BP Principal Dancer Katherine Trofeo hangs up her pointe shoes

As the curtain fell on the last show of Ballet Philippines’ Sapphire Season, the company bid a tearful farewell to esteemed principal dancer, Katherine Trofeo. The dancers, scholars, and artistic team led by Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales presented her with roses onstage, one by one as a video highlighting Katherine and her extraordinary artistry.

Fondly called “Mommy Kit”, she is an inspiration to everyone around her. As a principal dancer, she not only showcases exceptional dance technique and exquisite artistry, but she also possesses a wonderful character which translates into her dancing. Whenever she performs onstage, she never fails to captivate with her ability to take on a role and give it new life with her own interpretation. Her portrayal of the psychic vampire, Gonongleda in “MANHID: The Pinoy Superhero Musical” has been described as transformative. Gonongleda was her final role as principal dancer of Ballet Philippines.


Katherine started taking ballet at the age of 8 under Amelia Yulo and turned professional at the age of 15 with mentor Enrico Labayen’s Lab Project. Katherine has worked with the finest choreographers and teachers including  Alan Hineline, Max Luna III, Anatoli Panasiukov, Gener Karingal, Ida Beltran, Tony Fabella, Maiqui Manosa, Nonoy Froilan, Edna Vida, Denisa Reyes, Paul Morales, Irene Sabas, Anna Villadolid, Thomas Mayr, Jean Paul Comelin,  Jean Paul Comelin, Graham Lustig, Stefan Hoff, David Campos Cantero, Michael Chernov, and Gelsey Kirkland.

With Philippine Ballet Theatre, she received praise from critics for her performances as Esmeralda in the Asian premiere of  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kitri in Don Quixote, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Odette- Odile in Swan Lake,  Ballerina in Paquita, and Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly.  She has also performed in featured roles in Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, including the Romeo and Juliet Project and Payatas: Point Counterpoint, a dance video project of Beltran and film director Carlitos Siguion Reyna during the Global Dance 2002 World Dance Alliance Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Katherine joined BP in 2008 and performed lead roles such as Swanilda in Coppelia, Marie in The Nutcraker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Maria Clara in Crisostomo Ibarra, Manda in Pusong Wagas, Sita in Rama Hari, Dryad Queen, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Giselle.

She was twice nominated for Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Awards in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Encantada and Female Lead Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Carlo Pacis’ Mithi, and again nominated for the same award in 2012 for her lead performance in Rama Hari. The role of Titania in Pacis’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream was created on her.


This, however, is not a goodbye. Katherine will continue to teach Intermediate Ballet in the Ballet Philippines Dance School’s Summer Dance Workshop, and has this to say to the supporters of Ballet Philippines:


“I look forward to watching the younger dancers bloom and find their own voices in our art form. BP has always had this culture of excellence and passion for dance. I was very privileged to have experienced that and humbled by how the creators of the company along with past directors and ex-dancers keep giving and passing on their knowledge to the current generation. I look forward to being part of that...of those who keep coming back and helping "the family" out.”

Be a BRAVO volunteer this summer!

It's that time of year again! If you're looking for experience in dance school management, theater production, stage management, or a Ballet Philippines fan who wants to know its ins and outs, then join us as a BRAVO Volunteer in the 46th CCP Summer Dance Workshop! 
Apply by March 31, 2015 to be considered for the CCP summer internship. Grab this chance to get to know the country's premier dance company and be part of its rich history!

Send your resumé, a recommendation letter from your school, and a cover letter describing why you'd like to work here to Rubylee Gomez at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . (Please format all materials as PDFs.) Be sure to put "BRAVO Volunteers SDW15 Internship Application" in the subject line. High school students are not eligible.

Ballet Philippines Fundraiser: Important Philippine Art

Ballet Philippines and Salcedo Auctions team up on Important Philippine Art this March 7



Grace. Poise. Strength: qualities shared by Salcedo Auctions and Ballet Philippines. Working together on a shared vision of nurturing the best Filipino dance talents, Salcedo Auctions offers artworks to benefit the country’s flagship classical and contemporary dance company. The Important Philippine Art sale, the marquee event of the country’s only internationally-recognized auction house, once again delivers a meticulously assembled selection of paintings, watercolors, original fine prints, and sculpture.

Among the catalogue of Important Philippine Art are over 20 handpicked pieces (marked “BP”) whose sale will help support Ballet Philippines’ dancers and scholars. Included in the lineup are works such as Ramon Orlina’s “Pas de Deux”, Sandra Gfeller’s “White Swan”, Ferdinand Cacnio’s “Ballerina in White”, and Ferdinand Montemayor’s “The Dance”, among others. These pieces were collected by Ballet Philippines President Margie Moran Floirendo and Trustee Dr. Joven Cuanang. The catalogue may be viewed online at theSalcedo Auctions website.

Established in 2010, Salcedo Auctions, situated in the fashionable enclave of Salcedo Village in Manila’s financial district of Makati, is the only auction house in the Philippines to specialize in the sale of fine art, jewelry, decorative arts and collectible accessories by leading local and international artists and artisans.

Founded in 1969 by Alice Reyes with the support of Eddie Elejar and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ballet Philippines is the country’s premier dance company and is known worldwide for its repertoire of classical and modern pieces. Its school, the CCP Dance School, continues to produce dancers of international caliber.

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:

Facebook:      www.facebook.com/balletphilippines

Twitter:          @balletph

Instagram:     @balletphilippines

YouTube:       https://www.youtube.com/user/balletph

The 45th Anniversary Sapphire Season. Rare scenes of power and grace. Love, valour and redemption. Under the artistic directorship of Paul Alexander Morales, this is a toast to 45 years of dance excellence! 



Hugot sa Rosas


Ballet Philippines 2 presents “Hugot sa Rosas” featuring Vincent de Jesus’ “Songs to Slash Your Wrist By”. This collection of dance pieces choreographed and performed by dancers of Ballet Philippines’ junior performing company, translates the songs of de Jesus’ album into movement form. It tackles the Filipino concept of hugot - an action of taking inspiration from one’s own personal experiences and emotions, especially in love, in order to produce works of art. A Valentine's Day treat premiering works by Rita Winder, Erl Sorilla, Gia Gequinto, Edana Labitoria, Boni Guerrero, Danilo Dayo, John Ababon and Corinne Siniguian, it includes songs by Noel Cabangon, OJ Mariano, Aiza Seguerra and Daryl Reyes.



Feb 14 & 15 @9pm



Ballet Philippines Studio 1 (near the Folk Arts Theater), Liwasang Ulalim, Pedro Bukaneg St., CCP Complex, Pasay City


Congratulations to our new batch of scholars!

45th Season SY14-15

Scholars’ List

(as of Jan. 13, 2015)



Assignment of classes and schedule, contract signing and registration begins Jan. 13, 2015.

Deadline of registration is on Jan. 20, 2015. Failure to register and submit the contract without prior notice will mean forfeiting the scholarship.

Applicants who are not listed are welcome to enroll in CCPDS classes with a 30% financial grant on tuition fees provided by Ballet Philippines Foundation, Inc.


Company Scholars

Tangalin, Eloisa Jessa

Alcantara, Maria Regina Micaela

Cuerpo, Georgia Ysobel

Albay, Niño Chadnezzar

Gumban, Renee Carmela (CSB)

Roque, Lea Klariza (CSB)

Faustino, Maria Criselda

Liwanes, Yeda

Almeda, Jean

Razon, Rosanne Mikhaela


CCPDS Full Scholars

Kison, Ma. Criselda

Mercado, Jacqueline

De Guzman, Natasha Danielle Sachiko

Polias, Ace Christian Emmanuel

Andes, Ana Graciela

Kwak, Hyo-Sang

Bondoc, Daniella

Santos, Karla Marie

Jacob, Katlyn Kate

Bonto, Victor

Ramos, Daphne Nicoleitte

Batto, Katherine Marie

Liong, Maria Louisa Herminia


CCPDS Half Scholars

Estoria, Alyssa Kaye

Solomon, Mines Christian

Yang, Dong-Jin

Laride, Jessa-Ann

Vizmonte, Gabrielle Marie

Laride, Jessa-Bel

Suarez, Sofia Iliana

Agcambert, Jelliam Stevenson

Brion, Christelle Rae Julinne

Cajandab, Mary Joy

Chan, Megan Marie

Laurel, Carissa Victoria

Zaragoza, Bianca

Reyes, Anna Francesca (CSB)

Francisco, Carissa Mara (CSB)

Clemente, Pauline

Dukha, Ma. Ermella

Aquino, Kathleen Mae

Valenzuela, Marielle (CSB)


CCPDS Full Scholars (ages 9-13)

Arguelles, Maria Venezia

Hervas, Gianna Venice

Shy, Isabel

Iñigo, Maureen Joyce

Riego, Therese

Austria, Jemimah

Alipalo, Camille

Uy, Christianne Mariana

Entico, Gaea Ayn Maui

Andes, Jos Daniel

Salazar, Allen Immanuel Ryce

Reyes, Iliana

Andes, Jos David


CCPDS Half Scholars (ages 9-13)

Buhia, Idelle Lauryn

Miranda, Michelle Katherine

Gomez, Julianne

Año, Dhaniella Nicole

Isada, Mykhaela Khrisher


Male Scholarship Program

Villanueva, Pope

Dela Torre, Rolando

Viceda, Arvin

Epan, Marc Angelo

Hall, Lancelot Vincent

De Hitta, Alwyn Joshua

Timkang, Erick Johann

Mateo, John Rick

Bondoc, Kristopher Jayson

Abaño, Michael Bryan

(Photos by Corinne Siniguian)