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 Post subject: Can anyone recommend some good instructional ballet DVDs?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:13 am 
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[size=150]I'm looking for some quality ballet instructional DVDs and would love some advice on which ones to get. I have some experience in ballet but would really like to improve my technique/foundation, so I'd probably want a Beginner level lesson. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank You!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone recommend some good instructional ballet DVDs?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:42 pm 
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Hello, C4dance... Of course, taking a class would be best, but I, personally, would trust any videos by David Howard or Finis Jhung.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:28 pm 
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Great, thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone recommend some good instructional ballet DVDs?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:27 pm 
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Couldn't agree more with the two suggestions. Neither are cheap though.

There are lots of clips from Finis' DVDs on YouTube - various levels and focusing on various things. Check out Balletguru1's channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/balletguru1?feature=watch%20channel.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Awesome, thank you! I'll check these suggestions out, I used to have a few VHS tapes of Finus Jhung but I remember them being kind of slow, but maybe that was the point.

One of my dance teachers also told me to do a lot of yoga because it strengthens your core and helps with flexibility & balance (which I definitely need to work on, balance especially). I have a few yoga DVDs but they also seem to be kind of hit-and-miss...

If you also do yoga are there any dvds you'd recommend?

I'm not a super yoga expert but I've done it for several years, I guess an intermediate level, I think the main thing I'm looking for in a yoga dvd is a good rhythm, as though in a regular class where you're continually moving through the poses. It's hard to get into the flow of it when they stop too often with dialogue.


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone recommend some good instructional ballet DVDs?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:14 pm 
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I personally don't believe that yoga enhances ballet study. Pilates is a better choice, in my opinion. Some of the yoga positions might actually be stretching in a way that may be counterproductive to ballet which uses rotation (turn-out) as a basis for structure and strength... Just my personal opinion... I have studied yoga a bit in retirement from ballet and have noticed this. David... Thanks for the link!


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone recommend some good instructional ballet DVDs?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:55 pm 
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Well the main reason I was considering doing yoga more often is because I struggle with my balance, it's frustrating for me in classes because it makes the moves requiring good balance nearly impossible for me. Since you suggested Pilates as a better choice, have you had any good experiences with Pilates videos (preferably ones that have a continuous flow throughout the video)?

I really appreciate everyone's help! :D


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