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The Cecchetti Method
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Upon Arrival and After Your Exam Check List
Calendar of Events and Studio Closures 2018-2019
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Clothing Requirements for Ballet Exam Session

Although these items have not changed for a few years, please double check that your child has the correct uniform for their ballet exams.

These items are available at:
The Dance Box, Langley
Limbers Dancewear, Surrey

Primary to Standard 2 (inclusive)
• Mondor pinch front bodysuit, black, cotton
• full foot ballet pink tights
• full sole leather ballet slippers

Standard 3 and Higher
• Motionwear Bodysuit, black (#2643=regular length, #2720=long length)
• full foot ballet pink tights
• SoDanca stretch canvas*
*NOTE: this is a recent change. These shoes are only available at The Dance Box, Langley
Limbers carries a similar shoe, it's called the Capezio Hanami.

Please do not wait to get these items for your child. It is exam season for many studios and these are very popular items.

These are the ballet uniforms for the studio and it is important that each student have their own items. Please do not borrow items for exams.


Cecchetti Ballet Exam Program Outline

There are two streams of examinations offered by the Cecchetti Society, the Standard Ballet Exams and the Grade Ballet Exams.

The Standard Ballet Exams are a lovely body of work the enables students to develop their classical artistry and sound ballet technique. There are fewer exercises within this syllabus, which allows students the time to place even greater focus and attention on their training. The Standard Ballet Exams are geared specifically to those students who may have certain physical limitations or technical issues that may hinder them from being successful in a Grade Examination. These exams are taken in larger groups and the teacher is in the exam room with them to help conduct the examination.

The Grade Examinations encompass a greater body of work and requires a higher level of focus and greater attention to detail. Due to the exceptionally high expectations for the Grade examinations, they are the ideal choice for those students who are truly passionate about ballet and have the physical facility for the art form. Students are entered into the exam in groups of 2-3 and the teacher is not permitted into the exam room; the Examiner conducts the examination.

Both streams of the Cecchetti Ballet examinations have a clear, linear, systematic build-up through the levels that allows for the development of a sound technical foundation to be established in those students studying in the method. The Cecchetti method is known for its clean lines and having movements free of stylistic mannerisms. In all examinations emphasis is placed on proper classical alignment, co-ordination, sense of line and quality in all movements, performance ability and artistry. The student examinations (Standards and Grades) have an excellent build-up, which prepares students for the pure Cecchetti work seen in the major examinations.

Affinity Dance - Ballet Exams

The age guidelines for the Standard and Grade exams are as follows:

Standard Exams Minimum/Appropriate Age Maximum Age
Primary 6 years 9 years
One 7 years (8 is preferred) 12 years
Two 9-10 years 18 years
Three 10-11 years 18 years
Four 11-12 years 18 years
Five 12-13 years 18 years
Six 13-14 years 18 years
Senior Certificate 15+ years 18 years

Grade Exams Minimum/Appropriate Age Maximum Age
One 8 years (9 is preferred) 12 years
Two 10 years 18 years
Three 11 years 18 years
Four 12 years 18 years
Five 13 years 18 years
Six 14 years 18 years

Major Examinations Minimum/Appropriate Age Maximum Age
Intermediate 15 years 18 years
Advanced One 16 years 18 years
Advanced Two 17 years n/a

Please note the ages listed above are merely guidelines with the exception of Primary, Standard one and Grade one.

Students will be entered into Primary and Standard One examinations, which will allow their teacher to adequately assess what stream of the Cecchetti examinations would best suit their physical facility and goals for their ballet training.

Students interested in participating in Cecchetti examinations should discuss their options with the Artistic Director’s of Affinity Dance and Ms Heather. Students will be entered in the examination stream that is most appropriate for their level and ability and will be entered into examinations at the discretion of Ms Heather. This is to ensure the examination process is a positive experience for the students.

Students who do participate in the Cecchetti Examinations (Standard or Grade) will receive a personalized exam report with comments and critical feedback from the Examiner to the student. The student will also receive a certificate stating the exam level and the mark received.

The marks awarded for the Standard Exams are as follows:
Standard Not Yet Achieved /Pass /Pass with Merit /Pass with Special Merit

The marks awarded for Senior Certificate, Grades and Major Examinations are as follows:
Not Awarded /Pass/ Pass Plus/ Commended/ Highly Commended/ Honours

Teachers have the option of entering students for fall (November- December) or spring (May-June) exams. It is the teacher’s choice as to which exam session the students will participate in. With enough students enrolled in the exam session the studio will be able to host the exam session. If there are not enough students to host an exam session several studios may share a day at any given studio.

As a way of assisting teachers and students with the preparation for their exams, the Cecchetti Society offers biannual pre-exam workshops. The exam work is taught by the Examiners of the Cecchetti Society, which allows for greater insight into examination expectations. At the workshops open ballet classes are also offered as well as classes that are complimentary to ballet such as Pilates, Contemporary, Character etc. These workshops are incredibly beneficial to all students, particularly those preparing for examinations.

The Cecchetti Society, BC Branch also offers the Cecchetti Awards, which is a unique performance opportunity for students. Candidates for the Cecchetti Awards are chosen during the fall workshop. Those students invited to participate in the Cecchetti Awards learn a set dance and then compete at the Cecchetti Awards, which is usually held annually in February. It is a true honour to be invited to participate in the Cecchetti Awards.

The Cecchetti method is a strong training system for dancers wishing to pursue a career in dance or for those who simply enjoy dance for its physicality. This holds true largely because the Cecchetti science of classroom practice exacted a co-ordination of arms, legs, and head, which produced a wonderful fluidity of movement, particularly in the upper body. Although Cecchetti's development of the terre à terre style - brilliant articulations of the legs, with the dancer barely leaving the floor - was notable, his varied, six-day plan trained jumps of many textures. Most importantly, the solid, un-mannered Cecchetti base enabled the dancer to embrace any choreographic style. The fact that Cecchetti trained dancers can easily embrace and adapt to any choreographic style is vitally important to today’s dancer who must be so incredibly versatile to be successful in the professional dance realm.

For more information on the Cecchetti Society and the method please visit:
Cecchetti Society of Canada



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North Surrey, Fort Langley, Langley, Port Kells, Fraser Heights, Walnut Grove, East Clayton North, Willoughby, Forest Knolls, Fleetwood, Pit Meadows, Abbotsford, BC