The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) celebrated its 30th founding anniversary through concerts and exhibit on May 23 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at the Resorts World Manila. The shows portrayed the prestigious ballet company’s journey on how it blossomed into an outstanding institution of dance in the Philippines and the world.
Anna Kathrina Halili-Cruz, Grace Perez, and Anna Balmadrid, HSCB’s artistic team, ballet teachers and choreographers took the lead in organizing and conceptualizing the event titled “30thAnniversary Concert: The Legacy Continues.”
Seven hundred Halili Cruz ballet dancers and alumnae performed classical ballet, neoclassical, hiphop, tap, modern jazz and contemporary dance. In honor of the school’s respectable and well-loved founder Shirley Halili-Cruz, the show was witnessed by dance directors and educators from England, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, USA, Russia and Australia.
HCSB has been a renowned ballet school in the country. They have received more than 300 awards internationally including the “Most Outstanding Ballet School of Asia” since 2000 to present. It has also been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ annual Ani ng Dangal Awards for their multiple achievements in various dance competitions here and abroad the past years. The HCSB has also been closely partnering with the NCCA in their various dance programs.
Halili-Cruz formerly served as head of the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance.