Her technique created dancers in the Russian tradition, but with the softness of the Italian Cecchetti school’s arm placements and style. Her dancers were known for her trademark strong legs and the “old school” romantic port de bras, or arm movement.
Mr. Belcher was an excellent teacher who had studied the principles of Enrico Cecchetti, the Italian ballet ... If Madame could come by and move someone's elbow, the position was wrong. She was insistent on port de bras, and she told us the reason her.
I began attending dance classes at age 4, and I've passed Cecchetti exam grades I ... around me let their fingers flutter playfully while doing arm movements -- Port de Bras -- I could hear my old instructor, Johnny Cavelle, barking, "Keep your fingers.
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