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TO TRAIN IN THE CECCHETTI METHOD....
"is to carry a torch which has been burning for over a century.
A tradition of lyrical beauty, classical line, musicality, finesse, attention to detail, warmth of spirit and the flame of dance - all the attributes necessary to make a good dancer. Add to this, intelligence and individuality, the qualities that make Maestro Cecchetti's exercises come alive and one has the makings of fireworks with which to spellbind the audience.
And what is a professional dancer's task, but to carry the audience into a world of fantasy and magic."
ANN WIXLEY
(Former Principal - CAPAB Ballet, Cape Town, State Theatre Ballet, Pretoria and Winner of the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland)

PATRON OF THE CECCHETTI SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
EDUARD GREYLING
Danseur Noble, Choreographer, Musician, Choreologist and Dance Critic.

Eduard Greyling's illustrious career as an artist of the Theatre was born in a Cecchetti Ballet Studio. He rose to become a foremost performer on South African stages and will long be remembered for his charisma and contribution to South African Ballet - most notably in the CAPAB Ballet Company in Cape Town.

TO DANCE....
"Dance training, whether for the purpose of preparing the professional or for the sheer joy of organised movement, has an unprecedented place in our society.
Stimulated by music, dance is a language whose words are movements of the body in time and space.
The traditional Classical Ballet evolved from the Romantic Movement with Maestro Cecchetti at the centre of its pedagogical development. The Cecchetti style, in its school of bravura, virtuosity and strength, offers a musicality which is so important in the dynamics of Ballet Technique.
With all the dedicated teachers around the country, I can only foresee a bright future for the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa."
EDUARD GREYLING - Patron

The Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa, founded in 1928, is affiliated to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London and is constituted as a Society not for gain.

The business of the Society is managed by the Council of Management comprising five elected members who according to the Articles of the Association, hold Fellowship status in the Cecchetti Society.

The Cecchetti Head Office is situated at 201 Hilwin, 8th street, Linden, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Republic of South Africa and a National Secretary fulfils administrative duties.

Registered Cecchetti teachers are located in all provinces with centres and regional branches in:

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Johannesburg
  • Pretoria
  • East Rand
  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • North West Province
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe

    Regional centres and branches function by way of an elected committee consisting of a Regional Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer whose contact references are available from Head Office.

    The Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa is a Founding Corporate member of Cecchetti International Classical Ballet and is committed to improving the professional profile of the Cecchetti Society and the Cecchetti method of training.

    Cecchetti Society teachers have produced several fine dancers, many of whom have performed internationally, notably with the Royal Ballet, London. Its teachers travel the world propagating the Maestro's work.

    Generations of teachers, dancers and choreographers such as Audrey Grose, Pearl Adler, Agnes Bergen, Nancy Hooper, Maud Lloyd, Dulcie Howes, Dorothea MacNair, Eileen Keegan, Madge Mann, Faith de Villiers, David Poole, John Cranko, Pamela Chrimes, Mary-Jane Duckworth, Richard Glasstone, Johaar Mosarval, Cecily Robinson, Dudley Tomlinson, Nadia Nerina, Monica Mason, Veronica Paeper, Frank Staff, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Denise Schultze, Diane van Schoor and many others have created a high professional profile richly contributing to the history of British ballet and the development of classical ballet world-wide and particularly in South Africa.

    PUBLICATIONS EMBRACING THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF THE CECCHETTI METHOD

    The Manual - The Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing
    By Cyril W. Beaumont and Stanislas Idzikowski (Revised edition 1977)

    The Theory and Practice of Allegro in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti Method)
    By Margaret Craske and Cyril W. Beaumont

    The Theory and Practice of Advanced Allegro in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti Method)
    By Margaret Craske and Derra de Morroda (Revised edition 1979)

    A French-English Dictionary of Technical Dance Terms
    Compiled by Cyril W. Beaumont

    Ryman's Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology (Cecchetti) By Rhonda Ryman

    E-mail: cecchetti@yebo.co.za