General Notices

COUNCIL NOTICES

2021, January

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

  • The CSSA HQ administration will invoice members directly.
  • Payments are to be received by the CSSA National Secretary no later than 31 March 2021.
  • All members of CSSA are kindly required to remit subscription payments directly to the CSSA bank account. Composite CSSA membership subscriptions, in conjunction with a corresponding list of renewing members, will be paid across to the ISTD, by the CSSA National Secretary, once per year.
  • Reference: Please state the member’s registered name.
  • Failure to make payment by due date will unfortunately result in the non-renewal of membership of the particular member by the ISTD, and thus forfeiture of the right to advertise credentials or enter examinations.
  • Members of CSSA who teach the Cecchetti Method in South Africa, but who enter ISTD examinations in another genre (eg. modern, tap etc), are required to submit a separate “top-up” membership fee directly to the ISTD.

2021 NATIONAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date: May 2021 – to be confirmed.

Location & venue: to be confirmed.

Time: to be confirmed.

NEW GRADE VARIATIONS TECHNICAL NOTES & MUSIC BOOK.

A new publication of the Grade Variation Book of Technical Notes and a separate new Grade Variation Music Book will be available early in February 2021.

The new Grade Variation Book of Technical Notes will be sent, free of charge, to all present Active Members and Associates who have already purchased the old book.

The new publication of the Grade Variation Music Book may be purchased from Headquarters. The Council of Management highly recommends that teachers obtain the new Grade Variation Music Book for pianists.

ANATOMY PAPERS

  • Application forms and entry fees are available from Headquarters.
  • Closing date of entry: 30 June 2021.
  • Examination date: Saturday 6 November 2021.

2021 EXAMINATION FEES

Examination fees will remain as per 2020 rates. Further information available from Headquarters.

COLLECTION OF EXAMINATION FEES

Teachers are urged to provide parents of examination candidates with an itemised breakdown of dues to be collected in respect of examinations.

Example: examination fee, administration fee, pianist fee and sum total.

LATE REMITTANCE OF SUBSCRIPTIONS & NON – ACCEPTANCE OF EXAMINATION ENTRIES

Members should be cognisant of the fact that regional secretaries are not permitted to accept examination entries from members whose proof of subscription payment indicates a date later than 31 March.

2021 RATES FOR OFFICIAL COURSES & ONGOING PRIVATE COACHING

  • Official Course Fees: Rates unchanged from 2020. Information available from Headquarters.
  • Ongoing Private Coaching: Rates unchanged from 2020. Information available from Headquarters

 

TEMPORARY CONCESSIONS APPLICABLE TO CSSA RULES IN 2021 AS A RESULT OF COVID-19

Please consult the notification sent to members in August 2020.

2021 CYRIL BEAUMONT VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

Members’ contribution rates in 2021 will remain the same as in 2020.

2021 MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS

During 2021, charges to members will remain the same as in 2020.

POSTPONEMENT OF 2021 SUMMER SCHOOL

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Summer School will regrettably be postponed to December 2022. Dates will be conveyed in due course.

POSTPONEMENT OF 2021 CYRIL BEAUMONT BURSARY AWARD COMPETITION

The 2021 Cyril Beaumont Bursary Award Competition will be held in 2022 at the time of the reconvened Summer School.

2020

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

I have pleasure in reporting on the principal interests and activities of the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa for the year.

Examination statistics reveal that a total of three thousand, four hundred and twenty-three candidates were entered for examinations throughout the country during 2019, the figure of which signifies two hundred and ninety-six fewer entrants than in 2018. A two-year cycle continues to be the norm and whilst a marginal decline in Grade, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced I, Associate, Licentiate Assessment, and Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma categories was evident, increased entries materialised in Test, Advanced II, Associate Diploma and Licentiate levels.

In the 2019 examination year, the region of Cape Town entered the most Test candidates, KwaZulu-Natal the greatest number of Grade and Vocational entries and Johannesburg the highest total of qualifying candidates.

Eleven members wrote Ms. Clare Faulkner’s related subjects’ papers last year and results were once again outstanding. Associate Diploma, Paper One was written by Carine Bonthuys, Chase Bosch, Angelique Dee, Nicole Dando, Johanna Greyling, Yolanda Kruger, Thabang Mabaso, Nadia van der Merwe, Jo-Anne Wyngaard and Heidi Pretorius. Congratulations are due to the top three achievers Angelique Dee, Carine Bonthuys and Yolanda Kruger, who scored 100%, 98% and 98%, respectively. Licentiate Paper Two was written by Shan Crawley, who achieved an exceptional mark of 99 %.

The highlight of the 2019 calendar was unequivocally the National Summer School, which took place at Hilton College, KwaZulu – Natal, from the 6th to the 12th of December, inclusive.

Mr. Ralph Tiaden, Manager of the Fleur de Lys Club and the Hilton College staff excelled, as always, to provide the Society with unstinting and meticulous organisational backing, whilst the KZN Summer School support committee delivered distinctive assistance in so many facets of preparation.

A popular guest teaching faculty, comprising Ms. Kate Simmons, Mr. Jonathan Payn, Ms. Nicolette Loxton, and Ms. Lynn Totham indisputably enriched both teacher and student attendees throughout the six-day convocation. CSSA’s Honoured Patron, Dr. Eduard Greyling delighted attendees with his co-ordination of a most enjoyable Coppélia mime workshop and further served on the esteemed panel to adjudicate the Cyril Beaumont Bursary Award Competition, as well as South Africa’s auditions for the 2020 CICB Competition.

Integral to the success of the Summer School was wonderful musical accompaniment provided by pianists, Mrs. Eirene Candy, Mr. Danie Fourie, Mr. Ferdi Geyer and Mr. Louis Maritz, whom we value more than words are able to express. The contributions of guest lecturers and participants such as Chase Bosch, Nicole Ferreira, Charmaine Holloway, Thabang Mabaso, Margie Marnewick and Matthew Willman gave selflessly of their time and expertise to further inspire attendees.

The incorporation of the Cyril Beaumont Bursary Competition, during Summer School, proved stimulating, with candidates, Donavin Cicatello (Johannesburg – student of Ms. José Pretorius), Tamlyn Preston (Johannesburg – student of Ms. Anneliese Venter) and Sumé Wille (Cape Town – 2

student of Mrs. Karen Koen-Jooste) ultimately reaching the finals. Congratulations are extended to Sumé Wille, who was the winner of the R65, 000.00 monetary awards.

The members of the Council of Management applaud and acknowledge those regional branches who tirelessly support Summer School initiatives, by means of the provision of generous subsidies to ensure that regional members are able to attend Summer School and, who furthermore, exhibit immense foresight by regularly donating funds towards the Cyril Beaumont Bursary fund, so as to foster the advancement of generations of future dancers in our country.

Years ago, as a young teenager, I was a member of the Girl Guide Movement, whose motto, “Be Prepared,” is a value I have striven to uphold during my life’s journey. I could not, however, have felt less prepared when the National State of Disaster was declared by South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on the 15th March 2020. As “lockdown” descended upon our nation, with resultant consequences to all members of this Society and, as we grappled with the complexities involved, the strength and support extended to me in abundance by the Council of Management and Office Administration was, and still is, phenomenal. I cannot adequately express the extent of my profound appreciation to them and, likewise, to you the members of CSSA, for your forbearance whilst, together with Council of Management and Office Administration, I endeavoured to comprehend all that was happening, in order to relay whatever guidance was available at any given time.

Council hopes that the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Course provided, free of charge, to members was helpful in some small way.

In June 2020, and in my capacity as Chair of Cecchetti International Classical Ballet I wrote:

“Cecchetti International Classical Ballet (CICB), could by no means have anticipated the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic which, in CICB’s twenty-third year of existence, has resulted in health and safety consequences for human beings throughout the world; devastated the global economy; and severely impaired both the well-being of the art of Classical Ballet and the livelihood of the dance fraternity, universally. Despite online initiatives, the situation has, in many instances, compromised the development of pedagogic and artistic dance training for thousands of children, teenagers, and young adults who are aspiring to the profession. A distinct example being the young dancers who were to participate in the CICB Competition which was to be hosted by Australia in July of this year.

Dancers and dance educators are, nevertheless, resilient, steadfast, and resourceful by nature! No less in this time of crisis!”

The hearts of CSSA members bleed for Megan de Oliveira (student of Mesdames Beverley and Kerry Hall), Teegan Megaw (student of Mrs. Karen Koen-Jooste), and Tarlia Samuels (student of Mesdames Yvonne Barker and Patricia McIntosh) who were selected by adjudicators Ms. Kate Simmons, Mr. Jonathan Payn and Dr. Eduard Greyling to take their places of honour to compete in the 2020 CICB competition. The aspiring dancers have suffered great disappointment as a result of the cancellation of the event, and we hope that their resilience and determination will result in the evolvement of other worthy opportunities for the advancement of their careers.

The deepest thoughts of the organisations of both CSSA and CICB are conveyed to Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc., and in particular, Australian delegates, Carole Hall, and Anne Butler, for the 3 the distressing situation in which they have been irrepressibly placed. Their strength and unwavering determination, during exceedingly difficult and escalating circumstances, are admired and greatly respected by us all.

As a result of complex pandemic developments, it has sadly become prudent for Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc. to postpone the hosting of the CICB Competition until July 2022.

Members of CSSA should be aware that consequent to the cancellation of CSSA examinations during 2020, no revenue from this source of activity will germinate for the period January 2020 to approximately mid-2021. The Society has, nevertheless, continued to uphold the payment of monthly salaries, wages, and honoraria, by means of drawing capital and/or interest from investments, if and when absolutely necessary.

Further to notifications previously sent to members, I confirm that, for economic reasons, Summer School 2021 has been postponed to 2022.

During Lockdown, the Council of Management and Office Administration have remained exceptionally busy.

A new CSSA web site is almost underway, and immeasurable gratitude is extended to Mrs. Elesia Ceronio for her many hours of committed involvement and patience to co-ordinate this enterprise.

In addition, a new publication of the Grade Variation Book of Technical Notes and, a separate new Grade Variation Music Book will imminently become available. The new Grade Variation Book of Technical Notes will be sent, free of charge, to all present Active Members and Associates (who have already purchased the old book). Members will be able to purchase the new publication of the Grade Variation Music Book from Headquarters. Further details will be notified in due course. My sincere thanks to Ms. Jennifer Louw for the unstinting dedication of her time to oversee the music publication as well as to assist with typing and proof-reading of technical notes.

It is an honour and privilege to serve as a council member and as National Chairman of CSSA. I am acutely appreciative of your continued trust in me and in the members of the Council of Management. I restate incalculable thanks to all those who selflessly and significantly continue to contribute to the posterity of this Society and to the affinity of its people.

For loyal and interminable service to the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa, thank you in particular:

Each and every Member; Regional Office Bearers and Committee Members; Mrs. Wendy Merrington, Administrative Assistant; Mrs. Vassendi Nadasen, Administrative Assistant; Mrs. Margie Marnewick, Magazine Editor; Mesdames Zanelle Wessels and Elesia Ceronio, Facebook Administrators, The Board of Examiners; Mrs. Phillips, National Secretary; and, not least of all, the Council of Management elect, namely: the Vice National Chairman, Mrs. Yvonne Barker; Mrs. Elesia Ceronio; Ms. Jennifer Louw and Ms. José Pretorius.

Gail Myburgh

 

NATIONAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date:
Sunday 22 November 2020 at 11:00 via Zoom Meeting

CICB COMPETITION, AUSTRALIA, 2022
Due to COVID-19, members were informed of the postponement of the 2020 Cecchetti International Classical Ballet (CICB) Competition and Conference to July 2022.

ISTD SUBSCRIPTIONS

SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO THE CECCHETTI SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (CSSA)

Active Membership

Joint Membership

Non-Active Membership

London Life Membership

PROTOCOL FOR REMITTANCE OF SUBSCRIPTIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE CECCHETTI SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (CSSA)

  • All members of CSSA are to pay annual subscriptions directly to the CSSA National Secretary, Mrs. Eileen Phillips, using the CSSA bank account.
  • CSSA members will always receive an invoice from CSSA Headquarters for annual subscriptions.
  • No member of CSSA should pay subscriptions directly to the ISTD.
  • Mrs. Phillips sends subscriptions from CSSA members compositely to the ISTD, together with a corresponding list of members who have paid.

ANATOMY PAPERS

APPLICATION FORMS
Available from Headquarters.

ENTRY FEES
Available from Headquarters.

CLOSING DATE OF ENTRY
30 June annually.

EXAMINATION DATE
Generally the first Saturday in November, annually.

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