Ballet usually sounds Greek to most people. This dance form has its roots deep in classicism and requires years and years of study before anyone can perfect the moves. But for two days, Adamsonians were made to try things that until then only ballet dancers could do.
The Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) teamed up with the Halili Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) to present a lecture-demonstration entitled A Celebration of Dance last November 18 and 19, 2009 at the Adamson University Theater. Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz, founder and directress of the Halili Cruz School of Ballet, gave the lecture on the first session, followed by fellow HCSB teachers Grace Perez and Anne Lissa Balmedrid for next day’s sessions. The former ballerinas-turned-teachers taught eager audiences ballet terms along with basic positions, stretches, and small jumps to warm the body up in preparation for dance.
The highlight of the lecture-demo was the performance of HCSB’s extremely talented young dancers. Showing their skills with a wide array of dances, from classical ballet and jazz to neo-ethnic and hip-hop, the dancers won over students, faculty and administrators present in the theater.
The lecture-demo is part of the planned series that CAO will be putting in place this semester. Apart from dance, lectures on art, architecture and the allied arts will be held through 2010. Yael Esperat