News from the Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners would like to announce the election of Theresa Butkovich, DFCCA, and Laurie Papovich, DFCCA, as Apprentice Examiners. It is with pride that the National Executive Board and the Board of Examiners look forward to working with these dedicated ladies to promote and preserve the Cecchetti Method. The CCA congratulates them as they accept this most important position.

Fall News from the Cecchetti Council of America

Examination Changes

Please take note of the following student examination changes effective January 1, 2013

Examination Length Changes:

Elementary

  • 2 candidates 1.5 hours
  • 3 candidates 1.75 hours

Intermediate

  • 2 candidates 1.75 hours

Advanced

  • 1 candidate 2 hours

International Ballet Competition

Hailee Karam, CCA student of Monique Sgro, winner of the 2011 Musicality Award
Do you have a promising young student who may be ready in 2014?

CICB/CCA
Eligibility At commencement date of competition:

  • Minimum age 15
  • Maximum age 19
  • CCA Cecchetti Intermediate examination
  • Be a student and non-professional classical ballet dancer

We ask that our Committees look for those young dancers who could represent the CCA in the next competition in 2014. Competitors are adjudicated by members of the Executive Board. Scholarships are awarded to assist in travel, entry fees, and tuition.


Competition Location – 2014

We are pleased to announce information about the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet 2014 Competition:

The Competition is to be hosted by Cecchetti USA. The competition will be held in Richmond, Virginia August 7-9, 2014 with arrival date for competitors and coaches of Sunday, August 3, 2014. Richmond is a lovely and historical city located within a few hours of Washington DC.

Classes will be located at the professional studios of Richmond Ballet, performances to be held at the beautiful Carpenter Theater at Richmond Center Stage. All participants will stay at the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown hotel located within a very short walk to both locations.

CUSA will concurrently hold its annual summer residential course at Richmond Ballet. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014. More details will follow as the planning process continues.


CCA Competitor News

Two of our aspiring competitors from the 2011 competition have begun their professional journey. Jennifer Bobo, holder of the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma,  accepted a trainee position with Texas Ballet Theatre; and Hailee Karam is now a trainee with the Louisville Ballet. We congratulate Betty Mitchell, LCCA, and Monique Sgro, FCCA, and wish both girls the very best.


Tragedy, Loss, Hope, Triump

By Nicole Drouin Amayo

Although this thank you may be a bit late, we want to share with you what the first year in our new studio looks like. We have made a video that tells our story of tragedy, loss, hope and triumph much more expressively than we could do through words alone.Thanks to you, we are not only back in business but thriving. Your generosity has inspired us to “pay it forward.”Our show this year, entitled “Our Town”,was a benefit concert with all proceeds (over $2200) going to The Spotlight dance studio in Creston, Iowa. They were hit by a tornado in April and are still repairing and restoring what was lost.

We hope you enjoy the video. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is appreciated and will never be forgotten. If you’re ever in Joplin, please give me a call and stop by the studio. You’ll be an honored guest!


In Memoriam

Alzine Cuppett

Alzine Marie Straub Cuppett, Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus of Cuppett Performing Arts Center in Vienna, VA, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 24th at her home in Haymarket, VA. During the span of her 50-year career, Mrs. Cuppett was mentor and role-model to thousands of students who shared her love of dance and the performing arts.

Mrs. Cuppett, age 85, is survived by her six children: Candace Cuppett Payne of Gainesville, VA; Joyce Cuppett Miller of Annapolis, MD; Reid Thomas (and Kelli) Cuppett of Key Largo, FL; Gary Michael Cuppett of Leesburg, VA; Gregory John (and Bonnie) Cuppett of Haymarket, VA; and Amy Cuppett (and David) Stiverson of Centreville, VA. She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Monica McGowan

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Monica McGowan, who taught Caribbean dance at the CCA Summer Program for many years passed away at her home in Jamaica on August 22 after having suffered a stroke at the end of May. Monica was a founding member and former principal dancer of the National Dance Theater Company (NDTC) of Jamaica.

She was a long-time member of the CCA who taught many summers at our International Summer Program. She was a cherished friend of many and a very gracious woman who will be sorely missed.


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CCA 2012 Scholarship Recipients

The Cecchetti Council of America would like to recognize and congratulate its 2012 Scholarship Recipients.

Teacher Scholarship Recipients are as follows:

  • Sylvia Hamer Scholarship – Connie Davis Lawrence
  • Jane Caryl Miller Scholarship – Mary Sherman
  • Virgiline Simmons Scholarship – Melissa Moore
  • Eastern Michigan Committee Scholarship – Amber Michalik

Teacher’s attending with a CCA Committee Matching Scholarship are as follows:

  • Northern Plains Committee – Jackie Pederson Kriens
  • Western Michigan Committee – Anna Alpert
  • East Coast Committee – Kimmary MacLean
  • Midwest Committee – Jacqueline Farina
  • Florida Committee – Lori Dilican

Awards were presented to the following students in attendance at CCA’s International Summer School on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Annual Awards Banquets. We acknowledge and recognize the following students for their outstanding achievement:

LEVEL D

Honorable Mention

TEACHER STUDENT
Jean Gloria Newell Amanda Zawisza

Second Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Lisbeth Brown Ragan Faulkner

First Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Zellinger Hannah Monroe

Winner

TEACHER STUDENT
Gail Choate Pettit Lindsay Navarre

Level C-3

Honorable Mention

TEACHER STUDENT
Stephanie Plansker Maria DiMarzio
Sandra Zellinger Anna Hood

Second Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Autumn Koss Yontz Valerie Simcheck

First Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Zellinger Lauren Monroe

Winner

TEACHER STUDENT
Diane Edwards Alexia Stavridis

LEVEL C-2

Honorable Mention

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Zellinger Stephanie Ferguson
Sandra Zellinger Charlotte Hood

Second Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Kathy Cooke Isabelle Allor

First Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Kathy Cooke Mary Beer

Winner

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Zellinger Megan Boericke

LEVEL C-1

Honorable Mention

TEACHER STUDENT
Judi Holland Fiona G. Maguire
Sally Tierney Ciat Hagan

Second Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Zellinger Darby Davis

First Runner Up

TEACHER STUDENT
Sandra Plavchak/Darcy Field Taylor Andrekanic

Winner

TEACHER STUDENT
Melissa Moore Claire Bechard