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Rita Angela Winder

At age 8, Rita started taking ballet in Edward Malagkit and Joy Coronel’s Dancer’s Inc. She then studied at the Philippine High School for the Arts where she trained under Nonoy Froilan, Victor Ursabia and Ronilo Jaynario. 

When she joined Ballet Philippines as a scholar, she took further training under Noordin Jumalon, Jeffrey Espejo and Gina Katigbak-Garcia. She performed lead roles for the CCP Dance School productions of Ang Pilya, A Forest Tale and Baroque Fantastique. Rita was promoted to the company in 2010. and has performed notable roles in Shifting Wait, Bungangsakit, and Don Quixote.

In 2014, Rita graduated from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the Bachelor of Performing Arts - Dance Program. She received the Luva Adameit Special Award at the NAMCYA Ballet Division twice, in 2009 and 2010. She was honored with Philstage’s Gawad Buhay Award in 2011 for Female Featured Performance in a Classical Dance Production for Sleeping Beauty and again in 2012 for Female Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production for Rama Hari. A versatile dancer, her memorable portrayals include featured roles in classical pieces such as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Mercedes in Don Quixote, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Myrtha in Giselle; and lead roles in modern works such as in Carlo Pacis' Shifting Wait, Alden Lugnasin's Bungansakit and Pusong Wagas, in Denisa Reyes' Everywoman and in Agnes Locsin's La Revolucion Filipina.