Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th Century. It is a form of classical dance demanding grace and precision. Steps and gestures are set in intricate flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
At Buntingford Dancing School we teach the Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet, and follow the exam syllabus of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
Born in Italy in 1850 Enrico Cecchetti was a brilliant virtuoso dancer who went on to become the leading teacher of his generation. Pavlova and Nijinski were two of his many famous students and he worked with Dame Marie Rambert and Dame Ninette de Valois, the founders of British Ballet. Cecchetti’s own teaching was geared to professional dancers so the Cecchitti Society has evolved a series of graded syllabi to prepare children for the needs of this vey demanding work. Darcy Bussell former Prima Ballerina with the Royal Ballet Company has said “The Cecchetti work has given me strength, discipline and co-ordination. It wasn’t until I got to the Royal Ballet company that I realised how lucky I was to have that training.
We offer ballet classes to children from age 3 in our Baby Ballet classes and currently have pupils working at all grades up to Advanced 1.