Finis Jhung Workshops


Finis Jhung offers several workshops throughout the year. Details and registration information are below.


The Ailey Studios in New York City
August 9 & 10, 2014
Fee: $425
(International Customers, see below)

The Workshop is SOLD-0UT. If you would like to be on the stand-by list in case someone can't make it, please e-mail Finis directly:

Whether you're a teacher or an adult student with a passion to more about ballet technique, this 10-hour weekend workshop will turn Mystery into Mastery. Since 1972, Finis Jhung has been making ballet doable for dancers of all talents, ages and body types. His teaching technique is based on years of studying the world's best dancers in performance and on video and finding that these great artists prepare for balances, turns and jumps in ways not taught in the traditional ballet class. At this workshop, you will learn the "untaught" preparations which can make a world of difference for you and your students. Teach and do what really matters. Bring your dance clothes so you can take class. Feel free to sit and observe whenever you wish.

"Thank you so much for a weekend filled with insight and truth! You are inspirational beyond words. I know of nothing else that can have such a positive impact in only two days!"—With love, Julie Caprio, Artistic Director at Ballet Technique, Hamilton Ballet Theatre, NJ

"I would like to say a warm thank you to you for last weekend's workshop. It's the first time that I've attended your workshop and although my head was spinning on the first day I thoroughly enjoyed it and now feel seriously on my legs! You have simplified ballet technique and helped students to achieve results quicker. I have already started integrating your work into my ballet classes and it's fun. Please let me know when your next workshop will be. With fond regards."—Rosie Saur, Teacher, Dobbs Ferry, NY

"I want to thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. I loved it! There were so many points that I loved, however I think the best way to explain my excitement is to say that you challenged the way I danced. I have been a covert student of yours for some time now, but studying with you in person made all the difference. I loved your relev´ concept and the idea about how to "really" use the ballet barre and the mirror. I used my turnout to the full all weekend thanks to your gentle but pointed prodding to the entire class. I wish I had found you 30 years ago when I was 18, things would have been very different. My plan is to implement these strategies immediately at my studio. Thank you for your profound insight into dance. Your technical approach to dance should be the USA standard. Many thanks."—Deborah Bianca, Artistic Director, Dance Theater of New England

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Space is limited! Reserve your spot today!

Saturday, August 9 – Take Class or Observe*
9:30 – 11:00am Introduction, Absolute Beginner Barrework
11:00 – 11:15am Coffee break & Snacks
11:15 – 12:30pm Barrework continued, Basic Ballet Movement Skills
12:30 – 1:15pm Catered Lunch in the Studio, Discount Shopping
1:15 – 2:30pm Centerwork: Pirouettes, Basic Ballet Movement Skills
2:30 – 2:45pm Light Refreshments
2:45 – 4:00pm Centerwork: Basic Ballet Movement Skills, Jumps
4:00 – 5:00pm Discount Shopping — 30% off all DVDs, CDs and the Guidebook

Sunday, August 10 – Take Class or Observe*
9:30 – 11:00am Floor Stretches, Level 2 Barrework, Pirouettes
11:00 – 11:15am Coffee Break & Snacks
11:15 – 12:30pm Centerwork: Pirouettes, Basic Ballet Movement Skills
12:30 – 1:15pm Catered Lunch in the Studio, Discount Shopping
1:15 – 2:30pm Centerwork: Basic Ballet Movement Skills, Jumps
2:30 – 2:45pm Light Refreshments
2:45 – 4:00pm Basic Ballet Movement Skills, Turns ∓ Jumps, Relax & Stretch
4:00 – 4:30pm Discount Shopping

*The fee is the same whether you take class or observe

Fee: Full refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to June 1. Sorry, no refunds after this date. All registration is through Finis Jhung, not The Ailey Studios. Go to or call Finis at 1 (800) 357-3525. Fax: (212) 721-6748. If you prefer, mail your check payable to Ballet Dynamics Inc., 119 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023. Attention international customers using credit cards: Our website will apply shipping charges to the workshop during checkout, but your card will automatically be refunded these charges, and you will be e-mailed a confirmation of your refund. You will only be charged shipping for hard goods. We apologize for the confusion during checkout.

Payment Includes: All workshop classes, notes, break snacks and drinks, catered lunch in the studio both days, a Finis Jhung Tee-shirt, plus a 25% Discount on all Finis Jhung products.

Location: The Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue.

Parking: Besides street parking, there is a park-and-pay adjacent to the studios.

Hotels: Download Hotel Discount Information here.

2013 Student Comments

"30 seconds into class you uttered these words, and I will never forget them, you said, '...grip the floor with your toes...' and I did my first pain free plié in nearly 25 years. I knew right then and there that everything you would teach to us was worth more than GOLD! I am so happy to be able to teach pain free once again AND what is more important to be able to teach my students the correct way to protect their bodies so that they may be able to dance for years to come. I am going to recommend your workshops to all my teacher friends AND students! Thank you for a life changing weekend."
— Regina Sweeney, Mahopac, NY

"Thank you so much for a beautiful weekend filled with dance!! Personally I think the workshop was what I expected and beyond!! One of the things that I liked about the workshop it was hearing you said that you are always studying and learning and looking for the best ways to teach dance students. That humble comment coming from you who are the best has inspired me to keep trying to be a qualified ballet teacher. All your comments and corrections make so much sense and they feel so wonderful in the body, they really work. My students' pirouettes are getting better already!! And those isometric pliés are making a big difference in their dancing. I loved your phrase, 'do not throw your pliés away,' when I say it to my students they get serious about pliés. Again, thank you so much, and I'll see you next year!! "
—Angelica Rios, Miami, FL

"As always, I would like to thank you for an amazing workshop. This was my third year in a row that I attended and I can't believe how each time you have given us even a deeper understanding of ballet technique. I will attend EVERY year for as long as I can. Your approach doesn't clash with my former training — on the contrary — you have enriched the little I knew."
— Heidi Ketchel, Rochester, PA

"Thank you for a wonderful weekend. I was hesitant about attending, fearing that I would not have enough experience to benefit from your instruction. I'm delighted to say that I came away with a great deal of information. My challenge will be to apply the principals you gave us when I take class here at home. Perhaps I'm proudest that I was still standing (and almost pirouetting) by Sunday afternoon. In the two days, I did feel my alignment improve. You gave me a new way of thinking about things that I believe will improve my performance. I will not hesitate to recommend your workshop to my fellow students. Thank you for a truly delightful experience."
— Claudia Conn, Huntsville, AL

"Many thanks for an enlightened weekend of dance. Your methods are the of the evolution of dance technique, one that allows for longevity and freedom. I look forward to passing this on to my students. A wonderful overall experience!"
— Sabrina Vasquez, Garden City, KS

"I am most thankful for the opportunity to study with you. This was my second workshop and I have gained so much useful information to bring to my teaching. To teach is to be a continual student always exploring new ways of presenting the same material and you generously give teachers the tools to build dancers with stronger technique and artistry. My students have improved in their alignment, shifting of weight and pirouettes thanks to you. It was a wonderful experience. You have given me much information to study and digest. I appreciate your DVDs, a great addition to the workshop. I wish I lived closer so that I could take class from you weekly :)."
— Vicki Bergland, IAD , San Diego CA