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Aurora’s Wedding Saturday - February 15, 2014 5pm Meralco Theater - Ortigas Ave., Pasig City DANSMAGAZINE 1

What’s Inside


6 Contributors

58 Our ACB Experience

Meet our teachers and our professional guest artists

13 Dansmagazine Production Staff


Know the people behind the scenes who make this production possible

15 Letter From the Editor 24 Three Ballerinas


Three homegrown Filipina ballerinas are making waves in the international dance scene – find out how they made it and what’s keeping them busy these days

37 Spotlight on Lobreza Pimentel 39 When Your Daughter is Your Ballet Student


Four moms share what it’s like to have their daughter as their ballet student

46 Danspace Events

You get total training at Danspace – from exposure to professional productions to preparing for ballet exams to participating in competitions

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Find out more about Teacher Maritoni and what she is like beyond the studio

Danspace students share their amazing experience both studying and touring the Land Down Under

72 ABAP Ballet Competition 104 Seeing Double

Twice the fun x3

130 Programme 132 Summer Dance Workshop

2014 Schedule


Rocio Bilbao Squeaky Clean


Helena Go Expressive Eyes

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Mika Benitez Attentive & Respectful


Contributors Erika Garcia Marcos Teacher For Primary A and B Yuppie from Monday to Friday, Ballerina on Saturdays, and full-time Mom every day. Erika started her dance training when she was eight years old with the Philippine Ballet Theatre Conservatoire (PBTC) in Assumption College, San Lorenzo, Makati. When the school closed after four years, she moved to Steps Dance Studio but eventually stopped dancing. A year later, she discovered that Teacher Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas, with whom she had trained at the PBTC, had started her own school. Thus, her love affair with ballet was rekindled. Erika found herself back in her ballet shoes, dancing once again. She has been under the guidance of Teacher Maritoni since 2000, and she finds that each year she falls in love with the art all over again. Having been one of Teacher Maritoni’s first students, it was almost natural that Erika would eventually start teaching at Danspace. She currently handles the Primary classes every Saturday, while working for Deutsche Bank during the week. She loves being silly with her students, going on road trips with her husband, and spending afternoons playing with her son.

Andrea Montelibano Teacher for Primary A Andrea studied ballet and modern dance at the GarciaSanchez School of Dance in Bacolod City under the tutelage of Gianne and Georgette Sanchez. She fondly recalls how much happiness and excitement she felt performing for many people not only in her hometown in Bacolod City, but also in a few places around the country. Alongside her love for dancing, she also has a great passion for horses and horseback riding. She is currently training and competing at the Manila Polo Club with Mia Virata. When she’s riding, she feels like she’s dancing as well, but this time with a partner. She stresses that balance and being in sync with your horse is important. Both dance and riding have been a big part of her life and she believes that they have shaped her into the person she’s 6 14th Anniversary Issue

always wanted to be. She thanks God for blessing her with amazing teachers and trainers. Without them, she wouldn’t have understood the meaning of success and achievement. She is truly thankful for being able to experience the wonders of dance and the exciting feeling of flying on horseback. She currently handles the Primary A classes alongside Teacher Erika and finds teaching the young ballet students both a joy and a challenge.

Melvin Martinez Resident Choreographer Melvin was a former ballet dancer with Ballet Philippines and Philippine Ballet Theatre. He also danced with the Playhouse Dance Company in South Africa. He was a very reliable partner of Teacher Maritoni’s in the ballets Andres KKK and La Casa de Bernarda Alba, among others. Maritoni recalls that “Melvin was Andres Bonifacio and I was Gregoria de Jesus in Andres KKK and in one of our pas de deux I would literally have my eyes closed in total abandon as he would turn and lift me in the air, that was how much I trusted him.” Melvin now joins Danspace as Resident Choreographer and enjoys mentoring the students who have been receptive to his easy and amusing style of teaching.

Lobreza Pimentel Aurora Guest Artist, Philippine Ballet Theatre At age nine, Loby received a scholarship to the Summer Workshop in Highway Hills Elementary School under the sponsorship of Sayaw Foundation, Inc. with president Armita B. Rufino. Loby continued to dance as a scholar of the foundation, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and folk dance under Tony Fabella, Luther Perez and Jessie Fortun, among others. Later on she trained under Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas. In 2006 she became an apprentice of the Philippine Ballet Theatre. There she was under the tutelage of Anatoli Panasyukov and performed in the corps de ballet for the company in productions like Esmeralda, Don Quixote and Palikhayaw. She made her soloist debut as the Bird in Darangen ni Bantugen and then in the title role in Miri-Nisa. She performed as a Cygnet in Swan Lake, the lead roles in Romansa, Paquita’s Grand Pas Classique, Carmina Burana and Other

Ballets, and was both Marie and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Most recently, she was Gulnare in Le Corsaire. She was a finalist in both the 2007 and 2009 NAMCYA Junior Ballet Divisions, and won First Place in the 2012 NAMCYA Senior Ballet Divisions.

Lemuel Capa Prince Florimund Guest Artist, Philippine Ballet Theatre

tutelage of Anatoli Panasyukov, Anna Villadolid-Mayr and Ronilo Jaynario, Bianca won Third Place at the 2004 NAMCYA, 1st Junior Ballet Category. After rendering a beautiful and graceful Giselle in the semis and finals, an art critic of the Manila Bulletin described her as a “lyrical dancer.” She has trained under gifted teachers like Maniya Barredo, Thomas Mayr, David Campos, Irene Sabas and Irina Jacobson. Her most recent roles include: Fairy Godmother in PBT’s Cinderella, Snow Queen and Dewdrop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Coppelia in Coppelia, Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin featured in The King and I and 2nd Odalisque in Le Corsaire.

Anatoli Panasyukov Ballet Master, Philippine Ballet Theatre

Lemuel began training in classical ballet as a young scholar under the tutelage of Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso. His impressive performances garnered rave reviews from critics and dance colleagues, earning him a promotion as company member of Ballet Manila. In 2008 he joined the Quezon City Ballet under the artistic direction of Shirley Halili-Cruz. In late 2010, he performed with Philippine Ballet Theatre as a guest artist in Carmina Burana and Other Ballets and as the Prince in Paquita’s Grand Pas Classique. Shortly after he joined the company. For its 25th season he performed as Tybalt in Maniya Barredo’s re-staging of Romeo & Juliet, the Prince in Cinderella, Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Franz in Coppelia and Conrad in Le Corsaire. In the Romeo and Juliet Company Tour of Mindanao, Lemuel wowed the audience as Romeo.

Anatoli arrived in the Philippines from Moscow in 1995 and has since made this country his home. As Ballet Master for the PBT, he is responsible for training the dancers and making sure they are ready to go onstage. He has also restaged several classical ballets for the company. An excellent actor with a flair for both drama and comedy, he regularly takes on the character roles in PBT productions. He is a former member of the Moscow Classical Ballet.


Joel Matias



Carabosse Joel was a member of the Philippine Ballet Theatre and contemporary of Teacher Maritoni. He continues to appear onstage in character roles. He played the role of Dr. Coppelius in Danspace’s 12th Anniversary show. He is a reliable and seasoned performer and always brings drama to his roles, making him a favorite among directors.



Bianca Trocino Queen Guest Artist, Philippine Ballet Theatre



Bianca’s formal dance training started in Steps Dance Studio under Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Raul Sauz, where she finished with “Distinction” all major levels of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus up to Advance-2. Under the DANSMAGAZINE 7

Amanda Chua Cute & Playful

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Congratulations on your first dance recital,

Amanda Chua

Greetings from DDB Philippines DANSMAGAZINE 9

Amanda Francisco Perfectly Pretty

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Amil Lopez Baby Ballerina 2013-2014 DANSMAGAZINE 11

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Production Staff Editor-in-Chief Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Copy Editor Charlotte Benitez Staff Writers Natalia Tordesillas Sahel Pascual Bettina Mendoza Erika Garcia Marcos Kristine Gonzalez Creative Director Ranil Ilog Photo Director Gerry Gemina Photo Editor Johanna Sotto Video Documentation Cinematic Concepts Photo Documentation Ador Pamintuan Contributing Photographers Ador Pamintuan Conrad Dy-Liacco Charlie MaCullers Cinematic Concepts Ron Jaynario Circulations Manager Tonie Bautista Costume Design Paz Tinoy of Barbie Dancewear TC Alvarez of Two Chic Costume Execution Paz Tinoy of Barbie Dancewear Costumeros Set Design Fleuressence Lighting Director Larry Salomia


Riley Chiongbian Prim and Proper

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Letter From the Editor Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. As a dancer with the Philippine Ballet Theatre I got paid to dance everyday, I got paid to stay in shape and get fit, I got paid to learn roles, many of which I really loved and enjoyed, and I got paid to travel to different places and go on stage and dance my heart out. I loved what I did and I could not think of anything else I wanted to do. Upon retiring from professional dancing, teaching was the natural step to take. Fortunately it became something I loved to do as well and that is why we are here today. Danspace is 14 years old this year and I continue to look forward to each class. I love the fact that my teaching outfit consists of comfortable yoga clothes and ballet slippers and that I can pass on my passion for dance with all of you. Our recital this evening consists of two parts: “My Inspiration” and “Aurora’s Wedding.” How are dances created? The first part of our program comes from personal inspirations. I became interested in Japanese culture especially after dancing Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly. A live performance of a violin concerto from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Venice piqued my interest in creating something from this music. Listening to the concerto from the front row inside a church left a vivid impression in my mind and I had to do something about it, thus, “Dance of the Cherry Blossoms” came about. Our resident choreographer, Melvin Martinez, is a video game fanatic; the music for his modern

pieces comes from his late-night fixations and have become his tools for creating the award-winning choreographies “Requiem Pour un Reve” and “Assassin.” The ideas for “Tsinelas” and “Kalipay” came about after I had collaborated with Father Dennis Paez for his Senakulo last Easter. He asked me to choreograph dances for his Don Bosco scholars using music from Pinikpikan; I thought, “why not use this for our modern ballet too!” And this is how dances are created—it could be from a thought, a piece of music, an image or just about anything that catches one’s interest. The second half of the program, “Aurora’s Wedding,” is a ballet based on the Sleeping Beauty. In my version, the Princess Aurora turns 14 years old just like our school. The one-act ballet was actually two years in the making with some of the dances and solos created for previous shows and competitions. In between grand recitals, the school is busy preparing for ACB examinations, the ABAP Danseries and now two national ballet competitions. Dansmagazine is proud to feature three international Filipina ballerinas: Candice Adea, Abigail Tan Gamino and Christine Joy Rocas. Abigail and I danced together in PBT and she is now following the footsteps of Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo and Maiqui and Mia Manosa who were formerly with the Atlanta Ballet. I met Candice in Ballet

Philippines before she joined Hong Kong Ballet, while I saw Christine for the first time in the Stars of the Philippine Ballet show last year. She was truly a sight to behold and I could not stop myself from gushing over her beautiful legs and arched feet. I needed to do my share to make these dancers known. Teaching my own daughter is both a challenge and a joy, it’s instant bonding time and I am grateful for the chance to mentor her and share something that I love doing. Other teacher moms share their own experiences with their student daughters in “When Your Daughter is Your Ballet Student.” I am proud to say that this is our biggest issue ever with very informative and interesting articles, not to mention beautiful photos. In the beginning of the school year, I prayed for 70 participants for the recital, I got 78; I prayed for Distinction medals in the ACB examinations, I got eight; I prayed for success in the ABAP Ballet Competition, we turned up with two silvers and two special awards. Today I pray that the Lord will have the best experience of Danspace through this recital—I am sure He will! Stay with us and enjoy the ride!

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Rianna Rodrigo Mischievous Smile

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Alana Rufino Attentive Alana!

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Ariana Chung Amiable Ariana!


Sarita Bustamante Ms. Social Butterfly 20 14th Anniversary Issue

Ava Chiongbian Awesome Ava!


Mica Gloria Funny Bunny

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Mica Gloria & Tatiana Araneta

Congratulations on your 1st show. We love you! Your mommies and daddies


Three Ballerinas Faye Abigail Tan-Gamino, Candice Adea and Christine Joy Rocas are three Filipina ballerinas reaching new heights with prestigious international dance companies. Abigail was formerly with the Philippine Ballet Theater and Candice who was with Ballet Philippines for ten years and the most be medalled Filipino dancer were already ballet stars in the Philippines before they got their jobs abroad. Christine who started with Ballet Manila was an upcoming young dancer. All three were home grown talents from local ballet schools. Get to know their dream roles, new ballets they are working on and tips on how to make it internationally.

Faye Abigail Tan-Gamino Atlanta Ballet How long have you been with the company? I’m on my 4th season with the Atlanta Ballet

Your message to young aspiring ballet students Ballet is such a disciplined art. It was never easy and I don’t think it will ever be easy. There is always that sense of striving for perfection.

How did you get in? Ms. Madeleine Onne, the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet, offered me a soloist contract. She was one of the judges in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition where I competed (and got the gold medal).

How did you get in? I had to audition for 3 hours. I took an open class, learned a part of their repertoire, showed a repertoire I danced with my former company and danced Don Quixote pas de deux. What is your position in the company? I am a company dancer. Atlanta Ballet does not have rankings. Everyone in the company dances principal and corps parts. Usually choreographers give us a day to a week of workshops to know each one of us, then they decide who is going to be in their piece or which part we will do. What ballets are you currently working on? Rush by Chistopher Wheeldon, Stars and Stripes by Balanchine and Prayer of Touch by Helen Pickett. What are your most memorable roles? I think my most memorable is Madame Butterfly by Tomas Pazik. It was very fulfilling because it was such an emotional ballet plus I was able to work with the former director of American Repertory Ballet, my first company in the US.
 What are your dream roles? I have already danced my dream roles back in the Philippines, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. What’s next? Atlanta Ballet is changing into a contemporary ballet company. Our director travels around the world to find very interesting choreographers and pieces that we can perform here. For this season, I’m looking forward to dancing Seven Sonatas by Alexei Ratmansky (premiered by the American Ballet Theater) and Roméo Et Juliette by Jean Christophe Maillot (Les Ballets De Monte Carlo).
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Tips on making it as an international professional ballet dancer Have an open mind and be willing to work hard every time. Treat your body well and be intelligent when you work. Remember that your body is your instrument. Without it, there is nothing. Who is your biggest influence in your career, or someone who helped you get to where you are now I really think it is my dad because when I was younger I wanted to quit so many times. He was the one who continued to push and support me. I also think that friends and mentors who believed in me helped a lot too.

Candice Adea

What ballets are you currently working on? We just finished Swan Lake (as of this interview). What are your most memorable roles? ‘Amada’ of Alice Reyes. It’s memorable because the whole company enjoyed the whole process that even up to now every time we talk about Amada we always end up laughing so hard. It was really fun and at the same time we were pushed to be better physically and artistically and I should say we also got better in counting the music (those who have done Amada would understand this). What are your dream roles? Giselle, Swan Lake, Manon, Carmen, Onegin, Merry Widow

Hong Kong Ballet How long have you been with the company? One year with Hong Kong Ballet

What’s next? It has been my goal to maximize the talent that I have. The next thing for me is to work hard and be smart. Keep myself in tip-top

shape and see where my smart work goes. Your message to young aspiring ballet students Listen to your teachers. It is a must to listen to the people who can make a difference in your life. Just keep believing and things will fall into place, not exactly the place where you imagine but usually a better place than your vision could ever reach. Tips on making it as an international professional ballet dancer Just maximize the talent that you have and you will go far very far.

at that time happened to be there. They decided to give me the Arpino Award, which was equivalent to a one year contract with the company.

early 2014 and of course our regular winter and spring programs. We have a mixed bill in the winter and Romeo and Juliet in the spring.

What is your position in the company? The Joffrey Ballet is known for being an “all star, no star” company. We don’t have ranks to label ourselves with. It gives everyone equal chances of getting all kinds of roles available in the dance world. It enables me, as well as everyone else, to dance various roles from the corps de ballet all the way to the principal roles.

Your message to young aspiring ballet students Dancers are very emotional people. I am learning that in everything we do, we need to be our own friend first. Learn about yourself. Know what dance really means to you. Find your own strengths and weaknesses and be comfortable with it. Be your own individual. Push yourself within your own means. Because we are emotional, we can be insecure. Before you look at another dancer and feel your insecurity creep in, remind yourself that you are an individual. You’re strength can be someone’s weakness and someone’s strength can be your weakness. There is a lot of insecurity in the dance world. I think it’s okay to admit the insecurity but it’s how you take action that makes all the difference. Again, be your friend, be true to your own self and embrace the individual that you are.

What ballets are you currently working on? Russian Masters, includes allegro Brilliante by George Balanchine, Adagio and Bells by Yuri Possokhov and the Joffrey Ballet’s reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps [The Rite of Spring]. Along with that, we are also working on a fulllength production of La Bayadere by Stanton Welch. Who is your biggest influence in your career, or someone who helped you get to where you are now First and foremost my Mama, Papa and my pinakamamahal kong kapatid, (my beloved sister) Jean Marc, my dance teachers and mentors, my previous and present directors, my ates and kuyas in dance whom I always look up to, people who supported and believed in me. I couldn’t have done it without all of them.

Christine Joy Rocas Joffrey Ballet How long have you been with the company? I have been with the Joffrey Ballet for 8 years now. This is currently my 9th season. How did you get in? It was one of those “right place at the right time” moments. I was very fortunate to be sent by Ballet Manila to the 2005 New York International Ballet Competition. The 2 Associate Artistic Directors of Joffrey Ballet

What are your most memorable roles? There is a piece created on me and another dancer just recently at the Joffrey called Unveiled that has been absolutely memorable to me. We had just performed it at a fundraiser event for a non-profit organization that a dear friend of mine (also a Joffrey Ballet dancer), along with her partner, co-founded. It was a great feeling dancing something that was created on me and knowing that my contribution is helping a greater cause. I am still on a “high” from it. Another memorable one was Giselle for that was the door to more featured and challenging roles. What are your dream roles? Juliet. Ah, who hasn’t dreamt of being Juliet? The drama, passion, and the feeling of young love though tragic I think makes it the ultimate challenge as an artist. Not just with the dancing itself but with the story telling and artistry. It’s beautiful.

Tips on making it as an international professional ballet dancer I realized that talent and hard work are not always enough. A lot of luck also comes in handy. How do we create luck? By creating more chances. Make your own opportunities. Put yourself out there. Join summer workshops, Intensives, dance festivals, competitions. Remember that dance is very subjective. When one chance doesn’t work out it doesn’t mean that the next one will not work either. Have fun while you’re at it. You’ll end up being a stronger person and a better dancer. Who is your biggest influence in your career, or someone who helped you get to where you are now I am so grateful to Ballet Manila especially to Teacher Lisa for giving me a good foundation and for all the opportunities that they have given me that led to where I am today. This might sound really cheesy but my personal relationships have been a big part of my growth as a dancer and a person. From my parents and brother, to my boyfriend and friends both here in Chicago and the Philippines, they have all helped me and been there for me through thick and thin, high and low, crazy and sane. I’m also grateful for having my cat Happy who keeps me company. There is just so much to be thankful for. I truly feel blessed.

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Samira Castro Irresistible Ira!

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Samira Castro “It is with your feet that you move, but it is with your heart that you dance.” Congratulations Ira ballerina! Daddy Mommy Seth


Zabrinna Santiago Captivating Beauty

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Congratulations to

Zabrinna & Aryanna Santiago “Everything is beautiful at the ballet…”

From A Chorus Line With compliments from: Philippine Scout Veterans Security and Investigation Agency, Inc.


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Anita Villanueva Graceful, Sweet, and Always Attentive DANSMAGAZINE 33

Addie Yao Angelic Addie

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Lucia Mapa Lovely Lucia


Elena Mapa Elegant Elena

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Spotlight on Lobreza Pimentel By: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Now 21 years old, Lobreza Lauron Pimentel has wanted to be a ballerina for as long as she can remember. As a student of Danspace, Loby took the initiative of training further. After her classes with Danspace, she would run off and take her second class with the Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) in the afternoons. She got her first big break in Mir Inisa when an injury sidelined the lead and the choreographer did not approve of the second cast. She was not even learning the role then, as she had already been cast in another part. She was asked to learn the role in just one week and the rest, as they say, is history. She dreams of working in another country someday or making use of her degree in Business Administration from the University of the East. Her daily routine consists of waking up at 10 am, then leaving for the Meralco Theater, home studio of the PBT. She has a leisurely lunch at 12 noon and prepares for company class at 2 pm. Rehearsals follow till the late afternoon and then she has a break from 5:30 to 6:30, and then she starts warming up for another series of rehearsals from 7 to 9:30 pm. She goes home by 10, eats dinner at 11, and hopefully gets to bed by 12 midnight. She repeats this routine 5 days a week; however, when there are shows, she works through the weekends. When she is not dancing, she loves to sleep in all day, swim, travel, skateboard, watch a movie, go to the

Ballet Bag

Pointe Shoes

Ballet Skirt


Ballet Slippers

mall, or bake. Recently she has found fulfillment in mentoring and coaching young dancers. With all the hard work she has put in, coupled with natural talent, Loby is sure to reach new heights wherever sets her heart on. Ipod – “Before taking class I warm up by listening to my ipod. It’s my way of focusing before class. I usually listen to pop, mellow or party music.” Pocket wifi and Tablet – “After class and rehearsals, I like surfing the net, I search You Tube and Facebook and I also like to watch other ballerinas do their variations.” Cellphone – “A very important gadget that I should not forget so I can be reached whenever there is an emergency or in case I need help.” Hair Accessories Kit “To keep all my hairpins, rubber bands in place.”

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Chihana Yoneshima Meek as a Lamb

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When Your Daughter is Your Ballet Student By: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

As a ballet teacher, having your daughter in ballet class has its perks, there’s automatic bonding time, a common interest and her progress is easier to monitor yet most moms are aware of putting on the pressure and want their daughters to love ballet for themselves not “because mom wants them to.” We spoke to four moms who have their daughters as their students; here is what they have to say.

Erica Jacinto

has had Berry in her class since she was 1.2 years old but really started joining in formally at age two. Berry is now four years old and dreams of becoming a ballet star some day. Mom and daughter both enjoy watching ballet dvd’s and live performances together. Being a professional dancer, Erica would want to be there for Berry in case she chooses a career in dance later on but is conscious of putting on the pressure. Berry’s father, a former ballet dancer comes from a dancing family and Erica shares that “I don’t really consciously encourage it because its already a pressure driven environment when your parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents all dance. I just want her to enjoy and have fun. I want her to love it by herself instead of being pushed into it.” Knowing how difficult it is to succeed in the dance world, Erica would nonetheless be there “only if she proves that its the one thing that makes her happy. If it is her passion I will support her in my full capacity as a mom.”

Vie Velasco

has three daughters ages 21, 15 and 12 who were and are still her students. She is happy to relate that: “Even though they were my daughters, they treated and respected me, never pouted, responded when corrected and never viewed themselves as special because they were the teacher’s daughters.” Following in the footsteps of her mother, 21-year-old Eunice is a senior at UP College of Music, DCPMA-Dance. Vie says: “I did not force her to take that course and it really touches me when I see children follow in the footsteps of their parents.” Violeta believes that the term “starving artists” no longer exists, there are many options for trained ballet dancers today, aside from the local ballet companies that are

started teaching eight-year old Gabbie at four years old. Aside from ballet, Gabbie is also interested in swimming and gymnastics. Mommy Therese wants her to excel in both arts and academics and enjoys having Gabbie as her student, she says: “Instantly I have a model student! We talk about a lot of things like discipline and on what to do in class and all.” Her advice to Gabbie is: “If she wants to be good, she has to focus and work hard in class.” For now, both mother and daughter enjoy watching ballet performances and being involved in the schools ballet recitals.

Therese Jaynario

Rosalie Carreon-Zarate

has been ballet teacher to her 12-yearold daughter Zorina since she was five years old. Just last summer, Zorina became an assistant teacher when her mom was pregnant. Rosalie, who never had to ‘force’ her daughter to dance, is happy to say that “I’m able to monitor her growth as a person, I’m able to teach her effectively the importance of discipline, and we share a common language.”

striving to allow their dancers to earn a living out of dance as well as the international ballet companies, there is Hong Kong Disneyland and the numerous cruise ships that hire trained dancers yearly. They offer a very comfortable salary, much more than what you would earn working locally. Violeta relates that “after performing, a dancer can get into teaching, has the option to open her own school, choreograph, may be a choreologist, may get into Pilates, etc.” The training and discipline that one gets from ballet prepares you to succeed in any chosen profession later on. Violeta’s advice to her daughters which is what most of the ballet teacher moms believe is: “Whatever you do, be passionate about it if it really interests you and commit yourself to what you’re doing. Finish what you have started.” DANSMAGAZINE 39

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Joie Icasas

Joyful Joie


Sophia Jacob Sensational Sophia

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Carolina Prieto Imaginative & Funny


Arianna Fonacier

Affable Arianna

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Philippine Dance Cup October 21, 2012 Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave, Pasig City

By the Danspace Staff

ACB Exams April 5, 2013 St. Paul’s Pasig

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Examinations was held last April 5 at the St. Paul’s Pasig ballet studio. Ms. Valmai was our examiner this year and we are proud to have received 8 medals of Distinction. Congratulations to the following: students helped collect the money and man the booth. A portion of the sales went to the Danspace Scholarship Fund; this fund helps our promising scholars continue their ballet education. Thank you to all who supported this event!

Danspace participated in its first ever ballet competition, the Philippine Dance Cup that was held last October 21, 2012, at the Meralco Theater. Ballet schools from all over the Philippines participated. We won 2 awards— Honorable Mention for Les Filles en Bleu in the Junior B group classical category and Second Place for Requiem Pour en Reve in the Senior Trio category. Both pieces were choreographed by our resident choreographer, Melvin Martinez.


A Night at the Ballet CCP Main Theater

Watching ballet performances makes what we learn in the classroom come to life. We were able to watch the Nutcracker by the Philippine Ballet Theatre and Giselle by Ballet Philippines this year. Some of us hope to someday dance with a professional ballet company and exposure to the theater only encourages us even more.


Pre Primary: Andrea Lahoz, Julia Lahoz Primary: Ariana Benitez, Annika Javier Preparatory Level 1: Natalia Tordesillas, Sahel Pascual Level 1: Michael Angelo Fernandez Level 3: Michelle Condeno Keep up the hard work! The next exams will be held in 2015.


Kiddo-Preneur Bazaar November 30, 2013 Alphaland Southgate Mall

Danspace Ballet School had a special participation at the Kiddo-Preneur Bazaar last November 30. Students from levels 1-4 performed excerpts from the grand recital to a very appreciative crowd. We also had a ballet booth that sold limited edition note cards, ballet cookies, and headware. Some of the 46 14th Anniversary Issue

Bejeweled Christmas Party December 14, 2013 Dojo Gym

Bejeweled was the theme of our Christmas party this year. Guests came wearing jewel colors and brought food for sharing. The younger students colored pictures of pointe shoes while the others played some games. We were all treated to a performance of the Lion King by the Level 1B students, and in keeping with the theme, the Level 2-4 girls danced Jewels from Sleeping Beauty. The buffet was a sumptuous spread of pizza, pasta, baked goodies, and finger foods. The party was free flowing and the students enjoyed mingling with each other and talking to their hearts’ content, something they cannot do during class. Everyone received canvas tote bags that had an image of pointe shoes from a painting by Antonio Tordesillas. Each bag contained ballet note cards and a pair of flip-flops from Havaianas, one of our major sponsors for our grand recital.

Felicia Nacino

Feminine Felicia


Raphaella Kalaw Ravishing and Elegant

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Raphaella Kalaw Congratulations to our beloved Eli! Love always, Lola Trina


Raphaella Kalaw Congratulations to our beloved Eli! Love always, Nona Julie and Nono Joe

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Tatiana Araneta Truly Delightful


The Heart of a Ballerina

By: Kristine S. González

knew it was something I could be good at if I worked hard. I was determined to get it right.” She eventually received a merit scholarship at the Neubert Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall, where she studied under Stefan Hoff, a contemporary of Mikhail Baryshnikov at the American Ballet Theater. Her other teachers were Elena Kunikova of the Leningrad Mali Theater, Nina Popova of the Ballet Ruses, and Jenny Chiang. “Stefan worked patiently with me and removed many of my bad habits in body placement,” she says. In 1989, she danced with the Eglevsky Ballet of New York under the direction of Michael Vernon, and in 1990 she moved back home and danced with the Philippine Ballet Theatre till 1993. Becoming restless and armed with a Eurail pass given by her dad, she auditioned around Europe and was offered a contract with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland under Youri Vamos. She danced with them for one season but grew terribly homesick. She went back home and danced with the PBT once again, this time taking on most of the principal roles in the classical and contemporary ballets of the company. With the PBT, Maritoni was able to work with the country’s top choreographers, originating many roles that remain in the ballet company’s repertoire to this day. As principal ballerina, she became the company’s most versatile star and was hailed by critics as “one of the finest dancers the country has ever produced.”

Honing her craft

Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas started out like all little girls: learning the basics of the plié and first position, in her case with Sony Lopez-Gonzalez at the Academy of Performing Arts. “I was with my sisters and a couple of school friends so I enjoyed the company more than the dancing,” she says. As a young ballerina, her first pointe shoes, a Capezio Pavlova, were memorable. “They were candy pink,” she says. “I was very excited. I wore them all day and tiptoed around the house even though the floors were pebble-washed.” Her first recital en 52 14th Anniversary Issue

pointe was in Les Sylphide at the Meralco Theater with Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar.

Choosing a path Maritoni’s turning point came at the age of 15 with a trip to New York. “I was immersed in the performing arts,” she says. “My mom and I watched ballets, Broadway plays, and I had some lessons too,” she says. The following year, she was back to continue her training. This time, it was for a career and with unbelievable focus. “I

Class everyday, long rehearsal hours, tired feet, aching toes, and the demands of the art can take a toll. A dancer needs courage, patience, an inquisitive mind, self-understanding, and a lot of dedication to be able to perform full-length ballets. “I loved dancing on stage and portraying a character in a story. I would do research on the era when the ballet was set, watch films, talk to experts in the field, and incorporate all of them into the role I was playing,” she says. Her breakthrough role as lead concubine in the Romeo and Juliet production of Nicolas Pacana and prima ballerina, Maniya Barredo, made ballet critics such

as Leonor Orosa-Goquingco take notice of her acting. A natural actress, Maritoni was known for her expressive face, innate musicality, her jumps, and strong stage presence – she would literally shine in any performance. Her eyes, especially, were her best tools. She draws her audience in with a coquettish glance as Kitri in Don Quixote, a soft plea as Giselle, a starry-eyed youthful Juliet, and a vulnerable Odette or intense glare as Odile in Swan Lake. “I loved Don Quixote. It was challenging to play Kitri,” she admits. Coached by famous ballerinas Gelsey Kirkland and Cynthia Gregory, Maritoni’s intensive sessions with the two great dancers to have ever graced the American stage were unforgettable. “It was difficult. I cried at one point when I couldn’t capture what Ms. Kirkland wanted out of me, but I felt more confident after,” she says.

our houseguest so we would go to the studio and back home together. On the car ride, we would talk about ballet.” Tom was known for his genius in choreography, so Maritoni listened, absorbing every detail. This helped her when it was her turn to take on the role instead of copying the performance of another artist. Never content, she dug deeper until she had transformed herself to become the woman who had to give up her son. “If there aren’t enough written works about a character, I create my own back story. I have my own internal dialogue – ‘do I like this person I am dancing with? Why am I angry with this one yet loving to the other?’” she says.

Life lessons

Spreading her wings What makes a ballerina unique is her ability to breathe life into each movement – and this requires self-discovery. “We dance because it is our way of expressing ourselves, we dance because we want to feel good and alive, and to share the beauty given to us,” she says. As Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, she gave the performance of her life. “My son, Emilio, was two years old at the time. The emotions that I had to portray were real to me,” she says. When the ballet made its world premier, Maritoni was cast as Suzuki, Cio Cio San’s confidante and loyal companion. “I was able to work very closely with Tom Pazik so I understood the motivations for the drama,” she says. It helped that he was

“It takes a lot of work to succeed in this field – there are no short cuts and there will be many bumpy roads along the way,” she shares with honesty. “But if you are willing to go through them, then go ahead.” Having seen dancers retire early, she encourages a well-rounded education. “Have a back-up plan, indulge in other interests, and don’t give up on your studies. A ballerina’s career is very short. It’s best to have an open mind.”

order for it to come out,” she says. “My teacher once told me: ‘you have to be the plié.’ I found it corny and silly then at 16, but it holds true today,” she says.

No curtain calls As director of Danspace, her own ballet school, Maritoni imparts what she has learned through the years as a ballerina and as a yoga teacher with Yoga Manila. Her eye for detail and her years of experience on stage, not to mention her love for all forms of art, make her the ideal teacher. Proper alignment is emphasized and clean lines are practiced, but it’s her commitment to nurturing her students – their growth and well-being, that makes her an exceptional one. It’s inspiring to watch her teach. Stage fright is common to young dancers; her advice: “First, preparation is key. When you are prepared, that’s half the battle,” she says. She also says to breathe and get into the zone. “Just enjoy. Nervous energy is good – use that to your advantage. Listen to the music and just let it take you from one step to the next. Have a vision of yourself dancing and be in the moment.” “The other half of the battle is baring your soul out there,” she says. With no regrets of leaving her pointe shoes behind, Maritoni shares more than technique to her students – she shares her heart.

As mom to Tessa and Emilio, and wife to husband Roque, Maritoni explores a role that lasts a lifetime. “Dancing should give you joy and fulfillment. If at some point, if it becomes a chore, then re-evaluate – maybe it’s not meant for the long haul. Everything you learned from it are tools you can use in any profession,” she says. “If you love what you are doing, it will show onstage. And the audience will feel it. It must come from the inside in DANSMAGAZINE 53

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Andrea Lahoz ACB Pre Primary Distinction 2013

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Julia Lahoz ACB Pre Primary Distinction 2013


Our ACB Experience

By: Ma. Bettina P. Mendoza

A year ago, some Danspace students—Sahel, Selma, Tessa, Sophie, and myself—were given an opportunity to study for 2 weeks at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) in Melbourne, Australia. We all agreed that this experience was something that got us both excited and nervous. The teachers at ACB were strict and everyone was all about business. There, we learned different techniques and exercises. We were able to improve our posture and be more disciplined. We all admit that the very strict discipline was hard for us and changes can be difficult, but since we were all willing, it made things much easier. We even carried their teachings with us all the way back home! I can sometimes hear Ms. Valmai telling me to lengthen my waist even when I feel like I can’t move anymore. Despite taking ballet very seriously there, the experience was, if anything, welcoming. The students and teachers were friendly and did their best to make us feel at home. No one would stop and stare as if we didn’t belong. They acted as if we were one of them. It may sound like it was all work and no play but it was quite the opposite. 58 14th Anniversary Issue

Though I took the study grant a summer later than the rest, our most memorable experiences were when we were having fun. Sahel, Selma, Tessa and Sophie enjoyed the trip because it’s the reason they all grew closer. When we went to Australia, we all had to squeeze in being tourists and our duties as students within a day. During the day, we might go to a museum or walk around the city. By

late afternoon to nighttime, we’d be in our leotards with our hair tied in a bun, hopping on the next tram to get to the ACB studio. At the end of the trip, we all grew so much. We learned to be responsible and deal with the body pain. We learned about the importance of keeping your chin up, but more importantly, we learned to have fun. All of us agree that we’d love to go back to Australia for classes or even a vacation. We would never have gotten this privilege had it not been for our beloved Ms. Maritoni. We salute her patience and hard work in preparing us for the ACB exam. It was a pleasure to have been given this opportunity to go all the way to the Land Down Under for ballet lessons and we all hope to get this opportunity again!

Isis Lopez Intuitive & Strong


Sabrina Lopez Suddenly Sensational!

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Isis & Sabrina Lopez Congratulations, Isis & Sabrina! Mom & Dad are proud of you!!


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Aoi Tsuchiya “I Like dancing with my friends!”


Ruri Tsuchiya “Ballet is so much fun!”

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Alex Kwok Always Strives for Excellence!


Miel Pascual Mesmerizing Miel

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Mizuka Nagai Majestic & Intuitive


Olivia Vital The Accessories Queen

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Olivia Vital Congratulations, Vivi!! We love you! Lolo Norb & Lola Chickie DANSMAGAZINE 69

Ines Angara Imaginative Ines

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Ines Angara Dear Ines, We love you so much darling! Love, Papa, Mama, Kuya and Javier



Danseries XX By: Natalia Tordesillas

Last October 20, 2013 the Level 2-4 students participated in the Association of Ballet Academies of the Philippines (ABAP) Danseries XX Festival. The ABAP is a group of ballet school from all over the Philippines that have joined together with a common goal, which is to uplift ballet in the Philippines. The dance festival was held at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo. We danced a neo classical piece called “Dance of the Cherry Blossoms” and a modern ballet piece named “Kalipay.” It was very exciting being with my friends backstage while we were waiting to perform. There was lots of space in the dressing room for us to practice our parts. We were all very nervous but then we knew that we could do it with teamwork and by smiling! I look forward to joining the Danseries again because I love performing and because it also prepares us for our grand recital.

My Experience in the Association of Ballet Academies of the Philippines Competition By: Sahel Pascual My experience in this year’s ABAP Ballet competition was both exciting and challenging. I participated in a competition once before, in 2012. The first time, I danced in a group with the other girls in my class. This year, I was to dance a solo from Sleeping Beauty, because our school Danspace is preforming it for our grand recital in February. My solo was the Dance of the Golden Fairy. This was to be my very first time to have a solo, and dance in a competition alone. I began preparing in August. Two weeks before the competition I gave up all junk food and bad food so I would be in my best condition for the competition. Finally, after four months of strenuous training and practicing, I left on December 7 to go to the competition elimination round. When I arrived, I was horribly frightened to perform for the judges. There were three other girls from Danspace competing. They were Sophie Tiangco, Tessa Tordesillas and Aryanna Santiago. Sophie and Aryanna were both in my age group, and Tessa was in the group below us. I was very worried because I was one of the youngest girls in my age group. After Tessa’s section, there was a lunch break and my age group was allowed to practice. When I went out to practice, I found that I was unable to do my double pirouettes and I was very nervous. But when it was my turn to preform, I just decided to let my fear go and have a good time. When I got out on stage, I felt free as I danced, and I was able to execute my first double pirouette nicely and my second one was even better than the first. My scoring for the elimination was 25 out of 30. When I left the stage, I felt so relieved and happy even though I didn’t think I was going to get in. But when they announced the finalists who would go on to the real competition, they called my name! I was so glad when I came out on stage and I was so relieved to have it over.

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On December 8th, I went back to the same venue, but now for the final competition. This time I was not as scared as I was for the elimination rounds. I felt much more confident because I had danced for the judges before. This time, I did my pirouettes nicely when I practiced. When it was my turn to dance, I did my first pirouette - it was not very nice, but the second one was great. My score was again 25 out of 30. After all of the dancers were done, Teacher Maritoni told me that I was tied with another girl for third place, and we would have to do a tie-break! We danced our solos again. The other competitor got 27 and I got 26. I felt terrible! I was so upset. Right after the competition, I felt terrible everyday for a few weeks. But I finally had to let my feelings go and keep dancing. Even though it was disappointing not to win, I will always love dancing because it is in me and it flows in my blood. I will always love dance, and I will always want it to be a part of my life. Now, I am even excited for next year’s competition!

Ariana Benitez ACB Primary Distinction 2013


Anda Lagdameo Adorable Anda

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Danni Lagdameo Dreamy Danni

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Danni Lagdameo Congratulations, Dearest Danni! I am so proud of you and hope you carry your accomplishments, friendships and passion with you towards the future! I look forward to watching more of your recitals in the years to come! With all my love, Mommy


Ethel Heng Engaging Ethel

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Carmen Llenado Curious Carmen


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Eunie Park

Endearing Eunie


Lucia Ramos Ladylike Lucia

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Chantal Nacino Charming Chantal


Jewel Rojas Joyful Jewel

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Andrea Luchangco Angelic Andrea


Radha Makitalo Radiant Radha

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Radha Makitalo To our dearest Radha, May your joy in dancing grow, and may you always inspire others with your talent! We love you! Big hugs, Daddy, Mommy, Panch and Lochan



Sabine Cabreira Spectacular Sabine


Linh Hung-Le “When I dance I feel relaxed, happy and calm.”

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Linh Hung-Le “Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.” Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) I Love you Linh! Mummy xxx


Mica Ongsiako Mysterious Mica

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Annika Javier ACB Primary Distinction 2013


Maya Rivera Well-Mannered Maya

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Alessa Bitong Arresting Alessa


Alba Testa Always Polite Alba

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Natalia Tordesillas ACB Preparatory Level 1 Distinction 2013

ABAP Ballet Competition Special Awards: Most Promising Soloist and Best Musicality Junior 2 Solo Classical


Natalia Tordesillas Congratulations to our favorite ballerina! Dance your heart out and may all your dreams come true!!! Love always, Papi, Mommy and Emilio

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Natalia Tordesillas Congrats! Well done for the ballet. Love Lucas & Leila


Saki Saito Strong-Willed & Focused

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Sahel Pascual ACB Preparatory Level 1 Distinction Abap Ballet Competition Special Award: Most Promising Soloist Junior 3 Solo Classical


Selma Pascual Sensitive Style

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Sahel, Selma, Miel Pascual To our beautiful babies, We are so proud of all of you! Your loving mommy and papa



By: Erika Garcia Marcos

I have been teaching the Primary classes of Danspace for almost 4 years. Being the biggest class in school, it gets quite challenging memorizing all the girls’ names. But the real challenge is when there are twins in the class! I’ve taught 3 sets of twins in the past year, and I almost always have to ask them who is who. While it gets confusing at times when I try to tell them apart, it is also twice the fun! Let’s meet Danspace Ballet School’s twins.

Sabrina and Isis Lopez are fraternal twins. I had them in my Primary A & B classes, and now they are in Level 1A. They are the rock climbing, motorbike riding, triathletes that have found passion in dancing ballet. Isis has strong legs and a compact body, while Sabrina is the wiry and lyrical one. They are constantly happy and are always ready with a good story to share. They also have a lot of energy, and can be quite a handful in class! But their ballet training has proven to be very good for them, giving them focus and discipline. Class is never boring when these two are around. 104 14th Anniversary Issue

Andi and Julie Lahoz are identical twins. They too were my students in the Primary A class, and they quickly moved up to the Level 1A class. The moment you see them dance, you will understand why. They move with such grace and zeal, executing ballet steps that they see from Angelina Ballerina wonderfully. In jest, they could probably body double for each other in the event that they get the lead in a ballet. One could fill in for the other and the audience would not even notice! It is already getting more difficult telling them apart now. Fortunately, one wears earrings and the other does not. It also helps to differentiate the way each one performs her battment tendus – however, they are so identical, I have to do a double take. Both girls received a Distinction Mark during the ACB Exam last April 2013, the highest grade one could get in the exam. They are natural ballerinas, and I am looking forward to seeing them develop into the beautiful dancers they are meant to be.

Lucia and Elena Mapa are our youngest set of identical twins. They started dancing last year and are now in the Primary B class. It is easy to tell them apart because Elena wears glasses – however, on days that she does not, I have to ask them who is who! Lucia is more playful and friendly, while Elena is more reserved and shy. Both girls are very smart and can memorize their dance routines quickly. They also like to ask questions when they don’t understand something, which I believe truly helps them learn better. When it is their turn to be on the dance floor, they never forget to smile and always seem like they are enjoying themselves. It is such a delight teaching these girls. Each set of twins seems to move in sync with each other, and they all love to finish each other’s sentences! Now I don’t know who said it, but twins are not “double the trouble” – in fact, I would say “twice blessed.”

Marie Nishi Most Well Behaved


Bianca Layog Beauty from Within

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Gabbie Henson She has the Gift for Gab


Sofia Serra Super Genius

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Sofia Serra Congratulations Sofi!


Mickie Mae Ragasa

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Mickie Mae Ragasa Congratulations Mickie Mae! We are so proud of you...keep dancing We love you very much! Daddy and Mommy


Ashley Sehwani Ashley loves to dance. She loves everything connected to ballet!

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Ashley Sehwani Live your dream, strive to be the best you can be. May all your dreams, ambitions, and wishes come true. We love you Ashley! Loves: Dad, Mom Aren, Aliyah


Sophia Tiangco ABAP Ballet Competition Finalist Junior 3 Solo Classical

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Sophia Tiangco To our dear Sophia Ballerina, Congratulations! May all your dreams come true. We love you. Love from your fairy god mothers, Ninang Mar, Ninang Bay, Ninang Bern & Ninang Rose


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Bettina Mendoza Be the best that you can be!


Bettina Gorriceta Happy Birthday Bettina!!

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We’re so proud of you!

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Bettina Gorriceta Congratulations from F&C Jewelry

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Bettina Gorriceta Congratulations from S’barro


Bettina Gorriceta Keep on Dancing! Congratulations, Ina!

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Bettina Gorriceta We love you, Ina! Congratulations!!!


Bettina Gorriceta

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Michael Angelo Fernandez ACB Level 1 Distinction 2013 ABAP Ballet Competition Second Place Junior 3 Solo Classical


Michelle Condeno ACB Level 3 Distinction 2013

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Bianca Tordesillas

Born to Dance!


Clarise Miranda

Abap Ballet Competition Second Place & Most Promising Soloist Senior Solo Contemporary

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Jiny Jane Ferrer Ever Reliable!



Part 1 My Inspiration 1. Dance of the Cherry Blossoms

3. Don’t Wake the Whale Music by: Dennis Scott

Music by: Antonio Vivaldi Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas


Bianca Layog Marie Nishi Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda Bianca Tordesillas

Music by: Elton John and Tim Rice Choreography by:

Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Bianca Layog Marie Nishi Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda Bianca Tordesillas

2. When Will My Life Begin?

Ines Angara Ariana Benitez Alessa Bitong Sabine Cabreira Ethel Heng Annika Javier Anda Lagdameo Celine Lagdameo Danni Lagdameo Linh Hung-Le Carmen Llenado Radha Makitalo Chantal Nacino Mica Ongsiako Eunie Park Lucia Ramos Maya Rivera Jewel Rojas Alba Testa

Natalia Tordesillas

7. Golden Fairy Music by: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by: Melvin Martinez and Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Sahel Pascual

8. Requiem Pour un Reve

Music by: Nicolai Pavlovitch Budashkin Choreography by: Tom Pazik

Lobreza Pimentel* Ricky Comeros*

9. Assassin

Choreography by: Melvin Martinez

Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Bianca Tordesillas

10. Tsinelas Music by: Jesper Kyd Choreography by: Melvin Martinez

Clarise Miranda

11. Kalipay Music by: Pinikpikan Choreography by: Melvin Martinez

Ines Angara Ariana Benitez Alessa Bitong Sabine Cabreira Ethel Heng Annika Javier Anda Lagdameo Celine Lagdameo Danni Lagdameo Linh Hung-Le

Carmen Llenado

Music by: Mandy Moore

Choreography by:

Radha Makitalo Chantal Nacino Mica Ongsiako Eunie Park Lucia Ramos Maya Rivera Jewel Rojas

Alba Testa

Erika Garcia Marcos

Mika Aglipay Alex Kwok Andrea Lahoz Julia Lahoz Isis Lopez Sabrina Lopez Andrea Luchangco Mizuka Nagai Miel Pascual Aoi Tsuchiya Ruri Tsuchiya Olivia Vital

5. I Just Can’t Wait to be King


Restaged by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Mika Benitez Rocio Bilbao Mireya Borromeo Sarita Bustamante Riley Chiongbian Ariana Chung Amanda Chua Amanda Francisco Maica Gloria

12. Kalipay Music by: Pinikpikan Choreography by: Melvin Martinez

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Bianca Layog Marie Nishi Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda

Bianca Tordesillas


Music by: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

The Tea House

6. Silver Fairy

Music by: Rodgers and Hammerstein

Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda Bianca Tordesillas

Bianca Layog Marie Nishi Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco

Tatiana Araneta Samira Castro Ava Chiongbian Arianna Fonacier Joie Icasas Sophia Jacob Elena Mapa Lucia Mapa Felicia Nacino Carolina Prieto Raphaella Kalaw Zabrinna Santiago Anita Villanueva Addie Yao

4. Getting to Know You

The Four Sisters

Helena Go Amil Lopez Rianna Rodrigo Alana Rufino Chihana Yoneshima

Part 2 Aurora’s Wedding A one-act ballet retold by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Music by: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The ballet begins with a celebration of the Princess Aurora’s 14th birthday in the palace gardens. It seems that a dark cloud has been lifted in the entire palace, as the Princess has been safe all these years from all spindles that could possibly harm her before this time. The flora are lush and in full bloom as they dance the Garland Waltz and the fauna are bouncy and merry The friends of the Princess are all in attendance and as she makes her grand entrance four dashing cavaliers greet her with the Rose Adagio. In the midst of the festivities, no one notices a lone, black, hunched figure in the crowd. As the Princess dances about to greet her guests, the figure presents her with a bouquet of flowers. Merrily twirling around, the Princess pricks her finger on something hidden inside the bouquet. The figure unveils his cape and reveals himself as the evil fairy Carabosse. Everyone is astonished as the Princess collapses to the ground. Fortunately, the Lilac Fairy, the fairy of all goodness, reminds everyone that she had already given her blessing to the Princess when the spell was first cast during the christening—she will only be asleep until she is awakened by true love’s kiss. The Lilac Fairy puts the entire kingdom to sleep and creates a mist to cover and protect everyone. It is seven years later and news of the Princess Aurora has reached all the kingdoms far and near. A handsome young prince named Florimund, together with his entourage, reaches the castle gates of King Florestan. He meets the Lilac Fairy who tells him about the Princess Aurora. The Princess appears as a vision and the Prince is instantly drawn to her and is astounded by her radiant beauty. He finds the Princess, leans forward and plants a tender loving kiss on her lips. She magically awakens and looks into his eyes. Everyone around them wakes up as well and the entire palace rejoices. A royal wedding is taking place; guests of the Prince and Princess from fairytale land attend: the Jewels—Sapphire, Silver, Golden and Diamond, together with the semi-precious and precious stones: Pink Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald and Amethyst;

Little Red Riding Hood; Cinderella; Don’t Wake the whale and Ballerina and Toy Soldier; the Bluebirds; Puss in Boots; and the White Cats. The Prince and Princess seal their love with a grand pas de deux and are blessed by the Lilac Fairy. Everyone ends with a lively mazurka and the final apotheosis.

1. Prologue

Carabosse: Joel Matias* King Florestan: Kent Garcia* Queen: Bianca Troncino*

Aoi Tsuchiya Ruri Tsuchiya Olivia Vital

6. Canary Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Tatiana Araneta Samira Castro Ava Chiongbian Sophia Jacob Raphaella Kalaw Zabrinna Santiago Anita Villanueva

Lilac Fairy: Sophia Tiangco

2. Garland Waltz

Choreography by: Melvin Martinez Bianca Layog Marie Nishi

7. Lilac Fairy

Choreographed by: Melvin Martinez Sophia Tiangco

8. Aurora

Lobreza Pimentel*

15. Jewels

Choreography by: Melvin Martinez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda Bianca Tordesillas

Ines Angara Ariana Benitez Alessa Bitong Sabine Cabreira Ethel Heng Annika Javier Anda Lagdameo Celine Lagdameo Danni Lagdameo Linh Hung-Le Carmen Llenado Radha Makitalo Chantal Nacino

Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Sophia Tiangco Michelle Condeno Jiny Jane Ferrer Clarise Miranda Bianca Tordesillas

3. The Princess Aurora Lobreza Pimentel*

4. The Rose Adagio Restaged by: Anatoli Panasyukov Lobreza Pimentel*

Four Cavaliers Ricky Comeros* Jeff Comeros* Michael Angelo Fernandez Mark Pineda*

5. Fauna Choreography by:

Mica Ongsiako Eunie Park Lucia Ramos Maya Rivera Jewel Rojas Alba Testa

10. Coda

Four Cavaliers Princess Aurora

11. Carabosse Joel Matias*

12. Prince Charming Lemuel Capa*

13. The Awakening 14. Entrada

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Full Company

Silver: Jiny Jane Ferrer Golden: Bianca Tordesillas Semi-Precious Stones Bettina Gorriceta Gabbie Henson Bettina Mendoza Aryanna Santiago Sophia Tiangco

Coda All

16. The White Cat Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Ines Angara Ariana Benitez Alessa Bitong Ethel Heng Annika Javier Anda Lagdameo Celine Lagdameo Danni Lagdameo Linh Hung-Le Carmen Llenado Radha Makitalo Mica Ongsiako Maya Rivera Alba Testa

17. The Bluebirds Choreography by: Melvin Martinez

Bianca Layog Marie Nishi Sahel Pascual Selma Pascual Mickie Mae Ragasa Saki Saito Ashley Sehwani Sofia Serra Natalia Tordesillas Michael Angelo Fernandez

18. Little Red Riding Hood Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Mika Benitez Rocio Bilbao Mireya Borromeo Sarita Bustamante Riley Chiongbian Ariana Chung Amanda Chua Amanda Francisco Maica Gloria Helena Go Amil Lopez Rianna Rodrigo Alana Rufino Chihana Yoneshima

Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Mika Aglipay Alex Kwok Andrea Lahoz Julia Lahoz Isis Lopez Sabrina Lopez Andrea Luchangco Mizuka Nagai Miel Pascual

Addie Yao

Blue Sapphire: Clarise Miranda Pink Sapphire: Aryanna Santiago

9. Friend’s Dance

Choreographed by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas

Arianna Fonacier Joie Icasas Sophia Jacob Elena Mapa Lucia Mapa Felicia Nacino Carolina Prieto Raphaella Kalaw Zabrinna Santiago Anita Villanueva

19. Don’t Wake the whale and Ballerina and Toy Soldier Choreography by:

20. Cinderella

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Mika Aglipay Alex Kwok Andrea Lahoz Julia Lahoz Isis Lopez Sabrina Lopez Andrea Luchangco Mizuka Nagai Miel Pascual Aoi Tsuchiya Ruri Tsuchiya Olivia Vital

21. Grand Adagio Restaged by: Anatoli Panasyukov Lobreza Pimentel* Lemuel Capa*

22. Prince Solo Lemuel Capa*

23. Aurora Solo

Lobreza Pimentel*

24. Coda

Lemuel Capa* Lobreza Pimentel*

25. Finale

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Full Company

26. Apotheosis

Choreography by: Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Full Company *Guest Artist

Maritoni Rufino Tordesillas Tatiana Araneta Samira Castro Ava Chiongbian


Classical Ballet Primary A 4-5 yrs. old MW 3:30 - 4:30PM S 10:00 - 11:00AM

Primary B 6-7 years old MW 4:30 - 5:30PM S 11:00 - 12:00PM

LV1A 8-9 years old TH 4:00 - 5:00PM S 12:00 - 1:00PM

LV1B 9-10 years old TH 5:00 - 6:00PM S 1:00 - 2:00PM

LV2-3 W S

5:30 - 7:00PM 2:00 - 3:30PM

LV4 MWS 2:00 - 3:30PM

Modern Ballet F

4:00 - 5:00 - Kids 5:00 - 6:00 - Teens 6:00 - 7:30 - Choreography

*Schedule subject to change without prior notice

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