The Cecchetti Method
The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet has been developed to educate and prepare dancers from their very first ballet class to the professional level company dancer. The Cecchetti Method and syllabus are uniquely effective as dancers are not only trained to dance at a very high level but educated, as well. The syllabus has been designed to be age and advancement specific with material that is appropriate for dancers growing bodies. The Cecchetti method also advocates natural turnout, based on a natural range of motion, rather than teaching dancers to force the turnout of their feet. Dancers are required to learn concepts and theories of movement in addition to rigorous technique. The syllabus provides building blocks that are constant from the lowest to the highest levels and assures that every type of ballet movement is mastered and included.
The Cecchetti Method is internationally recognized as the preeminent method of ballet pedagogy. Enrico Cecchetti was the first to develop and establish a teaching methodology with all movements and placements deeply rooted in the principles of anatomy. His method is extremely beneficial to all dancers as the Cecchetti base provides dancers with impeccable technique and enables them to embrace any choreographic style.
Here at Dance Co, our students are mentored by our esteemed Cecchetti trained and certified Ballet faculty. This method allows our students to attain control, understanding and enjoyment as they grow to become strong and intelligent dancers. We encourage our students to participate in the Cecchetti Examination process to assess their progress and level of proficiency and provide them with goals and tangible evidence of achievement that is recognized internationally.
Faculty with Cecchetti Qualifications
Cecchetti Society of Canada Examinations
There are five categories of Cecchetti examinations in Canada:
1) Class Examinations (Primary, Standards 1-6 and Senior Certificate)
Designed for children to develop enjoyment of movement and dance quality.
2) Grade Examinations (Grades 1-6)
Designed to be more technically demanding and to provide a solid artistic and technical base for advancement to higher levels.
3) Major Examinations (Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2)
Career oriented, with a high level of technique and artistry expected.
4) Teacher Qualifying Examinations (Associate, Associate Diploma, Licentiate, Fellow)
Successful completion of these examinations leads to qualification with the CSC, and is recognized by the CICB (Cecchetti International Classical Ballet).
5) Other Cecchetti Awards (Enrico Cecchetti Diploma)
A highly prestigious achievement, encompassing the full extent of the Cecchetti work.
The BC Ministry of Education recognizes ballet exams taken at Dance Co as external courses, allowing students to earn credits toward high school graduation.
Cecchetti Teacher Training/Certification and Major Exams
Coaching toward Cecchetti Teacher Exams is available at Dance Co, for adults and college age students with a strong ballet background. The average length of the Teacher Training Program is two years of part time attendance, but may be more or less depending upon the experience and qualifications of the individual. Following the completion of the program requirements, students will have successfully acquired their Advanced 1 and Associate* Teaching Qualification in the Cecchetti Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
* “Associate” in the Cecchetti Faculty is an internationally recognized teaching credential.
It is also possible to continue studying at Dance Co to work towards and complete:
For more information and requirements of our Cecchetti Teacher training program and classes, please contact The Dance Co Office.
Why add Cecchetti Teacher Certification to your resume?
Teacher Certification in the Cecchetti graded syllabus has long been the hallmark of excellence in ballet pedagogy.
The syllabus is based upon materials developed by Enrico Cecchetti, (who worked with Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky to further perfect their already extraordinary technique and style.)
The Cecchetti Method forms the basis of American Ballet Theatre’s syllabus at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and at the ABT Professional Teacher Training Program.
Round out your knowledge of ballet — ballet technique, anatomy for the dancer, music for ballet class, ballet history.
Strengthen your teaching skills.
Work individually and intensively with an experienced teacher of ballet teachers.
Become part of a highly-respected network of ballet teachers worldwide.
Cecchetti teachers must train through a rigorous system of examinations for professional teaching qualifications.
There are five levels with Accredited and Non Accredited paths:
II: ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA
IV: LICENTIATE DIPLOMA