Ballet Philippines Dance School – Victoria Sports
The BP Dance School - Victoria Sports is the satellite school of BPDS located at Victoria Sports Complex, Quezon City. Classes are offered in Play Dance, Baby Ballet, Pre-Beginners Ballet, Philippine Ballet Syllabus, Adult Ballet, Adult Contemporary, Adult Jazz, Ballet Barre, Ballet Conditioning, Dance Cardio, and Piloxing.
BP Dance School - Victoria Sports
Victoria Sports Complex, Victoria Tower Building
799 EDSA Southbound, South Triangle, Quezon City
(Beside GMA Kamuning MRT Station)
Ballet Philippines Dance School – Greenhills
The BP Dance School - Greenhills is the satellite school of BPDS located at Greenhills Theatre Mall. Classes are offered in Play Dance, Baby Ballet, Pre-Beginners Ballet, Adult Ballet, Active Stretch, Ballet Workout, Ballet Conditioning, and Yoga.
BP Dance School-Greenhills
F&B-5, Arts Plaza, Greenhills Theatre Mall, San Juan (Beside Music Museum)
VICTOR G. URSABIA, Director
As a member of Ballet Philippines from 1987 to 1999, Victor performed all over the Philippines, Asia, USA and Europe. He trained and studied dance pedagogy under Noordin Jumalon, William Morgan, Edna Vida, Nonoy Froilan, Agnes Locsin, Norman Walker, and Denisa Reyes. In 1998, he was awarded a scholarship by Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo at the Atlanta Ballet School. In June 2005, he went to Paris, France to observe and attend dance classes with Mikael Wattimcourt, Ives Cassati, and Wayne Bars at the Center de Danse du Marais. He was also a special education teacher at the Philippine High School for the Arts.
Victor is also a dance photographer and production designer. A Fine Arts graduate from the PWU Institute of Fine Arts, his designs have been seen in Ballet Philippines productions such as La Revolucion Filipina, Medea, Neo-Filipino, and CCPDS productions.
As BP’s Ballet Master, he coached BP’s successful delegations to the USA International Ballet Competition, the First Boston International Ballet Competition, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, and the CCP Ballet Competition.
RUBYLEE GOMEZ, Principal
Rubylee Gomez started dancing at the age of 15 under Chelo Borromeo-Gemina. With Chelo, she trained under the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Syllabus, participating in its annual exams and representing the school in the Association of Ballet Academies Philippines’ Danseries. Training as a teacher followed the year after, Rubylee took the ACB teacher’s seminar under Christine Walsh, and later on the teachers’ certification under the National Ballet Syllabus authored by Felicitas Radaic with Noordin Jumalon and Vella Damian.
In 1999 and 2003, she trained in classes at the ACB headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. She joined the 28th CCPDS Summer Workshop as a full workshop scholar. She returned to CCPDS in 2005 and there studied under Jumalon, Gina Katigbak-Garcia, Victor Ursabia, Jeffrey Espejo, Pamela Asprer-Espejo, Katrina Santos-Mercado, Gerald Mercado, Candice Adea, Biag Gaongen, Alan Hineline, William Morgan and Ai-gul Gaisina.
Classical Ballet III, Intermediate ballet
Monette started dancing with Leonor Orosa Goquinco’s Filipinescas Folkloric Dance Company in 1973 and joined the Dance Concert Company under Eric V. Cruz and Vella Damian from 1974-1976. He went on to perform with Ballet Philippines from 1977-1999, where he essayed major and demi-character roles. Upon his retirement from ballet, he sifted to a jazz-contemporary dance career with the Powerdance Company under Douglas Nierras.
He has been a regular CCP Summer Dance Worskshop member handling male technique classes, partnering classes, and company classes. For BP, he has also co-restaged Rama Hari in 2012. 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.
Resident Choreographer & BP 2 Artistic Director
Exposed to world class ballet masters and choreographers, Lugnasin is strongly motivated and has created some of the most stirring dance works such as Impasse, Life Is A Rope, FireWater- Woman, and Buhay. The latter was performed in Cambodia during the ASEAN Culture Week. In December 2000, his piece, Aku, was awarded the silver medal, solo category at the Concours International de Danse de France. Alden’s choreography Swimming the Ilog Pasig has been restaged by Nashville Ballet in Tennessee, USA. Alden Lugnasin has brought to life a wide range of characters showcasing his versatility as a dancer since he joined Ballet Philippines. His touching and sensitive portrayal of Apolinario Mabini in Agnes Locsin’s La Revolucion Filipina simply moved local and foreign audiences alike. In 1998, he was a guest choreographer-inresidence for the International Dance Festival at Connecticut College, USA. He progressed and became very prolific in developing moving and innovative works. Alden was the Philippines’ representative in the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange Artist Program (APPEX) organized and administered by the University of California, Los Angeles-Center for the Intercultural Performance which was held in Bali, Indonesia last June to August 2004.
In December 2004, Alden choreographed his first full-length modern ballet, Peter Pan’s Neverneverland. He was sponsored by the Asia-Europe Foundation in a collaborative project entitled Point to Point with visual artist Anne Rochette in Paris, France. He spent two months in Warsaw, Poland to create a choreography based on Rochette’s sculpture. A grantee for the Ugnayan sa Sining Artists’ Immersion Program 2007 sponsored by the CCP Outreach Division, Alden was given a Philstage citation for Outstanding Original Choreography for 2008 and 2010. Alden’s recent works include choreographing Ogie Alcasid’s Yakap in the Closing of Cinemalaya 2010, excerpt of Ulaging performed in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and Bungansakit which premiered in BP’s September Gala. Pusong Wagas is his second full-length modern ballet. He is currently the Artistic Director of BP 2, Ballet Philippines’ junior performing company.
Classical Ballet III, Intermediate ballet
Rhea began dancing with Fe Sala Villarica under Baby Cabaero and Anne Grace Daque. She first attended the CCP Summer Dance Workshop in 1992, and joined BP as a scholar in 1994. Her teachers include Noordin Jumalon, Perry Sevidal, Gina Katigbak, Victor Ursabia, William Morgan, and Agnes Locsin. Rhea graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Dean’s Award fir the Arts in Dance. After a hiatus, she returned to BP in 2004 as a company member and has performed soloist roles including the title role of Snow White.
In 2005, Rhea became CCPDS Principal. She is certified with the National Ballet Syllabus and has taken workshops by the Royal Academy of Dance examiner Teresa Randall and Valerie Bailey. In 2007, she attended an observation tour in the Beijing Dance Academy in China.
Baby Ballet, Pre-Beginners
Throughout the years, Teacher Ela has established herself as a specialist in handling the tender aged children of Baby Ballet and Pre-Beginners Ballet. She began teaching in the CCPDS, where she has been a regular faculty member, occasional re-stager and coordinator since 1994. She trained under Eddie Elejar and later on with Lorna Cifra-De Dios, the Ballet Corner, and the Fabella-Elejar Dance Studios. In 1985, she became a BP Scholar and was soon promoted to company apprentice. She became a member of the first batch of BP2, Ballet Philippines’ junior performing company. With the CCP Dance School, her memorable roles were the Sugarplum Fairy and Carabose.
Since 2001, she has been part of the faculty at the De La Salle Zobel Ballet Program and became its co-director. As part of her advocacy and service to foster children’s development through art and dance, she joined the Landuyan Foundation in 2004.
Ballet Fitness (Aura)
Stanley was a soloist of the Philippine Ballet Theater and Ballet Philippines. He received a scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 1994, majoring in Advanced Composition and Classical Ballet. His second concentration was Advanced Pedagogy.
In April 2002-2003, he was a dance teacher at the Hong Kong International School. He then became a full time faculty of Music and Dance at the Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur in August 2004-2006. He was also a recipient of the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia’s Artist of the Year Award and the Malaysian Filipino Foundations’ Excellence in Performing Arts in 2005. Currently, Stanley teaches Ballet Fitness in Aura.
Classical Ballet I, Classical Ballet II, Philippine Ballet Syllabus
Karla first trained in classical ballet with Liza Castaneda when she was 10-years old. After receiving a scholarship with the CCP Dance School, she was molded under the watchful eyes of Noordin Jumalon, Gina Katigbak, Victor Ursabia, Gerald Mercado, Verna Fajilan and Jeffrey Espejo. She has also worked with significant dance masters including Ida Beltran, Bam Damian, Tony Fabella, Edward Hillyer, Alan Hineline, Rami Levi, Agnes Locsin, Alden Lugnasin, Max Luna, Frank Ohman, Yanis Pikeris, Denisa Reyes, Elizabeth Roxas, David Russo and Edna Vida.
Since 2006, Karla has been part of the CCPDS faculty, and more recently in its satellite school in SM Aura. Under the auspices of the school, she has attended a number of ballet pedagogy workshops and was twice certified with the National Ballet Syllabus. She co-wrote librettos for the past CCP Summer Dance Workshop productions Starzan Gubatman and Under the Sea. Striving to widen her dance vocabulary, she currently trains with Fundacion Centro Flamenco under Cecille de Joya.
Biag is a Theater Arts Major graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts and a Bachelor in Performing Arts- Dance degree holder from the De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde. He joined Ballet Philippines as an apprentice in 1999 and became a principal dancer. He left in 2009 to join the prestigious Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. From 2011 to 2013, he danced with Tanz Compagnie der Oper Graz in Austria. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Locsin Dance Workshop where he teaches and choreographs in both classical ballet and modern dance.
Classical Ballet III, Elementary Modern
Kris-Belle started her training under the pedagogy of Carmen Locsin in Davao City. She was awarded a full scholarship to the CCP Summer Dance Workshop in 1994. Two years later, she joined Ballet Philippines as a company apprentice, was later promoted to company member in 2001, and quickly rose the ranks to become a principal dancer.
While with BP, she trained with prominent dance figures such as Alice Reyes, Denisa Reyes, Agnes Locsin, Noordin Jumalon, Ida Beltran-Lucila, Edna Vida, Nonoy Froilan, Cecile Sicangco, Camille Ordinario Joson, Boi Sakti, Gina Katigbak, Alden Lugnasin and Norman Walker. As a dance artist, her choreographic works have been featured in Arkilahan, Ballet Philippines’ Young Choreographers’ Showcase, as well as in Seven a project of DLS-College of St. Benilde. She was a contemporary dancer of Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show in Asia Zaia and an alternate to the title role.
Ballet Philippines Dance School - CCP
May 1 - June 10, 2018
June 3, 2017 to March 24, 2018