Bianca Denise Magbatoc and Tiffany Ong, Top 12, Ensemble performing “Happy Together”
Little ballerinas conquer world stage: PH reps make it to the finals of YAGP
INQUIRER.net BrandRoom / 10:54 AM August 13, 2021
Who knew online classes could turn little girls into world-class ballerinas?
Last July 18, 2021, talented students from the Dance Theatre Arts (DTA) emerged as finalists in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), dubbed as the ‘Olympics of ballet’. Chloe Chen, Bianca Denise Magbatoc and Tiffany Ong, and danced their way to the finals. Tiffany Ong won in the Pre-Competitive Classical Top 12 and the duo of Bianca and Tiffany rose to Ensemble Top 12 of their “Happy Together” virtual performances, thanks to their determined spirits and training under the wings of DTA founder and ballet guru Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc.
The recognition of these girls just proves that not even the lockdown can get in the way of their dreams. Since the pandemic started, DTA pivoted from in-person to virtual classes. This new setup kept the kids dancing, but not without its challenges. From face-to-face to distance learning, living rooms to makeshift studios — major adjustments had to be made. But despite losing a center table or a sofa, Teacher Pam happily shared that “everyone was so willing to give those up for the love of continuing the learning.”
True enough, students, coaches, and parents were flexible enough to take on this new reality together. Parents are now more involved, while the students are putting in extra focus as they perform on their own. This discipline and confidence allowed the likes of Chloe, Tiffany, and Bianca to shine at global competitions, bagging awards and scholarships to prestigious dance schools. Amazing how they brought pride to our country even from their homes, right?
Now, this could happen to your little girl, too! Aside from the enjoyment, the sense of normalcy, she can also realize her potential to conquer the international stage just like DTA’s girls. So let her wear those leotards, slip into those ballet shoes, and take the first step to her dreams with DTA.
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