The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) celebrates its 30th founding anniversary through three grand concerts-cum-exhibit on May 23, 2015 showcasing the prestigious ballet company’s journey on how it blossomed into an outstanding institution of dance in the Philippines and the world. HCSB is internationally awarded and is a pride of the Philippines.
Ms. Anna Kathrina Halili-Cruz , Ms. Grace Perez, and Ms. Anna Balmadrid, HSCB’s artistic team, ballet teachers and choreographers took the lead in organizing and conceptualising the 30th Anniversary Concert.
On May 23, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at the Resorts World Manila, 700 Halili Cruz ballet dancers and alumnae will perform classical ballet, neoclassical , hiphop, tap , modern jazz and contemporary dance. HCSB friends and supporters will be there. Dance directors and educators from England, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, USA, Russia and Australia will be there to witness and join the “30th Anniversary Concert: The Legacy Continues…”
This grand concert is a tribute in honor of the respectable and well – loved school’s founder, Ms. Shirley Halili Cruz.
The event will be held in three parts. The Summer Divertissement Groups 1 and 2 will be performing at 11 am followed by the Summer Divertissement Groups 3 and 4 at 3 PM. At 7:30 PM, the grand anniversary concert will ensue.
HCSB has been a renowned ballet school in the country. They have received more than 300 awards internationally including the “Most Outstanding Ballet School of Asia” since 2000 to present.
It has also been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ annual Ani ng Dangal Awards for their multiple achievements in various dance competitions here and abroad the past years. The HCSB has also been closely partnering with the NCCA in their various dance programs.
The 30th anniversary grand event is a tribute concert in honor of HCSB’s Founder and Artistic Director, Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz, who has been an outstanding personality in the field of ballet. She has, through her efforts as a multi talented ballet teacher and dance educator, promoted the art of dance throughout the whole country and abroad. The multi-awarded and world-class Ms. Halili-Cruz formerly served as Head of the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance.