As a principal dancer with the Harkness Ballet in the 1960s, master teacher Finis Jhung refined his technique under the tutelage of legendary ballet teacher David Howard.

“When we performed, he would take notes. After the show he'd give little tips like, 'When you do your double tour, pull back a little to the left.' I felt so good about going onstage because he made sure I was using my body correctly. When I finally retired in '69, I didn't have any regrets. With all that information and feedback from him, I was dancing at a high level."

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Photo by Kyle Froman, courtesy of The Ailey School

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