The Cecchetti Council of America (CCA) is an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and method of ballet training established by Cav. Enrico Cecchetti, revered teacher of Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky, and dancers of the Imperial Theater of St. Petersburg. The CCA uses Cecchetti’s teachings and writings in a sequence of grades which are carefully measured as to degree of difficulty and physical development.
The Cecchetti Method offers a completely balanced and analyzed system of theory and execution for the development of the student from the first lesson to solo status. In addition to “set” exercises based on the syllabi of the Cecchetti Society Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England, the Cecchetti teacher includes “unseen” steps in each lesson so that a student will learn to adapt quickly and easily to any pattern of steps or rhythm. There are eight grades, consisting of four children’s grades and four professional grades (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Diploma).
The CCA also provides a system of accredited examinations to test the student’s proficiency within these grades. These exams are valuable for students because they promote the development of technique, artistry, and quality of movement. Ballet students at Rock Creek Dance Academy may qualify for these examinations.
Students enrolled in Cecchetti ballet classes are encouraged to attend ballet class at least twice a week, and generally study the same level for two years. If students wish to be considered for an exam, they must be enrolled in at least two ballet classes per week in the second year of each level. The additional classes provide the discipline and repetition needed to acquire the technical requirements for each grade level. The examining process encourages self-motivation as each student works toward the goal of passing the exam. Achieving this goal greatly increases the student’s self-esteem and confidence.
Students are also welcome to pursue a non-exam track for their ballet classes. These students will still enjoy the benefits of studying the Cecchetti Method as they develop good posture, poise, balance, and strength.
For more information about the Cecchetti Method, visit the CCA’s website.