International Dance Day Fest: Ayala Land Presents Festival Featuring Filipino Talents


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In celebration of International Dance Day (IDD), Samsung Performing Arts Theater unveils a weeklong festival spotlighting the crème de la crème of Filipino dance talent.

International Dance Day Fest by Ayala Land

From April 24 to 28, this iconic venue unites over 500 artists representing a kaleidoscope of genres from folkloric traditions to urban beats, classical elegance, and contemporary styles—plus an engaging workshop focused on dance in film. Titled International Dance Day Fest, this anticipated gathering is proudly presented by Ayala Land in collaboration with Make It Makati and Circuit Makati.

International Dance Day Fest
International Dance Day Fest: (L-R) Performers from Galaw Co. Dance Theatre, Airdance, Ballet Manila, and Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group

Initiated by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), IDD serves as a worldwide homage to the art of dance and its profound societal influence. Established in 1982, this annual celebration, observed every 29th of April in tribute to Jean-Georges Noverre (the “father of modern ballet“), unites communities through movement across cultural and political divides, while also recognizing dancers and choreographers for their artistic contributions.

Hosting this pioneering event reaffirms our belief in the transformative power of the arts to unite, inspire, and uplift. It’s truly a groundbreaking initiative that reflects our commitment to nurturing Filipino talent by bringing together diverse dance companies and genres under one roof,” shares Christopher Mohnani, Samsung Performing Arts Theater Managing Director.

Featuring a series of gala performances, the International Dance Day Fest at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater—with a central theme, “Dance For All”—promises an unforgettable journey of music and movement.

Among the highlights, “Bungad,” a captivating folk dance choreographed by Nicole Primero of Airdance and performed by Carlos Deriada Jr., will entrance audiences with its graceful movements, complemented by enchanting melodies by Dr. Robin Daniel Rivera.

Lisa Macuja
(L-R) Lyle Villahermosa, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group Dance Director; Myra Beltran, Contemporary Dance Network Philippines Artistic Director; Christopher Mohnani, Samsung Performing Arts Theater Managing Director; and Lisa Macuja Elizalde, Ballet Manila Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer

Additionally, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group presents “Pindulas,” offering a mesmerizing portrayal of the Yakan indigenous people’s courtship rituals from Basilan Island, with its languorous “broken arm” movements and distinctive Indian influences.

Ballet Manila will also grace the stage with a pas de deux titled “Dancing to Verdi,” choreographed by Tony Fabella with the artistic direction of Lisa Macuja Elizalde, and performed by principal dancers Shaira May Comeros and Joshua Ray Enciso.

Adding a contemporary flair, Galaw Co. Dance Theatre will unveil “Tahan Na,” a poignant work directed and choreographed by PJ Rebullida, in collaboration with Abby Bonifacio, who will also be performing the piece.

There’s more to expect at the highly-anticipated International Dance Day Fest! Celebrate artistry, support local talent, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of performing arts when you catch the weeklong show:

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Shaira May Comeros and Joshua Rey Enciso, Ballet Manila Principal Dancers performing Dancing To Verdi Pas de Deux

On April 25, prepare to be enraptured by the vibrant tapestry of Filipino folk dance. Gracing the stage are Bayanihan, The National Folk Dance Company; Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group; UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe; The Kalilayan Folkloric Group; and PNU Kislap Sining Dance Troupe. Each group brings a unique essence to the spotlight, showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of the Philippines.

On April 26, the rhythm ignites with hip-hop grooves as street dance crews like UPeepz; Sayawatha; The Crew; Junior Electro Groovers; Mixed Nuts; TPM (Team Package Makers); Femme MNL; Dancehall Manila; and VPeepz electrify the stage with their infectious energy and dynamic moves.”

On April 27, a spellbinding Ballet Gala awaits, promising an evening of timeless grace and elegance. Featured in this captivating presentation are Ballet Manila; Ballet Philippines; Philippine Ballet Theater; Alice Reyes Dance Philippines; Hong Kong Ballet; Steps Dance Project; Association of Ballet Academies in the Philippines; Hope Dance Academy Philippines; and Halili Cruz School of Dance.

Finally, on April 28, presented in partnership with Contemporary Dance Network Philippines, expect heart-swooning moments by Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum; University of the Philippines Dance Company; Guang Ming College; Airdance; Nude Floor; Nunoy Revlon; Daloy Dance Company; Galaw Dance Company; and Hiraya Dance Company.

Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group
Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group performers and Lyle Villahermosa, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group Dance Director

Additionally, the event culminates with a Dance in Film Workshop led by Fifth Wall Dance Fest, a revolutionary movement platform founded by dance artist, Madge Reyes.

Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph

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Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration and experience the magic of dance through the International Dance Day Fest at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater.


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Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is a contributor and the Managing Director of Good News Manila (GNM). He is a Social Media Consultant at DigitalCircles, a social media and influencer marketing agency, Jonel also teaches IT at a local college in the Philippines and is the founder of BloggerManila.com and SeatsForTwo.com, among others.

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