CICB Books


Reference material pertaining to extracts from ballets contained in Cecchetti’s work, prepared by Lynne Fouché and Diane van Schoor

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Thoughts – Volumes 1 & 2 by Richard Glasstone

49 articles written for The Dancing Times, 1997-2000
$35.00 Canadian, including postage – proceeds to CICB
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Cecchetti Pioneers Vol.1

Compiled by Sheila Kennedy

Over 20 articles from Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Southern Africa, United Kingdom and United States
Price $15.00 Canadian, plus postage – contact

All proceeds to Cecchetti International – Classical Ballet

Notes for a Dancer – 5th Edition

Compiled by Sheila Kennedy
to use in conjunction with the Cecchetti Manuals,
  • A Manual of Classical Theatrical Dancing
  • The Theory & Practice of Allegro
  • The Theory & Practice of Advanced Allegro
  • Ryman’s Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms: Cecchetti
– traditional material – compiled by Sheila Kennedy
276 pages – price $50.00 Canadian, plus postage
Notes for a Dancer – orders through your own society or contact
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Download Updated Revisions to Notes for a Dancer (1st to 5th editions)

Further corrections to Notes to a Dancer:
Page 193 – Full contretemps starting with LF it should read:
(&a) spring on to LF in front of RF, placing RF in 5th  position devant in demi-plié (1) chassé to 2nd RF toward 1, (&) close LF behind R
(a 2) demi-contretemps (temps levé, chassé) (3) assemblé dessus élancé – etc.

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Rhonda Ryman: Ryman’s Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms – Cecchetti

Ryman’s Dictionary is a guide to the complex language of Classical Ballet compiled by one of the world’s leading experts on the language of dance. Rhonda Ryman has spent more than 30 years exploring the complexity and evolution of Classical Ballet terminology, aided by her expertise in kinesiology, Laban and Benesh notation systems and practical work as a ballet teacher.Ryman’s dictionary cuts through the complexity in a clear, logical and comprehensive way, building on her earlier Royal Academy Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology, published in 1995. This book uses as its foundation the teachings and terminology of the great Italian teacher, Enrico Cecchetti.

Betty Oliphant: The Artistry of Teaching

A Series of Ballet Classes by Nadia Potts
DanceForms Illustrations by Rhonda Ryman
Published by Dance Collection Danse Press/es
Author Nadia Potts, former National Ballet of Canada principal dancer, was a student of Betty Oliphant’s for over a decade. Before her death, Oliphant spent five years recording her unique approach to ballet training in collaboration with Potts. Descriptions of the classes are accompanied by DanceForms figures, which serve to clearly illustrate the exercises. Oliphant’s views, observations and insights about teaching are offered along with a collection of captivating photographs.
EXCERPT by Nadia Potts
Betty Oliphant created the following ballet classes for Grade 10 boys and girls at the National Ballet School of Canada in 1990, near the end of her sixty-year teaching career. These are the first five of a series of twenty classes that Miss Oliphant and I selected from the numerous notebooks of her lesson plans dating from as early as 1955 up to 1993 when she retired. The students who would have taken these classes were between the ages of fifteen and sixteen, and most of them still had an additional two to three years of training to complete. Many had joined the National Ballet School in Grade 5 where the first level of ballet training was offered.