28 October 2008

My Ballet Mentor

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Chelo · 2 comments
She brings about an air of aristocracy wherever she goes. We, her students, naturally bow our dancer's curtsey whenever she comes into the room. Decades ago, when dancers were called to perform for a VIP occasion, she insisted that the ballet dancers eat with the guests, then appropriately & formally dressed, instead of in the kitchen where they were originally assigned. In class, whether out of a passion or perfunctory rigmarole, she exacted elegance even in the minutest hair accessory. Holes in tights certainly had no room. On a tour with the company, she singlehandedly billeted us all away from the halls of a hospital accommodation and brought us to the best resort the city could offer, at her expense. In class, steps had to be executed in the beautiful Russian method. We danced. We danced.

Most of all, she taught us that we dance and we keep dancing because we love it. Inday Gaston-Manosa. Pillar in Philippine ballet. Mentor. Artist.

26 October 2008

ABAP Cup 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008 by Chelo · 3 comments
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The Association of Ballet Academies Philippines (ABAP) holds the first-ever national ballet group (ensemble) competition this October 31, 2008 at the Meralco Theater. 17 schools will participate in several age & dance categories. The Philippine ballet scene is alive & well.

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