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  • 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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  • Opening the Doors to a World of Global Dance Education
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    Opening the Doors to a World of Global Dance Education

    The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila spreads its wings to Quezon City The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila recently opened the doors of its new school in Quezon City — its first outside of Pasay City. Conveniently located at the fourth floor of Fisher Mall, the new school fulfills Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s long-standing wish to bring ...

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  • A Masters’ Class: Ballet Manila’s The Swan, The Fairy and the Princess To Feature Renowned Master Artists
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    A Masters’ Class: Ballet Manila’s The Swan, The Fairy and the Princess To Feature Renowned Master Artists

    The second act for the 21st performance season of the country’s leading ballet company, Ballet Manila, will bring together some of today’s most esteemed names in the international and local art scene for an unforgettable showcase of talent and mastery of their respective crafts. A production that pays tribute to one of the world’s most distinguished co...

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  • A ballerina’s unexpected adventures
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    A ballerina’s unexpected adventures

    By Katherine Barkman With the ordeal of the past days over, Katherine Barkman and partner Rudy De Dios share a hearty laugh after dancing Le Corsaire at the Ballet Stars in Jurmala Gala (A lost passport, lost luggage, getting lost – Katherine Barkman writes about the things she and fellow Ballet Manila principal artist Rudy De Dios had to contend with on ...

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  • Offstage: Boys just wanna have fun
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    Offstage: Boys just wanna have fun

    They just have to keep on dancing! Ballet Manila artists love their craft so much that even when they’re away from the stage, they end up busting a move, trying out some steps or at least striking a ballet pose or two. After months spent preparing for the 2016 Asian Grand Prix and the hectic week of the competition itself, Ballet Manila’s 18-m...

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  • Offstage: Reunion dance
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    Offstage: Reunion dance

    They just have to keep on dancing! Ballet Manila artists love their craft so much that even when they’re away from the stage, they end up busting a move, trying out some steps or at least striking a ballet pose or two. Sofia Costales and twins Jasmine Pia Dames and Jessica Pearl Dames have been friends since their elementary school days in Biñan, L...

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  • Offstage: Francis Cascaño
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    Offstage: Francis Cascaño

    They just have to keep on dancing! Ballet Manila artists love their craft so much that even when they’re away from the stage, they end up busting a move, trying out some steps or at least striking a ballet pose or two. Ballet Manila is no stranger to joining international festivals. It’s an opportunity for the dancers to display their mettle in a sh...

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  • My favorite dance movie: Gerardo Francisco
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    My favorite dance movie: Gerardo Francisco

    Any Body Can Dance focuses on a group of young people who must battle the odds to triumph in a dance competition. From Billy Elliot to Black Swan, dance has provided an intense backdrop to some of the big screen’s most emotional stories. Dancers, in turn, are inspired by films which revolve on their chosen calling. In this series, the artists of Ballet Ma...

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  • Joan Emery Sia: Happiest when dancing sad ballets
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    Joan Emery Sia: Happiest when dancing sad ballets

    By Michele T. Logarta Joan says of Giselle: “If you open your heart a little, you can feel it and appreciate its beauty and simplicity.” Ballet Manila company artist Joan Emery Sia relishes the tragic and the sad when it comes to ballets. She favors Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadere over the happy and lively ballets. “As dancers, we k...

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  • Katherine Barkman Essays the role of President Cory
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    Katherine Barkman Essays the role of President Cory

    The late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino is the most iconic personality associated with the 1986 Edsa Revolution. Katherine Barkman, Ballet Manila principal dancer, once again essays the role of President Cory.  She talks about her process and reflections, as well as the challenges, presented by portraying one of Philippine history’s most compelli...

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  • Ballet Manila principal dancer, Rudy de Dios, reprises his role as the late Senator Benigno Aquino Sr.
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    Ballet Manila principal dancer, Rudy de Dios, reprises his role as the late Senator Benigno Aquino Sr.

    Ballet Manila principal dancer, Rudy de Dios, reprises his role as the late Senator Benigno Aquino Sr. in the repeat performances of Martin Lawrance’s “Rebel : EDSA 30”, an original ballet that is an amalgam of “Spartacus” and the events that lead to the 1986 EDSA Revolution.  Rudy reflects on that time of our country’s history and the challenge o...

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  • BM’s ‘OFW’ draws raves in Shanghai dance fest
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    BM’s ‘OFW’ draws raves in Shanghai dance fest

    Ballet Manila’s Gerardo Francisco (left) and Anselmo Dictado (right) are welcomed to the Shanghai festival by administrative director Frank Fu. Ballet Manila’s performance interpreting the difficulties faced by overseas Filipino workers drew raves at the recently concluded First Shanghai International Contemporary Dance Festival. BM principal a...

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