The complete Enrico Cecchetti Diploma on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, demonstrated by some of today’s leading dancers.
Maestro Cav. Enrico Cecchetti (1850–1928) devised his method of training based on sound theoretical and anatomical principles. The Cecchetti Method hinges on a programme set over six days of the week, highlighting the rigorous demands and versatility required to be a professional dancer. Precision and speed of footwork, development of terre-à-terre and batterie technique are key aspects of this virtuoso training method.
The Enrico Cecchetti Diploma is the culmination of the study of the Cecchetti Method. It is designed for professional dancers and there is no equivalent in any other system of training. The Diploma has never before been filmed in its entirety as a heritage, educational project.
In this film, the dancers are instructed via discussion on background and various versions of the exercises, and perform all the studies which today make up the Diploma syllabus.
Dancers: The Royal Ballet - James Hay, Chisato Katsura, Romany Pajdak
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Ruth Brill, Laura Day, Brandon Lawrence, Lachlan Monaghan
Dancers appear by kind permission of Kevin O’Hare CBE, Director of the Royal Ballet and David Bintley CBE, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet
Artistic Director and Master Teacher: Diane van Schoor
Introduction:Dame Darcey Bussell DBE
Producer: Ross MacGibbon
The Cecchetti Society Trust
Extra Features: Diane van Schoor in conversation with dancers; Directors David Bintley CBE and Kevin O’Hare CBE in discussion