Enrico Cecchetti

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Enrico Cecchetti (around 1921)

Enrico Cecchetti (born June 21, 1850 in Rome , † November 13, 1928 in Milan ) was an Italian ballet dancer , pantomime , ballet master and ballet teacher. He is the founder of the Cecchetti Method , an educational guide for ballet lessons.

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Cecchetti was the son of a dancer couple and made his debut in Genoa at the age of five. He studied in Florence with the Carlo Blasis pupil Giovanni Lepri and further with Cesare Coppini in Milan and with Filippo Taglioni . He traveled to America with a dancer troupe and from 1870 worked as a dancer at La Scala and with guest performances in European capitals, e. B. in London 1885. From 1887 he was engaged with the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, where he became second ballet master in 1890 and in 1892 teacher at the affiliated school. In 1910 Sergei Djagilew signed him to the Ballets Russes as ballet master .

His role creations as a dancer included the evil fairy Carabosse and the blue bird in Sleeping Beauty (1890), the chief eunuch in Scheherazade (1910) and the show booth owner in Petrushka (1911).


Famous students of Cecchetti included Anna Pawlowa , Vaslav Nijinsky , Agrippina Waganowa , Matilda Kschessinskaja , Olga Preobrazhenskaya , Tamara Karsavina , Michel Fokine , Léonide Massine , Ninette de Valois , Alexandra Danilowa , Alicia Markova , Anton Dolin and Serge Lifar .


As a dancer, Cecchetti was famous for his agility and strength. Due to his technical skills, he was considered the best ballet virtuoso in the world at the time. However, Cecchetti has achieved lasting importance “as one of the most famous teachers in modern ballet history”. The Cecchetti method , based on the work of Carlo Blasis , is still world-famous today and is taught very successfully.


  • Cyril W. Beaumont: Enrico Cecchetti. A memoir. Beaumont, London 1929.
  • Ann Hutchinson Guest, Toby Bennett: The Cecchetti legacy. An analysis and description of the Cecchetti method of classical ballet. Dance Books, Alton Hampshire 2007, ISBN 978-1-85273-122-9 .
  • Horst Koegler , Helmut Günther : Reclams Ballettlexikon. Philipp Reclam jun., Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 3-15-010328-2 , pp. 87 f.
  • Olga Racster: The Master of the Russian ballet. The memoirs of Enrico Cecchetti. With an introduction by Anna Pavlova. Hutchinson, London 1922, (Reprint: Da Capo Press, New York 1978, ISBN 0-306-77589-1 ).

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Horst Koegler, Helmut Günther: Reclams Ballettlexikon. 1984, p. 88.