After a long and prolific career as one of the country’s finest principal danseurs, Osias Barroso continues to share his exceptional talents as Ballet Manila’s Co-Artistic Director and Ballet Master.
As a dancer, Barroso was hailed as a “ballerina’s prince” for his extraordinary skill in partnering, as well as for his impressive accomplishments as a solo artist. As principal dancer for Ballet Manila and earlier, for Philippine Ballet Theatre, he performed the lead roles in both local and international productions of major full-length ballets, including La Fille Mal Gardee, Petrushka, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Carmen, El Amor Brujo, Pineapple Poll, Serenade, Firebird and several contemporary Filipino works.
To date, he is the only Filipino danseur to have performed Don Quixote and Giselle in Russia, opposite prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde whom he partnered for 16 years. He has also performed as a guest artist in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
In 1993, Barroso became the first Filipino classical danseur to reach the semifinal round of the First International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition held in Nagoya, Japan.
In 2007, he received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila.
Gerardo Francisco underwent ballet training in Iloilo City. He was previously the dance master of Dagyaw Theatre and Dance Company and an apprentice with Ballet Philippines.
He joined Ballet Manila as an apprentice in 2003. His repertoire includes The Nutcracker (Prince), Don Quixote (Basilio), Le Corsaire (Ali), La Bayadere (The Bronze Idol), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), Swan Lake (Jester), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), La Fille Malle Gardee (Colas), The Swan, the Fairy and the Princess, Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Rodrigo), Agila, Arachnida, Reve, Gomburza and Reconfigured.
He took part in Ballet Manila’s various tours including the US in 2004, the 2004 Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, the 8th Asia Arts Festival 2006 in China, the 2006 Angkor-Gyeongju World Culture Expo in Cambodia, 2007 Philippine Fiesta in Japan, the 2007 Gyeongju World Performing Arts Festival in Korea, the 11th International Future Dance Conference & Festival 2007 also in Korea, East Meets West UK and Ireland, 2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo and the Andong Maskdance Festival 2011, both also in Korea, the 2012 International Ten Drum Festival, in Taiwan, and Flight with Ballet Manila 2013 in Macau.
Apart from being a Junior Principal, he is also the Modern Dance Rehearsal Master and Resident Choreographer of Ballet Manila.
Ernest started taking tap dance lessons at age 9 with Bing Locsin at the Metropolitan Theater in Manila and with Teta Sugay at the Jazz Tap Centre. At age 14, he took classical ballet with Noordin Jumalon and William Bill Morgan, modern with Agnes Locsin and Norman Walker.
In 1991, he joined Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris and did several creations with invited choreographers. A year after, he became a permanent dancer at the Centre Choreographique National de Nantes Claude Brumachon-Benjamin Lamarche participating in different other creations like Alma, Flowers of Romance, and many more. Seven years later, he became the co-founder and assistant of the Company Anima’s Animal Art/Esther Aumatell Ester where he participated in all its creations.
In his years of commitment to dance, he won several awards; namely, Le Diplome d’Etat (Diploma of the State) in France; Parangal ng Bayan handed by Sen. Vicente Sotto at Malacanang (1994); Florence Gould (1998) at the Paris International Dance Competition; 1st prize on the 5th Choreographique Competition in Sabadell Spain (2010); and others.
He gave dance classes for children, amateurs and, restaged different works for different dance companies and various competitions in Seoul-Korea, Nagoya-Japan and France as well as did numerous tours for his different shows in Belgium, Germany, Spain and others. In the Philippines, he has done choreographies for Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines and Perry Sevidal Ballet; namely, Air, Time to time, Familier, Sarla, Mariposa, Décadence, Sans commentaire, El sol, Mis Amores, Rêve, Rosas, Gombuza, Zebra, The Here and After, We are Bach, You and I, 20th Century boy, Lisa, Corners and Claire du Lune.
Before he made waves in New Zealand as a guest principal artist and eventually, a principal dancer at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Brando Miranda danced with Ballet Philippines for nine years. He started his dancing career in 1976 when he joined the University of the East Dance Troupe under Gener Caringal. The following year, he won a scholarship to the CCP Summer Dance Workshop and was accepted into Ballet Philippines in 1979. He has since danced many classical roles both in Ballet Philippines and in New Zealand.
His choreographic sensibilities is recognised with several major pieces that he has done for Ballet Philippines and guesting with innovative and challenging works with Perry Sevidal Ballet.
He is currently a certified Pilates instructor and teaches at Integrated Body Arts and STEPS Dance Studio.
- Tony Fabella
- Agnes Locsin
- Nonoy Froilan
- Enrico Labayen
- Raul Sauz