Enjoyment is of prime importance for a young child beginning to dance and the Class Examinations and Performance Awards provide ideal opportunities for those attending classes for recreational purposes on a once a week basis. For children wishing to study in greater depth, there are the more technically demanding Grade Examinations. In all the children's work a steady build up and safe practice are of great importance.
"Maestro Cecchetti left a great imprint on the English School. The important aspects of his teaching will remain part of the academic tradition of our English Ballet." - Dame Ninette de Valois
"If I had my way, I would always insist that all dancers should daily do the wonderful Cecchetti ports de bras. It inculcates a wonderful feeling for line and correct positioning and the use of head movement and épaulement which - if properly absorbed - will be of incalculable use throughout a dancer's career." - Sir Frederick Ashton
The Major examinations for older students and those at vocational schools are soundly based on Cecchetti principles and provide strength and co-ordination, together with a quality of movement which is second to none.
"The Cecchetti work has given me strength, discipline and co-ordination. It wasn't until I got into the Company that I realised how lucky I was to have had that training." - Darcey Bussell
Classes are provided for students who, after a successful audition, are offered a Cecchetti Society Scholarship or a place on the Cecchetti Associates scheme.
For further information please contact the Faculty Secretary, Sharon Orme
Tel: 01245 460365.
Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates
Classes for Junior and Senior Associates are held at The Arts Educational Schools, Chiswick, on three Saturdays each term. Classes for Juniors last one and a half hours and those for Seniors for once and three quarter hours. Auditions are held in June each year and candidates do not have to be students of a Cecchetti teacher. There is a membership fee.
Boys and girls may apply for an audition but they must be aged 8 and not over 15 by 1st September of the year of the audition. Applicants to become a Junior Associate must have a good pass in a minimum of either Grade 2 of Standard 2 or above in Classical Ballet and the Senior Associates must have Grade 3 or Standard 4.
Contact the organiser, Elizabeth James
Tel: 01752 872671
Northern Junior and Senior Associates
A similar scheme operates in Warrington. The minimum requirements are:
Juniors - Grade 1 or Standard 1
Seniors - Grade 3 or Standard 4
Contact Gillian Hurst
Tel: 01524 771236
Welsh Cecchetti Associates
A scheme for children which operates in Newport.
Juniors - Grade 1 or Grade 2
Middle - Grade 3 or Grade 4
Seniors - Grade 5 or Grade 6
Contact Carol Goode
Tel: 01633 771830