The Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship
for students of the Cecchetti Method

The annual Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship takes place as part of the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Vocational Awards.  This scholarship was founded by Barbara Fewster OBE, a former Principal of the Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge.  Miss Fewster was a great proponent of the Cecchetti method. The award of £2000 comprises of £500 to the successful competitor plus a further £1500 for the furtherance of Cecchetti training which is made in three payments during the year. The runner-up is awarded £600.  A special award of £100, donated personally by Miss Fewster, will be made to a promising male student, should he not win the scholarship.  The scholarship is open to male and female students.

Applicants are required to participate in a classical ballet class at the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards which is watched by two Adjudicators.   The event is open to the public.

Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship

The Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship takes place annually in November at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.


The Class commences with the Cecchetti first set of ports de bras followed by an unset class at Intermediate to Advanced 1 level.  A full barre will be given prior to going on stage.  For the Class the competitors should wear:

Male : dark tights and fitted white top or dark all in one.
Female : Practice leotard with pink ballet tights and either soft blocks or flat shoes.
No hair ornaments may be worn for the class and the only jewellery allowed is earrings.


Candidates must:

  1. either have passed the Cecchetti Intermediate Examination (previously entitled Elementary) or be studying the Cecchetti Method
  2. be recommended by the Head of Dance or the Ballet Principal of the school or college which they attend.
  3. be committed to continuing their studies in their school or college for not less than one year
  4. continue studying the Cecchetti Method either as part of their normal course or by attending specialist Cecchetti Classes
  5. be a minimum 15 years by 1st September of the year of the award and still in training at a vocational school, or at a further, or higher educational establishment


The award will be paid as follows:

  1. £500 will be paid immediately on the day of the award
  2. £500 will be paid at the end of each term, in the academic year of the award, on receipt of a letter from the student's Cecchetti teacher confirming that the student has continued with her/his studies of the Method during that term
  3. In the event of the student being unable to fulfil the above condition the award will be withheld and the situation will be considered by the Cecchetti Society Committee, taking into account alternatives such as attendance at one of the Cecchetti Summer Schools, or undertaking Cecchetti teaching qualifications which may be at the end of a performance career

Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship & Barbara Geoghegan Award Additional Prizes

In addition to the prize money listed in the rules above, an Award of £600 each is presented for Musicality and Promising Young Dancer and can be given to competitors participating in either the Fewster Cecchetti Scholarship or Barbara Geoghegan Award.

Entry & Contact Details

Further information about this Scholarship and an application form is available from

Awards Organiser Lisa Hunter
Tel: 01832 272981