Ballet Manila dancers shine at the 2016 Asian Grand Prix
Ballet Manila’s Nicole Barroso won the silver medal at the 6th Asian Grand Prix, repeating her feat last year in the same ballet competition.
As part of her prize, Barroso also received the Elmhurst and Shanghai Scholarships at the awarding rites held Friday night at the Y-Theater in Hong Kong.
Ballet Manila artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and co-artistic director Osias Barroso also celebrated the triumph of the following BM competitors in their respective categories:
Shaira Comeros, 5th Place, Junior B; Most Promising Female Award
Alvin Dictado, 6th Place, Junior B
Ana Andes, 5th Place, Senior A
Raymond Salcedo, 4th Place, Senior B
Rodney Catubay, 5th Place, Senior B
Loraine Gaile Jarlega, 5th Place, Pre-competitive 2
Junior B Finalists: Danielle De Guzman; Joshua Enciso
Junior A Finalists: Ashley Salonga; Lyssa Apilado
Shortly after the awarding ceremonies, Macuja-Elizalde enthused:
“The Asian Grand Prix has certainly evolved over the six years it has been in existence and I am so happy and proud that Ballet Manila and our delegates have grown together with this competition.”
Tapped as a jury member in the Pre-Competitive category, she said: “For the first time, with an inside look into the job of the jury, I saw the meticulous attention to detail in giving the scores and the criteria for the decisions involved in giving these much coveted awards and prizes.”
Herself a winner in several international ballet competitions, Macuja-Elizalde stressed: “I am, of course, greatly pleased that our dancers have danced well and reaped honors for Ballet Manila and for our country. But more so, I am touched by the sincere comments of the jury in their praise for the high quality of training that we give our competitors. They had the strength, technique and style necessary to get those points. But at the end of the day, the fact that they all danced from the heart was the quality that brought them home!”
Barroso who personally led the training of the dancers for the AGP noted that throughout the week, he has been receiving positive feedback about the schooling of the Ballet Manila competitors.
“A lot of people noticed how BM dancers simply seemed to sail until the finals,” he said.
Eleven out of BM’s 18-member delegation made it to the finals.
The other BM finalists were Joshua Enciso, Danielle De Guzman, Ashley Salonga and Lyssa Apilado.
Making it to the semi-finals were Jayrald Magat, Kayla Coseteng, Marinette Franco and Monic Valera.
The BM participants who finished the Elimination Round were: Abby Bonifacio, Regina Gonzalez and Tiffany Claire Lau.
Photos courtesy of Asian Grand Prix and Osias Barroso