The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet has been developed to educate and prepare dancers from the very first class as a pre-ballet child to the professional level performer who is ready to audition for a company. Good ballet training is not the exclusive property of the Cecchetti Method. What makes this method so unique and effective is its syllabus and the fact that the dancers are not only trained to dance but educated, as well. The syllabus is developed and organized to be age and advancement specific. Students are taught material that is appropriate to their growing bodies. Dancers are required to learn concepts and theories of movement. The syllabus builds on a constant thread from the lowest to the highest levels and assures that every type of ballet movement is included.
Examinations provide goals for students and tangible evidence of achievement.
The Cecchetti Method is internationally recognized as the preeminent method of teaching ballet. This is a result of the extraordinary brilliance and influence Enrico Cecchetti had during his life time as a dancer, mime and teacher. His career, which spanned 78 years and extended all over Europe, influenced all the major ballet teaching and performing styles we see today. Cecchetti was the first to develop and establish a method of teaching, with a weekly lesson plan, sound placement of movement and steps carefully defined by anatomic principals.
The Cecchetti Method includes the opportunity for students to learn from trained Cecchetti teachers in order for the student to attain enjoyment, control and understanding as they progress through their ballet training. We encourage our students to participate in the Cecchetti Examination process to assess their progress and level of proficiency.
A dancer was not considered ‘finished’ unless he or she passed through Cecchetti’s hands.”– Tamara Karsavina
The Cecchetti Method offers
- Set Syllabus for pre-school through professional levels
- Student examinations
- Certification examinations
- Teacher training courses
Based on international standards, examinations are designed to give students and instructors of the Cecchetti Method a greater sense of purpose while insuring that each level has been successfully accomplished before progressing to the next.
Each lesson will begin at the ballet bar and continue on to center work, where students learn basic ballet exercises according to the Cecchetti Syllabus. Next, students do stretching exercises to gain flexibility and strength. The ballet portion of class ends with a 2 to 3 minute dance incorporating steps taught the bar.
The Cecchetti method involves a sequence of grades where students have the option to take an examination once a year, which will test the student’s proficiency per grade.
In the beginning years of ballet study, students will learn exercises from the CCA’s primary syllabus. It focuses on poise and musicality in a fun and creative environment. The teacher directs and leads the students during the examination. Students will receive a certificate of accomplishment after the exam.
As students progress, they learn more complex ballet combination and terminology. Student’s are recommend to take class 3 to 4 times a week by age 11 if they desire to go on pointe shoes. Students learn set exercises from the Cecchetti Syllabus and unset exercise to work on skill that lack strength. Each year students will be eligible to examine through the Cecchetti Society.
It ‘s up to the teacher to recommend a student to examine and the council will give final approval. Refresher workshops must be attended if student desires to examine that year. The age requirement for Primary is 5-7 yrs old. Grade 1 is a minimum of 8 years old. The levels continue through professional level starting with Grade 5, which is the first of the 3 professional levels. Please visit www.cecchetti.org for more information on the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet.