Studio visit: PBT

You’re only one ballet class away from a good mood.

It is week 2 and we are on-edge with hitches on the on-going construction sprouting left and right. I decide to get away from the stress for a day by taking a trip to my home away from home, the PBT studio.

The vibe is spirited in that old familiar studio housed at the Meralco Theatre basement, with the company currently composed of young and energetic dancers all hooked on dance. Warm-up talk revolved around the recent Prix de Lausanne, humourously interjected with some biking anecdotes to break the die-hard balletomania atmosphere of their first work day of the week. A fun, muscle and memory jogging ballet class ensued c/o PBT’s well-loved ballet master, Anatoly, whom everyone fondly calls “Papa”. Stayed a while after class to watch rehearsals for their next show before merrily heading back home, refreshed and feeling 5 pounds lighter. -JJ





Kim's back sore from the weekend's Swan Lake rehearsal

Kim’s back sore from the weekend’s Swan Lake rehearsal


Jimmy in all-white, spandex tights no less

Jimmy in all-white, spandex tights no less


Papa Anatoly after-class coaching

Papa Anatoly after-class coaching






The author has been training and dancing with the Philippine Ballet Theatre since her younger ballet years as a highschool student in the 1990s. She is currently guest artist, dancing in the company’s season productions at the CCP, whenever time permits.

PBT's Swan Lake 2010 (photo credit: )

PBT’s Swan Lake 2010 (photo credit: )


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