“Cecchetti is a sequence of grades, carefully measured to degree of difficulty and physical development, and provides a system of accredited examinations to test student’s proficiency within those grades.” – Cecchetti Council of America
The Dance Center of Greensboro is certified to teach the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, as members of the CCA, and hosts annual ballet examinations in Greensboro annually. Jeanne Alala, FCCA, has 30 years experience within the Cecchetti Council of America International ballet program, first as a student and now as a teacher/program director. Mrs. Alala is a member of the CCA & CICB (Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Society, a non-profit organization which links Cecchetti societies from Australia, Canada, America, Southern Africa, UK, ANCEC Italian together.) The Dance Center of Greensboro offers Cecchetti examination classes to students ranging in level from Primary 1 thru Advanced (Grade VII).
In July, 2018, DCG had 5 students attend CCA’s 2-week summer ballet intensvie. DCG had a student win a Full National Scholarship back to the summer conference in 2019. Additionally, 4 out of the 5 dancers that attended the CCA summer ballet intensive were on scholarship awards earned at the SECCA Liaison workshop in October, 2017! Congratulations dancers on your hard work, scholarship earnings, and wonderful representation of the Dance Center of Greensboro while at your summer intensive!
In October 2017, DCG attended the annual Southeast Cecchetti Liaison Day with dancers from Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro. 4 DCG dancers were awarded full and partial tuition scholarships to the CCA Summer Ballet Intensive, 2018. In July of 2018, 5 Students will travel to CCA’s 2-week Summer Ballet Intensive in Holland, MI.
Throughout the dance season DCG prepares young dancers to take rigorous ballet examinations annually. In June of 2018, DCG presented: 33 Primary, 33 Student, 5 Professional Elementary and Intermediate and 2 Teacher examinations. Our results were outstanding. DCG is proud of this dedication from it’s faculty and students.
In October 2018, DCG will host the annual Southeast Cecchetti Liaison Day with dancers from Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro. Numerous guest artists will teach classes at the liaison workshop. In the past DCG has welcomed CCA Examiners, Pamela Moore and Tomi Sue Pollock along side wonderful ballet professionals such as Jerry Rose, Rosina Devries, Alissa Getz Waller, Laura Sayers, and more. All attendees are eligible to audition for full and partial scholarship awards to the CCA summer ballet intensive, 2019.
For more information regarding the non-profit, educationally based, Cecchetti Ballet instruction and examination program, please visit their website at www.cecchetti.org.
About The Cecchetti Council of America
One of the purposes of the Cecchetti Council of America is to teach ballet technique according to the methods of Enrico Cecchetti to all interested teachers and students. The Council continually reaches to regard the teaching of ballet technique as an art form. Promotion of all good basic or advanced ballet technique demands of the sincere teacher constant re-education and exposure to all phases of the dance arts. The Cecchetti members attend an educational seminar each summer held at Hope College in Holland, Michigan to study and prepare for their own next level of their teachers examinations.
Unlike conventions conducted by many dance organizations, The Cecchetti council of America is concerned with teaching methods and technique, NOT teaching routines. Examiners travel throughout the United States, Mexico and the Virgin Islands to schools of teacher-members to test pupils for class promotion examinations. Even the student who does not plan to become a professional dancer may, at some time in the future, desire to work in a ballet school; perhaps during college years assisting in a classroom situation.
Maestro Cecchetti is accepted in classical theatrical ballet dancing as the first dancer of his day and, later, as the greatest ballet master of all time. Pavlova, Nijinsky and Massine were developed under his training. Many prominent ballet dancers of today have also progressed under the Cecchetti Method Syllabus of ballet training. Please visit The Cecchetti Council of America’s web site at: www.cecchetti.org to review articles and testimonials from current Professional Dancers throughout the world that antiquate their level of success directly to the Cecchetti Method Examination Syllabus they received as students.
This Method is not a different way of executing ballet exercises but an analyzed Method of teaching which guides the teacher step by step in the development of his pupils according to muscular strength and age of the normal child. It is equally important that, as the pupil progresses he shall be given new enchainments in each lesson and, frequently, new adagios composed by the teacher so that the students may develop and quicken his power of analysis and his aptitude for quality, rhythm, pattern and style. It is the responsibility of the teacher to have the student’s show an ability to “dance”, not by executing difficult steps only but by expressing himself in movement.
The prime purpose of the Method is that the students shall not learn to dance by trying to imitate the movements of his teacher but shall learn to dance by studying and using the basic principles which govern the art, in short, to grow and develop form within out, to become completely self reliant.
It gives a child the chance to have the satisfaction of having reached a certain level and prove himself grade by grade. Also, the knowledge of a definite syllabus will help the student who may later become a teacher.