ABOUT H.Z. BALLET CLASSIQUE
Ballet Classique is known for training dancers of the highest technical and artistic excellence. Our dancers maintain an enthusiasm, individuality, and love for the art form.
Ballet Classique is not a competition school but rather a school with the focus on technique and quality training.
Ballet Classique's solid basic training will allow the more talented students to move on to higher dance institutions.
In our training we are careful to maintain high standards consistent with the age and development of the student.
Ballet Classique was started with 6 students in August of 1990 by Heidi Zolty, F.I.S.T.D. CSB CUSA, with classes being held at the Italian Cultural Centre on Slocan and 12th in Vancouver. It quickly grew to 50 students over two years, and so the school acquired studio space at 3750 Hastings Street in Burnaby in 1992. In 1994 the School hired the highly-acclaimed Ania Storoszczuk-Smeets, M.F.A., to co-teach students at the major examination levels, and eventually, to co-direct the professional program. The leased space was renovated to include two studios, to accommodate the growing number of students, which was by this time over 100.
The school grew to 75 students in 1997, including 16 in the professional program, and to over 250 registrations in 1998.
The school moved to new studios in 1998 at Gilmore and Hastings in Burnaby. After a stay of two years at that location the studio moved to its current location at Willingdon and Hastings.
It has always been the goal of Ballet Classique to provide a solid classical foundation to our students, and to inspire and to instill a love for Ballet,Music,Art and Movement.
Since Ballet Classique opened in 1990, Ballet Classique has been recognized throughout the Lower Mainland and across Canada for its outstanding accomplishments. Our students have been accepted into the National Ballet School of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Bolshoi Ballet School and the Joffery Ballet School. Many of our students have gone on to have successful dancing or teaching careers.
Every year students audition and receive roles in The Royal Winnipeg and Alberta Ballets Nutcracker Productions. Roles include among others Clara (Daina Zolty, Crystal Costa,Rebekka Costa) and Dieter (Marissa Mah).
Most recent notable accomplishments include:
Julia Colasurdo Grade 9 (Advanced 1) Cecchetti USA Honours
Anne-Marie Ludwig received her Enrico Cecchetti Diploma
Nicole Siu received her Licentiate Teachers Qualification.
Ivana Matovina received her Licentiate Teachers Qualification.
Anne -Marie Ludwig received her Licentiate Teachers Qualification with Distinction
WHO IS ENRICO CECCHETTI?
This art…will live forever young and immortal, because beauty lies in the domain of the spirit just as material resides in the physical order; it transforms itself but never dies.
Enrico Cecchetti , 1921
The Cecchetti Method of ballet is a style of classical ballet based on the teachings of the great Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928). Born into a family of professional dancers, Maestro Cecchetti had a distinguished career as a principal dancer on the international scene before becoming a teacher of renown. He taught in Russia, Poland, Italy and England and became the private instructor of Anna Pavlova and many other celebrated dancers including Sir Anton Dolin co-founder of The London Festival Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois who founded the The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Aleksandra Danilov, who taught at Ballanchines’ School of American Ballet until her retirement in 1989, Vaslav Nijinsky and Madame Alicia Markova; Prima Ballerina Assoluta and co-founder and director of the English National Ballet.
Cecchetti enlarged upon the Italian tradition of teaching, codified by Carlo Blasis, which maintained the balances and proportions of the human body, poised and in movement. The Cecchetti science of classroom practice exacted a co-ordination of arms, legs, and head, which produced a wonderful fluidity of movement, particularly in the upper body. Although Cecchetti’s development of the terre à terre style – brilliant articulations of the legs, with the dancer barely leaving the floor – was notable, his varied, six-day plan trained jumps of many textures. Most importantly, the solid, un-mannered Cecchetti base enabled the dancer to embrace any choreographic style.
He was born to dance and lived and breathed ballet.
It is said(This could be myth) that the son of two dancers, he was born in the costuming room of the Teatro Tordinona in Rome. He taught until the end of his life and passed away after teaching a class, during which Maestro Cecchetti collapsed, and died the following day, November 13, 1928.
In 1924, the Cecchetti Society was incorporated as a branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.For more information see http://www.cecchetti.ca