Steps Scholarship Update: Vince and Elwince Are Heading to New York!

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Some wonderful news to share!! Vince Pelegrin and Elwince Magbitang, two of Steps’ top scholars, will be heading to New York this July!

Vince and Elwince have both been scholars with Steps for about 8 years now. They have practically grown up in our school!

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During our Fundraising Gala, “An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera and American Ballet Stars”, these two scholars were singled out by Stella’s husband, Sascha Radetsky (former ABT Soloist), as he had a chance to teach master classes with them and also coached them for their Gala performances.

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It was a wonderful surprise after the gala to receive a call from Stella inviting them both to attend a three week summer intensive at KAATSBAAN EXTREME BALLET in the Catskills (just outside of New York) on a Full Scholarship. This is an intensive that will give them a chance to train with some of the best teachers in the USA.

Later, I received another letter inviting them to join the very prestigious Jackie Kennedy Onassis School of Dance — the official school of the American Ballet Theatre — for a full year. This is truly a dream come true for these two boys!

Elwince is a product of our CENTEX Scholarship program, and Vince is the youngest brother of three scholars who have all trained in Steps. What an incredible thrill to see how our Foundation – with the continuous support of our generous patrons – can truly change lives.

It is with great pleasure that we see these two boys move on to one of the best dance schools in the USA. So well deserved! Life is full of amazing opportunies and surprises. But it comes with a lot of hard work and dedication. We are all so proud of these two and wish them all the very best!

Sofia

Steps Goals 2018

Steps Goals 2018

As we come to the end of a very productive year of 2017, many thoughts come to mind as we enter a new one. It really has been an amazing year of hard work, discipline, discovery, new friendships, success, challenges, joy, hardships … but always a true sense of fulfillment.

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What a beautiful journey every year is with never ending learning. As we enter our 24th year at Steps, I wanted to share some of my own thoughts that I want our students teachers and staff to think about.

#StepsGoals2018

  • Be creative. Be progressive with art. Don’t be afraid to break boundaries.
  • Hard work DOES pay off!
  • Having a little Fun is always important.
  • Be an inspiration to others. Give back in any way you can.
  • Attitude is key………!
  • Appreciate and respect everyone….. it really does take a village to bring up an artist!
  • Enjoy and learn from the JOURNEY.
  • You CAN and You WILL.
  • We are blessed to be able to do what we love. So enjoy the process.
  • And lastly …. Dream BIG. Because dreams do come true!

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Happy new year from Steps Dance Studio! May 2018 be another amazing ride for all of us and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Dance to live…….. live to dance!

Sofia

23rd STEPS Summer Dance Workshop Starts on April 1st!

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Summer is fast approaching — which means we will soon be hosting our  23rd summer dance workshop!! The workshop will run from April 1 to May 20, 2017, and promises a fun-filled intensive that combines technical dance classes with special new electives never yet offered before.

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Dance classes this summer include Classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, street dance, partnering classes and pointe work. Pilates for dancers will also be available, as well as classes on improvisation, expression and composition.

We also have some exciting new offerings this year, including lessons on Stage Makeup, Building a Personal Brand on Social Media, and Dance Resume 101 – a class on effective resume writing for artists.

As in previous years, we will culminate our summer workshop with a concert entitled “LIVE, LOVE … DANCE!” at the CCP main theater on May 28, 2017.

“It will be vibrant, colorful and it will be another great journey for all our students in learning, friendship and a new sense of love for this great art of dance,” promises Sofia. “We invite you to dance with us!”

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For inquiries, please call the Studio at (02) 621-6186 or (02) 949-3038 to 39 and look for Norma or Josephine.

Free Shows at Steps to Celebrate National Arts Month!

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Mark your calendars! In Celebration of NATIONAL ARTS MONTH, Steps Dance Studio will be presenting the works of two independent companies:

February 18, 5PM, BMZ Hall
Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s “Collected Traces and Still Here”

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February 21, 6PM, BMZ Hall:
Ms Julie Alagde-Carretas’ “An Ongoing Revolution” – an evening of dance promoting awareness on Violence Against Women, with the participation of Finina Lava and Bernice Claire Palma of House of Dance.

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Both shows are free for all STEPS students (from Interfoundation level to Advanced); Parents, Donors and staff.

Please join us to support these artists! 👍👍💃. If you would like to attend, please send your confirmation to Norma at +63 917 532 7360.

Scholarship Auditions on March 4!

It’s that time of year again! This year’s Scholarship Auditions at STEPS will be held on March 4, 2017.

Requirements:

  • Classical Scholars must be at least 12 years of age and of at least Intermediate Foundation level in Ballet.
  • Modern and Jazz contemporary scholars must be at least 12 years of age with High technical dance background.
  • Please bring a 2 x 2 photo with completely filled out application form, plus a photocopy of any valid ID’s & proof of dance background or Certification/Recommendation from your dance mentors.

Please be sure to have all of the above, in order to avoid disappointment. Applicants with incomplete requirements will not be allowed to audition.

Our Summer Dance Workshop will run from April 1 to May 22, 2017. Our CONCERT will be on May 28, 2017 (Sunday) at the CCP Main Theater.

For more inquiries, please call our landlines: (02) 621-6186 or (02) 949-3038 to 39 and look for Norma or Josephine.

Please spread the word… We invite you to dance with us!

 

November Workshop with Elizabeth Roxas Dobrish!

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We are very excited to share the exciting news that STEPS will be inviting Ms. Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, former principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to give a special 6-day intensive workshop at Steps Dance Studio!

The workshop will begin on Monday, November 7, 2016 and will culminate with an open house for the parents on Saturday, November 19. This workshop will be of modern dance, specifically the Ailey style and techniques. Ms. Roxas is the only Filipino female dancer to have reached principal level with the company.

Workshop Schedules:
November 7 & 14, Monday:
4:30 – 6:00 PM    Modern Kids Basic/Intermediate
6:00 – 7:30 PM    Modern Adults Intermediate & Advanced

November 9 & 16, Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 PM    Modern Kids Basic/Intermediate
6:00 – 7:30 PM    Modern Adults Intermediate & Advanced

November 12, Saturday
12:00 – 1:30 PM   Modern Kids Basic/Intermediate with drummers
1:30 – 3:00 PM     Modern Adults Intermediate & Advanced w/ drummers

November 19, Saturday (OPEN HOUSE with Invited Parents and Friends)
12:00 – 1:30 PM    Modern Kids Basic/Intermediate with drummers
1:30 – 3:00 PM      Modern Adults Intermediate & Advanced w/ drummers

To register, call 621 6186 or 949-3038 to 39, or email steps_ph@yahoo.com.

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About Elizabeth Roxas Dobrish

Elizabeth Roxas was born in Manila and was the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. After receiving scholarships to Joffrey Ballet, The Graham and The Ailey School, she danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ohad Naharin and Joyce Trisler Dance Company. She then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as the first “Filipina”, where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997. The New York Times described her as “a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm.”

While dancing, Roxas worked with many of the most significant choreographers, including Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Talley Beatty, Lar Lubavitch, John Butler, Ulysses Dove and Judith Jamison. Roxas performed in the Emmy award-winning PBS specials “Two by Dove” and Judith Jamison’s “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey”. In 1997, she was featured in Dance Magazine’s cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. After leaving Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a dancer, Roxas was asked to perform on Broadway in ‘The King and I’ as Eliza. After her Broadway debut, she went back to concert dance and made several guest appearances in the United States and abroad, as well as returning as a guest for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for many occasions.

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She has worked with Anna Deavere Smith at the Graduate School of New York University and was the Movement Coordinator for Smith’s last show Let Me Down Easy. Roxas has also choreographed in several regional theaters and off-Broadway. She has taught at Tisch School of the Arts through CAP21 and was guest faculty at Harvard University in 2010. She is continuously involved in re-staging ballets of Alvin Ailey’s works and is an integral part of the Ailey legacy. Roxas is a Horton technique faculty member at The Ailey School, and taught Actor’s Studio Classes. In July of 2014, she was invited to Beijing to choreograph a solo for Yabin Wang, as part of “Dream in Three Episodes”. Also choreograph for Armstrong Dance Company in Paris, France in 2015 and in 2016 created a work for Ballet Contemporaneous de Camaguey, Cuba and a full work for NJDTE in Summit NJ.

She is married to Robert Z. Dobrish, a prominent matrimonial attorney in Manhattan.