Meet our hiphop teachers: Jiro and Jom

Our hiphop teachers sample their wares in theStudio, at our hiphop workshop last summer 2O17. Remarkable how the beautiful sisters Jiro and Jom, often mistaken as twins and sometimes even as one and the same person, move easily together but still with distinct individual styles. Watch the video!

Thank you teacher Jom and teacher Jiro. Until next summer! Or maybe even sooner!

Stretching for the Nondancer

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The first in a series of dance and dance-related classes to be introduced for teens and adults, TheStudio opens a stretching and body conditioning class designed to offer what recent fitness and workout trends do not.

The program pulls from a long-time tradition of taking care of the dancer’s body, and brings together body conditioning for different dance disciplines and athletics, and simple body smarts, in a holistic session that covers tension relief, expanding range of movement, posture development, proper warm up and cool down, and strength-building. Students should leave the class with a better understanding of their own body, and an appreciation of the importance of stretching in their regular day-to-day activities. It should also lead to the fostering and achievement of personal lifestyle goals and general well-being.

The program essentially starts from a ballet dancer’s perspective, but application is targeted to the nondancer. “Ballet is hardly about breaking your bones and joints, doing splits on the floor and being able to kick your leg up to your ear. Sadly, not even many dancers know that,” shares Jacqui Jacinto, studio director and teacher. “There is so much more to stretching, such as relieving tension and aligning the spine, that could easily turn the average sluggish person into one with a lighter and happier disposition.”

This stretching class is open to dance enthusiasts, nonprofessionals and hobbyists, retired or out-of-shape ballerinas and athletes, teens and young adults looking to adopt a more active lifestyle, and absolutely anybody who just wants to streeeettchhh.

Join us on Sundays at 5pm to 630pm, and explore what proper stretching can do for you.

Call ahead to confirm availability of your chosen date/s –Mobile: +63 917 8471651 ; Email:

Fees: 500pesos for one session; 1500pesos for one month

*TEAM alumni get 30% discount

The Studio is located in 7 Waling Waling Rd. Pilar Village Las Pinas (for map and directions, click here– )

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– ). 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–



Sheina and Andrei of HOCUS, at a screen print demo

On the drawing board: posters

As fashion-forward as alternative spaces can be, the concept of The Studio artlessly lies in the housing of creative work. -JJ



Our poster campaign is underway, and while we have been steering clear of premature delineation to allow The Studio to naturally progress into what it can be, we find ourselves needing a personality to communicate. And so in this first instance, we feature the studio itself, the physical structure, the four walls and the open space and what happens when people occupy this space.

The challenge in going this route is that our infrastructure is unfinished, which leaves us with having to borrow images taken mostly at TEAM, the main studio from which this more personal space has branched out. Here are some of the material we have on the drawing board–

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The Studio may be spanking brand new when it opens its doors in April, but it is not starting from scratch. It is firmly rooted in over 30 years of dance education and production, and is a collection of the wealth of experiences lived by the artists and the family that make up “the TEAM”. View the TEAM website at


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This draft would have been a beautiful option, however, it is set in the FEU dance studio, and may cause confusion if we were to decide to use it. Still it is worthwhile sharing here as this image was taken during the filming of Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa in 2011, for which TEAM Artistic Director Eli Jacinto did the choreography and TEAM’s performing group did the major dance sequences. The shot is a picture-perfect depiction of what we do in the studio, the breadth of the open space that houses an energy and creative atmosphere that begets creative work, albeit a space not our own.