Young Dancers Speak: Milestone

Some of my friends who have known me for long like to tease me about what kind of person I was when I first started dancing. I don’t blame them, because it’s kind of a funny story. Once upon a time, I was the sad little weirdo in class, who didn’t know a tendu from a jeté. My hair fell out of its bun constantly. My leotard didn’t fit right.

We're all familiar with that ghost of a girl who slithers around and lurks at the back of the studio, terrified of being seen; the one who stands behind everyone else, cowering like a deer caught in the headlights. Basically, Little-Miss-Please-God-Make-Me-Invisible? Well, much as it pains me to say it now, not so long ago, that girl was me. That was a point in my life when I literally thought that there was no way to make a dancer of me; absolutely none. After all, I had the neurotic grace of a slug and the elegance of a moose.

Fortunately though, I also had the heart of a dreamer. As often as I could, I would sneak down to the Rehearsal Hall, and watch the older dancers, only wishing with all my heart I could be like them. It wasn’t too long after that I realized that wishing for something is only going half way. Doing something to make your wish come true constitutes the next step. So I straightened myself out. I put my hair in a bun, got a leotard that fit, and finally stood where people could actually see me. But my appearance wasn't all I had to fix. Most dancers start at 3 or 4. I started at 12 1/2, and it was obvious from the start that I had a LOT of work to do.

It’s been said that ballet is 5% talent and 95% hard work. The way I saw it, the 5% of talent I lacked could be compensated for if I put in 100% hard work. It wasn’t always easy, and sometimes I wanted to quit altogether, but something in my heart just wouldn’t let me.

Three years later, I stand in the Rehearsal Hall, with some of the dancers who I once admired so much, just inches away from me. The best part is knowing that I have earned my place amongst them; that I belong with them.

Unbeknown to my classmates, sometimes when I look at myself in the studio mirror, I don’t see me anymore. Instead, I see a young girl, not quite thirteen years old yet. Her pale blue leotard hangs off of one shoulder, and tendrils of hair have fallen loose from her bun. Her head is bowed, and she looks almost shy; but she slowly lifts her chin to look at me. I smile at her, and acknowledge her as if she is an old friend. She smiles right back at me. She doesn't make a sound or speak, but a whisper in my heart tells me that every day I get one step closer to making her fondest wish come true.

Young Dancers Speak: My Ballet Dream

Ever since I became a scholar here in CCP Dance School, and got exposed to professional dancing, I have been seeing everyday as an opportunity to improve myself. I always try to work hard and smart each time I come to class because I want to be the best. So my ultimate Ballet dream is to win the competition within me.


I know that would make me reach my goals like winning competitions, essaying my dream classical roles and maybe also having the opportunity to dance for Ballet companies in and outside the country. I won’t be settling for anything less because I will not compare myself with anybody, but only to the person I was yesterday. That is why I will just keep this hope in me and if I keep on having this outlook, I can be the best.

Young Dancers Speak: The Magic of Dance

I dance because there’s no greater feeling in the world when you know that it came from the heart and you are doing what you love. Knowing that, from the very first to the last day you've always had the SAME DREAM to succeed.

I’ve been watching Ballet Philippines since I was 4 and every time I watch the dancers on stage, I can also feel the “magic” or the joy and excitement that they have executed well to the audience. I started this very indescribable dream when I unquestionably joined the CCP Dance School, considering it as my first step as I explore dance more. 

Every Ballerina has a dream and to make this dream come true, we need to push ourselves and work hard for it. I dreamed of dancing with the older ballerinas and danseurs whom I always look up to, savor every moment on a very prestigious theater in the Philippines, to dance without any anxiety, to experience a summer intensive in America (NYC), improve more on my technique, be more flexible in body and mind, and not to dance better than the others but only to try to dance better than myself. Those are just some of my dreams as a dancer.

As Misty Copeland said, “You must have the passion, strength and belief that you can become anything.” ALWAYS DREAM! I'm happy and got more inspired that I get to give my skills back to God, because He gave me the wonderful passion for dance.

Young Dancers Speak: Why is summer more fun in CCPDS?

Summer in CCPDS has always been fun for me. I get to meet new friends while enjoying what I love most - dancing.


Four years ago, I never thought I would go this far. Some people think ballet isn’t fun, but for me it is very rewarding. Yes, it entails a lot of hard work and perseverance because of long hours of dance classes, but it keeps me busy during summer. No academics, but hey, I’m still learning a lot because we have [a] lecture series too.


Our 2-day recital is the best part of my summer with CCPDS. It will showcase all our hard work during classes, and dancing onstage gives me a lot of excitement. I believe everyone looks forward to this day.

Dancing the whole summer with my friends while learning a lot from only the best ballet teachers makes every summer in CCPDS more fun.

10 Signs of Spring to Watch Out For in BP's 46th Season

Spring is coming at Ballet Philippines this year.  ‘Tis the time for fresh starts and revitalized spirits. Here are ten reasons to keep a close watch on BP’s 46th season, Dance Spring [Pagsibol].
1. A new generation of dancers is on the rise.
With the marked blossoming of young talent in the past season, 8 dancers have risen in the company’s ranks: Denise Parungao is the newest Junior Principal Dancer, Cyril Aran Fallar rises to the rank of Principal Soloist, Monica Amanda Gana and Jemima Sanielle Reyes are promoted as Junior Soloists, Mark Anthony Grantos and Christopher Niño Royeca become Company Members, and Ian Nick Tiba and Stephanie Eunice Cabral are now Junior Company Members. The company also welcomes six new apprentices into Ballet Philippines II.
2. BP alumnus Enrico Labayen returns to Ballet Philippines with “Cloth”.
A dance of two men that investigates missed opportunities for meaningful connections and unrequited emotions, “Cloth” won Labayen the 1997 Isadora Duncan award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Labayen studied and danced with Ballet Philippines before pursuing a dance career in the United States. A staunch AIDS advocate, Labayen is HIV positive himself. “Cloth” will be part of the mixed bill, Body Positive + set for September.
3. Talents blossom as “Hugot Sa Rosas” makes a comeback at the CCP Little Theater.
After a successful two-night run at BP Studio One, the company and BP II brings  “Hugot Sa Rosas” to the theater at last. Ready your heart, as the dances set to Vince De Jesus’ “Songs to Slash Your Wrist By” are sure to plunge you into the depths of love. The show will run for one night only, on September 20.
4. Music, movement, and film come together and bear fruit in “Where the Light Settles”.
A short film comprised of three music videos, “Where the Light Settles” stars Denise Parungao and Timothy Paul Cabrera. Through the direction of AJ Orlina and choreography by Paul Alexander Morales, Gillianne Therese Gequinto, and Erl Emmanuel Sorilla, it explores a couple’s struggle brought about by mental illness.  Where the Light Settles is a Ballet Philippines and Sindikato presentation of an Alter the Native and Smashed Pumpkin Projects film. It will be shown during “Hugot Sa Rosas”.
5. Rajo Laurel weaves Philippine fashion and fabric into Sarong Banggi.
No tulle and spandex this time – Rajo Laurel is set to design the costumes for BP’s October production, Sarong Banggi. For this weekend-long production run, Filipino choreographers, dancers, music, and fashion come together in a lavish celebration of Philippine art.
6. Fly to Neverland this Christmas!
All it takes is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust (care of renowned aerialists Flying by Foy), and we’re off! We’re thrilled to be bringing Neverland back to our stage for the sixth time. Our Christmas will be truly magical thanks to our adventures with Peter Pan, the Darlings, and the Lost Boys this December!
7. Art fills the stage in Opera: A Rebirth in Arabesque.
With the quality and quantity of contemporary Filipino artists rising into the spotlight, the Philippine art scene has never been more vibrant than it is today. Ballet Philippines takes part in a new and exciting collaboration between artists and art forms – Opera: A Rebirth in Arabesque. Redha Benteifour and Alden Lugnasin are set to transform Gabriel Barredo’s surrealist installation entitled “Opera” into a contemporary ballet for the CCP Main Theater stage in February.
8. Ballet Philippines represents at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Hawaii.
On the first of many international trips BP is set to make this season, the company is set to showcase its unique and diverse repertoire at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, hosted by the University of Hawaii. Ballet Philippines is one of two dance companies participating in the festival. To foster cultural exchange, our Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales will be facilitating lectures as well as teaching classes in repertoire and technique.
9. “Master Pieces” travels to the Middle East.
After touring the US West Coast and Canada last season, BP brings its critically acclaimed “Master Pieces” to four cities in the Middle East, namely: Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Manama, Bahrain; and Doha, Qatar. This trip is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
10. New partnerships expand the Ballet Philippines Dance School across the metro.
Aside from the established studios in CCP and SM Aura, BPDS establishes ties with dance & fitness studios within Metro Manila to bring its unique brand of ballet, contemporary dance, and dance fitness classes to a wider market. Watch out for BP-taught classes in Daloy Dance Studio and Pasig Youth Development Center.
Ballet Philippines (BP) is the flagship professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country. A resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it was founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. It is widely recognized today as a cornerstone of the contemporary Filipino identity. The Ballet Philippines Dance School continues to produce dancers of international caliber. 
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BP celebrates its 46th anniversary season under the direction of Paul Alexander Morales. Witness the rise of a new generation of Philippine dance in Dance Spring [Pagsibol].
See you at the ballet!