Michigan Dance Archives: Cecchetti Council of America Records

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16.25 linear feet (9SB, 2.5MB, 5OS)

The Cecchetti Council of America (CCA) is a membership-based dance education organization, established in 1939, dedicated to maintaining the standards and methods of ballet training established by Cavalier Enrico Cecchetti. The CCA provides a system of accredited examinations to assess the knowledge, proficiency and quality of teacher and student candidates, with the purpose of raising the standard of ballet teaching throughout the United States. The CCA is run by a National Executive Board of Directors (NEBD), with examinations overseen by the Board of Examiners (BOE), and has offices based in Flat Rock, MI, as of 2022. The NEBD oversees teacher training and syllabi, organizes classes and seminars, and provides liaison with the regional Committees. The records in this collection reflect that work on a national level, with correspondence, administrative documents, NEBD minutes and records, and historical documents. The work of the various Committees around the country is also reflected in administrative documents and meeting minutes, as well as records of events and performances. The collection also includes some photographs, posters and books. Audio-visual materials such as videotapes, film reels, vinyl records, and DVD/CDs have been transferred to the Reuther AV Department. The CCA Records reflect the wide-ranging importance and influence of the Cecchetti Method of teaching and of the CCA nationally and internationally.

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