While classes at The Children’s Ballet are structured around the needs and goals of each group of students, our teachers rely primarily on a curriculum based on the Cecchetti method. This style of dance education was developed by the Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850 – 1928) and focuses on teaching each dancer correct posture and technique with a purity of line and simplicity of style.
The goal of classes at The Children’s Ballet is for all our dancers to internalize the essential characteristics of ballet techniques and styles, allowing them to grow in expression rather than imitating the movements of their teachers.
While the Cecchetti method is especially concerned with anatomy, students at The Children’s Ballet also learn the aesthetic theories behind dance movements. The music and stories of classical ballet become apparent as students of all ages study films of staged ballets during their classes. Students are also encouraged to attend live ballets in the Indianapolis area.
Today, the Cecchetti training system is used around the world to teach classical ballet, and many professional dancers began their training through this method.