Classic Classes 1: Advanced Beginning/Intermediate Pointe Class
Classic Classes 1:
Pointe Class



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Teach it or take it, this class is a beauty. Finis works with the elegant Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre in a simply structured class on pointe that begins with Finis presenting and showing each barre exercise and then standing by and coaching Johanna as she beautifully demonstrates. In center floor, Finis shows and explains each exercise, Johanna demonstrates, Finis analyzes and coaches, Johanna repeats, and Finis usually gives more pointers. As she puts on her pointe shoes, Johanna shares some professional tips. You will notice that although the exercises are simply constructed and the atmosphere of the class is relaxed and friendly, the work itself is very demanding. As you watch and dance along with Johanna, you will become aware of the finer details that are the hallmarks of professionalism: musicality, correct port de bras, sharp pointes, refined delicacy, and perfect classical line. The révérence alone is reason enough to have this video. You will be thrilled with all the technical and artistic information you’re receiving — and now, On Your Toes!


1. Relax and stretch
2. Battement tendu in 1st position facing the barre
3. Pliés
4. Battement tendu in 1st position with stretches
5. Battement tendu in 5th position with piqué & balance
6. Battement tendu, dégagé in 5th position with balance
7. Working the foot & stretching the body
8. Rond de jambe on the floor, in the air, with stretches
9. Battement tendu dégagé with sous-sus
10. Battement fondu / 11. Grand battement
Center 1. Temps lié to pointe
Center 2. Fondu to pointe
Center 3. Développé to pointe
Center 4. Piqué pose
Center 5. Fondu relevé traveling diagonally
Center 6. Relevé & piqué développé traveling diagonally
Center 7. Large piqué fouetté turning (arabesque) with changements
Center 8. Piqué turns and pas de bourrée
Center 9. Piqué turns and jeté
Center 10. Révérence


Bill Brown: New Music for Your Ballet Class
Scott Killian: Music for Intermediate Ballet Class
Pointe DVDs Package
Classic Classes DVDs Package

ALL REGIONS DVD 75 minutes. 11 barre, 10 center exercises. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Johanna Snyder. Music by Scott Killian: Music for Intermediate Ballet Class, and Bill Brown: New Music for Your Ballet Class

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

"Two of my pre-pointe class won 1st place in the MOVE Dance Competition in Denver Colorado. They have had only 2 years of ballet! We are from a very small town in Wyoming and have only had a dance studio for 3 years. This was such an incredible experience, not only for my students but for myself and our dance academy. So I have to thank you once again for the fabulous instructional DVD's. We could not have accomplished this unbelievable moment without having your wisdom. Thank you for sharing your gift of dance with us."—Lori Bickford, Ballet Instructor, Meadowlark Academy of Dance, Newcastle, WY

"Finally, I have met someone who explains the mechanics of why and how, and who respects the body for all it can do. Finis’s videos and music are a must for every teacher in dance." - Alice Sarkissian-Cadwell, Chair-Head, Dance Department, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

"Your videos are pure joy. They are so refreshing and inspirational. I can’t thank you enough for all the help you’ve give me through your excellent videos." - Wendy Stein, Dancepower Inc, Old Bridge, NJ

"I really enjoy the Classic Classes DVDs since I need to follow a structured class. My schedule does not permit me to make the local ballet classes, which is why your DVDs are so valuable to me. Someone like me can take class from you, Finis Jhung, everyday! What joy and happiness you bring to my heart and spirit." - Sandra Chiodo, Pittsburgh, PA