Workshops

For 2015, we are shaking things up. By separating teachers and adult beginners, Finis has created specialized workshops that will help everyone achieve their specific goals.

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2015 Finis Jhung Teacher Workshops | The Ailey Extension presents the 2015 Finis Jhung Adult Student Workshop

Finis Jhung Workshops

2015 FINIS JHUNG TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Group 1 - July 25 & 26, 2015 Click here to Register
Group 2 - August 8 & 9, 2015 Click here to Register

NEW LOCATION! Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Avenue, Studio 404, New York, NY 10018.

Fee: $350 if paid by April 1. $400 thereafter.
Full refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to May 1. (Sorry, no refunds after this date.)

For adult teachers only! Two groups, each limited to 30 teachers, all studying identical material.

NOTE: Adult students will not be admitted and should take their own Workshop June 5-6 at The Ailey Extension. Click here for more information.

This 8-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.

“Your workshop really helped me understand physics and technique more, giving me a broader and deeper understanding of ballet dancing and how to teach it. I can now do double pirouettes after years of thinking that I was not capable of doing so. I applied what you taught us, and voila, double pirouettes! Cheers!”
— Anna Suntay, Manila, Philippines

Inspiring, amazing, and just a privilege to experience ... Why doesn’t the whole world teach this way???
— Rosemary Robenn, Elancé Adult Ballet School, Melbourne, Australia

“I absolutely loved every minute of it. Finis is an amazing teacher, using language and descriptions that are clear and make sense. I will definitely be coming back and will spread the word.”
— Shawna McPherson, Broadview Hts, OH

Each year your knowledge inspires me to work harder and harder for the sake of good ballet and good ballet teaching.
—Angelica Diaz, Homestead, FL

Daily Schedule:
11:00 - 11:30Teachers arrive
11:30 - 12:30Barre
12:30 - 12:40Break
12:40 - 1:40Center
1:40 - 2:10Lunch
2:10 - 3:10Center
3:10 - 3:20Break
3:20 - 4:30Center, Q & A
4:30 - 5:00Order FJ Products with a 25% Discount and Free Shipping to your home.

Payment Includes: Classes, exercise notes, an FJ Tee-shirt, and a 25% Discount on all Finis Jhung products. Food and beverages will not be provided. Please bring your own. There are excellent food shops nearby.

Register now at finisjhung.com or call Finis at 1 (800) 357-3525. The last two Workshops were SOLD-OUT with a waiting list.

International Teachers: When you checkout at our website, shipping charges will automatically be applied. We regret we are unable to prevent this. We will refund the shipping charge the following business day. Thank you for understanding.

Hotels: We recommend Hotels.com. Also check out: The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel New York, The New Yorker, The Courtyard Marriott and others close to 8th Avenue and 35th Street.

Read more student praise for the 2014 Workshop here!

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THE AILEY EXTENSION presents
THE FINIS JHUNG ADULT STUDENT WORKSHOP

June 6 & 7, 2015

FEE: $300.00 if paid by April 1, 2015. Thereafter, $325.00.
REGISTRATION HAS NOT BEGUN. When it does, you can enroll at The Ailey Extension front desk, online at aileyextension.com or by phone at (212) 405-9500.

This weekend workshop is designed for both Absolute and Advanced Beginners. The program each day includes barre exercises, center floor exercises with linking steps, turns, and jumps; a Video Analysis of Famous Dancers; and relaxing floor stretches.

Scroll down for recent student comments.

NOTE: This is not an Introductory Course for those with no ballet experience. You should have taken at least 10 Absolute Beginner Classes or had previous training in order to benefit from this Workshop.

Payment includes: all class work, a snack & beverage break, and a 25% Discount on all Finis Jhung DVDs and CDs. There are no refunds, credits, or exchanges.

Daily Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00pmBarre
1:00 - 1:10pmBreak
1:10 - 2:10pmCenter Floor Exercises
2:10 - 2:40pmCoffee, tea, snacks
2:40 - 3:40pmCenter Floor Exercises
3:40 - 3:50pmBreak
3:50 - 4:50pmVideo Analysis of Famous Dancers, Floor Stretches

Hotels: Recommendations coming soon.

Photos: From the Finis Jhung Intensives for Adult Beginners at the AIley Extension.

         

Recent ADULT STUDENT STUDENT COMMENTS

“I believe Finis is happy in his fairly recent ‘incarnation’ teaching adults to love ballet — if you look at the photos of Finis’s intensive workshops you will see the concentration on the faces and accomplishment in the bodies; we are very serious. Finis must feel great satisfaction in seeing those students who are not training to be professionals discover a sense of importance about being engaged in the Art of Ballet in all its complexity yet essentialness as well. What we do in a Finis Jhung class and how it resonates both in class and afterwards impacts in meaningful and fresh new ways. It feels as though this experience with dance matters in the larger scope of things, contributing to the way we build our world around ourselves and exist within it.
— Suzanne Manning, New York, NY

”For many years, I was completely resistant to ballet, even though I knew it was basic training and a necessary credential for dancers. Before I met you, I was performing other dance forms in the New York area, and felt ballet was too academic, and in any event, not really taught, so why bother taking class? Well, as often happens in life, there is a time and place for everything, and my time and place for finally studying ballet is with you now at the Ailey Extension. Needless to say, I regret not having done it before, because with you, ballet is an expansive, living, breathing, exuberant form that can be taught to and learned by adults. It is a bittersweet education for me, making up for lost time, but every class, I am fueled by the potential to do more, and dance more. Lead onward, Maestro! Thank you so much.”
—Cynthia Elmas, NYC, NY

“I truly enjoy taking your classes. I was, over 15 years ago, a professional B’way jazz dancer but never had any proper ballet training and was intimidated by many of the classes back then (although I did take your beginner ballet barre, on occasion). It is exciting to not only be using my body once again but to finally have the opportunity to understand the style, conventions and movements that make a ballet dancer at a level my body and mind can comprehend and develop. Thank you.” — Nancy Melius, NYC, NY

“I feel fortunate to have encountered you at this point in time, as you continue your ‘backwards journey to the fundamentals of movement.’ Your Ailey students are aware that you could limit your teaching to professionals if you wished, and yet you choose to share your knowledge with adult beginners who will never be dancers. Your beginning classes bring happiness to a lot of people.

“I appreciate the zen-like quality of the barre exercises in class. While I don't possess an aptitude for dance, I enjoy grappling with something that is beautiful and so different from other aspects of my life, and I'm glad to have the opportunity to take your classes. Thanks.”
— L. Lin, Woodside, NY

“I'm just writing to express my deep gratitude for your ballet class. I've tried to take a beginning class here and there as an adult, but never found one that was basic enough for someone who studied a bit as a very young child but remembers very little as an adult. I've now had about 6 classes of Level 1 with you, and I already sense subtle improvements in my balance and strength. I'm 41-years-old and it is such a privilege to be returning to the study of this extraordinary art after so many years, without any of the pressures that real dancers face, but just for the sheer joy of it. Thank you so much for your unique and amazingly generous approach to teaching, making ballet truly accessible to ordinary people.
—Jennifer.

2014 TEACHER Comments

“Your workshop really helped me understand physics and technique more, giving me a broader and deeper understanding of ballet dancing and how to teach it. I can now do double pirouettes after years of thinking that I was not capable of doing so. I applied what you taught us, and voila, double pirouettes! Cheers!”
— Anna Suntay, Manila, Philippines

Inspiring, amazing, and just a privilege to experience. It was all I had hoped for, and more! Yes, it was a long way to come from Australia, but worth every minute. I have learned so much and have so many new ideas to try out on my students. I love Finis ’s teaching because it is so logical and intuitive and just makes so much sense. Why doesn’t the whole world teach this way???
— Rosemary Robenn, Elancé Adult Ballet School, Melbourne, Australia

”This was my second year and all can say is that I have to be back again next year! This year, my ‘teaching revelation’ was ‘discovering’ my shoulders and understanding how important it is to use them and integrate them in all the ballet movements that we do. All the ballet details that you bring to our attention and all the ballet wisdom that you share with us is priceless. I love your workshops. Each year your knowledge inspires me to work harder and harder for the sake of good ballet and good ballet teaching.
—Angelica Diaz, Homestead, FL

“Finis is an amazing teacher. His clarity of instruction is par to none other.
— Kate Brogdon, Lompoc, CA

I loved every second of the workshop. I was constantly gaining so much knowledge to take back to my students. I loved how each exercise led to a more advanced option. Finis and his staff were incredibly generous. The Ailey facility is gorgeous.”
— Lauren Cozza, Sacketts Harbor, NJ

“It was an amazing experience to meet many different people and be taught by Finis. He is brilliant, and shares so much wisdom.
— Anna Suntay, Manila, Phillipines

“Amazing! It is such a joy to take class with and learn from Finis. His infinite knowledge is only matched by his obvious true love of dance. I always leave this workshop with a renewed passion and clearer intention as a teacher. So many light bulb moments!”
— Hunter Burris, High Point, NC

“I absolutely loved every minute of it. Finis is an amazing teacher, using language and descriptions that are clear and make sense. I will definitely be coming back and will spread the word.”
— Shawna McPherson, Broadview Hts, OH

“Excellent! I liked absolutely everything. Can ’t wait to take another.
— Michelle Gardner, Oneonta, NY

“I’ve finally found a true teacher of ballet. Finis Jhung is a treasure.”
—Julie Caprio, Hamilton Square, NJ

“I love Finis because his delivery to both old and new dancers is so effortless it ’s amazing.”
—Lisa Chu, Beverly Hills, CA

Fantastic! Great teaching tips for instructors!”
—Allison Hickman-McFerren, Waynesboro, PA

“Inspiring. Finis gave the most logical and anatomically correct explanations of how to actually dance that I have ever experienced. I am 100% sold on Finis’s method.
—Judith Elins, Jersey City, NJ

“I learned many useful tips for proper technique and alignment. It was well worth the cost.
—Stacey Wawrzyniec, Buffalo, NY

“The workshop taught very detailed concepts about the way the body should move in order to successfully perform steps. I had never heard of some of these concepts, but they were easy to understand and truly simplified steps that are usually considered difficult.
—Lillian Hill, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“I enjoyed the slow breakdown of the movement and the clarity of presentation. This Workshop takes the dance teacher back to the roots of the movements is an outstanding reminder of proper technique and safe execution skills, as well as how to work with different physical attributes unique to each dancer.”
—Jolene McPherson, Brecksville, OH

“Finis’s instruction breaks down movement to its origins, which makes it easier to understand while increasing an understanding of how complex and difficult ballet really is!”
—Kathy Hardin, Teacher, Ridgefield, CT

“Great group size. We all had enough space to dance. Even though I had already been studying Finis’s DVDs, hearing his explanations in person was great — I now have a different way to articulate with my students which may help them gain a better understanding.
—Cristina Urch, Milwaukee, WI

“Thank you for such a great experience. It is amazing how liberating it feels to focus on movements connecting the feet to the floor rather than just the steps themselves.”
—Dina Fonzone, Bethelehem, PA

“I love the idea of the almost-isometric plié — it makes total sense, although it is not the way I was trained. I also appreciate the idea that each dancer is different and needs to work with her true turnout in order to improve.”
—Tamara Swank, Greensburg, PA

“I got a huge dose of endorphins at the workshop. It was so liberating! Finis helps me to find myself, and that’s something for which I can’t thank him enough. He has found the most efficient way to teach us so that every single minute of our class counted. I came home feeling armed with knowledge and confidence. I can’t wait to come back again. “
—Heidi Ketchel, Rochester, PA

“I really liked the workshop. We were always doing something new, and I felt I was always learning. I liked the way Finis corrected us. It was brief and to the point. I feel this workshop has helped me drastically.
—Jenna Hiljus, Cambridge, MN

“The workshop opened up my ‘student mind.’ I was able to think and work in a way that I can pass on to my clients. The best information for me was the technique for pirouettes and turning.”
—Sarah Brown, Teacher & Studio Owner, Lincoln, NE