Ballet for All


Ballet is an art form fit for high society. Those who are educated and have high appreciation for the arts are the core audience of this form of dance.

Not anymore.

While the above statements may be true in some aspect, for Ballet Philippines (BP), any crowd from any class is welcome to watch and enjoy the fine art of ballet.

Now 43 years old, Ballet Philippines is now the oldest ballet company in the Philippines and in Asia. It opens its doors to public school children in performances, as well as different areas in the country to spread ballet appreciation all throughout.

BP has found a great ally in the private sector which sponsor public school children so they can have access to the company's performances. This is also a way to promote art appreciation among Filipinos especially the youth.

"This is a growing audience, a great interest from the young. Appreciation for the arts must start with the young. Many arts companies are really building a generation of good artistry and appreciation for the arts and we are lucky that there are corporations that support public school children to watch ballet. Whenever there is a sponsor, our doors are open to the public schools kids to watch the show, from grade school to college," explains BP president Margie Moran Floirendo.

BUILDING A NEW GENERATION OF ART LOVERS

Being under the helm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Ballet Philippines targets accessibility of their performances among the youth, to create a new generation of Filipino art lovers.

For instance the recent "Crisostomo Ibarra" toured around the Philippines, including in Lyceum of the Philippines University, Adamson University, Liceo De Cagayan University, Mindanao State University, just to name a few.

BP also builds the young Filipino dancer's dream to perform.

"There's always a strong interest in classical ballet, Filipinos love ballet. We have a lot of dancers and a lot of ballet schools all over the Philippines. Candice Adea's recent win in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition is inspiring a lot of young dancers. Although dadaan ka sa butas ng karayom, there's a chance if you're really dedicated to make a name in dance," shares BP artistic director Paul Alexander Morales.

Adea, BP's principal dancer, is the first Filipino to win first prize in the Senior Women's Division of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. She bested dancers from 28 other countries.

Morales says that ballerinas like Adea and prima ballerinas like Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Maniya Barredo serve as inspiration to aspiring dancers. That is why the company offers scholarships to those who dream to become world-class ballerinas. They have partnership with several schools including De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde where they give six scholars a chance to finish a bachelor's degree in Performing Arts major in Dance while also performing and training for the company. …

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