Bennett School of Ballet and Jazz-Dance Classes-Dunedin
The Cecchetti Ballet Method

The timeless Cecchetti principals of grace, balance and line form the basis of a sound training syllabus that has been developed to meet the needs of today's modern child, teaching co-ordination, poise, confidence, rhythmicla sense and musicality while ensuring the process is still fun!

The fully qualified, carefully trained and registered teachers of Cecchetti are committed to providing a stable and secure foundation for each student's training - whether for purely recreational enjoyment or as the beginning of a career in dance. 


The Cecchetti teacher training courses prepare them to teach with a safe and secure technical base, sound knowledge of anatomy and basic physical faults, good teaching practices and the historical background of the art of classical ballet.

The syllabus has been carefully structured to ensure that the student receives a well- balanced training, with each grade for younger dancers designed to build progressively to the senior levels.

"Cecchetti trained dancers have achieved great suesss throughtout the world.  They are generally well regarded for their purity of line and for their ability to adapt easily to other forms of dance."
Jazz Dance New Zealand

In 1993 three Auckland dance teachers/examiners formed a new jazz dance association.  The work they choreographed covers the level from Beginners to Solo Seal. It is designed for everyone, including male candidates and adults students, ballet and non-ballet trained pupils, and "challenged" students at the lower levels.

The syllabus incorporates warm up and warm down exercises in each grade and as well as the jazz work introduces a little hip hop, soft shoe, cabaret, contemporary, modern ballet, Spanish, waltz tap and even rock `n' roll in some of the grades.  The emphasis is on versatility and each syllabus (except Advanced ) includes some barre and centre exercises along with 5 or 6 routines and a teacher choreographed dance.  The grade exercises have been checked by a professional physiotherapist (Graham Allison) to ensure they are safe for young bodies.

Hip hop Medal Tests are also taught in some of the jazz classes at the Bennett School of Ballet & Jazz.
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