Ballet Philippines Dance School Director
Rubylee Gomez started dancing at the age of 15 under Chelo Borromeo-Gemina. With Chelo, she trained under the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Syllabus, Participating in its annual exams and representing the school in the Association of Ballet Academies Philippines’ Danseries. Training as a teacher followed the year after, Rubylee took the ACB teacher’s seminar under Christine Walsh, and later on the teachers’ certification under the National Ballet Syllabus authored by Felicitas Radaic with Noordin Jumalon and Vella Damian. She has also completed the Play Ballet and Pre-National Ballet Syllabus Seminar. In 1999 and 2003, she trained in classes at the ACB headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. Rubylee first entered the CCP Dance School as a full scholar in the 28th CCP Summer Dance Workshop. She returned to CCP in 2005 and studied under teachers Noordin Jumalon, Gina Katigbak-Garcia, Victor Ursabia, Jeffrey Espejo, Pamela Asprer-Espejo, Katrina Santos-Mercado, Gerald Mercado, Biag Gaongen, Alan Hineline, William Morgan and Ai-gul Gaisina. She has performed in CCPDS’ productions An Urban Tale, Starzan Gubatman, Cinderella, Under the Sea and Up in the Sky, Swan
Lake, The Nutcracker, A Forest Tale, Baroque Fantasque, and as the title role in Snow White. As a scholar, she has performed in Ballet Philippines’ productions such as Snow White, Alan Hineline’s Coppelia, Alice Reyes’ Amada and Tales of the Manuvu, The Nutcracker, Edna Vida’s Peter Pan, and Don Quixote. Rubylee is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Gillianne Therese Gequinto
Gia began her dance training with Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc and Brezhnev Larlar. Training under Nonoy Froilan, Victor Ursabia, Princess Duma-Berdin, Nina Hayuma-Habulan and Ronilo Jaynario at the Philippine High School for the Arts, she graduated with an Outstanding Student Artist for Ballet Award and the MARIA Scholarship Award. She has completed the Intermediate Level for Cecchetti Classical Ballet Major exams with Honors, and the Royal Academy of Dance Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Graded Exams with Distinction. She has also attended the Play Ballet and Pre-National Ballet Syllabus Seminar. A company member of Ballet Philippines with regular featured roles and citations from the Gawad Buhay! Awards, she is also finishing her degree in Dance at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Baby Ballet-C and Pre-Beginners I-B
Throughout the years, Teacher Ela has established herself as a specialist in handling the tender aged children of Baby Ballet and Pre-Beginners Ballet. She began teaching in the CCPDS, where she has been a regular faculty member, occasional re-stager and coordinator since 1994. She trained under Eddie Elejar and later on with Lorna Cifra-De Dios, the Ballet Corner, and the Fabella-Elejar Dance Studios. In 1985, she became a BP Scholar and was soon promoted to company apprentice. She became a member of the first batch of BP2, Ballet Philippines’ junior performing company. With the CCP Dance School, her memorable roles were the Sugarplum Fairy and Carabose.
Since 2001, she has been part of the faculty at the De La Salle Zobel Ballet Program and became its co-director. As part of her advocacy and service to foster children’s development through art and dance, she joined the Landuyan Foundation in 2004.
Pre-Beginners II-C, Philippine Ballet Syllabus-IA, Classical Ballet-II
Karla first trained in classical ballet with Liza Castaneda when she was 10-years old. After receiving a scholarship with the CCP Dance School, she was molded under the watchful eyes of Noordin Jumalon, Gina Katigbak, Victor Ursabia, Gerald Mercado, Verna Fajilan and Jeffrey Espejo. She has also worked with significant dance masters including Ida Beltran, Bam Damian, Tony Fabella, Edward Hillyer, Alan Hineline, Rami Levi, Agnes Locsin, Alden Lugnasin, Max Luna, Frank Ohman, Yanis Pikeris, Denisa Reyes, Elizabeth Roxas, David Russo and Edna Vida.
Since 2006, Karla has been part of the CCPDS faculty, and more recently in its satellite school in SM Aura. Under the auspices of the school, she has attended a number of ballet pedagogy workshops and was twice certified with the National Ballet Syllabus. She co-wrote librettos for the past CCP Summer Dance Workshop productions Starzan Gubatman and Under the Sea. Striving to widen her dance vocabulary, she currently trains with Fundacion Centro Flamenco under Cecille de Joya.
Philippine Ballet Syllabus I-B
Danna trained at the Ballet Regina in Sariaya, Quezon since the age of ten, under the direction of Regina Vallejos. She was a company scholar of the CCP Dance School, the official school of Ballet Philippines, training extensively in classical and modern ballet under Noordin Jumalon, Victor Ursabia, Monette Victoria, Rhea Dumdum-Bautista, Katrina Santos-Mercado, Gina Katigbak, Nonoy Froilan, Jeffrey Espejo, Pamela Espejo, Biag Gaongen, Camille Ordinario and Alden Lugnasin. She had additional hip-hop training under Jay Masta, the Manouvers and the Philippine All Stars.
Danna was promoted as an apprentice in 2011 and to junior company member a year after. As a dance teacher, Danna received international accreditation under the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is on the Faculty of the CCP Dance School. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts-Major in Dance in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and is a certified teacher of the National Ballet Syllabus Years I-IV.
Sarah first enrolled at the Locsin Dance Workshop when she was 5 years old. In 2001, she entered the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) as a ballet major. Upon graduating in 2005, she received an Achievement Award for Academic Excellence (Valedictorian), Achievement Award for Artistic Excellence and a MARIA Scholarship Award. She went on to study at the De La Salle University for pre-med, while continuing to dance with the CCP Dance School. After earning her medical degree in 2011 and passing the physician licensure exam in 2012, she returned to the Locsin Dance Workshop. In 2013, she was accepted as an apprentice of Ballet Philippines and was promoted to company member in 2014. Since then, she has danced in all BP productions and completed the Play Ballet Ballet and Pre-National Ballet Syllabus Seminar.
Victor started dancing at the age of 7, training under the supervision of Luther Perez, Tony Fabella and Eddie Elejar at the Manila Dance Center where he was given a chance to join Ballet Philippines' production of Shoes++ in 2000. He played Michael in Edna Vida's Peter Pan in 2001 and essayed John when the production was restaged in 2010. He joined the CCP Dance School in 2004 as a full scholar at the young age of 11 under the tutelage of Noordin Jumalon. His passion for dance and his exceptional technique brought him to dance various male variations such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Florimund in the Sleeping Beauty and the male variation in Paquita.
In 2007, he competed at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and won 3rd place in the Juniors Ballet category. Later that year he performed in the Philippine Festival in Japan. In 2014, he won 2nd place at the 1st CCP Ballet Competition.
Ronelson P. Yadao graduated with bachelor's degree in Dance from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. A former soloist of Ballet Philippines, he placed 2nd at the National Music Competition for Young Artists in 2007, and is a recipient of the Gawad Buhay! Awards for Male Featured Performance in a Modern Dance Production (2009). With BP he performed lead roles in Ulaging, Tales of the Manuvu, the Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene, and Our Waltzes. In 2010 he joined the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan and toured with the company in Germany, China and the USA, where he danced in the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York. He is presently a faculty member of the Ballet Philippines Dance School, having been a guest teacher of the school during his years at Cloud Gate.
Gabrielle Marie Vizmonte
Gabrielle Vizmonte has been dancing since the age of 10, starting with Talents Inc. and continuing to the Philippine Ballet Theater. In the summer of 2008, she joined the CCP Dance School. A scholar of Ballet Philippines and has taken classes with Anatoly Panasyukov, Nonoy Froilan, Toni Lopez-Gonzaelz, Noordin Jumalon and Rhea Bautista to name a few. With the company, she has performed in The Nutckracker, Peter Pan and Don Quixote. Currently finishing her degree in Arts Management at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, she was a teacher’s assistant for Baby Ballet classes before she was assigned to manage her own. She has also attended the Play Ballet and Pre-National Ballet Syllabus Seminar.
John Stephen Tan
Bong is the Artistic Director and Head Choreographer of Manoeuvres. He has choreographed for major TV shows such as Party Pilipinas, Sunday Allstar, Artista Academy and ASAP, and popular artists such as Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, JayR, Kris Lawrence, Sam Conception, Christian Bautista and Apl de Ap. He is also a certified judge for the Hip Hop International Philippines, and a judge for the World Supremacy Battle Grounds.
Stanley Cañete, BP Fitness
Stanley was a soloist of the Philippine Ballet Theater and Ballet Philippines. He received a scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 1994, majoring in Advanced Composition and Classical Ballet. His second concentration was Advanced Pedagogy.
In April 2002-2003, he was a dance teacher at the Hong Kong International School. He then became a full time faculty of Music and Dance at the Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur in August 2004-2006. He was also a recipient of the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia’s Artist of the Year Award and the Malaysian Filipino Foundations’ Excellence in Performing Arts in 2005. Currently, Stanley teaches Ballet Fitness in Aura.