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One-night-only concert on Oct. 4 is Lisa Macuja’s grand exit

LISA danced her first full-length “Romeo
and Juliet” with Chinese principal dancer
Ou Lu and the Royal New Zealand Ballet
in 1988; at right, as Kitri in “Don Quixote”
with Farouk Ruzimatov and the Kirov Ballet in 1986

Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde will be headlining a full classical concert for the last time as she celebrates her 50th birthday and 30th anniversary as a professional ballet dancer.   “As this will be the last time I will headline a full classical concert, I wanted this show to be extra special and kept it […]

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lisa Macuja digs into her classical roots in ‘Gold’ birthday concert

PRIMA ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde turns 50: “Dancing is the best birthday present I can give myself, really.”

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has staunchly adhered to a birthday “tradition” for several years. Instead of kicking back and relaxing, she indulges in the one thing she’s most passionate about—dancing.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ballet Philippines features masterworks in ‘Blue Moon Gala’ on Sept. 26, 27

Agnes Locsin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ballet Philippines

Ballet Philippines, the country’s premier classical and contemporary dance company proudly announces the “The Blue Moon Gala” set on September 26 – 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines—Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lisa Macuja celebrates the classics in 50th birthday concert

In 1984, Lisa Macuja (fifth from left) graduated at the top of her class from the Leningrad Choreographic Institute in Russia under the tutelage of her mentor Tatiana Udalenkova (center). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ballet Manila

With a grateful heart, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde presents a very special show to mark two significant milestones in her life – her 50th birthday and her 30th anniversary as a professional ballerina.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Giselle’ returns to celebrate Ballet Philippines Sapphire year

Giselle 1-Principal Dancers Jean Marc Cordero and Katherine Trofeo in BP's Giselle

In a special repeat performance, Ballet Philippines’ highly celebrated restaging of “Giselle” returns this September 19-21 to the CCP Main Theater. The beloved romantic ballet is once again being restaged by the Philippines’ premier danseur, Nonoy Froilan to start off the Blue Moon Series, a two-week fundraising series celebrating the company’s sapphire milestone.

Posted: September 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »