Ballet Manila opens auditions, summer workshops

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By Anna Valmero

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—Ballet Manila School is opening auditions for female company members, apprentices and scholars.

Studying at the company means being trained by the country’s prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Interested parties can register (P300 fee per head) on March 24 and 25 at 10a.m., while audition proper starts at 2 pm on both days. Full and half scholarships will be available to deserving young talents.

Meanwhile, applicants who do not qualify for a scholarship are welcome to enroll as regular paying students for the summer workshop.

The Ballet Manila School’s annual intensive summer training workshop is set to begin on April 10 and will culminate in a first full-length recital of “Swan Lake!” on May 26-27 at the Aliw Theater. The recital will involve over 200 students and Project Ballet Futures scholars.

Ballet Manila artistic director and Principal Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, together with Artistic Associate Osias Barroso, lead a highly qualified faculty of experienced professional dancers-cum-teachers trained in the Vaganova (Russian) technique.

Hailed as the “ballerina of the people,” Macuja is committed to bringing ballet closer to the hearts of the Filipino masses—the same inspiration that continues to spur Ballet Manila, which she helped create in 1995.

Classes offered include classical ballet technique taught in five levels: Baby Ballet, Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV; Apprentice Class; and Modern Dance. (Adult ballet and yoga may also be held depending on the number of enrollees.)

Aside from the tuition and recital fees, Ballet Manila School offers an affordable package that includes: tickets to the recitals, costume rentals, pictorial for the souvenir program, souvenir program, and other miscellaneous fees.

Classes will be held from Tuesdays to Saturdays at the Ballet Manila studios at 1915 Donada Street, Pasay City. Interested parties are encouraged to enroll or make reservations in advance, with classes limited to 20 students only for a more effective instruction.

For inquiries, call (02) 400-0292 and 525-5967, visit the website, or email

(Photos by Ballet Manila)

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