Based on his experience as the Trainer at Billy Camp and ballet teacher for the boys who played Billy Elliot on Broadway and on tour, Finis Jhung knows that today's boy ballet dancer needs updated training—he must go beyond positions and poses and learn the mechanics of movement. In this new video, 11-year-old Joseph Harrington—newly-cast as Billy Elliot—warms up standing alone in center floor so he can check his placement and form in the mirror. He then demonstrates the essential exercises which emphasize the spring action of the bent knee in plié for powerful jumps, turns and combinations. Finis explains the exercise, Joseph demonstrates, Finis analyzes and Joseph repeats. At the end, Joseph performs jumps and turns that will make you stand and cheer as audiences do at Billy Elliot: The Musical.
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2. Grand plié, stretch
3. Tendu, dégagé to the side, grand plié, relevé
4. Tendu, dégagé front & back, temps lié, stretch
5. Dégagé, relevé, balance
6. Tendu crossing over, pas de bourrée
7. Tendu, fondu en croix, relevé, balance
8. Rond de jambe à terre, grand rond de jambe
9. Dégage, fondu à la seconde, relevé, tombé pasde bourrée
10. Grand battement front & back, pirouette en dehors
11. Grand battement to the side, pirouette en dehors
12. Attitude promenade, pirouette en attitude
13. Chaînés, tombé, pose, pirouette
15. Grand pirouette à la seconde, sautillé, slow
16. Grand pirouette à la seconde, sautillé, fast
17. Grand pirouette à la seconde, pirouette
18. Changement en tournant, single tour en l'air
19. échappé sauté, sissone fondue, pas de bourrée, sauté, tombé, glissade, assemblé
20. Double tour en l'air
21. Sauté, tombé, step-step, grand jeté saut de chat, piqué arabesque, chassé, grand assemblé en tournant, grand pirouette
The Male Ballet Dancer
The Art of Teaching Turns
The Art of Teaching Jumps
New Ballet Music 12
New Ballet Music 5
ALL LEVELS. ALL REGIONS DVD 103 minutes. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Joseph Harrington. CD music by Scott Killian: New Ballet Music 12 "Simply Grand," New Ballet Music 5 "Ballet Today."
“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
"This video is a warm and conversational approach to building the strength and technique necessary to be an excellent male dancer. Nothing is omitted. Jhung teaches not only what the body should be doing and why, but also what the dancer should be thinking. "Feel the light on your chest, ears up and back, keep the energy turning and working out, balance with your entire body," he encourages throughout.
Eleven year old Joseph Harringon, newly cast as Billy Elliot, has been studying with Jhung for a year now and carries each exercise out with grace, ability and joy. A cherubic, long-legged young man, he listens attentively to Jhung's every word. As the exercises become more challenging, Jhung analyzes and corrects, then Joseph repeats. They work without a barre so Joseph may better understand what the muscles are doing and where the weight is, directly in front of the camera as if it were the mirror. For the detailed tendu footwork required to build strong feet, the camera moves in close.
While this DVD is targeted to the boy ballet dancer, it can be a valuable tool for girls and adult ballet students and teachers. Jhung uses helpful props, such as a cord hanging down like a fishing line to demonstrate the importance of the supporting side, a spinning top to illustrate how the body must stretch up, twist and push down to turn, and a rubber bow and arrow that shows the trajectory (the cow jumped over the moon) and landing for leaps. "Jumping is emotional", affirms Jhung, "It's explosive, while turning is rational—two very different feelings that can be in the same dance and music." At the end of the exercises Jhung interviews Joseph and the viewer gains further insight about the focus and commitment required to be a serious dancer. Jhung compliments him on his consistency, openness to learning and continued improvement. The mutual respect and admiration between teacher and student is a lesson unto itself." — Giannella M. Garrett, New York City, NY