The ABC Ballet School classes are all taught using the Cecchetti method. The following words from the Principal explain why.

"When I was at ballet school we had the opportunity to study several methods in ballet. What I liked about the Cecchetti method was the use of the 'Port De Bras' (arms), head, and the upper body. They all had a place to be when executing the different steps. I found this extremely useful when auditioning for ballet companies.

You had to pick up the steps really quickly or you were 'out'. I only had to concentrate on the steps as the rest of my body followed due to the Cecchetti training. The 'open lines' also helped when performing and I found moving into Contempory Dance easy because of it."

Alison Allen

Cecchetti method

Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928)

The Cecchetti method is a ballet training method devised by Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928).

The Cecchetti method was vital in the development of Classical Ballet in the UK. Enrico Cecchetti and his wife opened a ballet school in London in 1918 and his pupils included some of the most influential names in British ballet: Dame Marie Rambert and Ninette de Valois.

The recently retired ballerina, Darcey Bussell OBE wrote: "The Cecchetti work has given me strength, discipline and coordination. It wasn't until I got into the Royal Ballet School that I realised how lucky I was to have had this training".

The Cecchetti Society

The Cecchetti Society was founded in 1922 by Cyril Beaument, the writer, ballet historian and critic. The aim was to preserve and promote the work of 'Mastro Cecchetti'. In 1924 the Cecchetti Society became affiliated to the Imperial Society Of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). This Society was founded in 1904. More recently the Cecchetti Society has become known as The Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty of the ISTD. Branches of the Cecchetti Society have been formed throughout the world.

You can find out more about the Cecchetti Heritage from the Cecchetti website.

did you know?

Many believe that ballet started in France, especially as all our ballet steps are in French. Ballet was first created in Italy during the Renaissance - it was very flamboyant and "circus-like", with acrobatics. There were a lot of gestures which the Cecchetti method still uses today.

It later spread to France during the time of Louis XIV, where it became extremely popular in the French courts. Louis XIV was really taken with it and had ballets especially made for him. He became known as the "Sun King" after a role that he performed.

Ballet was developed and became more refined and structured in France before spreading to the other countries.