Get ready for a jaw-dropping, eye-popping experience as you watch Gold-Silver-Bronze Medalist Joseph Michael Gatti perform the variations from Black Swan and Le Corsaire and then show "How It's Done" with Finis Jhung.
Here is a thrilling display of the male bravura technique — all the virtuoso steps that stop the show and make audiences stand and cheer. Joe’s ability to turn is uncanny — he finishes most all his turns, including 9 pirouettes - on demi-pointe.
His air turns are big and juicy, and his "trick" jumps are electrifying. Movement-by-movement, Finis and Joe go through all the steps and break down the preparations and main ideas. To help you better understand the mechanics of turns and jumps, Finis uses his teaching toys. This video is a Winner!
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1. The Black Swan Variation: Performance
2. How It’s Done: Double cabriole in arabesque, double tour to 5th
3. How It’s Done: Grand jeté en attitude, assemblé, 4 pirouettes
4. How It’s Done: Sauté en tournant à la seconde, grand jeté en tournant entrelacé
5. How It’s Done: Tombé pas de bourrée, assemblé, double tour, 4 pirouettes
6. The Black Swan Coda: Performance
7. How It’s Done: Grand jeté en avant en diagonale, grand jeté en tournant entrelacé
8. How It’s Done: Tombé pas de bourrée, assemblé, double tour to arabesque / 5 pirouettes in attitude
9. How It’s Done: 4 pirouettes, multiple grand pirouettes a la seconde pulling into 5 pirouettes
10. Le Corsaire Variation: Performance
11. How It’s Done: Pas de basque en tournant, soutenu, passé to attitude, grand saut de basque with both knees bent
12. How It’s Done: Grand pirouettes pulling into 4 pirouettes / 7 pirouettes
13. How It’s Done: Grand pas ciseaux en tournant, 6 pirouettes, double tour to the knee
14. Le Corsaire Coda: Performance
15. How It’s Done: Grand pas ciseaux en avant
16. How It’s Done: 9 pirouettes changing position / Manège: Grand jetés
17. How It’s Done: Saut de basque / 9 grand pirouettes sautillé, 5 grand pirouettes pulling into 3 pirouettes
18. BONUS EXTRA: Interview with Joseph Michael Gatti
Pirouette Class 1
The Art of Teaching 2 - Turns
The Art of Teaching 3 - Jumps
ALL REGIONS DVD 54 minutes. Variations and Coda from The Black Swan and Le Corsaire, "How It's Done" breakdowns of the steps. Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Joseph Michael Gatti. Music played by Ron Musicus.
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
"I purchased this DVD after I saw some preview clips on YouTube. I'm thrilled with the purchase. There are too few DVD's of this nature available. It is honest, engaging and spectacular. Joseph Gatti's strength and technical abilities are on display. Finis Jhung provides insight behind the movement and male dancer bravura. I found the DVD to be valuable because it is instructional (for myself as a male ballet dancer); Educational (seeing the teaching methods Finis Jhung uses); Honest (an uncensored presentation of male dancer bravura, as if you were there for the master class); Enlightening (seeing Joseph Gatti describe personal dance preferences); Accurate (performance break downs with step by step details) You will enjoy this DVD if you: Enjoy the power behind male ballet dancing; Value the technique required to perform male ballet solos; Want to learn performance tips and tricks; Want to see break downs of advanced male ballet solos; Appreciate the dedication of high caliber male ballet dancers. Bravo!" — Bradley Rhoton, Atlanta, GA
"This DVD is wonderful. Your instruction is so explicit — I was totally amazed at the amount of technical information you give." - Linda Caldwell, Teacher/Owner, N'styl Performance Wear, Orlando, FL
"The Male Ballet Dancer DVD is a work of art in itself, and tremendously
helpful. it gave me decisively useful tips on a number of techniques,
including tours en l'air, that I simply never got before. it's really
a program not just to watch and review, but to study. When I played
it for the first time, I thought I'd watch a section or two and come
back to it later, but I couldn't resist viewing one chapter after
another, and before I knew it, I was watching the bonus interview at
Many thanks for all you bring to students of every age and level.
you're living proof that we can keep learning and improving, and I'm
excited about having a whole new appreciation and more importantly, a
far more solid kinesthetic understanding of turns of various sorts as
a direct result of your talent as a teacher, even "once removed" via
media instruction." - Philip Golabuk, Director, The Field Center, Gainesville, FL
"I was almost resigned to doing single tours en l'air forever - and landing on my butt quite a lot of the time, at that. Just one key hint from you in 'The Male Ballet Dancer' about what my arms should be doing in the plie, helped me get around for a double tour, twice, in my most recent class. And I had only had the DVD for a few days, too. I've still got a long way to go with my tours, but I feel like I've got a foothold now, something to work on. I hope that your tips and the different imagery you include on your DVDs continue to help me." - Tyler Saxton, Student- Computer Programmer, Melbourne, Australia
"Astonishing. Astounding. The purest and most honest ballet dancing. Delivered with a lack of affectation and with seamless, fluid finishes that made rare artistry of the gimmicks." - Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times