Prima ballerina liable for sacking minor ballet dancer

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She may not be able to dance her way out of this legal mess.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has found prima ballerina Lisa Teresita Pacheco Macuja-Elizalde and her father Cesar severely liable for damages for revoking the scholarship of a minor ballet dancer in 2003.

In a 26-page decision, the CA’s Eleventh Division affirmed with modification the decision of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 104, Quezon City dated June 13, 2008, effectively denying the appeal filed by plaintiffs-appelees Manuel Chavez, Carmelita Chavez and Marian Camille Chavez.

In January 2000, Camille, who was then 11 years old, was enrolled in a ballet dancing class in Ballet Manila (BM), which was being managed by the father and daughter tandem.


She may not be able to dance her way out of this legal mess.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has found prima ballerina Lisa Teresita Pacheco Macuja-Elizalde and her father Cesar severely liable for damages for revoking the scholarship of a minor ballet dancer in 2003.

In a 26-page decision, the CA’s Eleventh Division affirmed with modification the decision of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 104, Quezon City dated June 13, 2008, effectively denying the appeal filed by plaintiffs-appelees Manuel Chavez, Carmelita Chavez and Marian Camille Chavez.

In January 2000, Camille, who was then 11 years old, was enrolled in a ballet dancing class in Ballet Manila (BM), which was being managed by the father and daughter tandem.

Camille was given a scholarship as well as the pas de deux role in 2003 Summer Workshop of BM entitled Blue Bird hence.

She started rehearsing for the presentation.

On April 14, 2003, Lisa confronted Camille if she auditioned with Ballet Philippines (BP), a rival school of BM.

Chavez’s camp denied the allegation but Lisa continued with her investigation. On April 24, 2003 Lisa suspended Camille’s dance rehearsals.

The Macujas even informed Chavez that she was no longer a scholar and that she had to pay P10,000 before she could attend the workshop.

Chavez sued for damages before and was awarded almost P400,000.

But the Court of Appeals reduced the moral damages from P335,000 to P50,000.

“Further, defendants-appellants Cesar Macuja and Lisa Macija Elizalde are jointly and severally liable to pay plaintiffs-appellees the amounts of P50,000.00 as nominal damages, P10,000.00 as exemplary damages and P50,000.00 for attorney’s fees,” the CA ruled.

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