This method of classical ballet was founded by the distinguished teacher, dancer and ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850 - 1928).
The Cecchetti method of teaching classical ballet includes a very full vocabulary of movement and exercises composed by Cecchetti himself for the development of strength, balance, poise and elevation. One of the foremost features of the Cecchetti method is the very sound basis of anatomical detail. Combined with a close association with the professional dance world, this enables the Cecchetti dancer to adapt easily to other forms of dance.
Expressiveness is the key note of every art form, and can only be applied to dancing after careful study of a sequence of movements. The Cecchetti syllabus is designed to make the body into a sensitive instrument and to encourage expressiveness through the whole body with careful regard to the laws of anatomy, thus preparing dancers' bodies for the strains and stress of performance. 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 student - teaching co-ordination, poise, confidence, rhythmical sense and musicality.