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Cecchetti Ballet Examinations
The Cecchetti Method of ballet training is a progressive system of training dancers from a pre-ballet beginning level to a professional level. The Cecchetti Method was designed with careful regard to the laws of anatomy to prepare a dancer’s body to bear the physical demands of public performance. The Method embodies qualities that are essential to the dancer; balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, musicality and artistry. Cecchetti USA has established a syllabus of carefully orchestrated exercises that build in complexity ensuring that each new movement is introduced from a fundamental approach. As each movement is mastered and refined, new movements are introduced. This progressive approach with attention to detail has produced a long list of very famous and accomplished ballet dancers. The Cecchetti Method is classic in its purity and clean style and enables dancers to respond to the demands of a variety of choreographers. The Method emphasizes the importance of using the entire body to establish a feeling for line. Focus is on instruction by studying and absorbing the basic principles which govern the art, rather than by mere imitation of an individual’s teaching style. Balance between the daily practice of both Cecchetti’s set exercises and each teacher’s new sequences is essential to producing a well rounded and versatile dancer.
Students at Cheshire Dance Centre have the opportunity multiple times throughout the year to take a ballet exam at their appropriate level. Examinations are optional but highly encouraged for students to gain a further sense of accomplishment and understanding of the ballet fundamentals. All students learn the exam material in their regular classes throughout the year and progress through the Cecchetti syllabus whether or not they are taking an exam.
Upcoming Ballet Exams
Students will be taking their exams beginning on Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. To view the final exam schedule click below.
Students have will have a “dress rehearsal” for the real exam. This is their Mock Exam. Mock exams will follow the exam schedule on the following days:
Friday, April 5, exams - Mock exams are on Saturday, March 23, at the time of their exam
Saturday, April 6, exams - Mock exams are on Saturday, March 30, at the time of their exam.
Sunday, April 7, exams - Mock exams are on Sunday, March 31, at the time of their exam.
Included with the exam preparation, students are encouraged to attend special coaching sessions. These sessions help the students prepare for a successful exam session. See the calendar for days and times.