Cecchetti Classical Ballet Scholarship Scheme

Patron: Mary-Jane Duckworth FISTD

The Cecchetti Classical Ballet Scholarship Scheme offers talented young dancers outstanding training and performance opportunities. Based in London at the Arts Educational Schools, Chiswick, the scheme offers a thirty-week training programme. At the end of the year, the students have the opportunity to perform at a prestigious venue and in recent years have performed at The Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden and the home of Rambert Dance company on the South Bank, London.

Classes are held over three terms. There are no charges for these classes, and auditions are held in May each year.  The programme includes

  • Classical Ballet

  • Body Conditioning

  • Limbering

  • Pointe Work

  • Performance Skills

  • Repertoire

Classes are currently held on Saturday afternoons at Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1LY

Entry 2020/21 - Audition date 16th May 2020

Auditions will take place at Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick, W4 1LY.  For further information about Scholars and how to apply to audition contact Sharon Orme, Faculty Coordinator. Closing date for entries to be confirmed

Email: Cecchetti@istd.org
Tel: 07551 159471

Entry Criteria

Acceptance to this scheme is by audition only.  To be considered students must be between 11 and 17 years of age on 1st September of the academic year of entry.  They must be receiving their training in Cecchetti Classical Ballet and have attained a minimum of their Grade 4 or Standard 5 Cecchetti Ballet qualification.  Each student accepted will be awarded a Scholarship for one year. The value of the Scholarship is £1,000 per annum. The Scholarship classes are designed to complement the student’s regular classes which should be continued as before, and their teacher’s permission be given for them to attend.

YEAR DATES 2019/20

AUTUMN Term 2019

21st & 28th September / 5th, 12th, 19th October / 9th, 23rd, 30th November


18th & 25th January / 1st,  8th, 29th  February / 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March / 4th April


18th & 25th April / 2nd & 9th May / 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June / 4th July


The idea to establish the Cecchetti Scholars’ classes was first suggested by Nora Roche, a distinguished teacher and examiner.   With the encouragement of Cyril Beaumont, then Chairman of the ISTD, and the assistance of Barbara Geoghegan, classes commenced in 1952.  Barbara Geoghegan continued to run these classes for a further 48 years - an incredible record of service and devotion.  This exceptional service was then continued by Linda Davies and the scheme is now flourishing under the stewardship of Gillian Toogood.  The Scholars have also been supported over the years by many devoted Cecchetti teachers who have given their time to organise and run the weekly classes and performance opportunities, making Scholars as relevant and popular for today’s young dancers as when it first started.