Welcome to the online home of Cheshire Dance Centre, one of Connecticut's premiere schools of dancing instruction. Under the artistic direction of Betty Seibert, we offer professional training in classical ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop and more, for all ages and levels of experience. Join us to discover where fun meets artistry and imagination becomes learning.
Cheshire Dance Centre is proud to offer the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet training. Our Qualified and/or Certified Staff members include:
Betty Seibert, Fellow and Final Diploma; Karyn O'Toole, Licentiate; Stephanie Thompson, Certified Student Teacher.
Welcome to Spring Term 2016! We look forward to our 21st year in Cheshire and sharing it with all of you. If you are a returning student - welcome back, and if you are new to CDC - make yourself at home!
Please note the studio calendar for all days the studio may be closed, parent visitation week, installment tuition due dates, and any other pertinent information.
Due to inclement weather, the studio will be closed and all classes cancelled on Friday, February 5, 2016. Classes will resume on Saturday, February 6. Thank you!
Congratulations to all who participated in the Cecchetti Ballet winter exam session! We all enjoyed welcoming back Louanne Davies as our examiner. We are pleased to announce that all candidates passed! Special kudos to those who received a perfect 4.0 on their exams:
Anna Maria Tippner
It's that time of year again! We hope you enjoy this festive video card featuring dancers from our 2015 recital. Warm holiday wishes from our family to yours!
Former Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah Fleet-Gogas, with her very own Petite Plum, Eleanor!
Kasey Watters, student of Ms. Betty Seibert shares a thoughtful historical reflection on Maestro Cecchetti:
"Maestro Enrico Cecchetti choreographed the joyous and challenging adage, Pas De L'Alliance on November 11th, 1918 to celebrate the signing of Armistice between the allied forces and the Germans; heralding the end of The Great War. Pas De L'Alliance is unique in that we can put ourselves, if briefly, in the shoes of the Maestro. We know exactly when and why he choreographed this step. What many don't know is how bittersweet this moment was for his family. His youngest son Riccardo had just begun a promising career in dance when war broke out. Riccardo lost a leg in the war, and would never dance again.
I can imagine the Maestro standing in his London school teaching a ballet class as an aspiring dancer runs in with the news that the war had ended. The room is buzzing with excitement, dancers exclaiming what great news, how wonderful that touring dancers will now be able to once again move about Europe without fear of arrest and imprisonment. A tear wells up in the Maestro's eyes. He wipes it away quickly before the dancers can see, and calls them all to join him in the center to begin work on Pas De L'Alliance.
The step is difficult, involving controlled weight transfers that move quickly into brilliant turns. It ends with a feeling of harmony, leaving one with a sense of joy and indescribable loss. Working with, dancing, and teaching Maestro Cecchetti's steps is a great honor and challenge. I continue to hope that I am up to the task!
As you reflect on Veteran's Day and honor all of the members of the military that you hold near and dear, remember that before it was Veteran's Day it was Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, The Great War ended; and another generation of dancers began working on a new adage, one of many pas that would excite and inspire dancers for generations."
Here's what Cecchetti teacher's and colleagues are saying about this moving piece:
"NEED TO SEE!"
-Thomas Baird, Dancing History
"I will pass on to Guibord's students. :)"
"It must be very rewarding to coach a thoughtful and serious student like Kasey."