What did you want to be growing up? One of my dreams back then was to be a Ballerina.
Ballet classes during my time was made available at a mall near our place. When we pass by the foodcourt I would look at the pretty girls with their hair neatly tied in a bun, wearing white thighs and tutus, with synced movements. They all exude grace and poise. “I want to be like them,” I would exclaim.
If you are a girl in the late 80’s early 90’s I am sure you can relate. It was the generation When most girls were enrolled in a Ballet Class maybe during summer break or just a short course. It was the peak of World Class Prima Balerina Lisa Macuja (now with a hypen Elizalde) when being an online influencer was not the ambition of young people.
Fast forward to decades after (after completely forgetting that ballet in Manila existed) my admiration for this dance discipline resurrected. This was after seeing a preview show of Ballet Manila Revenge of the Classics recently, I was inspired and told myself “Why not join a class now?”
Why not really, when ballet classes is made closer to Northern, Central and Eastern Metro Manila residences. Lisa Macuja School of Ballet x Ballet Manila opens their branch at Fisher Mall along Quezon Avenue Quezon City!
My lucky streak has allowed me to be one of the first students of the school with Ms. Lisa Macuja herself as my teacher! My excitement/ anxiousness went off the roof!
It was Ballet 101 Class for Adults, more of a basic ballet lessons for adults and a refresher for those who have taken the lesson when they were 8 years old!
In the class, Ms. Lisa told us taught us the principle of “turning out”, it was the ballet term for having your feet/toes pointing outwards having your feet positioned in 90 degrees.
You may want to watch this video to see what the Lisa Macuja School of Ballet looks like, sample performances and a glimpse of our adult ballet 101 class with Ms. Lisa Macuja herself.
What I wore:
Sports Bra Top Inner: PRANA
Tutu: Carizza Chua
Yoga/Ballet pants : PRANA
Ballet shoes: BALLET MANILA
P.S. Benefits of doing ballet as an adult, it helps correct your posture!
Stay gorgeous everyone!