Primary I, II and III

Recommended Ages: 5-8

The Cecchetti Council of America offers 3 primary levels. Presently I teach the Primary Levels as 1 grade and the children stay in that class while they progress through the 3 different levels. Students are introduced to the Cecchetti Primary I, II, and III material and begin learning the concepts of alignment and rotation as well as simple exercises to reinforce these concepts.  French vocabulary and English translations are used in class and the children are expected to memorize the dance vocabulary as well as learn concepts of spacing.

Children also are introduced to creative movement, mime, characterization, and understanding musical moods.

Students may take Cecchetti Primary exams but are not required to do so. I do not present children for primary exams unless they wish to go through the exam process.  Parents should know that any child who presents for a Primary Exam ALWAYS passes….no matter how many errors are made. The purpose of this is to help alleviate anxiety before the student takes their Gr. I exam

The syllabus consists of simple movement patterns utilizing, but not limited to, the following movements and steps:

Exercices à la Barre

  • Demi-pliés et tendus
  • Battements tendus en croix
  • Battements degagés en croix
  • Rond de jambes et demi-rond de jambes
  • Retirés
  • Grands battements
  • Échappés relevés
  • Cou de pied exercices

Exercices au Milieu

  • Première port de bras
  • Troisième port de bras
    • Troisième arabesque
    • Chassé en arabesque
    • Sautés et bourrée tour
    • Pas marchés
    • Tour en l’air à quatre
    • Marches
    • Skips and gallops
    • Spring points and spring heels
    • Polkas
    • Running on the balls of the feet
    • Sautés
    • Échappés sautés
    • Échappés sautés changés
    • Changements
    • Petits jetés devant
    • Préparation pour pas de chats
    • Préparation pour jetés
    • Chassés, temps levés
    • Polkas with partner
    • Traveling waltz

    Additionally, students may prepare for the spring “Parent Day” dance presentation by learning a dance that incorporates many of the concepts and steps learned throughout the year.