Nonoy Froilan Ballet Master
Nonoy Froilan was known as the Philippines’ premier danseur for three decades. He essayed all the leading roles in classical and contemporary ballet partnering world-renowned prima ballerinas such as Margot Fonteyn and Yoko Morishita. Major works have been choreographed on him by foreign and local choreographers and his performances earned him worldwide acclaim.
Nonoy choreographs ballets, musicals, operas, zarzuelas and comedias for dance and theater companies. He served as executive member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Dance Committee. He is a faculty member of the Philippine High School for the Arts and holds master classes for major ballet schools and companies. He serves as judge in various dance festival competitions and facilitates technique and choreography workshops all over the Philippines.
As a film and video director, he is a First Prize winner of the CCP Alternative Film and Video Competition. He runs his own video company that documents performances nationwide. As an actor, he portrayed the role of Macbeth in CCP Tanghalang Pilipino’s Macbeth and leading roles in independent films such as Paul Morales’ Concerto and Peque Gallaga’s Agaton & Mindy.
With the sponsorship of the NCCA and the CCP Outreach Program, Nonoy recently spearheaded the Heritage Mapping Seminars and the Pahoy Pahoy Street Dance Festival in his hometown, Calbiga, Samar. He continues to share his expertise with students all over the Philippines in dance technique and creative movement workshops.
For his invaluable contribution to the arts, Nonoy received the City of Manila’s Outstanding Artist Award and the University of the East Outstanding Alumni Award among others.
Ramon Victoria Ballet Master
Monette, as he is fondly called, started dancing with Leonor Orosa-Goquinco’s Filipinescas Folkloric Dance Company in 1973 then joined Dance Concert Company under Eric V. Cruz and Vella Damian from 1974 to 1976. He then went on to perform with Ballet Philippines from 1977-1999 where he has a list of major and demi-character roles to his credit. After which, he shifted to a jazz-contemporary ballet career with the Powerdance Company of Douglas Nierras.
Since his retirement from performing, he has been a regular CCP Summer Dance Workshop faculty member handling male technique, company, and partnering classes. Monette was among the first of the three awardees of Ballet Philippines’ Endowment Fund Program.
He was one of the ballet masters and prime movers of Tapestry, a Christian Gospel-based dance group, and was a former Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines.