on 31 August 2013
I grew up dancing the Cecchetti method, but have little understanding of the man himself, so was very pleased to find this re-issued copy of his memoirs written in the early 1920s. It is not written in the style of a modern biography, so you feel like you almost need to write a summary at the end to draw out the pertinent points from all the anecdotal details and general chit chat, but it is well worth the read. It gives a very interesting account of his life as a dancer and his importance as a teacher in the European world of ballet, something which I have rarely seen acknowledged anywhere, and feel slightly on a crusade now to promote! The only disappointment was that it didn't include any details of his school in London and how he developed his exercises and method of teaching, and consequently how it has become a recognised syllabus for dancers today.