Dance Teacher Instructional Video of the Month

Want to expand your influence as a teacher? Post your video and you could be spotlighted as this month’s Dance Teacher Instructional Video of the Month.

We want to see how you work. Any kind of dance instruction—demonstrating technique or combinations, rehearsal, classroom succe... and any kind of dance. The video should be 3 — 8 minutes long. Be sure to include commentary about what you are demonstrating.

Each month we will select a Dance Teacher Instructional Video of the Month, both Viewers’ Choice as voted by website visitors, and a special Editors Choice. The two winners for this month's contest will be announced on at the beginning of next month. Enjoy and remember to vote for your favorites!

Contest Winners

January 4, 2010 finisjhung | Rated 5.0 | 5,836 Views
DESCRIPTION Your students want to turn. You wish they could. Well, they can, and they will. Now you can see and learn the "secrets" to dazzling turns. Whether it's a male virtuoso finishing 9 turns on demi-pointe or a ballerina doing 4 on pointe while raising her arms, it all comes from the preparation. Finis begins chaînés turns for beginners, and gradually progresses, step by step, to the advanced level on pointe. Exercises include a slow promenade that teaches the most crucial elements of the pirouette preparation; simple pirouettes en dehors and en dedans; en dehors turns in large poses that travel across the floor; en dedans turns in poses that travel; and then Cheryl puts on her pointe shoes to show you piqué turns en dedans and en dehors; fouetté turns and a traveling combination with leg changes. Notice how Cheryl improves with each correction that Finis gives. There is method to this madness. CUSTOMER COMMENTS "I have already shared some of your tips on turning with my students (both youngsters and adults.) If only I had a photo of their faces when they perform that first turn successfully while applying your concepts - the expression is priceless!" - Pilar Doheny, Pacific Dance, Irvine, CA "Finiss ability to make turns make sense is amazing. Instead of restricting the students, he enables them to do it naturally. Thank you, Finis." - JP Christensen, The City Performing Arts Academy, Visalia, CA "I had great success right from the start, incorporating your theories on teaching pirouettes. I am seeing more stability, confidence, and cleaner finishes. This is especially true of en dedans turns, which I have found to be problematic using other teaching methods. Each time I watch this video, I am pleased to discover more subtleties of your technique." - Rhoda Lichy, Teacher, Allégro School of Dance, Rochester, MN Purchase The Art of Teaching Turns DVD at
January 5, 2010 finisjhung | Rated 5.0 | 3,611 Views
DESCRIPTION Learn the ropes, step by step, with Griff Braun and Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre. After they perform the grand pas de deux, Griff and Johanna break it all down with Finis. They tell you everything you need to know about promenades, supported pirouettes, and lifts. Griff and Johanna tell what they are thinking as they do the steps, and what they expect from each other. Griff has partnered some of our best ballerinas, so he knows how to do it. This video gives you a close-up view of the nuts and bolts of partnering. Its fascinating. CUSTOMER COMMENTS "This video on Partnering is one of the most informative I have ever seen. I enjoyed the detailed explanations. It will be a great teaching aid for beginning partnering classes!" - Michelle Raider, Director, River City Youth Ballet, Elkview, WV "I've never come across anything anywhere else like these videos. They're so unique; very informative, and so well put together! I especially loved The Nutcracker Pas de Deux. I hope you make some more of them." - Mike Gallay, Adult Student, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Purchase the Partnering Techniques: The Nutcracker DVD at
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