ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet
At age 6 or 7, children attend formal syllabus classes at Penzance Ballet School once or twice a week to develop technique, strength, skill and artistry (for younger children please see our Pre-school Ballet page). From age 7 (and once they have achieved the appropriate standard) children are encouraged to enter Grade (individual) or Standard (whole class) examinations. We currently teach Grade Syllabus classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Standard Primary & Class 1 (these may vary each year depending on our cohort of children).
What kind of ballet should your child learn ?
There are several ballet syllabi used for the training of dancers. The main ones are affiliated with professional examination boards. Importantly, these syllabi can only be taught by trained, professional ballet teachers, who have a particular understanding of safe dance practice with regard to physical and emotional child development.
Penzance Ballet School teaches Cecchetti Classical Ballet, which is affiliated to the leading professional examination board, the ISTD (The Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance). The ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet syllabus of examinations is based directly on the world renowned Cecchetti Method. It has a very clearly defined structure which uses strong incremental progression to deliver a fully rounded classical training within sound, safe dance practice.
Why should your child learn ballet?
The physical benefits of ballet training are pretty obvious – improved muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion, coordination, balance and physical self-control. There are all sorts of other benefits you might not be aware of:
Ballet can help to improve children’s mental and emotional health. The development of skill, strength and technique to improve and master more challenging movement combinations encourages a sense of pride and accomplishment, and boosts self-esteem. Training is also a fun way to use up excess energy.
Regular classes help young children develop socially, forging new friendships to overcome shyness and the fears associated with being in a group and performing in front of an audience.
The right kind of ballet training exposes students to movement, music, performance and cultural history to develop their attention, concentration, understanding and learning.
At Penzance Ballet School, quite uniquely for this area, we value all such aspects of training and provide a broad range of learning experiences for our students from watching live ballet, performing, workshops and educational resources – see our opportunities page for more information.
Children of all ages greatly benefit from age-appropriate ballet instruction when given by trained teachers. Ballet training will not only increase their physical strength and agility; it will develop their concentration, their understanding of music and rhythm; and foster their love of movement. It is the recognised solid foundation for other dance techniques such as contemporary, lyrical or tap.
I would like my child to join a class at Penzance Ballet School – what do I do now?
Take a look at our Starter Class Guide to find which class is recommended for children of different ages starting ballet for the first time, then check our Timetable to find the class for you. For your next steps see our Child Registration Page.