I thought I just had to share this documentary called Ballets Secret Code with you all, as ballet is becoming more and more competitive each year with dancers working their bodies to do the impossible. Sometimes it is good to remember that solid technique is always the best so that you don’t injure yourself trying things that your body is not ready for.
It ‘s time to pause and take a look at the potential damage that you could be doing……..
Let’s take a look at Ballets Secret Code. This is based on Cechetti’s six principles of classical ballet.
The Six Principles Of Classical Ballet
Cechetti designed a syllabus back in the early twentieth century that dancers all over the world are still learning today.
A lot of his original steps are no longer done, as they are considered too difficult, but how is this possible, because dancers nowadays are supposed to be stronger and more athletic than every before. It may be due to the fact that there are gaps in their training, because some of the older principles of technique are not being taught in class anymore, and maybe it is time that dancers go back to the basics and work to get that truly beautiful technique back along with a stronger body that is more resistant to injuries.
Fashions in choreography come and go, but the principles of classical ballet technique stay the same.
Here are Cechetti’s principles in a nutshell:
He divided his classes up into the six days of the week and focuses on a different element each day, returning to the original elements again the following week with different exercises to back them up.
Monday is Aplomb day. This is working on the dancers plumb line which is establishing a vertical line in the center of the body. The Assemble is the focus step for the day and the body must always lead with the feet following on.
Tuesday is Epaulment day, and to work this element, a lot of petit battement is done with the focus on opposition in the body. Man is actually designed to move in opposition and using this element in dancing you can use the least amount of energy to create the greatest changes.
Wednesday is Turnout day with the focus on Rond de Jambe.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday are spent working on exercises that moving through space like grand jete – drawing arcs in the air. Saturdays especially are for unleashing all the principles using exercises that work within and not beyond the dancers physical limits.
Please feel free to comment below on your feelings about Cechetti and his famous methods in which he trained his classical dancers. I hope you enjoyed Ballets Secret Code.