Society for Ballet Philippines (BP) is Philippines’ premier professional dance company that has existed since 1969 and was formally launched in 1982 by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City. 1 Ballet Philippines has earned critical and popular acclaim throughout the world as they showcase the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage of music and dance internationally. The company has been cited for its forcible dance foundation, flexibility, and a record of over 250 accumulated pieces.
Greatly surpassing all other dance productions in South East Asia. Ballet Philippines utilizes choreographies from classical ballet, traditional or folk dances even to unconventional performances like martial arts and aerial movements. They have also included contemporary dances translated from Western techniques to produce a distinctly Filipino movement, theme, design and inspiration. The group is lead by Leslie Noble, the Executive Director and Paul Alexander Morales, the Artistic Director. 2
Along with it’s other resident dance companies: Philippine Ballet Theatre, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, and the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company; Ballet Philippines is one of the highlights of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 3 Most performances are done at home in CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (also known as Little Theater). As pioneers of Philippine Ballet, BP was the first Filipino group to ever hold dance education programs and perform ballet dance concerts in the Philippines.
CCP Dance School of Ballet Philippines is BP’s answer to young aspiring dancers. The institute offers classes, seminars and lectures on their dancer’s health and production design for children and teens. The school also provides scholarships to promising students. 4 Some of Ballet Philippines’ best and recent pieces are: La revolucion Filipina, 20085 (originally performed 1996); New Beginnings 20086 (a repertoire featuring Alvin Ailey American’s Night Creature, 1974); Ballet Masterworks7 (a collection of works dated all the way back to 1985) and the Neo-Filipino series(2009 – Present).
The Ballet Philippines gets its funds from two major sources: ticket-selling and subscription packages or sponsorships. 8 Upcoming events and productions advertised in mass media like television and radio. Many critics review their pieces and are posted on newspaper like Manila Bulletin9, Philippine Daily Inquirer10 and the Manila Times11. BP supporters subscribe online by favoring their FaceBook12 site and their online blogs131415.