Cecchetti Ballet

Cecchetti Method 

The Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet offers a complete and well structured system of training which caters for the small child through to the professional dancer. Enjoyment is of prime importance for children who are beginning to dance, so in my youngest classes I introduce the Cecchetti method through nursery rhymes and play. I may for example ask the pupils to make windows with their knees as a way of teaching plies. I also use a variety of different music.

As children move up into more advanced classes the technical side becomes more demanding but children enjoy the tasks set and are happy to progress with more mature exercises. The ballet class is excellent for creating well postured children who become well postured adults. Ballet often contributes in achieving discipline for life and can help children to become more motivated in school work etc. All dance gives an opportunity to develop rhythm and an appreciation of music. Children are guided through Standard and Grade syllabus and are offered the chance to enter competitions and perform in shows.

In all the children’s work a steady build up and safe practice are of great importance. Exercises are created to warm the body gently before more demanding movements are performed.

About Enrico Cecchetti

Founder of the Cecchetti method – and the formation of the Cecchetti Society.

Enrico Cecchetti, was one of the world’s outstanding teachers of ballet. He established the Cecchetti method, a system of passing on the tradition of ballet to future generations of dancers. Born in 1850 his stage debut was with his father as a baby in arms. It was he who later trained him in the rudiments of ballet. Cecchetti went on to learn from the masters of the time, and from his associations with other dancers, artists, and musicians. He gained great knowledge and wisdom, absorbing and applying the theories he learned and then passing them on to many others throughout his life until his death in 1928.

Cyril Beaumont, a world renowned dance historian and friend of Cecchetti said, “What impressed me most about the Cecchetti method of teaching was the way in which each exercise played a definite and planned part in the student’s technical development. There is nothing haphazard about the system, nothing which depended on the teacher’s mood of the moment. There is a definite plan to daily classes.”

In 1922 Cyril Beaumont, with the help of Idzikowski and Cecchetti himself recorded and published The Manual of Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Cecchetti Method). It is an excellent source of information on technique, stance, positions of arms, feet, legs, hands, body, head, port de bras, adages, etc.

Once the manual was finished Cyril Beaumont brought together in London dancers who had studied with Cecchetti. This led to the foundation of the Cecchetti Society in 1922. Its earliest members were Cyril Beaumont, Margaret Craske, Fridericka. Derra de Moroda, Molly Lake , Jane Forrestier, Dame Marie Rambert, and Dame Ninette de Valois. Cecchetti and his wife were the first president and vice president of the Cecchetti Society. From this Society, branches have developed in all parts of the world.

Bertram School of Dance, Ballet for Children from 3 Years, Teenagers & Adults in Brighton and Rottingdean.
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