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“I met Finis when I was performing my first principal roles as a corps de ballet member, and he immediately knew I would make it to the top. He seemed to have this sixth sense that can’t be taught. After reading his story and learning about his devotion to Buddhism and how it completely changed his outlook on life, I was inspired to see life with that same clarity and compassion. Finis’s life journey as a dancer, turned Buddhist leader, turned ballet teacher and coach has not only motivated me to aspire to achieve my greatest dreams and hopes, but also allowed my journey to be never-ending and unexpected.”–Sara Mearns, principal dancer, New York City Ballet

“Finis Jhung has had a long and remarkable career as dancer, teacher, choreographer, and company artistic director–and now, he has written a pictorial biography that beautifully describes his life in dance. His devotion to the art of ballet is palpable, and his search for knowledge is ongoing. This biography is complete and compelling, touching and honest. The photographs are exquisite.  All dance fans will be happy to have this book.”–Lawrence Rhodes, artistic director emeritus, Dance Division, The Juilliard School



For the first time, dance legend Finis Jhung shares his incredible journey from a humble childhood amid the chaos of World War II Hawai’i to an extraordinary career as a dancer on Broadway, in film, and with the Joffrey and Harkness ballet companies and then as the founder of the critically acclaimed Chamber Ballet U.S.A. Ballet for Life: A Pictorial Memoir is filled with nearly 300 gorgeous photos—most of them never before published-along with Finis’s own distinctively witty commentary on his personal and professional life and his intimate recounting of the freedom that he gained from his conversion to Buddhism 50 years ago. The memoir also lovingly pays tribute to many of the fascinating dance personalities whom Finis met along the way.

Today at the age of 80, Finis’s story continues as a much-sought-after master ballet teacher and coach, who imparts his own innovative ballet technique to dancers in New York City through popular classes and to dancers everywhere through a library of his own instructional videos.

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December 3, 2018



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