Basic Ballet Movement Skills
Lesson 2: Port de bras, Arabesque, Coupé, Pas de Valse
Taught by Finis Jhung
Finis Jhung shows you—count by count— how to shape and move your arms and hands with amplified grace and elegance; how to find and display your arabesque and balance the piqué pose; how to work the feet and balance in coupé; and how to waltz in various directions and positions. Each exercise has two parts—instruction and demonstration— and is shown moving to both right and left by Sachiko Kanai. Bonus sections include outtakes and an interview with Sachiko.
Play this video in 3 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises, or Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction.
ALL LEVELS. ALL REGIONS DVD. 100 minutes. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Sachiko Kanai. CD Music by Scott Killian: New Ballet Music 13,
New Ballet Music 3, New Ballet Music 10.
Port de bras
Moving & shaping the arms & hands
Music: New Ballet Music 13, Track 11, 4/4
1. The first arabesque
2. Piqué en arabesque at the barre
3. Piqué en arabesque en diagonale
4. Piqué, relevé en arabesque en diagonale
1. Coupé dessus
2. Coupé dessous
3. Coupé dessus, dessous
4. Coupé dessus, dessous en diagonale; tombé; pas de bourrée
Pas de Valse
1. Pas de valse de côte; temps lié
2.Pas de valse en avant; temps lié
3. Pas de valse en arrière; pas marché
4. Pas de valse en avant, en tournant; piqué arabesque
New Ballet Music 13
New Ballet Music 3
New Ballet Music 10
“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
"Today as I practiced with the Basic Ballet Movement Skills Lesson 2 I gained a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I was learning movement sequences that actually felt like I was dancing. I think that this new series is very helpful, and I like the format of the DVD. The instructions and demonstrations are clear, and the exercises complement each other. While I have found the videos from previous series helpful, this new series makes it easier for me to structure my own daily practice and really get on with actually dancing."
— Judith Chestnut, NSW, Australia