Connecting Movements Sideways & Forward Levels 2 & Up - Basic Ballet 6
Connecting Movements
Sideways & Forward Levels
2 & Up - Basic Ballet 6



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Count-by-count, Finis Jhung and Jennifer Goodman of The Joffrey Ballet show you how to connect individual steps in 12 different center combinations that build and progress from adagio to coda. This video reveals how successfully producing beautiful lines, balanced turns, and light jumps depends on the way you execute the preceding movement. Correctly performing that movement, the linking step, is the key to your success. Center Class A teaches 6 combinations based on glissades and pas de bourrées to the side and includes discussions on posture, breathing, and how to balance in passé. Center Class B teaches 6 combinations based on walks, runs, glissades, and pas de bourrées traveling forward and includes discussions on stretching for suppleness and using the mirror for pirouette practice.


Center Class A: Connecting Movements Sideways
1. Adagio: Glissade de côté, tendu, arabesque, pirouette en dehors
2. Tango: Glissade, relevé battement racourci, pirouette en dehors
3. Changement: Glissade, relevé developpé, changements
4. Little Jumps: Glissade, jeté, pirouette en dehors
5. Little Jumps & Beats: Glissade, assemblé, entrechat quatre
6. Galop: Glissade, grande jeté à la seconde, pas de chat vole, pirouette en dehors 7. Balancing in passé
Center Class B: Connecting Movements Forward
1. Adagio: Walk forward, developpé, pirouette en dehors
2. Jig: Developpé, pirouette en dedans, piqué arabesque
3. Changement Waltz: Glissade, piqué arabesque, developpé, balancés, changements
4. Quick Jumps & Beats: Sautés, entrechat quatre
5. Jumping Pas de Bourrée: Pas de bourrée sauté, sauté arabesque
6. Galop: Pas de bourrée sauté, glissade, grand jeté saut de chat
7. Special Stretches for Extension, Arabesque, Attitude, Balance
8. Pirouette Practice (en dehors, en dedans) using the mirror


Music for 24 Center Exercises
The Art of Teaching 2 - Turns
The Art of Teaching 3 - Jumps
Basic Ballet DVDs Package

ALL REGIONS DVD. Double-length DVD. Center Classes A & B. 100 minutes. 2 different center classes, 6 combinations each, which build and progress. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Jennifer Goodman. CD Music by Webster Smith: Music for 24 Center Exercises


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Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

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