The renowned and multi-awarded Halili-Cruz School of Ballet celebrated its 30th anniversary, and fittingly gave a tribute performance to its founder and artistic director, Shirley Halili-Cruz for her enduring passion and dedication to her craft.
The dance tribute highlighted “Summer Dance Divertissement 2015,” recital of the HCSB summer workshoppers. The three-part event was successfully and memorably staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.
In her message, Halili-Cruz, a ballerina and ballet teacher at the young age of 15, recalled how her seed of a dream for a ballet school materialized into the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet.
It’s been three decades since she founded HCSB, guided by her strong principle that “sharing a child’s dream is one thing, making it come true is another. That is why the Halili Cruz School of Ballet exists.”
It was her biggest dream, to put up a ballet school and this came to fruition in 1985.
“Thirty years and we’re still here to touch lives, to transform little awkward cygnets into elegant and graceful swans. We have pirouetted down history as an institution fervently dedicated to the art of dancing,” ended Shirley.