Classical ballet lays the foundation for professional dancers, including the best jazz dancers. It also provides the discipline required for many of life's other pursuits. Whether ballet is studied for health, pleasure or as a future career, its benefits are numerous and we suggest students study at least two classes per week when they reach Primary level in order to develop a strong, healthy and well poised body. Ballet trains the body carefully, developing strength, control, coordination and line. Our syllabus, Cecchetti, is recognised world-wide as training for dance professionals and we aim for the highest standars for our young dancers.
Students will only be entred for exams when their teacher is confident that they have acquired a full understanding of the required level. Children will vary greatly in their development, absorbing knowledge and mastering skills at different rates to each other. It is important that the exam system enhances the learning experience, adding to their confidence and strengthening their self esteem. These qualities will be significant for some children and not for others.
THE CECCHETTI METHOD
Taken from a brochure by "The Cecchetti Society of Australia."
"Cecchetti trained dancers have achieved great success throughout the world. They are generally well-regarded for their purity of line and for their ability to adapt easily to other forms of dance."
"The timeless Cecchetti Principles of grace, balance and line form the basis of a sound training syllabus that has been developed to meet the needs of today's modern child - teaching co-ordination, poise, confidence, rhythmical sense and musicality while ensuring that the process is still fun."
"The fully qualified, carefully trained and registered teachers of the Cecchetti Society are committed to providing a stable and secure foundation for each student's traning - whether for purely recreational enjoyment or as the beginnings of a career in dance. The Cecchetti teacher training courses prepare them to teach with a safe and secure technical base, sound knowledge of anatomy and basic physical faults, good teaching practices and the historical background of the art of classical ballet."
"The syllabus has been carefully structured to ensure that the student recieves a well-balanced training, with each grade for younger dancers designed to build progressively to the senior levels. Two separate examining streams have been formulated to meet the different needs and requirements of recreational and professional dancers".