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Cecchetti Method Our Patron Objectives History Membership

Cecchetti Canada is a student-focused, national organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet and committed to the highest standards of training for dancers and teachers.

The Canadian Branch of the Cecchetti Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing was founded in 1949 by Betty Oliphant, first ballet mistress of the National Ballet of Canada and co-founder with Celia Franca, of Canada’s National Ballet School.

Cecchetti Canada is federally incorporated as Cecchetti Canada and is a founding member of Cecchetti International Classical Ballet (CICB). In January 2011, Cecchetti Canada became independent from the ISTD.