- Published on Friday, 31 July 2015 01:14
- Written by Cheska Reyes
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.
- Published on Friday, 24 July 2015 06:38
- Written by Lea Klariza D. Roque
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 06:30
- Written by Alyssa Estoria
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 06:09
- Written by Christianne Mariana J. Uy
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.
- Published on Saturday, 11 July 2015 09:24
- Written by Ballet Philippines