Cecchetti is an exciting program here at Clarion Center for the Arts. It gives students tangible goals to work toward each year and validates the hard work they put into their dance education by measuring their progress. These classes, camps and exams provide the highest level of discipline for our students and moving through each level is no small feat. Here's what you need to know about taking Cecchetti Exams here at CCA.
Our students are super fortunate to be able to take their Cecchetti Exams in the comfort of their own studio. Other studios send their students to different locations to take their Exams, but Ms. Janet works with the Cecchetti Council of America each year to make sure we are able to host our own Exams.
Cecchetti Exams at Clarion Center for the Arts traditionally take place at the end of the 3rd week of June, typically during the day on Thursday or Friday. Our Exam date is given to us by the Cecchetti Council of America and we do not have much say as to when it is scheduled, but we have come to expect the 3rd week of June as that is when it has been scheduled since 2014. Students are required to take and pass their Cecchetti Exam on the date given to us in order to move on to the next level. Students unable to attend the Cecchetti Exam will have to repeat the level and take their Exam the following summer. We will not schedule students to take exams at another time or with another studio.
Our two-week Cecchetti Camp takes place during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of June leading up to Exams. Students must attend both weeks of Cecchetti Camp in order to take their Exams. Students who are unable to attend both weeks of Cecchetti Camp will not be ready for their Exams and will therefore not be permitted to take them. By default, they will have to repeat the level and take their Exam the following summer.
Our tuition for Cecchetti is all inclusive, which means there is no additional fee for the two-week camp or the Exam!
Take a look at the article below for more information on what Cecchetti Exams look like.
The following article is taken from the Cecchetti Council of America website.
Why should I take examinations?
Ballet exams are valuable for serious ballet students because they promote the development of strong technique, artistry, and quality of movement.
The examining process gives each student a goal to work towards and allows them to achieve it. It takes discipline to study theory and work hard in class to reach the technical requirements for each grade level. Achieving goals heightens self-esteem by allowing the dancer to graduate to the next level upon successful completion of the previous grade. The benefits of using a method which builds from one level to the next is important in developing a well-trained dancer.
How can I prepare?
Good classroom attendance is key to excellent ballet technique. Most dancers preparing for ballet exams take a minimum of two ballet classes per week. The number of weekly classes will increase as the dancer progresses through the levels.
What should I expect in the examination?
Your ballet exam will be led by one or two examiners from the Cecchetti Council of America’s Board of Examiners. Examiners understand that candidates may be nervous and do their best to make them feel as comfortable as possible during the exam.
Most exams start in the center floor with a short introduction between examiners and the candidates. The examiners will first ask the theory questions before the candidates demonstrate the barre work, center work, adages, and enchaînements exercises.
What theory questions will be asked?
All theory and translations for each grade are contained in the CCA graded syllabus books. Special attention is given to the new theory presented in the beginning of each graded syllabus book. Due to the fact that the Cecchetti method builds from one level to the next, the examiners may ask candidates theory questions from the previous grade. It is always a good idea to refresh your knowledge of terminology from previous grades. Nervousness is reduced when candidates are well prepared.
What is the dress code?
Female candidates should wear a solid black leotard with pink tights and ballet slippers. Hair should be worn in a bun; if the hair is too short, it needs to be securely fastened off the face and neck.
Male candidates should wear a fitted white t-shirt, dance belt, black tights and ballet slippers. Younger boys may wear fitted black shorts. Hair must be away from the face.
What should I bring into the exam?
Most exams only require… YOU!
However, if you use an inhaler, it may be brought into the exam to assure your comfort and safety. Water bottles should not be brought into the examination unless there is a special circumstance or medical condition; permission should be given before entering the examination room. Grade IV students should give the CD for the choreographed dance to the person playing the music at the beginning of the exam. Starting at the Elementary level, pointe shoes should be brought into the examination room.
How long is the exam?
The exam times vary depending upon the grade level. The student level exams range from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. The professional level exams run from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. These exam times may run shorter or longer depending upon how many candidates are in each exam session.
How long before we know if we passed?
The CCA realizes the excitement and anticipation of receiving exam results in a timely fashion. Results and certificates will be mailed to the sponsoring teacher within one week of the exam.
Preparing and studying for ballet exams create calm and confident candidates. We have provided a helpful link that will allow you to make flashcards and play online games using the information in your Graded syllabus books. Please go to www.quizlet.com Ask your parents permission before registering for this website. Have fun learning and sharing your knowledge of the Cecchetti method with all your dancing friends!