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Bursaries and Awards

Bursaries

The Cecchetti Society offers a number of bursaries to support the work of both students and teachers and many of these are made possible by funding from The Cecchetti Society Trust and others by generous donations or fundraising from individuals.   Many of the bursaries have been established in the names of individual teachers who gave great service to the Society in their life time and provide a very fitting tribute to their memory.

The Cecchetti Society also recognises the contribution of individual teachers through Service Awards – including Long Service Awards and the Enrico Cecchetti Gold Medal. 

For further details about any of the Scholarships, Awards or Bursaries listed below please contact:  

Sharon Orme: Faculty Secretary
Tel: Tel: +44 (0)1245 460365
Email:secretary@cecchetti.co.uk

 

Teacher Bursaries:

The Diana Barker Memorial Award
Awarded annually in April or May to assist with study costs for Cecchetti Diploma exams. The value is up to £800.

The Nora Roche Scholarship
Awarded annually in July to help with fees for one or two young teachers to attend the Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School in the UK. 

The Grety Salomonson Bursary
Awarded annually in April to help with the costs of travelling to study abroad. The value is up to £1500 

The Peter Pearson Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually in July to help with fees for the Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School in the UK. 

The Pat Hardy Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually in July to help with fees for the Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School in the UK. 

The Margaret Marsh & Sylvia Hamer Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually in July in support of a UK/USA exchange scheme for Teachers’ Summer Schools. The fees are provided by the UK Teachers' Summer School and the Cecchetti Council of America. 

The Brenda Elliott Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually in July to help with fees for the Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School in the UK. 

The Betty Major Scholarship
Awarded annually in July to help with fees for the Cecchetti Teachers' Summer School in the UK

 

Teacher Service Awards

Long Service Awards
Long Service Awards can be given to an individual member of the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty by the Faculty Committee in recognition of longstanding dedication to the work of the Cecchetti Method.  The award is often presented on retirement and the presentation made on Cecchetti Day.  The outstanding teachers who have received long Service Awards are too many to list. 

Enrico Cecchetti Gold Medal
This special Gold Medal can be awarded to an individual member of the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty by the Committee in recognition of their outstanding dedication and work for the Cecchetti Society. This medal has been presented in the past to, amongst others:

(Presented by Mr Beaumont)
Laura Wilson, Carol Hill, Patricia Hardy, Rita Emmerson, Moya Kennedy, Kathleen Yates, Barbara Geoghegan, Ena Child, Faith de Villiers (South Africa), Elieen Keegan, Dulcie Howes, Madame Lucie Saranova (Australia)

(Presented by the Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty Committee)
Felicity Sharwood-Smith (1993), Richard Glasstone MBE (1994), Sheila Darby (1995), Brenda Hamlyn (1996), Sheila Kennedy (1997), Gillian Dawson (1998), Mary-Jane Duckworth (1999), Cara Drower (2003), Linda Pilkington (2005), Daphne Cooper (2005), Linda Davies (2006), Victoria Chappell (2007), Eve Pettinger MBE (2008),  Tanya Bayona (2009), Diane Van Schoor (2011), Dame Monica Mason DBE (2012), Elisabeth Swan (2014), Nancy Kilgour (2014).


Student Awards & Scholarships
 

The Cyril Beaumont Scholarship 
The Cyril Beaumont Scholarship Trust was set up by Cyril Beaumont in 1960 and the Trustees are the same as those for The Cecchetti Society Trust.  The object of the Trust is to provide scholarships for those at vocational training schools who are being trained in the Cecchetti method.  Originally awarded to Cecchetti trained students at The Royal Ballet Upper School, this has now been re-instated by kind permission of Kate Simmons, at KS Dance Ltd.  An annual award of £2,000 is made from the Cyril Beaumont Trust and the Cecchetti Society Trust. 

The Diana Barker Memorial Award
Awarded annually in April or May to assist with study costs for Cecchetti Diploma exams. The value is a maximum of £800.
 

The following are awarded at the annual Cecchetti Classical Ballet Vocational Awards 

The Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship
This scholarship was started by Barbara Fewster, a former principal at the Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge, and a great proponent of the Cecchetti method. The Runner Up and Winner receive awards of £600 and £2,000 respectively, the latter comprising a personal cheque plus a contribution to furtherance of their Cecchetti training. A special award of £100, donated personally by Miss Fewster, may be made to a promising male student. 

The Barbara Geoghegan Award
This award is to commemorate and honour the work of Barbara Geoghegan who organised the Mabel Ryan Awards for forty-seven years. The value of the award is £2,000 comprising a personal cheque plus a contribution to furtherance of the winner’s Cecchetti training together, with a specially commissioned bronze statue by Antonia Young. The Runner up receives an award of £700. 

Musicality Award
This award is presented to the student showing a natural musicality throughout the class and solo. The winner receives an award of £600 and, in commemoration of the late Jennifer Morgan, a highly respected Cecchetti teacher and senior international examiner, is presented with an Antonia Young statue. 

Promising Young Dancer Award
This award is the adjudicator’s choice of a young dancer with the potential of being a winner in future years. The Winner receives an Award of £600.