Good dancers move and work their arms as they dance across the floor, they don't "hold" static positions. Never-ending energy pulsates from their fingers to their toes. Their dancing has intensity and rivets our attention because they are so deeply involved with how they balance their leg work with their arms. Most important is the fact that they use their arms to facilitate the movements of their feet and legs, which in turn magnifies their movements. Antonio perfectly demonstrates all of this. Watch!
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Play the video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises or Workout Mode without instruction.
1. Plié, stretch, relevé
2. Demi-plié, tendu, stretch
3. Developpé, fondu
1. Grand battement
2. Pas de basque, attitude, soutenu, pas de bourrée
3. Grand port de bras, arabesque, attitude promenade, developpé, pas de bourrées
4. Passé par terre en avant, temps lié, tendu pose
5. Piqué arabesque, tombé arabesque, soutenu
6. Walk on half-toe, fondu, temps lié, tombé, pose
7. Relevé écarté devant, 1st arabesque, relevé derrière, pas de bourrées
8. Tendus, pas de bourrée, echappe sauté, Italian changement
9. Jeté dessus, temps lié, pose
10. Sauté, chassé
New Ballet Music 13 "Inspirations"
LEVELS 2 & UP. ALL REGIONS DVD. 91 minutes. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Antonio Carmena. CD Music by Scott Killian: New Ballet Music 13 "Inspirations."
“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
"I just have to let you know how thrilled I am with this video. What a beautiful display of grace and fluidity! Some of the movements I admire but don't imitate (such as the backbends) but everything is inspiring and encourages me to do as much as I can." Laura Fasick, Moorehead, MN
"This DVD is an excellent addition to the catalogue of resources that are available for dancers and teachers. The instructions for each lesson are clearly presented and the movements well demonstrated. I first watched all of the lessons to become familiar with the content and joined in when I could. Now I am working my way through each lesson in more detail. Usually I concentrate on one lesson at a time, and when I can, I go through the lesson with the music only. It is easy to gain a sense of working in a studio situation and this helps maintain interest and motivation. The interview included in the DVD is very informative and the Workout Mode feature will be most helpful once I am more fluent with each of the lessons. The variety of tempos and rhythms of the music keeps me on my toes and the cheerful and professional discussion of the different elements of the movements highlights the essential creative qualities of the presentation. I can feel that my dancing is improving each time I practice and I am enjoying the process very much." — Judith Chestnut, Erina, New South Wales, Australia