The Cecchetti Society was founded in 1922 by Cyril Beaumont, the writer, Ballet historian and critic. The aim was to preserve and promote the work the of 'Maestro', Enrico Cecchetti.
In 1924 the Cecchetti Society became affiliated to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing which had been founded in 1904. More recently, the Cecchetti Society has become The Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty of the ISTD.
Branches of the Cecchetti Society have been formed throughout the world and flourish in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA, and of course throughout Europe.
Antoinette Sibley CBE
Leslie Collier CBE
Darcey Bussell OBE
Dame Peggy Van Praagh DBE
The Cecchetti Centre was founded in 1983 as a tribute to Nora Roche, who taught at the Royal Ballet School for nearly a quarter of a century. A pupil of Margaret Craske, her own teaching was deeply rooted in the Cecchetti Method and this played a formative role in the training of a whole generation of British dancers. The Method - as it was taught at the Royal Ballet School - has been recorded in Benesh Notation.
Together with other Cecchetti students and teachers from all over the world, their tribute to Nora Roche was to help raise the funds to establish a Cecchetti Centre in London. Regular classes and courses are now held there, at different levels, covering various aspects of the Cecchetti work.
Venues for classes
The Cecchetti Centre is based, and holds most of its classes and courses, at:
London Studio Centre
42-50 York Way
London N1 9AB
The nearest mainline and underground stations, within a few minutes walk of the Centre, are Kings Cross/St Pancras. The underground station is served by the Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.
Classes are held at London Studio Centre on Saturday afternoons throughout the academic year for anyone working at the appropriate level of the Cecchetti Method at the following times:
14:30 – 16:00: Advanced 1
16:00 – 17:30: Intermediate
15:00 – 17:30: Advanced 2 & Diploma
The cost is £8 per class (£7 for Friends of the Cecchetti Centre) - Inter & Advanced 1
£12 per class (£10 for Friends) - Advanced 2 & Diploma
• Guidance for anyone studying for qualifying examinations is available Private tuition can be arranged.
• Classes for boys are held in the Autumn and Spring terms.
• Courses for teachers are organised at Easter and in the Summer.
• A very popular Choreographic Workshop for children is organised in the Autumn each year.
Annual donations from �23 are welcomed in order to receive up to date information and timetable every September, January and April. This donation also means that Saturday classes may be watched free of charge, and many of the courses can be booked at a reduced rate.
For further information on any of the Centre's activities please contact:
Tel: 07900 213732