Cecchetti Ballet Australia

Cecchetti Ballet Australia

PO Box 425
Clifton Hill, VIC 3068

03 9489 5682




Among his pupils were Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. In the early 1920s he created his own method of teaching with  professional dancers of that era.

His method was codified in 1922 and it is the foundation of the method taught by Cecchetti organisations throughout the world today. The Cecchetti Society was established in Australia in 1934 with the arrival of Madame Lucie Saronova, an ex-student of Cecchetti. Now known as Cecchetti Ballet Australia, we became a founder member of Cecchetti International – Classical Ballet in 1997.

Cecchetti Ballet is a leader in Australian dance education. It is an energetic organisation truly dedicated to the Art of Ballet. Cecchetti Ballet Australia has been training ballet teachers and students since 1934 and has a proud heritage directly linked to the classical traditions of 19th century Europe. Enrico Cecchetti contributed significantly to the development and  strength of Russian ballet. He was a great virtuoso dancer, a world acclaimed teacher and an innovator ahead of his time.


Colin Peasley OAM, FISTD, Dr Lucette Aldous, and Darcey Bussell CBE.


National Chairperson: Carole Hall OAM and State Representatives.


Two streams have been formulated to meet the different needs of recreational and professional dancers.

Recreational: Pre-Primary – Grade 6, Dance Spectrum 1 & 2.Professional: Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2.


Examination students receive a certificate, report and marks, while Assessment students receive a certificate and report. All students who pass their examinations and comply with the pre-requisite conditions are able to enter the State Medal Awards,  the Lucie Saronova Awards and the Valrene Tweedie Trust Award. Cecchetti Ballet proudly recognises the many Cecchetti trained students who have achieved diverse dance careers, just to name a few - Juliet Burnett, Jason Coleman, Chloe Dallimore, Simon Dow, Amy Harris, Steven Heathcote AM, Margaret Illmann, Brooke Lockett, Colin Peasley OAM and Leigh Warren.


Cecchetti Ballet Australia offers teaching qualifications at Associate, Associate Diploma, Licentiate, Licentiate Diploma and Fellowship level.

A Registered Training Organisation since 2002 and currently offers the CUA40313 Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.


Each State holds Enrico Cecchetti Medal Awards, culminating in the prestigious National Lucie Saronova Memorial Awards where representatives from each State compete for medals and cash prizes.

The Biennial $10,000 Valrene Tweedie Scholarship is awarded in memory of the late Valrene Tweedie to assist worthy  young dancers in pursuing their dreams.

Scholarships are awarded in each State for Excellence in Examinations.


Teacher conferences held on a rotational basis in each State, courses, Mentor programs, Summer & Winter Schools, Master Classes Choreographic Competitions and plenty more.


The aims of Cecchetti Ballet Australia are to provide our teachers and students with the best ballet education, inspire them  to achieve their full potential and foster in them a love and enjoyment of dance.

Parents and students can be assured that Cecchetti Ballet:

  • Maintains and expects high standards in the professional development of its teachers.
  • Provides graded developmental syllabi relevant to children of today.
  • Delivers flexible assessment and examination options for parents and students, giving them the opportunity to set goals and achieve success.
  • Cecchetti nurtures ARTISTIC creativity in children, artistic awareness, a love of movement and an appreciation of all other art forms, especially music.

Many professional dancers hold their Cecchetti Ballet training and the teachers who taught them in high esteem.

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