descriptions and in-depth analyses which clarify the mechanics of movement and will enable you to turn mystery into mastery.
The book is not illustrated but provides detailed notes on every exercise demonstrated in the first four DVDs of The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Series, as well as selected exercises from Ballet Plus, The Art of Teaching Turns, and The Art of Teaching Jumps.
Whether you use the book alone or with its companion DVDs, we are confident you will find the answers to your unanswered questions.
"Discover—or rediscover—the essentials of good ballet technique in this comprehensive, accessible book....Valuable lessons for beginners and students alike." Read more >
— Kirkus Reviews
1. Foreword by Caitlin Sims, “The Finis Touch”
2. The Best Stretches — 6 exercises
3 Level 1 Barrework for Beginners — 17 exercises
4. Level 1 Centerwork for Beginners — 16 exercises
5. Level 2 Barrework for Advanced Beginners — 13 exercises
6. Level 2 Centerwork for Advanced Beginners — 14 exercises
7. Pirouettes — 6 exercises
8. Jumps — 5 exercises
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The Finis Jhung Companion DVD Package
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 1 Barrework for Beginners
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 1 Centerwork for Beginners
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 2 Barrework for Advanced Beginners
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Level 2 Centerwork for Advanced Beginners
The Art of Teaching Turns
The Art of Teaching Jumps
The Finis Jhung Companion CD Package
Music for Intermediate Ballet Class
New Ballet Music 2
New Ballet Music 3
New Ballet Music 4
New Ballet Music 5
New Ballet Music 7
New Ballet Music 9
New Ballet Music 12
I’m so glad that I finally purchased your book! I used to spend hours working out exercise after exercise and typing them out with notes etc. I cringe when I think of the hours I spent which would have been avoided if I had had your book. Plus, there is so much additional information in your book which aids greatly in teaching (myself and my students!)” — Holly Hutchens, Karar Academy, Star Prairie, WI
“I’m so glad that I finally purchased your book! I used to spend hours working out exercise after exercise and typing them out with notes etc. I have files of exercises organized on my computer. I cringe at the hours I spent when it was all in book form! Yet, I learned a lot with the multiple repeats. No regrets — only a lot of relief entering the class room not having to wonder if I got it right. And there is so much additional information in there to aid in teaching (myself and my students!)” — Regina H. Paul, President, Policy Studies in Education
“The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique is not just for ballet dancers! When I was a principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company and American Repertory Dance Company, his teaching principles gave me more freedom of movement while his focus on proper breathing helped to unclench muscles and direct energy to the dynamics of speed, strength, and dimensions of phrasing. I also believe it supports injury prevention as I was able to enjoy a performance career into my early 50's.”
— Bonnie Oda Homsey, Artistic Director, Educator, Arts Consultant, Arts Funder
"Congratulations! The book is incredible! The cover is beautiful and the inside is filled with information you can't find anywhere else. The details are remarkable. Getting from step A to step B shouldn't be a problem for anybody. You have made it all so clear!! Thank you so much."
— J. Weiss, New York, NY
"I am so grateful that you encouraged me to purchase your book! I had no idea that the book was so clearly coordinated with all the videos. It is a real companion to the videos and I can even see which videos I might benefit from in which order. But then there is the whole way your book is organized - with all the personal stories and with the development of your unique teaching method which just feels so right to me - and so original. I have never read of or heard of anything like it, and yet it makes perfect SENSE - to my body as well as my brain. I laughed while reading about the question 'How do you walk?' because I studied ballroom dancing for 10 years and teacher after teacher would ask the same question and explain it with 'You walk by falling forward and then your feet catch you.' And every time they said it, it just never ever made any sense to me. I thought I just must not be walking the way other people walk! As I read that section of your book with great interest, I could actually FEEL the correct answer - just by the way you were teaching! And I was so happy that I could SENSE the answer just before you validated it. Anyway, THANK YOU for encouraging me to purchase your book. If I had purchased only the videos, I would have missed so much! I have other books on ballet technique and they are nothing like what you have written." - Anonymous from Berkeley, CA.
"Thank you for the ballet technique book. Your instructional technique has been a great benefit to me as a person who took up ballet in mid-life. I am still flying. The environment of the airline industry is very stressful. Dance has been an enjoyable release for me, and your instruction has enriched my dance experience." - John Daly, Pilot, Kirkland, WA
"BRAVO! This Guidebook is the perfect companion to the Finis Jhung video series and workshops. This is a MUST have for all ballet teachers, regardless of the style of ballet they teach. It's like having Finis in class with me. Love it, love it, love it. If only I had a teacher like Finis when I was growing up. He gets me excited about ballet!" - Toni-Lynn Miles, Director, Middlesex Dance Center, Middlefield, CT
"Very excited about purchasing the guide! So many details we, teachers, forget to mention at times in class, until we are reminded of their importance!!" - Arlene O Smith
"I can't tell you how wonderful your training manual is! I refer to it all constantly when teaching. Thank you for putting it together!" - Pili Doheny, Assistant Director, Pre-Ballet/Primary Program at The Maple Conservatory of Dance, Irvine, CA