Ballet for Adults with Ballet Manila

The first and last time I took ballet lessons, it was a summer program my mother enrolled my sister and me in. We got to wear the cute little leotards, tights, and ballet shoes all in pink. I learned to plie and to move gracefully (well, as gracefully as my four-year-old self could). And then that was it. We moved on to voice lessons the next few summers; it was only when I asked many years later that I found out they’d enrolled us in ballet to fix my being pigeon-toed.

I can barely remember any of the terminology we used, and by the time I tried to do ballet again at nine years old I was gangly from a growth spurt and more inflexible and unable to do the things my peers could thanks to their years of ballet.

Of course that didn’t stop me from learning to dance other styles, getting strength and flexibility from yoga, and eventually teaching (and retiring from) some forms of dance and yoga. But even if I don’t have the classical ballet lines or move like a ballerina, I like to think I can still appreciate the artistry and athleticism ballet dancers put intoΒ every performance.

You might think you’re too old to learn to dance, but that’s an assumption the Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila seeks to disprove. With their ballet classes for adults available at their branches in Donada Street, Pasay and Fisher Mall, Quezon City, anyone can now learn to dance.

Ballet Manila pop-up class

I got to attend a pop-up ballet class led by the illustrious Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde herself, held at Yoga+ Express at McKinley Hill Venice Piazza. While the space is usually home to yogis and yoginis, we got to use its wooden floors and mirrored walls to learn a bit of ballet from the first ever Filipina prima ballerina.Β  Continue reading “Ballet for Adults with Ballet Manila”

Yakult 10-Miler Run on March 5

The Yakult 10-Miler returns again! This classic race has been around far longer than I’ve been a runner, and I’m so glad Yakult continues to hold it (almost) every year. They do this in line with the principle of Yakult’s founder Dr. Minoru Shirota, who believes that good health should be made available to all. They want to motivate people to be fit and healthy, and believe that running as one of the most democratic sports available is the perfect avenue to do so.

This year the Yakult 10-Miler Run is organized by Proactive Sports (yes, they of the Color Manila Run series) with distances of 3K, 5K, 10 Miles, and 21K starting and finishing at the CCP Complex on March 5, 2017. With an expected turnout of 3,000 runners, expect registration to sell out soon!

Yakult 10-Miler Run on March 5, 2017

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Road to SuBIT, Week 4: Take a Breath

You know when you feel like you’re getting so much done and nothing can stop you? Well, whenever I get that feeling, I get paranoid because I just know that there’s something I’m not getting done. It’s kind of like that recurring nightmare of being a graduating university student then suddenly discovering you’ve been enrolled in a class you haven’t attended all semester.

If in my previous Road to SuBIT update I felt very much in control, this past week was the converse of that. Training is already a stressor, but when life and work dramas intrude, layering the training over these can be a bit too much to handle. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT, Week 4: Take a Breath”

Kikay Reviews: Zonal Strength Tights

Nike Zonal Strength Tights

Nike launched their new Zonal Strength Tights two weeks ago, and a few of us from the media were given the opportunity to test them out during the weekly Nike+ Run Club Home Run event held at Bonifacio High Street.

Last year around this time Nike launched their Power Speed running tights, so I couldn’t wait to experience the difference between that innovation and this new one.Β  Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Zonal Strength Tights”

Road to SuBIT, Week 3: All Aboard

I’ve been feeling pretty pleased with myself for being able to get in most of my training sessions the past few weeks, but given my past history with overreaching, I’m a little bit paranoid that I won’t be able to keep this up. Still, it definitely feels like my body has shifted gears out of first. If at first it was just my mind that wanted to get going, now my body’s on board as well. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT, Week 3: All Aboard”