27/m just started Cecchetti grade one
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Perfect Feet

Belmont, MI

#21 Jan 24, 2008
Hey everyone!

I'm the one who originally started this thread in early October, and although this conversation has taken quite a few diversions, I've stuck with ballet. I absolutely love it. It is my favorite thing that I do!

I'm going to be taking the grade two exam in march, and I think I'm on the right track to passing. I'm trying to do at least 7 practices a week. Monday and wednesday, I take a grade 2 and grade 3/4 class, and every other saturday a 2/3. I also practice on my own and video tape myself doing the excercises, so I can see myself later. I'm also taking private lessons once or twice a week.

As for going en pointe like I had originally talked about - Its kind of funny to think about it now. I think it simply represented a certain level of mastery for me to go en pointe, and I viewed it as something beyond just learning the exercises. I'm extremely outgoing, unique, and liberal (in most regards) so I thought this would be an extension of those qualities. I do think it would be fun to try, but simply dancing in the traditional male Cecchetti method is so awesome as-is, I don't even think that pointe is as captivating as I once found it...I'll leave that to the ladies! I do think my ideas about the "hair metal" ballet concert and breakdancing were fun, though!

I'm hoping to pass - commended, which I believe is the second-highest "grade" I could receive in examination. From what I understand, "highly commended" is extremely rare...That sure would be nice, though!


#22 Jan 24, 2008
Hi! Congratulations on continuing ballet! You definitely seem very dedicated!

Many people consider pointe work something that is a great achievement, and a standard to reach. In reality, ballet trains dancers for pointe work gradually. It is not something that you are suddenly ready for, nor a standard to reach, but it is a great achievement!

I think that ceccetti grading is different to my syllabus. My grading goes:
pass, pass plus, commended, highly commended, honours and honours distinction.

The higher marks are very hard to achieve. I would definitely be proud if I got commended, as I did for grade 5 ballet in my second ever ballet exams.

If you are confused about the marks, talk to your teacher. I hope I didn't confuse you!

Keep working hard! I'm taking grade 6 exam in July! Wish me luck!
Perfect Feet

Belmont, MI

#23 Jan 25, 2008
I don't know - maybe you're right...

For the Cecchetti levels, 1-4 are the basic ones listed on their website, and 5-7 are supposedly "professional" level, or so a parent at my studio was saying.

It sure is a lot to learn! Not only am I learning all of these new dances and the steps that compose them, but everything is in French! I am still finding little distinctions that I had previously overlooked, such as Temps Leve vs. Temps Lie, and the difference between soussus, dessus, desous, and desuite!
Perfect Feet

Belmont, MI

#24 Jan 25, 2008
Hey, Dancer,

The wikipedia site for "cecchetti grades" is very informative and outlines the difference between my version and the Austrailian version. I thought you might like to see it!

Adelaide, Australia

#25 Jan 26, 2008
Ohk. I found some good info.

In the American version, there are four different marks for passing a level. From lowest to highest they are:

* Pass
* Passed plus
* Passed Commended, and
* Passed Highly Commended.

The Australian version has six different marks. They are:

* Pass
* Pass with Special Merit
* Pass with Credit
* Commended
* Highly Commended, and
* Honours.

I don't take Ceccetti, I take Ballet Australasia Limited (or BAL) which is not very well known in other countries!

Adelaide, Australia

#26 Jan 26, 2008
Here is info on BAL

BAL classical ballet grading is similar to other associations ie junior grades are from Beginners to Grade 5. Pre Elementary, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Solo Diploma follow on in the senior section. Grade 6 is an optional grade for those physically unable to do pointe work. The BAL Elementary Teaching Diploma exam may be taken after passing Elementary.

I'm doing grade 6 even though I am en pointe... so I have6 more gardes to go before i'm done!

To receive honours in ballet, tap, jazz and Character, you must achieve between 90 and 100 marks. To receive honours in Highland and Irish, between 85 and 100 marks must be achieved

I got commended for ballet last year, which means i got between 80-85 marks i believe.

Carlisle, PA

#27 Apr 8, 2008
Hey guys, I'm a fellow cecchettier and I was reading your thoughts and found them interesting. I'm 14, and I'm taking the grade 4 exam in the very first weekend of may. Wish me luck! I've never gotten commended before, but its not unusual at our studio cuz we have some preeety good dancers. I have been on pointe for four years.perfect feet, I'm so glad your making such a commitment to dancing. Its inspiring to see a fellow dancer work hard and get good. Dancer, bal sounds very interesting. I hadn't heard of it before, thx for sharing. Do you guys know by any chance where I could get the cecchetti grade four music? Luv u guys and keep on dancing!!!!:)
Perfect Feet

Flint, MI

#28 Apr 9, 2008
I got my grade 2 music CD from a local dancewear store, but I know you can get the CDs from the Cecchetti website.

Encino, CA

#29 Apr 11, 2008
Hey there! I talk to male students all the time who want to do pointe work if only to develop their feet more - you sound like you have some creative ideas afoot! I recommend to them to go to http://www.theballetstore.com . There is a link that goes straight to the author's link of The Perfect Pointe Book. She is a dance medicine specialist who has created safe home practice routines for developing ALL basic technique. She gives videos, photos, anatomy of foot types etc. I am so impressed with it.(if you haven't discovered it already!)

And you other posters - do not go on pointe in bare feet! Ever! Or on your toe knuckles! You can stretch your ankle and foot muscles by sitting down, butt on feet, and gently lift up one knee. You'll feel the stretch across the top of the foot where you want more curve. Hold for 10 seconds, then gradually longer. Gently.

Calgary, Canada

#30 Jul 6, 2012
Hi all of u guys,
I take cecchetti as well and i am doing my grade 6 exam next year.
Our gradinngs are:
-pass plus
-highly commended
I got highly commended on my grade 5 :)
Its great that you are all so dedicated to dance!
Keep dancing

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