the cecchetti method
History of the Master
Enrico Cecchetti lived from 1850-1928. He was descended from a family of dancers and was born in the dressing room of the Tordinona Theater in Rome after his mother finished a performance. Although his parents wanted for him a career in business or law, Enrico was determined to be a dancer and finally convinced his parents of his great desire and dedication. Trained in the rudiments of ballet by his father, Enrico was sent for further training to Giovanni Lepri who prepared accomplished dancers. He also studied with two more of his father’s colleagues, Cesare Coppini, who taught at the prestigious La Scala in Milan, and Filippo Taglioni, father of the celebrated ballerina, Marie Taglioni. All of Cecchetti’s teachers had been trained by Carlo Blasis. This early training created a background for Enrico Cecchetti’s method of teaching following the lines of Blasis’ own theory.During his career as a dancer, he performed all over the world and was considered “the first dancer of the world.” He taught at the Imperial Schools in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Warsaw; at his school in London; and was head of the Ballet Department at La Scala in Milan. As ballet master for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, he taught daily classes for both principal and corps dancers. He developed a method of teaching that utilized all the basic steps and ensured the regular and appropriate use of muscles through a formula of daily exercises.
Tamara Karsavina, one of the finest ballerinas of the 20th century, stated that Cecchetti had the keenest sense of training dancers she had ever encountered, that he could identify the exact area where a muscle was not working appropriately and guide a dancer to the correct execution of that movement. Anna Pavlova expressed her gratitude for his training and pointed out that nearly every dancer who had a professional career at that time had been trained by Cecchetti. Led by Vaslav Nijinsky, dancers of the Ballets Russes refused to tour because they did not want to miss their daily classes with Cecchetti. His students realized the value of his training and helped to record his choreographed exercises and teaching tips in the Manual of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Cecchetti Method) and two Allegro books. © By Kathleen Tenniswood-Powell
A CLEAR PROGRESSION
The Enchanted Forest
SPRITES & ALVEN, PIXIES & BROWNIES, FIREFLIES & DRAGONFLIES, SYLPHS & ZANE: Your child will blossom and thrive as they immerse themselves in this unique and imaginative story-based program that weaves together a strong, age appropriate foundation in classical ballet with the beauty of nature, classical music, self-command, and friendship building. The Enchanted Forest is a complete leveled ballet program for children age three through First Grade. Cecchetti Primary 1 & 2 curriculum are used in the Fireflies/Dragonflies and Sylphs/Alven classes.
THE FOUNDATION YEARS
CECCHETTI ~ P3, C1, C2, & C3: Your seven year old will begin the formal training of ballet in Cecchetti Primary 3 with a 90-minute ballet technique class each week. Third grade and above will begin form Cecchetti training in C2 with two 90-minute ballet technique classes per week. Their growing commitment expands in Cecchetti 3 with three 90-minute ballet technique classes, two 30-minute pre-pointe/pointe classes and two 30-minute classes in certified Progressing Ballet Technique (an exercise method for strengthening and stretching muscle groups specific to dancers' needs).
CECCHETTI ~ C4 & C5: Your intermediate/advanced student will expand their training commitment by taking four 90-minute ballet technique classes, two 30 minute pointe classes and two 30-minute classes in certified Progressing Ballet Technique (an exercise method for strengthening and stretching muscle groups specific to dancers' needs).
THE JOY OF DANCE
Boys, Bodies, and Second Chances
BOYS: The art of ballet would not exist without the male “danseur.” Your son will be challenged to discover his strengths, both physical mental, and press on in his training toward excellence and self-command. He will learn skills that will serve him throughout his life: perseverance, self-control, delayed-gratification. All programs at Classical Ballet School are open to boys and men. Designated boys’/men’s classes are offered with sufficient enrollment.
REAL BODIES: Ballet is for every BODY. You will feel warmly welcomed and fully accepted in our unique environment. You will be excited to learn that we are ALL students striving to excel in the discipline and art of ballet...and we have a lot of fun doing it!
ADULT & TEEN BEGINNERS: You believe the joy of dance isn't only for children! You've waited your entire life to fulfill the childhood dream of learning to dance - to be a ballerina. You'll find people just like yourself at our Ballet Conditioning class. No judgement, just 75 wonderful minutes of pure ballet technique followed by 15 minutes of relaxing therapeutic stretching. You'll leave class feeling delighted, challenged, balanced, and inspired!