A Night of Ballet and Balladeers

When I was a little girl, I took ballet classes because I have always had this fascination with its class and poise. But, it’s not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline.

Jianna Hernandez, daughter of our good friends, Dr. Joy and Vicky Hernandez, is a great ballerina. I have known her since she was a little girl. I witnessed her dedication to ballet that even on weekends when we have get togethers, she always attends her ballet classes first. That’s how passionate she is with her art.

Weeks ago, the School for Theater Arts and Dance (STAND) held its Mid-Year recital at the Pearlmont Inn. Entitled Ballet and Balladeers, the show was conceptualized and choreographed by the school’s Artistic Director Ms. Faith J. Javellana. 

The recital showcased not only the grace and skill of its young student dancers but also their other musical talents. Isabel Gotil and Pamela Go played the guitar and sang.  Students Sandy Macarambon and Zoe Sisam also lent their voices. To add to the visual feast are the numerous photographs of nature by Dr. Carlo Romero which were shown on the huge screen. 

It was a feel-good evening listening to the mellow ballads sang by John Paul Romero and Atty. Zerah Absin. They rendered songs such as To Where You Are, You’re Still You, L.O.V.E. while the young ballerinas danced with them. 

One of the highlights of the evening was the recognition and awarding to two of its students who won in a national dance competition, The Philippine Dance Cup, held in Manila last July.  

Congratulations to Jianna Marice Hernandez and Ria Lourdes Alfaro. Jianna was awarded 6th Place ranking in the Junior Solo Classical Ballet Division among 56 competitors from the best ballet schools in the country while Ria was Honorable Mention in the Junior Solo Contemporary Dance Division among 22 competitors. 

STAND sent only these two dancers to compete in the Junior Solo category (11-13 years old) and both of them took home the bacon.  It was also the first time that STAND took part in this competition. Held at De La Salle University- College of Saint Benilde, The Philippine Dance Cup is an annual national dance competition for promising young dancers and amateur groups.

Photo credits to Dr. Carlo Romero and Romel Chiu

Saw BusinessWeek Mindanao newspaper at Starbucks… We were at the other table so I borrowed it from them so I could take a picture of my article. Hehe

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