Cecchetti Midwest Ballet

Spotlight for Success – Chloe Holzman

September 13, 2016

Chloe Holzman

Chloe Holzman danced at Northwest Ballet Academy for 15 years. She was involved in ballet, character, jazz, modern, tap, and the Cecchetti Syllabus.
Chloe Holzmann
Chloe graduated from Levels 1-7 in the Cecchetti Syllabus. Over the years, she has performed in the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble Nutcracker and various performances through Northwest Ballet Academy. Major roles include Doll soloist, Trepak soloist, and Spanish soloist in The Nutcracker, Dawn in Coppelia, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Nikiya in La Bayadere, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has participated in summer intensives such as The Cecchetti Council of America summer intensive at Hope College, Ballet Theatre Midwest, Ballet Met, and Ballet West. She is now at the University of Utah as a ballet major, music minor.

Chloe feels that Cecchetti has provided strength and consistency in her dancing. Thanks to her work in the method, she was able to not only become a part of the University of Utah Ballet Department, but also be considered a choreographer in the department and have her work produced on stage. Her training in the Cecchetti method lends itself to creating a solid basis of technique from which Chloe can dance, allowing her to branch out into various methods and styles.

Her goal is to teach and choreograph professionally.


Spotlight for Success – Lynn Brennan Tabor

Lynn TaborLynn Brennan Tabor and the Cecchetti Method

Being raised in the Cecchetti method was a great springboard for my dive into the world
of professional dance. The syllabus is so comprehensive. After the accomplishment of passing all of the student grades I felt that I was in possession of a vast dance vocabulary. That aspect certainly served me well as I was called upon to learn various styles of choreography as a professional dancer.

One of my most salient memories of the Cecchetti syllabus was the demanding adage work. It required such stamina and strength. Practicing those adages for exams instilled a lot of discipline. When I got into a dance company I realized how much I would practice sections of choreography over and over again, and I know this was a direct result of my Cecchetti training.

For me, the “icing on the cake” was the approach used by my Cecchetti teacher, Sylvia Hamer. She was an extremely elegant woman, and all of the steps she showed us were colored by this extraordinary elegance. Throughout my career people often remarked on my discipline and said that I had an elegant bearing. I believe the Cecchetti experience and Mrs. Hamer helped me to achieve the qualities that led to a successful career in ballet.


About Lynn Brennan Tabor

Lynn TaborMs. Tabor began her classical ballet training in the Cecchetti method with Sylvia Hamer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Canada to study on scholarship at the School of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and subsequently danced with the company. From Winnipeg, Lynn moved to Montreal to dance with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and from there, to Cleveland to dance with the Cleveland Ballet. She performed soloist roles in ballets by many well known choreographers including George Balanchine, Leonid Massine, Dennis Nahat and Agnes de Mille. Lynn has been guest teacher and choreographer for the Cecchetti Council of America’s international summer conference since 1995. In August 1997 she taught a choreographic workshop for the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lynn has been on the faculty of Ballet Arts Center in Long Beach, California, New Jersey Ballet School, School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and Cleveland State University dance program. She was director of the Dance Department at the Cleveland Music School Settlement for five years until June 2003 when she relocated to Portland Oregon. She is currently associate artistic director of Pacific Festival Ballet.

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