An Easter open house: celebrating with friends and family

Our open house last Easter Sunday, April 5, was graced by friends and family, students old and new, and was the perfect chance to celebrate the formal opening of The Studio. The second floor, which houses the dance studio, was opened for the first time for public viewing, with the walls painted, mirrors and glass windows installed and polished, and the special wood floors finally in place. Two weeks back we had family over for dinner, and they caught the construction in its last stages of finishing–

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Banzon preview, March 25, after Dad’s birthday dinner

It’s funny how in all the photos, Tito Baby, in the barong with his arms crossed over his chest, looks like he’s at a site inspection of some big development project, which he probably does a lot of for work. Peace, Tito Baby 🙂

And here is the studio now–

Photo from Erica Jacinto's Instagram @emjacinto

From Erica Jacinto’s Instagram @emjacinto

The Instagram post caption reads:

Congratulations @thejacquis!!! Sneak peak at studio #4 🙂 #havenforthearts #thestudio #teamdancestudio #riversideacademy #hamptoncourtballet

The well-wishes for that day were tremendous. But more so were the presence of the people behind this realised venture.

First to arrive were the TEAM seniors, our students who have been with us since they were in Baby Ballet. Now Attorney-at-Law Frances brought donuts as a “housewarming” gift which spruced up the already hearty snack table of homemade cookies and cupcakes.

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Details, again c/o Erica

Pre-icing! Fresh baked cupcakes

Pre-icing! Fresh baked cupcakes

The TEAM seniors watched videos of our past recitals and shows, and saw themselves dancing as young giddy ballerinas, doing their first solo variations en pointe, discovering other dance forms such as jazz, modern and contemporary.

Currently watching: Teacher Joelle and Teacher Lucas' Corsaire pas de deux, at TEAM's 25th anniversary show

Currently watching: Teacher Joelle and Teacher Lucas’ Le Corsaire pas de deux, at TEAM’s 25th anniversary show

The girls could have spent the whole day going through the TEAM video archive but had their respective Easter family affairs to go to. But of course before leaving, a photoshoot at the brand new studio was in order (click on photos to view slideshow)–

This time with Ace, Frances and Irene’s younger brother who served as the day’s designated chaperone, driver and photographer–

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Outtake

With teacher Jacqui!

Also at the open house was the Berry family – Lucas, Erica and Berry. Here they are at the front gate, testing our new doorbell–

DIY signage with doorbell

Berry was a most gracious host, entertaining our new students who came by to see the finished studio. As a baby ballet veteran (Berry started ballet with her mom Erica as early as age 2, and is now 6!), she was very encouraging of our shy and young starters, showing them how to use the expanse of the studio space, and introducing them to the mirrors and barres. She also showed off our friendly dog Hugo, petting and hugging him, and assuring our little guests that they had no reason to be scared or wary. Berry has always felt at home here, in the studio, and in any studio for that matter, and it was apparent that she wanted others to feel the same.

Practing her balance pas de bourrees

Practicing her balance pas de bourrees

It was a full day of answering inquiries, touring the grounds, fitting ballet uniforms and chattering away about ballet and dance education. Just when things were winding down, we were happy to have another wave of guests come over – family! Bearing food, heart-warming gifts, and critical eyes. Every nook and cranny of the studio was inspected, perhaps even more thoroughly than our earlier guests. But the suggestions for improvement were very much welcome and the overwhelming support invaluable.

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Tito Rene and kids test our new barres while Tito Greg documents

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Shopping at our Tutu Girls Easter popup  www.facebook.com/tutugirlsballetbags

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Buttressed by well-wishes, trust and a positive response from our family, friends, and the community, we look forward and are excited to open for our first day of ballet classes this Saturday April 11. A big thank you to everyone, and see you at the studio! -JJ

Registration is still ongoing. For information on how to reach us– https://visitthestudio.wordpress.com/how-to-reach-us/ 

For a list of classes and upcoming workshops– https://visitthestudio.wordpress.com/pick-a-class/ 

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Coming soon to the studio: HOCUS!

This week we locked-in the dates for our first set of arts&lifestyle workshops, one of which was accomplished by a chance run-in with friends Andrei and Sheina of HOCUS.

April is now officially screen print month for The Studio, thanks to an impromptu meeting with this no-nonsense screen print and design team in their headquarters in Makati. I came to see Hocus’ Screen Printed Textiles exhibition, running until today (February 27) at the CraftMNL shop, and was lucky to catch the Hocus duo there to finalise and formalise workshop talks that I had initiated two weeks prior. And just like that, we are on. Hooray for the easygoing pair! Final details and calls to reserve a slot in our upcoming screen print workshop this April c/o HOCUS to be posted soon (details out now! sign up here– https://visitthestudio.wordpress.com/sign-up-screenprint-workshop/ ). And stay tuned as well to find out what’s in the pipeline for May! 

Go catch the last day of the exhibit today, and you might just as well get more than what you came for, too 🙂

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Andrei and I were classmates in grade school through to high school. We saw each other again at a bazaar in Cuenca (Ayala Alabang) where he and Sheina did a screen print demo. This was my first introduction to HOCUS and I have been a fan ever since. Visit the Hocus Facebook page to know more about what they do– https://www.facebook.com/hocusmanila

-JJ

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Sheina and Andrei of HOCUS, at a screen print demo