Earl John Arisola
EJ’s formal dance training began in 2001 in North Fundidor, Molo, Iloilo City. He entered the Philippine High School for the Arts scholarship program in 2004 and graduated with an Artistic Excellence Award. In 2007, he was a finalist at the 2007 NAMCYA Junior Ballet Category. Joining Ballet Philippines as a scholar in 2008, and already then having the chance to dance in key comapny productions even as a scholar, he quickly rose the ranks of the company after sucessfuly portraying lead roles becoming a member in 2010, a soloist in 2012, and a principal dancer in 2013.
Some of his most notable principal performances with the company in modern works include the title character in Crisostomo Ibarra, Luyong in Pusong Wagas, Andres Bonifacio in La Revolucion Filipina and Rock Supremo, the Groom in Norman Walker's Songs of a Wayfarer and the solo in Max Luna's Cold Song. In classical ballets, he has portrayed Espada in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming in Cinderella. For his roles, he won 2 Gawad Buhay awards: the Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production Award for Rama Hari in 2013, and the Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Rock Supremo in 2014.