Halili-Cruz School of Ballet Wins in Asia Pacific competition

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The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet’s award-winning dancers

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet  (HCSB), Philippines won as the overall grand champion in the recently concluded 15th Asia Pacific Dance Competition (APDC) after getting the highest grade. The three-day competition was held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.

The dance group beat more than 400 dancers from Beijing China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Changmai and Bangkok Thailand. It also bagged 20 gold trophies (first prizes) in the different categories. Lastly, it won the much-coveted Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Classical Ballet Championship and Modern Dance Championship.

HCSB artistic director Shirley Halili-Cruz and CSTD’s Joanne Richards (second and third from left) joined by HCSB ballet teachers Grace Perez, Anna Kathrina Cruz and Anna Lissa Balmadrid

HCSB artistic director Shirley Halili-Cruz and CSTD’s Joanne Richards (second and third from left) joined by HCSB ballet teachers Grace Perez, Anna Kathrina Cruz and Anna Lissa Balmadrid

The Filipinos showcased their strong technique, versatility and artistic excellence in classical ballet, contemporary dance, demi character, lyrical, national dance, and modern jazz. It was indeed a grand victory for the Philippines.

The outstanding performances of the Halili-Cruz dancers account for the dedication and commitment of their Artistic Team led by artistic director, Shirley Halili-Cruz, and teachers/choreographers Grace Perez, Anna Kathrina Cruz and Anna Lissa Balmadrid.


The Asia Pacific Dance Competition was founded in 1998 by an Australian dance educator of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing. It was inaugurated in Singapore with dancers from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Changmai, India, Hongkong, Macau, Australia and the Philippines participating. From then on the competition was brought to Bangkok, Hongkong and this year here in the Philippines.

 Artistic Director Shirley Halili-Cruz (right) receives the Grand Champion Trophy from Debbie MacRitchie and Joanne Richards of Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing

Artistic Director Shirley Halili-Cruz (right) receives the Grand Champion Trophy from Debbie MacRitchie and Joanne Richards of Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing

Organized up to this day by CSTD, the annual APDC brings into one stage the excellent and outstanding works of teachers, choreographers and students of dance in the Asia Pacific region.

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