We can only imagine the challenges that pepper a professional dancer's path: exhaustion, injury, sky-high standards, and achingly long hours being just a few. So when one perseveres, there is more than enough reason to celebrate.
Last April 29 was International Dance Day 2017, and to honor Filipino performers, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has gathered a handful of the country's most prominent dance talents—legends in their respective disciplines—to shed a sliver of light on their struggles, their triumphs, and more importantly, the reasons why they keep on pushing forward.
The collaboration video features “Mr. Pure Energy” Gary Valenciano and his son Gab Valenciano, The Maneuvers’ Jason and Joshua Zamora, pole dance advocate Ciara Sotto, and celebrity choreographer Nesh Janiola. Together, these Filipino proponents of dance have come together to celebrate the art of movement—where bodies are brushes painting meaning across a canvas called the stage.
This initiative is spearheaded by Ballet Manila, which is the country’s premiere classical dance company and also runs The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila where the next generation of Filipina ballerinas are trained. As the country’s only Prima Ballerina, Lisa has overcome her fair share of challenges spread across a long, storied career.
We couldn't be prouder of the Philippines' overflowing talent and the journeys they have taken to personal fulfillment and worldwide acclaim!