18 Facts About Cecchetti method


Cecchetti method is variously defined as a style of ballet and as a ballet training method devised by the Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti.

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The training method seeks to develop essential skills in dancers as well as strength and elasticity.

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Cecchetti method-trained dancers are commonly found in ballet and other dance companies throughout the world.

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Greatest influence on the development of the Cecchetti method was Carlo Blasis, a ballet master of the early 19th century.

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Reputedly a very rigorous teacher, Blasis insisted on his students conforming to strict technical principles when learning to dance, a philosophy which Cecchetti method learnt from his own teachers, who were all students of Blasis.

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Consequently, the key characteristic of the Cecchetti method is the adherence to a rigid training regime, designed to develop a virtuoso technique, with the dancer having a complete understanding of the theory behind the movement.

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Such was the success of Cecchetti's teaching, he is recognised as one of the key contributors to modern classical ballet, his method credited with significantly improving the teaching of classical ballet throughout Europe.

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Where previously ballet teaching had been haphazard and reliant on the preferences and style of the individual teacher, the Cecchetti method established the model of standardised teaching which is the basis of all professional ballet teaching today.

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Many of his students later taught the Cecchetti method, including Ninette de Valois, Marie Rambert, Laura Wilson, Margaret Craske and Olga Preobrajenska.

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The method was further documented by Grazioso Cecchetti, one of Enrico's sons, in his treatise, Classical Dance.

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Cecchetti method Society was established in Australia in 1934 by Madam Lucie Saronova.

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Today, the Cecchetti method is used at The Australian Ballet School, Victorian College for the Arts, and Queensland School of Excellence.

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Cecchetti teaching method was vital in the development of Classical Ballet in the United Kingdom and contributed heavily to modern-day British teaching methods.

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Cecchetti method established The Royal Ballet in London, with many of the companies early dancers being pupils of Cecchetti.

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The Cecchetti method was favoured by de Valois when she formed the Royal Ballet School.

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Phyllis Bedells, another Cecchetti method pupil, would play an important role in the teaching of ballet in Britain, as a founder member of the Royal Academy of Dance, which today is a classical ballet teaching examination board.

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Branches of the Cecchetti method Society were subsequently established around the world, most notably in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the US.

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In South Africa, the Cecchetti method Society has five Grades and the major examinations are the same as for the UK: Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2.

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