Cecchetti Ballet

Since its inception, The Perth School of Ballet has been training ballet teachers and students using the Cecchetti Ballet Method.

We offer classes in Ballet from Grade 2 to Advanced Levels, including preparatory classes for those heading towards a professional career in ballet.  For our younger students, we offer our Tiny Tots and Littlies Ballet programs.

Cecchetti Ballet Australia (Cecchetti) has been training ballet teachers and students since 1934. It has a proud heritage directly linked to the classical traditions of 19th century Europe. Enrico Cecchetti contributed significantly to the development and strength of Russian ballet. He was a great virtuoso dancer, a world acclaimed teacher and an innovator ahead of his time.

Today, Cecchetti Ballet remains an innovator in Australian dance education. It is an energetic organisation truly dedicated to the art of ballet.

The timeless Cecchetti Principles of grace, balance and line form the basis of a sound training syllabus that has been developed to meet the needs of today’s modern child – teaching co-ordination, poise, confidence, rhythmical sense and musicality while ensuring that the process is still fun!

The fully qualified, carefully trained and registered teachers of Cecchetti Ballet Australia are committed to providing a stable and secure foundation for each student’s training – whether for purely recreational enjoyment or as the beginnings of a career in dance. The Cecchetti teacher training courses prepare them to teach with a safe and secure technical base, sound knowledge of anatomy and basic physical faults, good teaching practices and the historical background of the art of classical ballet.



Each year, The Perth School of Ballet offers exams. These exams are not compulsory but are usually recommended for students demonstrating a certain level of aptitude in their classes.

Exam dates will be available during Term 2. Information regarding exams will also be available at that time.

The Cecchetti Ballet Exams will be held early in Term 3. These exams are for students who have demonstrated strong classical technique. Teachers will recommend students at their discretion. Students must attend a minimum of 2 classes per week in their grade (for Grades 5 and up a minimum of 3 classes is required). All candidates must attend the Cecchetti WA Holiday Course.

The Perth School of Ballet also hold internal exams for any students who wish to participate. Exams are held in our dance studio and students are examined by a guest teacher. This exam gives students a good indication of their progress in their grade syllabus. Dates for these exams are usually just prior to or just after the corresponding Cecchetti exams.


Minimum Ballet Class Recommendations

Grade 2 through Grade 4 2 classes per week
Grade 5 and above 3+ classes per week

Class Levels

Grade 2 8 – 10 years
Grade 3 9 – 11 years
Grade 4 10 – 13 years
Grade 5 11 – 14 years
Grade 6 12 – 15 years
Intermediate 14 years and above
Advanced 1 15 years and above
Advanced 2 15 years and above



Dance is the hidden language of the soul. – Martha Graham