DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES
The Cecchetti method is a graded system of classical ballet that takes the student from beginning ballet to solo status. It provides a solid base for training children, adults and teachers. Students may study for examinations in the full range of the Cecchetti grades from the Primaries to the advanced Diploma. In preparing for these exams, students study a set syllabus of exercises with emphasis on artistry, technique and theory. The purpose of these exams is for professional and individual development, self-confidence and advancement.
Ages given below are a general guideline. Class assignments are determined at the time of registration. New students are evaluated during the first week of enrollment to assure proper placement. Changes are made on the recommendation of the teacher.
Creative Movement 3 – 4 year-olds
This class explores music, rhythm and movement. Children develop a love for movement through a combination of musical skills, mime, basic ballet technique and character dances.
Primary I - III 5 – 8 year-olds
Continues Creative Movement while introducing Pre-Grade I technique.
Grades I - Diploma
In these Grades both syllabus and non-syllabus classes are offered. The repetition of a syllabus class allows the student to concentrate on form and technique while the non-syllabus offers more variety, mental exercise and opportunity to expand on what has been practiced in the syllabus. For the best progress and training BOTH classes are strongly recommended. Any student planning to take the Cecchetti exams must take both the syllabus and non-syllabus classes. Grade I exam candidates must be at least 8 years of age at the time of the exam.
GRADE I 7 - 10 year-olds who have some dance background
GRADE II 9 - 12 year-olds who have mastered Grade I
GRADE III 12 - 14 year-olds who have mastered Grades I & II
GRADE IV 14 - 16 year-olds who have mastered Grades I, II, & III
GRADE V begins work at the professional level
For those not pursuing a professional dance career, but nonetheless desire to experience classes in ballet, teens and adults are welcome in any of the classes. It is an opportunity to develop physical and mental control while providing a release of tension.
Adults 18 years of age or older can receive training as a teacher. Beginning with the Grade I Syllabus candidates develop the artistry, technique, dance and music theory needed to pass examinations. Upon passing the Grade VI Teacher’s Intermediate, one is certified as a Cecchetti instructor.
Girls: Black leotard (any sleeve length) Boys: Black stretch pants
Pink tights – Pink ballet slippers White T-shirt
Hair neatly secured – No jewelry Black socks – black ballet slippers
RECITAL - A recital is held at the end of each school year. For most students no extra fees are involved. Additionally, in December, the students delight in performing Nutcracker in a Nutshell.