Baguio City, Philippines – Drawing inspiration from the city’s tourism tagline, “Breathe Baguio”, Ballet Baguio emerged as the bronze medalist for the Senior Group Dance Category during the Grand Finals 2021 Asian Grand Prix (AGP) International Ballet Competition, which was announced Sunday, December 26, 2021.
The Asian Grand Prix (AGP) International Ballet Competition is considered the most prestigious ballet competition in Asia.
According to Ballet Baguio, this is the first time that the group has won a bronze medal at the grand finals of an international ballet competition.
The dancers were Michel Jullianne Grace Quan, Phoeboa Rei Buen, Shelly Camille Esguerra, and Keri Kasandra Villegas while their coach was Ballet Baguio Artistic Director Jacqueline Go - Ramon.
Performed by Ballet Baguio, Jacqueline Go - Ramon’s choreography was titled “Breathe”, which portrays the struggles and yearning of dancers to breathe and dance freely even with the emergence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ballet Baguio said they dedicate their triumph to the City of Baguio and to all dancers who are struggling to keep their hopes, passion, and dreams alive despite the pandemic.
For said category, the team which garnered the first place is the Lisa Macuja School of Ballet, a group of ballet dancers who are also from the Philippines.
As recalled, the group earned two bronze medals last November in the Regionals which enabled them to compete in the grand finals along with other competitors from New Zealand, Beijing (China), Indonesia, Shanghai (China), Australia, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Zhuhai, China.
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