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Cecchetti Centre 30th Anniversary

Cecchetti Centre 30th Anniversary

5 April 2014

Sarah Wells reports on an enlightening day of celebrations

Sunday 5th January 2014 saw the relaunch of the Cecchetti Centre with a 30th birthday celebration in the Gillian Lynne Studio at Sadler’s Wells, London. Richard Glasstone MBE, the founder of the Cecchetti Centre, took an open class based on the Maestro’s ‘Days of the Week’. It was exciting to have so many students, teachers and spectators in attendance. We were very privileged to have one of our Patrons, Dame Monica Mason DBE, in the audience, also Cara Drower (former Director of the Centre), Mary Jane Duckworth (Chairman of the Cecchetti Society Trust), Elisabeth Swan (Faculty Chairman) and many more.

Mr Glasstone’s class was enlightening, full of style and quality, interesting and demanding both for the teachers and students. After the class we watched (on DVD) the discussion between Royal Ballet luminaries, Ursula Hageli, Dame Monica Mason, Jonathan Payn and Christopher Saunders that took place at the Legacy Salon Evening. which was held to raise funds for the DVD recording of the Cecchetti Major Work. We were then treated to highlights from the special performance that was the beginning of the Cecchetti Centre in January 1983; a beautiful tribute to Nora Roche. Thank you to all those who attended our special day, both dancers and spectators. It was a lovely celebration of what is our heritage, but primarily a fabulous system of dance that encourages artistry, quick footwork, line and style and is still a valid and worthy method of training for the dancers of today.

For information and booking forms for the monthly classes, held on the first Sunday of the month, please visit our website www. cecchetti.co.uk/cecchetticentre. An Easter Course for teachers and those training for teaching examinations or wishing to commence training, will take place from Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th April 2014 at Westminster Kingsway College. The fees will be £195 for a three-day course, £70 for a day and £38 for a morning or afternoon session. Covering Syllabi from Grades 1 to 6, Inter Foundation and Intermediate, teaching guidance for working with young children, enchaînement, dances and examination formats. Full details can be found on www.cecchetti.co.uk.

Sarah Wells  

Photo (above): At the barre at the Cecchetti Centre

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