Jhung had the surgery because he wanted to keep working. The octogenarian was one a member of the San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and a principal dancer for the Harkness Ballet. He now teaches five days a week at the Ailey Extension in Midtown West.
Finis Jhung's career as a professional dancer began in 1960 in the Broadway and national companies of Flower Drum Song. The Korean-Scottish-English Hawaii native then went on to dance with San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, found his own company, Chamber Ballet USA, and teach his unique classical ballet style to professionals and amateurs all over the world.
Bad Habits, they're enough to drive any dance teacher batty. Seeping into a student's technique, their routine, almost involuntary nature makes them extremely difficult to break. Dance Teacher asked Finis Jhung, Irene Dowd, Sheila Barker, and Pamela Pietro for their advice on conquering common bad habits they see in class.
CBS News met on senior citizen, Finis Jhung, who still has a spring in his step. Five days a week, you can find Jhung doing what he does best: teaching dance at Alvin Ailey in New York City.
A renowned NYC ballet teacher, Finis Jhung was the founding artistic director of Chamber Ballet USA. His students have included dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre as well as several of the boys who danced the role of 'Billy Elliot' on Broadway.
Beginner Ballet at the Ailey Extension - Led by Finis Jhung (who trains dancers in 'Billy Elliot' on Broadway), this course focuses on technique, posture and balance.
Master teacher Finis Jhung (a former Broadway performer and soloist with the San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet) is known for his unique approach to classical technique, which relies on physics and anatomy.