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
- Pointe Work
- Performance Skills
Classes are currently held on Saturday afternoons at Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1LY
Entry 2018/19 - Audition date 19th May 2018
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
Tel: 07551 159471
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 2017/18
Autumn Term 2017
16th, 23rd, 30th September | 7th, 14th, 21st October | 4th, 11th, 25th November | 2nd December
Spring Term 2018
13th, 20th, 27th January | 3rd, 10th, 24th February | 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th March
Summer Term 2018
21st, 28th April | 5th, 12th, 19th May | 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June | 7th 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.