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Jean Marc Cordero
Jean Marc Cordero
JM discovered dance while he was a Theater Arts major at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He performed the lead in Agnes Locsin's collaborative dance-drama Ang Hatol ng Guhit na Bilog, which he performed at the 8th Asian Arts Festival in China. He joined BP as a scholar in 2004 and, training under the tutleage of Noordin Jumalon, was promoted to apprentice a year later. In 2007, after competimg at the 9th New York International Ballet Competition, he was named company member. While dancing with BP, he completed the Bachelor of Performing Arts Major in Dance from De La Salle—College of Saint Benilde.
A Principal Dancer since 2010, he has received local and international acclaim. He has won three Gawad Buhay! Awards respectively for his portrayals of the title role in Crisostomo Ibarra, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, and Albrecht in Giselle. Aside from these roles, for the company he has also performed the principal roles in its iconic modern ballets such as Agnes Locsin's La Revolucion Filipina, Alice Reyes' Rama Hari, Locsin's Encantada and Edna Vida's Peter Pan, and in classical ballets such as Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Coppelia and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Also internationally awarded, he was the first Filipino male to reach the semifinals at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition, won the Lead role in a Russian Ballet performance at the First Boston International Ballet Competition in 2010, the Special Jury Award for Best Pas de Deux Technique at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition in Finland, and was a semi-finalist at the 1st Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition.