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Lisa Macuja Elizalde

Artistic Director and CEO at Ballet Manila

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 120 Euro
  • Online Class

Mentor Profile

Location ‣ Manila, Philippines Style ‣ Russian Vaganova Method, Classical Ballet Level ‣ All levels Languages ‣ English, Russian, Spanish, Filipino Awards ‣ Silver - Asia-Pacific Ballet Competition (Tokyo, 1987) ‣ 'The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service' - (1989) ‣ 5th Place - International Diaghilev Ballet Competition (Russia, 1992) ‣ Special Prize for Artistry - House of Diaghilev (Moscow, 1992) ‣ 'Order of International Friendship' - EVENTNAME (2001) Biography Lisa Macuja-Elizalde began studying ballet at the age of eight under Felicitas Radaic at the St. Theresa’s College School of Dance, where she became a member of the Dance Theater Philippines. In 1982, she received a scholarship from the USSR Ministry of Culture to study at the formidable Leningrad Choreographic Institute (now the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) in Saint Petersburg under the tutelage of Tatiana Alexandrovna Udalenkova. Upon graduating at the top of her class in 1984, she became the first foreigner to be invited to join as Soloist for Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky Ballet). Here, she debuted as principal ballerina. In 1995, she established her own company, Ballet Manila, together with perennial partner Osias Barroso and ten other young dancers. Ballet Manila has since grown and flourished into the most sought-after and most prolific professional Filipino ballet company. As Ballet Manila’s principal ballerina and artistic director, she has led the company’s performance tours that brought them to 16 cities in Russia, 15 cities in the USA, the Aberdeen Youth Festival in Scotland, the Folk Arts Festival in South Korea, the Asia Arts Festival in China, the Angkor-Gyeongju World Culture Expo in Cambodia, the Philippine Fiesta in Japan, and a concert tour of England and Ireland. As directress of the Ballet Manila School, she established Project Ballet Futures, a program where poor but promising young children are given free ballet training, apparel, meals, and allowances to help them reach their dream of becoming professional dancers.


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