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 into 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.
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. Continue reading “Ballet for Adults with Ballet Manila”