Finis Jhung's long-awaited first book provides detailed notes on every exercise demonstrated in the first four DVDs of The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique Series: Level 1 Barrework, Level 1 Centerwork, Level 2 Barrework, and Level 2 Centerwork. Also included are step-by-step notes on the six essential stretches and core-strengthening exercises from the DVD Ballet Plus, as well as first six exercises in The Art of Teaching Turns DVD and the first six exercises in The Art of Teaching Jumps DVD.
The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique: A Guide for Teachers & Students concentrates on the essentials for absolute and advanced beginners—of any age and body type—with an eye towards organic movement logic. Besides count-by-count instruction, Finis has fleshed out each exercise with time-tested point-by-point descriptions and in-depth analyses of exercises, which will enable you to turn mystery into mastery. Learn to spot trouble before it happens. Solve those nagging technical problems which plague even the most advanced students.
Whether you order the book alone, or with its Companion DVDs and Music CDs, we are confident you will find the answers to your unanswered questions. For easy handling, the book is wire bound, folds in half, and lies flat.
79 exercises, 342 pages
1. The Best Stretches — 6 exercises
2. Level 1 Barrework for Beginners — 17 exercises
3. Level 1 Centerwork for Beginners — 16 exercises
4. Level 2 Barrework for Advanced Beginners — 13 exercises
5. Level 2 Centerwork for Advanced Beginners — 14 exercises
6. Pirouettes — 6 exercises
7. Jumps — 7 exercises
9. Interview: The Finis Touch
Read a sample chapter from the book!
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
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 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