#ArtsPH - Ballet Philippines gears up for its Summer Workshop

Summer can be the most crucial time for a budding ballerina’s career. While most children are on vacations or staycations, the pupils of Ballet Philippines Dance School are hard at work. Three to five times a week, they fill their days with classes in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip hop, and even lectures – all geared towards guiding them towards becoming full-fledged dance artists.

The BPDS Jazz Teens class in the 47th Summer Dance Workshop - Photo by Kurt Copon


Classical ballet is a time-honored dance form that teaches grace, precision, and expression - a tradition that the BPDS has passed on through its programs that incorporates the Philippine National Ballet Syllabus to generations of dance students. Classical ballet encourages freedom of expression, builds confidence and self-discipline, and develops a sense of individuality, which would grow into an appreciation for the arts.

Modern dance explores dance movements beyond the set boundaries of classical ballet, incorporating influences from day-to-day movements, folk dances, martial arts and other sports, as well as contemporary/popular dance. Modern serves as a laboratory for emerging dancers and choreographers, allowing the discovery of new artists in dance.

Staying on top of the latest in popular dance, the Ballet Philippines Dance School also offers courses in Hip Hop and Jazz dance. Students discover different rhythms and grooves of movement, shaping them into becoming well-rounded dancers.

Classical Ballet - 1 in Czardas from the 47th Summer Dance Workshop recital- photo by Kurt Copon


The Summer Dance Workshop also offers a weekly Lecture Series, in keeping with the BP Dance School’s holistic approach to dance education. Through these sit-down talks, students have the opportunity to interact with artists of different fields and learn how aspects of their art form can relate to and enhance one’s dancing.

The 48th CCP Summer Dance Workshop starts on April 17, 2016 at BPDS-SM Aura Premier and on April 18, 2016 at BPDS-CCP. Students attend a minimum of 3 classes a week (for pre-ballet and elementary ballet students) to as much as 5 classes a week, including workshop rehearsals for its culminating performances at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on May 20 and 21. 

Summer classes will also be held in the newly opened BP Dance School branches in Greenhills Theatre Mall and Victoria Sports, Quezon City. Classes start on April 4 and end on May 31.

The Ballet Philippines Dance School is the professional training ground of the country’s most promising young talents in dance. With a unique curriculum that encompasses various dance styles and techniques, the systematized method and approach to instruction takes highly into account children’s anatomy and psyche at various ages and levels so that the training is physically safe, technically effective and artistically enriching for all students.

BP Dance School's Basic Modern Class in the 47th Summer Dance Workshop - photo by Kurt Copon


The Ballet Philippines Dance School is located at the following venues:

BPDS-CCP: Ground Floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, 
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Call (02) 832-3689 (Tina)

BPDS-SM Aura Premier: 
6th Floor, Unit 602B, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street Corner 
McKinley Parkway Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Call (02) 531-4436 (Annabelle)

BPDS-Greenhills: 
F&B-5, Arts Plaza, Greenhills Theatre Mall, San Juan
Call 0915 630-6968 (Meann)

BPDS-Victoria Sports: 
Victoria Sports, 799 EDSA Southbound, South Triangle, 
Quezon City
Call (02) 832-3689 (Tina)

Connect to the Ballet Philippines Dance School online through the following social media networks:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletphilippines
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph

To join in the Ballet Philippines conversation, use their official hashtags: #balletph, #bpdanceschool

See you at the studio!




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