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Ballet Dynamics / Finis Jhung


Since 1972, Finis Jhung has been a mainstay of the New York dance scene. He has taught dancers of The New York City Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey, Ailey, Taylor, Graham, and Cunningham Companies as well as star gypsies from Broadway, aspiring professionals, and amateur adult beginners.

While running his own studio until 1987, Finis was also founder, artistic director and choreographer for Chamber Ballet USA. Since then, in New York City, he has taught at The Broadway Dance Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Arts, The New Dance Group Arts Center, and Steps. Throughout the year, Finis presents Workshops for Teachers and Adult Students at The Ailey Studios in NYC. Currently, Finis is working on Broadway with the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical. He teaches the boys who are now performing the lead role of Billy as well as those who are in training as future prospects. For his current schedule of classes, please click on "CLASSES"

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1937 of Korean-Scottish-English parentage, Finis graduated with High Honors from the University of Utah in 1959, where he majored in Ballet under Willam F. Christensen. After a six-month tour of duty with the National Guard, where he was the fastest typist in the U.S. Army, Finis joined the Broadway cast of Flower Drum Song.

He went on the road with The National Company, and then joined The San Francisco Ballet. During that time, he also went to Hollywood and danced in the film version of Flower Drum Song. After becoming a soloist with SFB, Finis joined The Joffrey Ballet, touring Portugal, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and countless U.S. cities. In 1964, he joined The Harkness Ballet of New York, where he became a principal dancer and toured France, Italy, Monaco, Rumania, Germany, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, and more of the U.S.A. Critics worldwide acclaimed his brilliance and elegance.

During his professional career, Finis studied with Valentina Pereyaslavec, Vera Volkova, Stanley Williams, Erik Bruhn, Rosella Hightower, and David Howard. Finis has been the subject of numerous articles in national publications, and was featured as a "ballet virtuoso" on Lifetime TV. His life-long love of theatre and dance has led him to reevaluate ballet teaching. His innovative teaching methods have proven to make ballet easier to understand and more enjoyable to learn, while preserving the essential qualities that make ballet a great performing art.



School name:Ballet Dynamics / Finis Jhung
Address:119 West 72nd Street, PMB 353
Zip & city:10023 New York
Phone:212-721-6748
Web:http://www.finisjhung.com
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