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Jennifer Klipfel school of Cecchetti ballet  was founded in Tableview  in  1990 . Prior to that  Jennifer had been teaching ballet as a subject at DF Malan  high school from 1980 - 1994 and privately at Totius Primary School .
During that time she also established a ballet school at La Rochelle in Paarl ( 1981 - 2000) that she maintained as head teacher until she moved permanently  to her home studio in Tableview to teach from a private studio attached to the house . 2003 saw the establishment of a ballet studio at  Christian Brothers College  Parklands .

Qualifications
Qualified   1978   Associate Cecchetti &   National  Associate
Attained  - Fellowship 1993  -  Final Diploma 1994  -
 Jennifer was appointed onto the examiners panel  2000
Today Jennifer is a Major National examiner .

She holds all performing and qualifying certificates and diplomas of the Imperial society of Teachers of dancing (London) including the Enrico Cecchetti  diploma. Jennifer also holds a National teachers certificate in Highland and Irish dancing . 
Jennifer was trained in Bellville under the tutelage of Jennifer Louw  from grade 1 to final  Dip.

 

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Cecchetti  Ballet  History
 
 About the Cecchetti Ballet Society


The Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet offers a complete and well structured system of training which caters for the small child through to the professional dancer and the future teacher.

Enjoyment is of prime importance for a young child beginning to dance and the Class Examinations and Performance Awards provide ideal opportunities for those attending classes for recreational purposes on a once a week basis. For children wishing to study in greater depth, there are the more technically demanding Grade Examinations. In all the children's work a steady build up and safe practice are of great importance.

The Major examinations for older students and those at vocational schools are soundly based on Cecchetti principles and provide strength and co-ordination, together with a quality of movement which is second to none.

"Maestro Cecchetti left a great imprint on the English School. The important aspects of his teaching will remain part of the academic tradition of our English Ballet."
Dame Ninette de Valois


"If I had my way, I would always insist that all dancers should daily do the wonderful Cecchetti ports de bras. It inculcates a wonderful feeling for line and correct positioning and the use of head movement and Úpaulement which - if properly absorbed - will be of incalculable use throughout a dancer's career."
Sir Frederick Ashton


"The Cecchetti work has given me strength, discipline and co-ordination. It wasn't until I got into the Company that I realised how lucky I was to have had that training."
Darcey Bussell
 

Enrico Cecchetti
Enrico Cecchetti was born in Italy in 1850. At the height of his career as a dancer he migrated to St Petersburg, where he joined the Imperial Russian Ballet and created the virtuoso role of the Bluebird and the mime role of Carabosse in the premiere of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890. As well as dancing with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company, Cecchetti also taught the Class of Perfection in the school.

He also taught many Maryinsky dancers, including Pavlova, Karsavina and Nijinsky. In 1909 he joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russe as a teacher and mime artist. His pupils included Alicia Markova, Ninette de Valois, Marie Rambert and Leonide Massine.

In 1918 he opened a school of dancing in London, at 160 Shaftesbury Avenue.

Cecchetti trained under Lepri, a pupil of the great Carlo Blasis who codified the technique of Classical Ballet in 1820. His ideas were developed further by Cecchetti who grouped the Classical vocabulary into six sets of exercises, one for each day of the week. This work was recorded and published in 1922 by Cyril Beaumont, assisted by Stanislas Idzikowski and Enrico Cecchetti himself. Further volumes were compiled by Margaret Craske and Derra de Moroda.

Then in 1923 he returned to Italy and he accepted the post of Director of the Ballet School in La Scala, Milan. He died there in 1928.

Cecchetti Society
The Cecchetti Society was founded in 1922 by Cyril Beaumont, the writer, Ballet historian and critic. The aim was to preserve and promote the work the of 'Maestro', Enrico Cecchetti.

In 1924 the Cecchetti Society became affiliated to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing which had been founded in 1904. More recently, the Cecchetti Society has become The Cecchetti Society Classical Ballet Faculty of the ISTD.

Branches of the Cecchetti Society have been formed throughout the world and flourish in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA, and of course throughout Europe.
 
 

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