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Multi-Awarded Dance Talents Take The Spotlight In “The Winners’ Circle” On June 21

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Dance.MNL’s week of performances kick off with “The Winners’ Circle” on June 21, 8:00PM at the CCP Main Theater. This program brings together just some of the numerous Filipino dance artists who have won recognition and awards both locally and internationally.

Among the laureled dancers coming home for this event are Candice Adea of BalletMet, Christine Rocas of Joffrey Ballet, Jared Tan of Atlanta Ballet, and Nazer Salgado of Singapore Dance Theatre, and Jasmine Cruz of Westlake School of Performing Arts. “The Winners’ Circle” will also feature the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s ‘Amid Shadows’, a work made especially for Christine Rocas and the Ballet Manila principals.

“The Winners’ Circle” also highlights the many locally based dancers who have garnered awards in major dance competitions. These include Ballet Philippines dancers Jean Marc Cordero, Garry Corpuz, Monica Amanda Gana, and Denise Parungao, Philippine Ballet Theatre dancers Matthew Davo, Regine Magbitang, Ian Ocampo, Lobreza Pimentel, and Veronica Ylagan, and Ballet Manila dancers Katherine Barkman, Rudolph Capongcol, Pia Dames, Anselmo Dictado, Gerardo Francisco, Elpidio Magat, Dawna Mangahas, Abigail Oliveiro, Romeo Peralta, and Joan Emery Sia.

These dancers have represented the Philippines in various ballet competitions such as the Asian Grand Prix, Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, Boston International Ballet Competition, Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Japan International Ballet & Modern Dance Competition, New York International Ballet Competition, Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition, Seoul International Dance Competition, USA International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition, and Youth America Grand Prix. They have also won local recognition in the CCP National Dance Competition and the National Music Competition for Young Artists.

Philippine Ballet Theatre in Dancing in One Voice
Ballet Manila's Sotto Voce by Bam Damian - photo by Konrad O
UP Dance Company's A Wanderer in the Night's World
Ballet Philippines in Carlo Pacis' Shifting Wait
“The Winners’ Circle” will be performed at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on June 21, 8:00 PM. Tickets are priced at Php 1000, Php 800, Php 400, and Php 200.

Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Manila, Dance.MNL is a biennial festival focused on uniting and celebrating the Filipino dance community. Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Manila Broadcasting Company, this inaugural festival will feature 11 performances, a two-week dance intensive and a conference, gathering more than 500 dance professionals in the metropolis from June 14 to 26 at the CCP, Aliw Theater, and Star Theater.

For more information, visit, email, call (02) 551-1003, or check out our official Facebook page: To join in the social media conversation, use our official hashtag: #dancemnl

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