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Ridgepointe Ballet holds dance clinic

Ridgepointe Ballet recently performed an extravaganza of classical, contemporary and even celtic dance pieces by Liza de la Fuente and featuring De la Fuente’s ballet adaptation of the children’s animation film “Lilo & Stitch,” in eXperiment 626.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila ends 18th season with ‘Heart 2 Heart’

LONDON-BASED West End Mamas and Papas, composed of Gerard Duffy and
Maya Barredo-Duffy, Robert Atchison and Gia Macuja-Atchison and Nick Bonner
and Cez Campos-Bonner

Ballet Manila ends its 18th performance season with the latest installment of its popular “Ballet & Ballads” series, this time titled “Heart 2 Heart.” The London-based musical theater groups West End Mamas and Papas are featured guests.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Welcome to Sofia Elizalde’s dance dream come true

SOFIA Zobel-Elizalde

A few blocks away from where mini-skirted, dusky, long-haired ladies in platformed stilettoes stroll hand-in-hand with foreign men in Birkenstocks and cargo shorts, and a corner away from a bar that features midget boxing, karaoke joints offering foot massages on the side, and cafés that serve Lonely Planet meals and drinks, has risen a glass-and-concrete building with a lofty but realistic purpose of training young would-be dancers in ballet, an art form that is perceived by a majority to be elitist.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Lisa Macuja to dance her final ‘Nutcracker’

DAWNA Mangahas and Harold Salgado in Ballet Manila’s “The Nutcracker”

For prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, dancing as Masha or the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” is like receiving a Christmas present each time.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Lisa Macuja’s Swan Song series to raise funds for typhoon victims

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Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has announced that all proceeds from ticket sales to her Swan Song Series Year 3 shows will be donated to relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lisa Macuja lives up to title as ‘ballerina of the people’


If you’ve been getting eyestrain from the “Yolanda” postings on Facebook and frustrated by news of unwieldy rescue and relief operations, it might be a good idea to get a quick fix at the theater.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lisa Macuja happy to retire on her own terms

PRINCIPAL dancer Rudy de Dios dances as Solor in the lyrical ballet set in India.

For prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, it has been one long, heartfelt goodbye to the ballet classics she dearly loves. The Swan Song Series, her three-year retirement plan, was really meant to ease her into the days when she would leave centerstage and concentrate on her duties as artistic director of Ballet Manila.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila stages ‘Le Corsaire’ pirate adventure

“Le Corsaire” is a show-off piece that highlights pyrotechnical dancing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After its successful staging of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang”, Ballet Manila continues its 18th performance season with the full-length pirate adventure on pointes, “Le Corsaire”.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Rock Supremo’ features ‘fragmented’ Bonifacio

CHOREOGRAPHERS Alden Lugnasin, Paul Morales, Dwight Rodrigazo

It starts with the capture of Andres Bonifacio, the Supremo and leader of the revolutionary secret society Katipunan. Charged with treason and conspiracy to kill Emilio Aguinaldo, he is captured, unjustly tried and executed.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila postpones ‘Lola Basyang’ shows

PRIMA ballerina Lisa Macuja and Luz Fernandez lead the cast of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”

Due to the current situation in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon brought about by inclement weather, Ballet Manila is postponing the performances of its latest production, “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang”, scheduled this weekend or on August 23, 24 and 25.

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ballet Manila opens new season with ‘Lola Basyang’ Redux Aug. 23

PRIMA ballerina Lisa Macuja and Luz Fernandez lead the cast of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde was in a fair at her children’s school when she came across a series of “Lola Basyang” books on sale. Leafing through the pages, she was enthralled by images of enchanted lands, bewitched sisters and mythical creatures. She thought how wonderful it would be if these stories could be told in dance.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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