( 1850 Rome - 1928 Milaan )
Enrico Cecchetti had his debut as a professional dancer on the stage
of La Scala in Milan. At the height of his career, he migrated to St.Petersburg.
He captivated his audiences with brilliant feats of batterie, amazing
leaps, and multiple pirouettes. His technique and his gifts for mime
Enrico Cecchetti taught at the Imperial School in St.Petersburg from
1887–1902. From 1907–1909 he coached Anna Pavlova.
Diaghilev, artistic director of the “Ballets Russes”, hired
Enrico Cecchetti for the dual roles of ballet master and mime. Cecchetti
performed many mime roles which were created expressly for him by choreographers
of the “Ballets Russes”.
After leaving the “Ballets Russes” Cecchetti settled in
London where he opened his own school.
In 1923 he returned to Italy and resumed his teaching career at La Scala
All of Enrico Cecchetti’s teachers had been trained by Carlo Blasis.
This training created a background for Enrico Cecchetti’s method
of teaching. A method for which he will always be remembered.
The Cecchetti method is a disciplined system designed with careful regard
to the laws of anatomy.
Carefully orchestrated exercises are practiced in a planned sequence
working on qualities essential to a dancer :
balance, poise, strength, elevation, elasticity, an artistic sense of
quality, use of the entire body.
Among the many dancers influenced by Cecchetti were: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav
Nijinski, Tamara Karsavina, Dame Ninette de Valois, Dame Marie Rambert,
Dame Alicia Markova, Olga Preobrajenska, Serge Lifar, George Balanchine.