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  • Kitri in Retrospect
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    Kitri in Retrospect

    There has been much talk about Don Quixote these days as the country’s premier classical dance company, Ballet Manila, gears up to stage the timeless ballet as their closing show for their 21st performance season. Of course, when one talks about Don Quixote, the subject of Kitri—the feisty Spanish female lead— always comes about. The iconic Kitri is fa...

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  • Don Quixote: Preparing for the Big One
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    Don Quixote: Preparing for the Big One

    Get ready for a show to end all shows. As the curtain falls on Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season, the country’s premier classical dance company is set to give everything they have for their big finale, which happens to be one of the most technically-challenging ballets ever made—Don Quixote. Happening on February 24 and 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and o...

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  • Starting Out Strong
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    Starting Out Strong

    ​Ballet Manila Opens 2017 with a Classic Masterpiece Opening the year in true Ballet Manila fashion, the country’s premier classical dance company is staging one of the world’s most colorful and enduring ballet pieces—Don Quixote. Happening on February 24 and 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Aliw Theater, Don Quixote is k...

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  • Don Quixote, the ballet
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    Don Quixote, the ballet

    By Lisa Macuja Don Quixote is marked by spirited dancing. Lisa Macuja as Kitri is partnered by American Ballet Theater’s Parrish Maynard as Basilio in this 1993 production. Ballet Manila caps its 21st season dubbed Revenge of the Classics with Don Quixote, one of the most popular productions in the classical ballet repertoire. It is also a favorite of Ba...

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  • Ballet Manila’s Top 5 moments of 2016
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    Ballet Manila’s Top 5 moments of 2016

    In the year that it marked its 21st anniversary, Ballet Manila continued to make its presence felt in the local and international dance scenes. From its pioneering productions to its participation in festivals and competitions, BM continues to affirm its reputation as the foremost classical ballet company in the country. Here’s a look-back at Ballet ...

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  • Jessa Balote Wins Aliw Award as Best Classical Dancer
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    Jessa Balote Wins Aliw Award as Best Classical Dancer

    Jessa Balote considers her Aliw Award as Best Classical Dancer as an early Christmas gift. Photo from Jessa Balote’s Facebook page Ballet Manila company artist Jessa Balote – who has become quite well-known for her real-life Cinderella story – won as Best Classical Dancer in the 29th Aliw Awards held November 30. Balote’s story as a scavenger...

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  • ‘Kutitap’ Sparkles at Star City
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    ‘Kutitap’ Sparkles at Star City

    Kutitap is the touching story of an angel who comes down to earth, assumes human form and interacts with people from all walks of life. Photo by Ocs Alvarez “Kutitap” is this year’s Circus D’Ballet offering of Star City.  A team-up of Ballet Manila and Star City circus artists, Kutitap, is a show that celebrates the spirit, joy and wonder of the Chris...

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  • Behind the Scenes: Ballet Manila’s Cinderella
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    Behind the Scenes: Ballet Manila’s Cinderella

    Get to know the work that goes behind creating a new take on a classic ballet “Cinderella and her stepsisters are in the forest gathering mushrooms for dinner. Sensing her presence, her animal friends come out of hiding to help her fill her basket. Later, Cinderella’s stepsisters steal the mushrooms that she and her animal friends gathered, leaving the ...

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  • Bibidi Babidi Boo: Relive the Magic of Your Childhood with Ballet Manila’s Cinderella
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    Bibidi Babidi Boo: Relive the Magic of Your Childhood with Ballet Manila’s Cinderella

    Watch the world’s most loved classic fairytale come to life on stage this holiday season! For the third act of its 21st performance season, Ballet Manila, the country’s premier classical dance company, is staging the undying story of the world’s most iconic princess, Cinderella. Happening on November 25, 26 and December 3 at 8:00 p.m. and November 27 an...

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  • BM dancers off to Beijing festival
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    BM dancers off to Beijing festival

    By Susan A. De Guzman Joshua Enciso, Marinette Franco, Nicole Barroso and Alvin Dictado have been chosen to represent Ballet Manila in the 2016 Beijing Dance Performance Series for Dance Schools. Their mentors, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, agree these kids embody talent, potential and good work ethic. Photo by Jimmy Villanueva After wowing audie...

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  • Five Kinds of Exercises that Will Help You Achieve A Ballerina Body
  • Five Hot Guys, One Stage
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    Five Hot Guys, One Stage

    These five gorgeous danseurs are out to steal the spotlight away from the ballerinas in Ballet Manila’s The Swan, The Fairy and the Princess This October 14-16, the country’s premier classical dance company, Ballet Manila, is staging a ballet that pays tribute to Peter Tchaikovsky—a.k.a. one of the world’s most distinguished composers of all time. Enti...

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